The Korg Kaossilator is a groundbreaking synthesizer. It is equally cool in the hands of musicians as it is in the hands of those who wonder what a 'synthesizer' is. It's a compact little square with a multi-touch sensitive pad. It has 100 sounds, 31 scale patterns, loop recording (for cool beats) and a built in drum machine. You can output the results to your computer or amplifier and mix them together with any other instruments you have. What's incredibly cool about the product is how easy it is to start making beats, basic songs etc. with it. I recommend viewing this video for a cool demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q8IRfy0Trk $199, and Sweetwater.com is one of the best names in the industry to buy from.