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Isla Instruments Kordbot

MIDI Controller
Published September 2018
By Rory Dow

Isla Instruments Kordbot

Is the Kordbot a chord generator? An arpeggiator? A MIDI controller? It’s all three...

The rise of crowd-funding in the last 10 years has opened up the music tech market to new and sometimes niche innovations which might not otherwise have existed. The Kordbot is a case in point: it’s a MIDI controller that, rather than focusing on player performance, focuses on the art of creating and playing chord structures.

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The Kordbot is housed in a solid plastic case adorned with no fewer than 78 back-lit rubber buttons, eight rotary encoders, a touch-sensitive strip and a 128 x 64 colour LCD screen, all of which are used to fire off just about any chord you might care to imagine.

On the back there are MIDI In/Out sockets, USB, Pedal and Footswitch inputs (on 3.5mm jacks) and a 9-12 V DC power socket. Bluetooth MIDI is also possible. The Kordbot doesn’t come with a power supply but it can be powered via USB. There is an SD card slot on the right-hand side, for saving and loading setups. Overall the build quality feels OK — the pots do wobble a bit, but no...

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Published September 2018