Monday, March 17, 2008

Korg DS-10

Your Nintendo DS just got cooler.

AQ Interactive is teaming up with music keyboard specialists Korg for Korg DS-10, a music creation tool for the Nintendo DS.
Korg DS-10, demonstrated in the video at right, is a six track (four drum, two analog synth), 16-step tool that's controlled with the DS stylus.
Additional effects, like delay and chorus, can be added using a mixing board. Multiple copies of Korg DS-10 can even be linked together using a local wireless connection.
Here's the feature list:
World's first music tool software created for the Nintendo DS
Two patchable dual-oscillator analog synth simulators:
Four-part drum machine that uses sounds created with the analog synth simulator
Six-track (analog synth x 2, drum machine x 4) /16-step sequencer
Delay, chorus, and flanger sound effects available from the mixing board
Three note-entry modes: touch-control screen, keyboard screen, matrix screen
Real-time sound control mode via touch-control screen
Exchange sounds and songs and play multiple units simultaneously through a wireless communications link

That pretty much says it all. Such features, combined with portability and what sounds like a pretty versatile bit of software, make the imagination go wild. It's only going to be available in Japan for now; like many people, I'll be holding my breath until it's released in the US. And it WILL be released in the US, right Korg? Unfortunately Korg's ad department needs to do better research before making tall claims, though.

As found via the venerable Wired blog network, with corrections.

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