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Korg DS-10 Mini-Review

I don't know where to begin.

You have the KORG MS-10. It's from the late 70's and is one of the primary insturments in the electronic music scene only to be superceded by the MS-20, which is only slightly more complex by virtue of a few extra toggles and switches. Fast forward to today and we have the KORG DS-10. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS, the KORG DS-10 is a decent synthesizer suite for anyone who has any desire whatsoever to make their own kind of music.

To start, there's much to be said about the fact that it's on the DS. Why the DS? The original MS-10 kinda had it's on "dual interface" back in the day.

What we've got is a bunch of patchboards and some knobs attached to a keyboard. KORG and AQi, the developers, have taken this a step forward by combining the mixer/patchboard portion of the MS-10 with a 4 pad synth drum kit, a KAOS pad, along with a 6 channel mixer and a small suite of simple yet effective FX.

A very blah interface, but it works.

What you get is the ability to create something wholly different than the experience you get with Electroplankton, and more like Daigasso Band Brothers x10.

You can compose music. And a step above Daigasso, you can create some REALLY deep music. Playback is done on the fly as with a standard synth looper.

I will admit I am not in the least bit technically proficient in using these devices, but so far I can see that for all the simplicity and transparency in the device's interface, it's going to require a bit of work to make sense of it all to create something.

This is clearly something that's more of a title that you're going to get more out of it the more you play with it. A nice feature is that the game seems to support WiFi sync with other DS units which will allow you to sync up playback to create really deep compositions.

I'll be playing with this a LOT leading up to PAX, and hopefully if I get some decent runs at translating (or translating the controls of a MS-10 into it's equivalent on the DS) anything the manual has written in it, I'll have something worth showing to everyone.

I have a feeling that a lot of indie musicians will eat this up.

As of right now, I handily give this a 9/10 for the average beat freak like me. If I had to knock it for anything, it's got a scary interface that will intimidate people who've never been exposed to a mixing board or faders before. Thankfully the entire game is in English, so it's not really all that bad, but still, it's imposing for those who've never been inclined to touch an instrument before, real or otherwise.

Oh, and if you're the musically inspired type, this will make you want to get a second copy and another DS lite, so be forewarned.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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