KORG Gadget


As soon as I got my iPad Mini, I wanted to make music with it. I had already owned a few KORG products – KAOSS Pad, KAOSSILATOR Pad, and a microKORG – so I knew the company would put me in good hands with the iPolysix and iMS-20. They ended up being the apps that – for me – really demonstrated the capabilities of the iPad Mini, and the appeal of tablets (I hadn’t been very interested in tablets before getting my iPad Mini). I didn’t think that KORG could make a better app than those two; which is to say, I didn’t think that my generation of iPad Mini could support better apps than that. But I now have KORG Gadget alongside those two apps, and it turns out that there was a lot of room left for music production.

KORG Gadget is essentially a collection of synthesizers and drum machines. You can take whatever you want out of the arsenal, mixing and matching in any way that you please, and produce all sorts of music. And I mean “all sorts of music,” even though the app most obviously lends itself to electronic music (e.g. dubstep and ambient). You can write music onto a piano roll, you can play on virtual keys or pads, and you can utilize all sorts of effects (e.g. delay, reverb, and slicer). I will describe the synthesizers, since they are the real meat of the meal:

My two favorite machines are London (Hypersonic PCM Drum Module) and Marseille (Polyphonic PCM Synthesizer). London is a drum module that can emulate drum kits, and is good for a variety of drum sounds. Marseille is the keyboard (piano, brass, strings, and all that fun stuff). A lot of the machines have bass synths to play with, but the best machines for bass are Chicago (Tube Bass Machine), Dublin (Monophonic Semi-Modular Synthesizer), and Miami (Monophonic Wobble Synthesizer). There is another drum machine called Tokyo (Analog Percussion Synthesizer), and there is a SFX machine called Amsterdam (PCM SFX Boombox). There are a lot of great synths for electronic-focused music; such as, Wolfsburg (Hybrid Polyphonic Synthesizer), Berlin (Monophonic Synchronized Synthesizer), Phoenix (Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer), and Brussels (Monophonic Anthem Synthesizer). There are also some machines that lend very well to ambient music; such as, Chiangmai (Variable Phase Modulation Synthesizer), Kiev (Advanced Spatial Digital Synthesizer, and Helsinki (Polyphonic Ambient Synthesizer). Last, but certainly not least, you have Kingston (Polyphonic Chip Synthesizer), which looks like an arcade cabinet and makes video game sounds.

In the future, I’ll post music that I’ve made with this wonderful app.