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KORG DS-10 Synthesizer

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Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone
81 customer reviews
Metascore: 82 / 100

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  • World's first music tool software created for the Nintendo DS
  • Two patchable dual-oscillator analog synth simulators with a four-part drum machine
  • Six-track, 16-step sequencer with delay, chorus, and flanger sound effects available from the mixing board
  • Three note-entry modes: Touch Screen control with real-time sound control, keyboard screen, and matrix screen
  • Exchange sounds and songs and play multiple units simultaneously through a wireless communications link
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Product Description

Product Description

The KORG DS-10 is music-creation software for the Nintendo DS that combines the superior interface of the Nintendo DS with the functionality of the famous MS-10 synthesizer. The sound sources in the KORG DS-10 come from KORG - one of the world's top musical instrument producers - and no effort was spared in creating these ultra-high-quality sounds. The Nintendo DS Touch Screen controls are used to the fullest to provide unsurpassed feel and operability. This innovative musical tool is perfect for aspiring musicians and professionals alike.In addition to the two analog synth simulators and drum module, a 6-track/16-step sequencer enables precise control and provides a wide range of musical possibilities. Up to eight units can be connected and played together through a wireless link, and this and other features make the Nintendo DS and KORG DS-10 almost limitless in their application - they can take you places that no single synthesizer can.

Whether you are just looking for fun on the run, or a way to work out your next hit song, the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer for Nintendo DS could be your newest best companion. The DS-10 combines the superior interface of the Nintendo DS with the design concept of the famous KORG MS-10 synthesizer to bring you portable music-creation software without rival.

KORG DS-10 Synthesizer brings portable music creation to the Nintendo DS.

Various sound textures are made possible by implementing the two VCO's, three filter types, and more.

Notes that you perform can be recorded in the sequencer, allowing for further editing.
A Professional-Grade Synthesizer in the Palm of Your Hand
The ultra high-quality sound sources for the DS-10 come from KORG, maker of some of the world's finest musical instruments. Korg spared no effort in creating this ultra-portable yet powerful and easy-to-use music software with tons of the latest features-- and all with the unique accessibility of the Nintendo DS touch screen.

The KORG DS-10 Synthesizer gives you the choice of sculpting your own unique sounds with expansive on-screen controls, or starting from a preset template. With two dual oscillator synth parts and four synth/drum parts, users can create synth and drum lines using the on-screen touch keyboard and drum pads, or engage the elegant six-track, 16-step sequencer.

With powerful features such as KORG's KAOSS technology, users can add custom modulations in real-time, tighten the mix with a full-featured mixer, polish their grooves with multiple effects, and create complete songs that they can save on the spot.

The DS-10 features a chorus, flanger, and delay parameter that can be applied individually to each synth or the drum machine, either individually or as a whole. In addition, each of the editable drum sounds can have a separate effect added to it. Various sound textures are made possible by implementing the two VCO's, three filter types, and more, while notes can be recorded in the sequencer, allowing for further editing. This broad functionality, combined with patching functionality, makes the DS-10 suited to even the most avid sound designers.

Intuitive and Easy Use
The sounds made by each of the two analogue synthesizer emulators are modified using virtual knobs, and users can patch particular parameters for further modification. The user interface is mainly through the DS's touch screen. Notes can be played using a two-octave keyboard, or through an interface that detects the X and Y position of the stylus on the touch pad, simulating a KORG KAOSS Pad.

The Nintendo DS's dual-screen touch panel is used to the fullest to provide a feel and operability that is unsurpassed. Although there are many expert-level features available with synthesizer, the DS-10 can be appreciated by the complete novice as well as the seasoned professional.

Music Without Limits
The KORG DS-10 Synthesizer offers two types of wireless play in Multi-player and Data Exchange modes. Up to eight separate Nintendo DS players can connect via a wireless link to perform as an ensemble. Each DS-10 synthesizer can be played as its own independent instrument, or they can be assigned a part to create a band, allowing for virtually limitless applications.

What's more, users who have created new riffs, tunes, or complete songs can exchange their session data with other KORG DS-10 users. It is even possible to send session data in advance to your friends, so you can all play to the same tune. Not only does the DS-10 bring stylus music to the world for the first time, but this robust connectivity allows for performances and compositions that simply aren't possible on a single Nintendo DS.

The keyboard and KAOSS pad can be played directly with a stylus.

Product Details

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  • ASIN: B001EB8CD6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,484 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Scott on November 7, 2008
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Wow. I was expecting this to be a lot simpler than it turns out to be. It's almost like a tiny pocket-sized version of Propellerhead's Reason software. Obviously it's very limited by the DS hardware, but if you like messing around with music and music software then you can have hours of fun with this.

You get two monophonic synths with their own sequencer tracks for note/gate/pan/volume, plus a couple more tracks that can be assigned to modulate a long list of parameters and settings. The synths are simple but have most of the things you need to replicate classic analog synth patches, and there are a few relatively novel routing options and modulation sources. Synth patches can be saved and loaded separately from whole compositions.

