DS-10 Plus review @ gotgame.com (24 February 2010)

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DS-10 Plus review @ gotgame.com (24 February 2010)

Post by DS-10 Dominator » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:39 am

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Korg DS-10 Plus Review
The first thing that needs to be known is that Korg DS-10 Plus is not a game. It’s not even a simulation or dumb-downed version of the Korg software made for casual players.

Korg DS-10 Plus is a hardcore piece of software that while isn’t as powerful as the actual synthesizer, utilizes the Nintendo DS and the touch pad in a fashion that appears so simple, but actually hides the sophisticated beast in the cartridge.

With Korg DS-10 Plus, XSEED improved on the original release by adding Nintendo DSi functions which allow for two decks rather than the single one for the Nintendo DS. After putting hours into experimentation, it can be said that this software is a hidden gem for the Nintendo DS/DSi, especially for musicians.

The first thing about Korg DS-10 Plus is that the manual is huge. In comparison, it’s like reading an RPG manual for the first time. There are so many combinations of sound possible that reading the entire manual is the tutorial.

The first thing in the manual is this:

“Korg DS-10 Plus is a music tool that makes extensive song writing possible using two analog synthesizer emulators and one drums module, as well as a 6-track/16-step sequencer and three types of audio effects.”

They’re not kidding.

Korg DS-10 Plus doesn’t have a tutorial and actually favors more experimentation that “proper” song creation. Those who are musically inclined will find the software easier to use, in terms of melody, but the specialized tone creation is much more difficult for novices.

After loading a session, the synthesizer is open for music creation, both screens are swappable allowing for fine-tuning of tone and setting up song patterns. Just on the general pattern screen there are 23 menu inputs that will dive further in the tweaking possible with the software.

By utilizing the two synth sequencers, a four beat pattern can be created and accompanied by the drum module. Notes can be found by using the keyboard input of the KAOSS, which uses the stylus to create a new sound.

Another small note for Korg DS-10 Plus is that it features 31 different scale tables. From Chromatic, Lydian, and Aeolian to minor Blues, Major Pentatonic, and Japanese Miyakobushi. The options are a bit overwhelming and a lot of time will be used to just familiarize yourself with the main options of Korg DS-10 Plus.

Among the other tweaks for the sequencers are Voltage Controlled Oscillator, Voltage-Controlled Filter, Envelope Generator, and Voltage Controller Amplifier. These tweaks all cause variation on the frequency of the sequencers.

There are more tweaks further in the menus, but explanation without examples is a little difficult.

Over multiplayer, up to eight Nintendo DS can link and play together, including sharing song data.

Korg DS-10 Plus features 100 measure songs with the use of sixteen different patterns, so there are a lot of possibilities. The only real gripe with the title is that there isn’t a way to export music off of the title to a computer, only a direct line recording seems possible.

Korg DS-10 Plus is a great upgrade of the software and musicians should take note of the software. It might not be the strongest synthesizer, but it’s more advanced than most people realize or use 100%. The title is sure to be a sleeper, so find it while you can and make some music. It’s a difficult entry, but has some great results with work.

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