Korg DSN-12 analogue-style studio released for Nintendo 3DS

Thanks to Korg, Nintendo's 3DS family of handhelds has a pretty good selection of synth apps available for it, and the latest - DSN-12 - is now available.

Produced in collaboration with Detune, this analogue-style workstation gives you 12 monophonic, Korg MS-10-inspired synths to play with, each of which can be bolstered with up to three effects. You can use these to create sequences and patterns, which in turn can be stitched together to create complete songs.

There's also a 3D oscilloscope that can operate in Wave and Lissajous modes.

The Korg DSN-12 is compatible with 2DS/3DS/3DS XL systems and is available via the Nintendo eShop. It costs £25/$37€30.

Korg DSN-12 features

  • Contains 12 virtual analog monophonic synthesizers
  • Up to 64 sequence steps
  • Freely place sequences in up to 64 patterns
  • Pattern Program mode lets you chain patterns in up to 99 scenes; muting can also be programmed for each track
  • Three effects are provided; choose from delay, chorus, flanger, compressor, kick, and reverb
  • Local communication allows users to exchange song data and sound data
  • The world's first* 3D display oscilloscope screen; Wave and Lissajous modes are provided
  • *For Nintendo 3DS software as of June 2014
Ben Rogerson

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