NAMM 2014: Korg has announced the release of Gadget, an iOS 'production studio' featuring 15 virtual synths and drum machines.
The included virtual instruments - or Gadgets, as Korg calls them - appear to be inspired by a host of classic hardware instruments. The app can run multiple Gadgets at once, allowing users to build complex, layered sound, and also includes a built-in sequencer and mixer.
Gadget is Core MIDI, Audiobus and Audiocopy compatible, and can also share sounds directly to SoundCloud, Facebook or Twitter.
Based on the quality of Korg's existing iMS-20 and iPolysix apps, we've high hopes for Gadget. It's available now from the Apple App Store (opens in new tab) priced at £19.99/$28.99. Check out the press release below for more info.
Korg Gadget press release
Korg Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called "Gadgets", which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music.
Gadget is perfect for:
- Those who want to produce electronic music or try using synthesizers
- Those looking to take iPad-produced music to the next level
- Those looking for a diverse palate of synths in one app
For every situation that creative minded people face, Korg's answer is "KORG Gadget."
KORG released the iELECTRIBE simultaneously with the appearance of the first-generation iPad in 2010, and ever since has maintained its position at the forefront of mobile music apps. And now we've brought you the ultimate all-in-one studio app for serious mobile music production.
A collection of fifteen Gadgets
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions. The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they're ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don't play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function, Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?
Ideal track-making experience while on the go. Control two things at once.
For the most part, KORG Gadget uses the vertical orientation that makes the iPad easy to hold in one hand and is the most common style of interface on iOS devices. The screen of the iPad is divided vertically in two halves, allowing you to simultaneously control two types of content-"song creation" and "sound creation". by placing the current Gadget on the bottom of the screen while always showing the sequencing environment up top.-This ensures that your creative production flow is not interrupted. That's all you have to know. You'll enjoy the simple and intuitive sequencer, and experience track-making in an environment that's been perfectly optimized for mobile use, while retaining professional quality in everything from the effects to the mixer.
The number of Gadgets you can run is limited only by the power of your hardware. On the latest iPad (As of Jan. in 2014), more than 20 Gadgets can be run simultaneously-an astounding level of power that goes beyond what you expect from a mobile device. You can use even more gadgets simultaneously by taking advantage of the Freeze function to save CPU power.
Capture ideas for your songs wherever you like. An ideal choice as a second DAW
If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational, like a cafe or your living room. Then create sounds or phrases with your favorite gadget and stock up on ideas. The data you create can be exported as audio data or MIDI data for a variety of uses. Even if you typically use a computer or sophisticated music production equipment, KORG Gadget is an ideal partner that will inspire you from a different perspective. KORG Gadget is also an ideal choice as a second DAW that's easy to take with you along anywhere.
Share songs to the GadgetCloud and connect to users around the world.
Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on "GadgetCloud," a music sharing site for KORG Gadget users worldwide. By exchanging songs between mobile musicians around the world, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. This is a music production space that's fun to use; you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by KORG, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from KORG Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, sending your tracks wherever you like.
*GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that's supported by creative artists world-wide. You will need a SoundCloud account.
A fusion of cutting-edge iOS technology; a mobile studio that continues to evolve
By connecting an external MIDI keyboard via the Camera Connection Kit, you can play the 15 synthesizers in Gadget from a real keyboard. A wide range of iOS music technology is also supported, including Audiobus, AudioCopy, and WIST. There's a roadmap for future updates that will add new gadgets and support audio tracks, further perfecting the system as a mobile music production studio. KORG Gadget will continue to evolve in support of serious mobile music-making.
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Berlin - Monophonic Synchronized Synthesizer
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Brussels - Monophonic Anthem Synthesizer
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Chiang Mai - Variable Phase Modulation Synthesizer
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Chicago - Tube Bass Machine
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Dublin - Monophonic Semi-Modular Synthesizer
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Helsinki - Polyphonic Ambient Synthesizer
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Kiev - Advanced Spatial Digital Synthesizer
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Kingston - Polyphonic Chip Synthesizer
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London - Hypersonic PCM Drum Module
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Marseille - Polyphonic PCM Synthesizer
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Miami - Monophonic Wobble Synthesizer
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Phoenix - Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer
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Tokyo - Analog Percussion Synthesizer
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Wolfsburg - Hybrid Polyphonic Synthesizer
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