While games such as Guitar Hero demonstrate that the boundaries between video games and music making applications are blurring, up until now, no established synth manufacturer had authorised a console version of one of its products.
That’s all changed at Musikmesse 08, though, where a company called AQ Interactive is showcasing what appears to be an officially sanctioned version of Korg’s MS-10 for the Nintendo DS.
Known, predictably enough, as the Korg DS-10, this features two patchable, dual-oscillator analogue synth emulations. There’s a four-part drum machine, too, while the inclusion of a six-track, 16-step sequencer means that the software can be used not just to create sounds, but also to produce finished tracks.
It’s even possible to add effects to your mixes – delay, chorus and flanger processors are included. Control of the DS-10 is via the DS’s stylus, which we suspect will make entering notes and tweaking knobs very easy.
We have to say that the prospect of having a full-on synth inside a portable games console is pretty exciting, but what we don’t know is whether the DS-10 will get a proper worldwide release. AQ Interactive’s website seems to indicate that the product will be ‘for Japan only’ – it’ll be launched in July 2008 and cost 4,800 YEN. We can only hope that someone will see fit to distribute it in other countries, too.