A few avid Animal Collective fans on the MusicRadar team went to check out the experimental noise makers in person last month (our own avid Twitter followers will testify to it). They're an intriguing band to watch live, and so was their onstage setup.
Among the wires was, in fact, a Kaoss Pad and a Korg M3 with Collective member Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) at the helm…
"The other guys used the Kaoss Pads on the record," Panda Bear told Korg when asked about touring last album Merriweather Post Pavilion. "I hadn't gotten the M3 until after the recording of that release was over, but I'm planning to use the M3 nearly exclusively to make my new songs."
"I really like the arpeggiator and the Karma engine," he continued regarding favourite M3 features. "I feel like I can get all kinds of sounds just using combinations of those two."
"I don't use a keyboard at all, although sometimes I'll hook up a guitar with a MIDI pickup, because it's fun to see how things end up melodically and structurally that way."
You can read the full Korg interview here, and more about that "Karma engine" here.