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KORG DS-10 Plus
- Exchange sounds and songs and play with up to eight units simultaneously through a wireless communications link.
- Improved professional-grade music tool software for Nintendo DSi/DS at a greater cost performance value than the original KORG DS-10.
- Optimized for DSi with 12-voice polyphony and to double the power of the original KORG DS-10: 4 analog synthesizer tracks and 8 dedicated drum tracks, increase the total number of tracks from 6 to 12 (DSi only).
- Song mode revamped for expanded song composition and real-time performance. Per track Mute/Solo built into the Song Mode, and Edit/Play enabled for all modes to further improve real-time performance (available for DSi/DS).
- Delay, chorus, and flanger sound effects available from the mixing board, and three different note-entry modes: Touch Screen control, keyboard screen, and matrix screen.
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First of all, I'm assuming anyone reading this review knows what they're getting into. There aren't a whole lot of changes in this revision of the DS-10, so if you've already used that one you know what to expect. If not, I've read plenty of reviews that don't quite "get" the DS-10, finding it limited as a loop-based synthesizer lacking polyphonic sounds and a full sequencer. If you were hoping to find those kinds of features, you should probably consider just buying an actual factual piece of audio hardware or a soft synth for your computer. If you're anything like me, the so-called "limitations" of the DS-10 are what make it fun to make music on... with enough creativity and practice you can make a single synth or drum sound sound like several disparate sounds, and you can find clever ways to create transitions between the various patterns so it sounds like more than simple looping electronic music.Read more ›
I'd also recommend this to any music enthusiast who has a DS and wants to learn more about sound design for synthesized instruments. It supports many of the core concepts. (See the book "Dance Music Manual" for a great guide on this topic).
There are a few restrictions on multi-player mode. For example, you cannot do sound design on the parts from what I've read. However, you can wirelessly download the software to up to 7 other units! I do have 2 DS Lites and plan to try this feature out. The synth has 4 percussion instruments and 2 analog synth instruments which you can change the design of in traditional ways (more instruments on the DSi).
One thing that wasn't totally intuitive was how to access and edit the patterns; however once I did discover it, it wasn't a big deal. Overall, I was pleased at how well I could just dig in and start designing and putting together patterns and songs. I do find that 6 tracks are limiting for me, but having 12 tracks on the DSi would be great!
I don't plan to write any masterpieces on this, but it's a fantastic way to spin an idle mind on the pleasure of sound design and music creation. Love it!
That out of the way, this is one fun little synthesizer. I find myself lost for hours just experimenting with the synth editing or the fx and how they function with a particular sound or with any aspect of the game.
Having used the term 'game', now would seem to be a good time to burst some bubbles - this is one SERIOUS synth and requires some knowledge of electronic music and song construction. There are preset sounds and demo songs to disassemble and that should be enough for the sharper set. But don't buy this if you expect it to play itself.
The musical weapons at your disposal comprise two full-featured synthesizers modeled on the Korg MS-10 and four slightly cut-down versions dedicated (or not) to drum sounds. On the DS-10 Plus these can be muted and unmuted which I find to be a significant advance over the original. This means a single pattern can serve as the intro, outro, break or any other portion of a song or track just by dropping parts in and out. The delay effect has been improved too - for us delay lovers this alone is worth part of the price.
This is my second Korg DS-10. I had so much fun with the first one that I'm quite pleased that they made a DS-10 Plus and that it adds polish and functionality to the 'workflow' within the device. This is a small but formidable synthesizer workstation that fits in a pocket or purse. Add some ear bud headphones and get lost in the DS-10 Plus world!
I have used this software on an album and currently performing live with it.
for musicians it is really easy to use. you have four kaoss pads, four keyboards, a patch bay for each synth, 2 drum machines, 2mixing boards and 16 patterns that can be added to a song mode.
you do not need this version if you run it on the ds. there is a ds version (korg ds 10). but both work great on the ds and dsi. the difference is this version unlocks twice as much synth and drum machine power.
there is only one way to export-thru the headphone out in real time.
if you have have used fruity loops or a tracker this is for you. if you want to make 8bit noise this is for you.
with the appregiators and the manual anyone can make music on this software (the learning curve can be as steep as you want it to be, meaning you could make easy or complicated songs with this software)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a cool program for the Nintendo DSI! I havent had a lot of time to tinker with it but it can do cool things!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a little hard to understand, but works well and is fun to play.Published 10 months ago by Annette
i had the Korg DS plus shipped from Hong Kong back before it was here in the states. i found it funny that FedEX left me a sticky note to pick up at the main branch here in CT. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonathan
Lots of fun. Requires hours of noodling to get into it. I found the file saving/loading scheme very confusing and easy to over-write hours of work.Published 10 months ago by victor melton
Extremely addictive and surprisingly accurate to an actual analog synth. My only complaint is there needs to be additional space for saving projects.Published 12 months ago by bubba grump
This is a nice synth on the go. My kids enjoy it as much as I do. You don't have to be synthesis wizard to understand it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by G. Lyons
A very simple synthesizer if you are into that kind of thing. If you are starting, expect a learning curve. There is not much information around.Published 15 months ago by K. Noagbodji