Thought Korg Gadget for Mac was too pricey? Well, now there’s a free version

Korg has announced that it will be releasing a free version of Gadget for Mac, the launch of which coincides with an update to the full version.

Gadget for Mac was released back in March, with some commenters not entirely agreeing with Korg’s price point. The company has suggested that the software might be used as a second DAW, but at $199 (the ‘regular’ price is actually supposed to be $299) it might cost more than your first-choice production software.

Korg has now sort-of addressed this issue by releasing a free Mac version of Gadget. The new ‘lite edition’ has a cutdown feature set in comparison to its big brother, with five ‘carefully’ selected Gadgets (we’re not sure which yet) and some MIDI support being the highlights.

Moving on to the full version update, the big news is a new Gadget called Milpitas, which can produce sounds with a temporal tone modulation sound generator and also utilise the tones from iWavestation. You can now preview the sounds of Gadgets, too, which will please a few people we’re sure.

You can update to the latest version from inside the application by using the "Check for update..." option. If you want to try out Gadget for Mac, you can download direct from the Korg online store, and more information on the update can be found on the Korg website

Gadget for Mac Version 1.1.0 new features 

  • Milpitas gadget added
  • Preview sound of gadgets added
  • Improved the display behavior when switching tracks
  • Improved the MIDI channel for Darwin by enabling Omni reception
  • Various other adjustments to improve stability and ease of use have been done

Gadget LE for Mac version 1.1.0 main features 

  • Experience the appeal of Korg Gadget with the free Lite version
  • Use five standard gadgets and tracks
  • Additional and extended functions are provided when connecting a Korg MIDI Controller
Simon Arblaster
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I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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