You also get four "drum" voices which turn out to be four more instances of the same basic synth, though with a few less options and much simpler pattern programming. So in total you get as many as six sounds happening at once, plus a very basic global effects section. The drum sounds each get their own FX though.

A complete song is made of up to 100 strung together instances of 16 different "patterns". Each pattern encompasses up to 16 beats/notes plus the programming for each synth and all its sequencer data. So each pattern can sound and act completely different.

All the programming and composing is pretty much done at the pattern level.

Just about any knob or setting can be twiddled in real-time during playback, and you can interact with it through a two-octave on-screen keyboard or an X/Y "KAOSS" pad in addition to editing events directly in the sequencer view. You can also play the 16 patterns back manually so there quite a few performance opportunities.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2008
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Just an excellent way to get some great sounding electronic music going. Agree completely with the review that calls this a pocket-sized Reason. While not as comprehensive as Reason, the intuitive interface, excellent sound design possibilities, and ease of use make this great musical fun.

Really a well designed program, and the sound either through headphones or connecting from 1/8" jack out of the DS to a decent amp is fantastic. I've got a home studio with lots of soft synths, and this rivals many of them in terms of sound quality.

A great way to learn basic synthesis too, you can apply the knowledge learned in the synth and sequencer of the DS-10 to many others.

Highly musical, loads of fun. Highly recommend, it's a steal for the price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Gaffga on November 7, 2008
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I've barely scratched the surface of what this can do, but I'm sitting here with a grin on my face just thinking about how much fun I'm gonna have. If you love analog synths and your Nintendo DS, you will love this. The virtual patching and multi-track step sequencer are exactly what I was expecting. I was anticipating a possible letdown, but this does not disappoint. Make no mistake - This is not a game. It's an analog synth modeler and multi-track step sequencer. But I repeat myself. Did I mention this is awesome?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cooper on December 5, 2008
This is the most fun I've ever had with my Nintendo DS. I've had the privilege to own, or work in studios equipped with, some of the finest analog synthesizers to ever grace this earth: Mini Moog, ARP Odyssey and 2600, Oberheim Matrix, Yamaha CS-15, Roland Juno, Korg PolySix, and many more. This little "game" brings the experimental joy of some of the best of them to a handheld device, and all for the cost of a video game.

Let's talk about the good:

The interface is instantly comprehensible to anyone who has used analog synths and sequencers (or their modern emulators like Reason).

The limitations of the computational hardware are very effectively masked by providing a comfortable set of tools, that feel like design decisions rather than just tricks to avoid over-taxing the wimpy hardware. You get two highly flexible monophonic, two-oscillator, synthesizers and a four note drum synth, and each has a 16 pattern sequencer. Everything works entirely glitch free...I remember early analog synth emulators for PC and Amiga and Mac that had a hard time keeping up, and would sometimes glitch if too many things were happening. The limits of the hardware have been respected in this product, and you can push it as hard as you want, and everything still works as it should.

KAOSS. If you've used any modern Korg synth, you've seen the little two dimensional control surface they call DS-10, your stylus becomes an awesome realtime controller for two different attributes, selected from filters, pitch, amplitude, and about a dozen other options. KAOSS is deeply satisfying, and they've captured the spirit beautifully in DS-10.

Simplicity, while still providing some pretty advanced features.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Davis on February 20, 2009
who knew such a small little ds card could sound so powerful?

small japanese developer aq interactive collaborated with korg on this little doo-dad, with korg personally overseeing the sounds. what results is a remarkably deep, intuitive, and just flat out fun cart that will leave you with countless surprises with every turn of the knob.

for beginners, it comes packed with two demo songs (called "sessions") and a number of preset tones to choose from. right away, novices can learn the basics of how a synthesizer works, tweaking every little aspect of the tone. afterall, the best and most fun method of learning a new instrument and new style of music is being adventurous and experimenting.

which leads me to the meat of the matter...

more experienced synth users no doubt will be impressed of the flexibility of tones through the full patch-board functions. with time, patience, and a good ear, the patch-board can be used to make AMAZING sounds. couple this with the comprehensive 16-step sequencer, three adjustable effects (delay, flange, chorus), a kaoss pad, basic mixing board, a four-part drum machine (with completely tweakable drum tones), and the ability to sync up to seven other ds units, there is absolutely nothing you can't do! all this crammed into one little cart, which is essentially a real-deal synthesizer you can take ANYWHERE!

of course, it does have a few very minor flaws. a basic eq would have been a nice addition, and the lack of a polyphonic keyboard means no chords. the inability to adjust the sounds in real-time while in song mode is a bit questionable as well. but these are easily overlooked and in all honesty, i feel these limitations make it so much more interesting and enjoyable.
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