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Korg take their first step into Android

And I think that this really is a big deal for Android users everywhere. It’s only fair to say that Android hasn’t been well served for mobile music making. There have been a few excellent apps, like Caustic 3 and G-Stomper to name just two, but not the massive amount that have made good use of the iOS platform.

So this is a very positive first step for Korg and for Android musicians everywhere.

Here’s what to expect from KORG Kaossilator for Android.

“KORG Kaossilator for Android” is a synthesizer app that lets anyone enjoy full-fledged instrumental performance simply by freely moving their finger across the touch panel. From electronic sounds to acoustic instruments and drums, you can play a wide range of sounds with a single finger. Also provided is a sequencer that’s indispensable for creating songs, so you can create tracks by recording and layering your performances. This easy yet full-fledged instrumental experience is now available on your Android smartphone.

Features

  • Perform using touch gestures: Kaossilator uses the unique X-Y interface. Create melodies and phrases simply by stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touch screen with your finger.
  • 150 diverse sounds covering many music styles: Use the 150 built-in sounds to perform and produce a broad range of dance music styles including EDM, hip-hop, house, techno, dubstep, nu-disco, and electro.
  • Scale/Key feature eliminates any wrong notes: The Scale setting ensures that the notes of your performance will stay in the key you’ve specified. Choose from 35 different scales including chromatic, major, minor, and even blues scales.
  • Loop sequencer for easy track-making and live performance: The built-in loop sequencer lets you layer up to five musical parts. By recording sounds such as synth, bass, chords, sound effects, and drums into each part, you can quickly complete original loop tracks that are distinctively your own.
  • Operation Requirements: Android 5.0 or later

Differences with iOS?

So what, if anything, is different from the iOS version? Well, for a start there’s no mention of WIST capability or of course AudioCopy/AudioPaste support, and no mention of how it might work with the Kaossilator 2. However, this is a first release. Perhaps, if it’s a success we’ll see features expand. Who knows?

For a limited time to celebrate the debut of KORG Kaossilator for Android (50% OFF) until Jan 5!

Google Play Store Link.

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Video: KORG plugKEY – MOBILE MIDI/AUDIO Interface

Yep, I want one of these!

Video description:

“A mobile MIDI + audio interface that lets you play your iPhone/iPad using any keyboard. More about plugKEY at http://www.korg.com/plugkey/

The plugKEY is a portable MIDI + audio interface that is the answer for those who want to use a keyboard of their own choice to play iOS musical instrument apps or produce music. Simply use the plugKEY to connect a MIDI keyboard to your iPhone/iPad, and start playing. Now you can enjoy using your own keyboard to easily play a stupendous array of musical instrument apps that deliver serious sounds and convenient functions. You can use your iPhone/iPad while charging it. Audio interface functionality with stereo output is also provided, so the plugKEY is an ideal choice for those who want to use musical instruments apps in the studio or on stage.”

Published by Korg.

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Recollections of PalmSounds: The Korg App Dev Team

Korg have been one of the most amazing supporters of making music on iOS and before with the DS platform, so it was great to get this comment from their developer team:

“Congratulations to PalmSounds for their 10th anniversary!
Thank you for your continued introduction of KORG apps.
We hope to continue to evolve by creating apps that surprise everyone.
We are looking forward to future developments!

KORG app dev team”

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New things coming from Korg at NAMM this year

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Whilst it isn’t entirely explicit, it does look like we might get an iPhone version of Gadget soon! Now that would be amazing. That would be a little dream come true.

Of course that isn’t all that Korg have in store, but I think it’ll be a favourite for me. I’m also extremely interested in their new wireless controllers, they’ll be fun to play with too.

NAMM is going to be interesting this year. Lots of new goodies I expect, and maybe Korg’s news will be just the tip of the iceberg?