August 15, 2005
../ Korg Announces New Kaptivator VJ Station
Korg announced an exciting new VJ performance module dubbed the Kaptivator.
This self-contained powerhouse is a real-time video manipulator that allows VJs to sample,
store, mix, process and simultaneously play back hundreds of video clips from its internal 40 GB hard drive, as well as tweak a live video feed.
The release comes from Korg's white-hot video division which, as of late, has been on quite
a tear. The Kaptivator's introduction has been eagerly awaited by the VJ market for several months after rumors of its development swirled in late 2004.
This dynamic product must be good news for the company whose latest major music offering was a $9000 audio workstation that was met mostly with "Why"
instead of "Wow."
The Kaptivator can sample and save up to 800 individual video clips. The clips are
triggered by MPC-3000 style drum machine pads, 2 banks of 8 pads, for 16 total.
Each bank acts as a separate source to the unit's built-in mixer. Fifteen effects, including
Invert, Blurring and Colorize, provide dynamic manipulation and enhancement of any video sample or a live input. Real-time performance-based effects
such as Speed Change, Reverse, Random Playback and Scratch are controlled during playback via rotary knobs, a slider and a ribbon controller. Very
Users can save and edit up to 100 Styles, for instant recall of video signal routing, effects
and controller setups. The Kaptivator's Motion Sequence function can record and play back real-time controller movements and effect changes, such as
switching between clips, moving the slider and more. Up to 100 Motion Sequences can be stored
What motivated Korg to introduce the Kaptivator? "This is Korg's third Video product.
The Entrancer is certainly our most accessible product, which is why it was released first, followed by the Krossfour," according to Korg's Corey
Walthall. "Both the Entrancer and Krossfour manipulated content. The last piece of the puzzle is
the Kaptivator, which can create, store and provide content. It also provides the video artist with a transportable way of presenting their best clips and loops,
without dismantling their rig to take it on the road."
"When we presented the Kaptivator, many people immediately envisioned it as a video vault, or a collection of clips," Walthall continues. "This is certainly
one facet, but the Kaptivator is capable of sampling and creating content on the fly, and that's
what really sets it apart."
Other features include a stereo audio trigger input that can detect BPM or dynamics from an
external audio source, allowing the tempo of the music to control video playback. (Yes! Somebody finally gets it! --Ed.) A Main Out Capture function allows up to eight seconds of the mixed
and processed video to be re-sampled on the fly. It can then be used as a third video
input source for even greater creative flexibility.
In addition to PAL and NTSC compatibility, The Kaptivators Composite and S-video inputs and
outputs, as well as DV in and out and MIDI I/O, allow it to easily interface with almost any system and transfer video creations to a computer hard drive.
The internal 40 GB hard drive provides plenty of storage for user video clips. A generous
collection of immediately usable video clips created by cutting edge video artists is supplied
The Korg Kaptivator will be available in late summer for about $2500 beans.
Please loan the video development group to the Audio Division for a month or two...
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