KORG Gadget

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Published by: KORG INC.

  • App Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2014-01-23
  • Current Version: 3.5.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1,013.93 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
  • Price: $19.99

KORG Gadget
App Rating: 4.5/5
4.5
Based on 1,424 Reviews
Buy now: $19.99

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App Description

The ultimate mobile instruments collection on your iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone. KORG Gadget - the all-in-one music production studio. KORG Gadget has received numerous awards from around the world: • Apple: "App Store Best of 2014" in Japan • #1 in the Top Paid Music iPad App category* • TECH AWARD 2015 "Best Music Production App" • MusicTech's "Gear of the Year: Best App" Gold Award • “Musikmesse international press award 2016” Mobile Music App * USA, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and much more! KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 30* different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets.” These gadgets were designed to assist the user to produce powerful electronic music. The latest version features universal support not only for the iPad, but also for the iPad Pro and the iPhone. The painstaking attention that KORG has given its hardware instruments for more than fifty years has now taken shape as cutting-edge software in the Gadget. It's the ultimate all-in-one music production studio app. * The total number of gadgets including in-app purchases etc. • A collection of more than 30 Gadgets Each Gadget available contains carefully constructed parameters to bring you the sounds you want. They’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even inexperienced musicians can enjoy the app as each synth offers a Scale function that makes it virtually impossible to play the wrong notes. • Design tracks in portrait or landscape. Workflow for any music production task The greatest feature of KORG Gadget is the user interface. It gives you an ideal music production workflow based mainly on the portrait orientation that you're familiar with. When you want to focus on specifics, you can smoothly switch to landscape orientation. This app perfectly supports either preference on the iPad, iPhone, or iPad Pro. From song production to sound design, effects, and mixing, all the steps are intuitive and seamless. Experience perfect music production on mobile! • Produce music more freely without location limitations. An ideal choice as a second DAW If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational. Gadget liberates you from limitations of location, allowing you to create and capture song ideas anywhere. These ideas can be saved as MIDI or as audio to allow a smooth transition to your desktop system. Wherever you go, take Gadget along as the ideal partner for inspiration. • Share songs to the GadgetCloud to connect with users around the world Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on “GadgetCloud,” a music exchange for Gadget users worldwide. By uploading and sharing songs, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. On GadgetCloud, you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by Korg, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, to name a few. * GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that's supported by creative artists world-wide. • Make it come alive with new MIDI controllers. Accelerate the pace of your music production To customize your needs, you can freely choose a MIDI controller that complements the KORG Gadget. With the nanoKEY Studio/nanoKONTROL Studio, you can step-record and mix wirelessly as setup is automatic, making this easy and convenient. You can also opt to choose the microKEY Air, a compact mini-keyboard that can also connect wirelessly and via the Apple Lightning adapter. By partnering with a MIDI controller that inspires you, you can improve the quality of your music production. More info at korg.com

App Reviews

  • WARNING Don't update!

    1
    By wavetracer
    New update introduces frequent crashes, the new Lisbon gadget is particularly problematic. When double-tapped, notes stick, screen becomes unresponsive. Often crashes when adding new tracks and opening the gadget. Recommend you NOT update until these fatal flaws are addressed.
  • Now it’s broke

    1
    By tgwaste
    I can no longer open projects. This app does not save to iCloud and when it crashed I lost the song I was working on because it doesn’t save a history of what you’re doing. Pure garbage.
  • Back to 5 stars.

    5
    By Solomon of Kleptolia
    Love this app. The sounds are incredible. The look is beautiful. It’s also quite flexible. However, it doesn’t play well with other apps. That’s one drawback, not a big one for me, but maybe big for others. A word on the 3.5 update: Vancouver is INSANELY FUN. I didn’t think I had much use for Lisbon, and I couldn’t afford DeeMax and Vancouver together ($9.99 per gadget is a bit rough, Korg), so I had to go with Vancouver. Funny enough, I had Tweeted Korg just a 1.5 weeks ago that I wanted a Microsampler gadget. Then they released this update and it made. my. day. Vancouver allows you to put two samples together and pitch them together to make an instrument. They have preloaded samples as well as the ability to import your own. It is therefore infinite. You can also set the attack, release, and volume of the samples. You can reverse either sample, if you want, and you can set loop points in the sample, which allows for a continuous note when a key is held. All are important features on a sampler. The real separation on Vancouver, though, is the effects. Rather than the usual Korg selection, they made unique effects section for Vancouver called “space effects.” Slap delay, echo verb, lo-fi reverb, apollo, and debris are some of the effects in it. They are likely just combinations of some of Korg’s regular effects “hard-wired” into individual effects for this particular gadget, but they are also the best kind of effects to have on a sampler. In addition to the two samples, there is a sub-oscillator that lets you put either a sine, triangle, or square wave into the mix if you want. With three tones and the effects, you can get really lush, large sounds. Additionally, there is a vibrato modulation effect with depth and speed control. There is also a portamento knob. I have had so much fun messing with this machine for the past couple of days, it’s stupid. This app isn’t just a rabbit hole, it’s a gopher metropolis. You’ll get lost.
  • Best DAW on mobile!

    5
    By Support the bus
    I’m composing the best music yet! Great diversity of synthesizers, always loved Korg gear and software!
  • WE GOT A SAMPLER!!!! :D

    5
    By Aarakelian
    Update: YAYY!! Thanks for listening and getting us a sampler KORG! You guys are awesome. Absolutely loving this update! THE SAMPLER IS AMAZING!! It even has portmanteau. And the Decimator knobs don’t spazz out when I adjust them :D ——— Old: Bluetooth headphones work! Just set audio latency to fast when you want to jam and it syncs fairly well, with acceptable, surprisingly low latency. Really impressive. I'm using the JBL Reflect Minis. Gladstone+Madrid Review: It took a long time for me to buy these two because I really didn't understand what they were, mainly Madrid. Gladstone is essentially a drum rompler and Madrid is a bass rompler (sort-of). Gladstone comes loaded with 20 kits and 120 completely usable sounds, including percussion. I LOVE the ambient control! Makes spacing drums beyond easy. Madrid is a bit different and is more like a Module. It comes with 10(+?) basses—about 6 electric and 4 acoustic—spread out over 31 presets. Each preset contains a bass with a different play style, which is important to remember, because you cannot set the bass nor play style without selecting a preset. The sampled basses vary, but most sound great, with tight, clear transients. The 5 amps sound really good and so do the effects! All in all, I'd recommend Gladstone to anyone and Madrid to those who'd like a more organic sound with their basses. Original Review: I used to dream of this type of ease, simplicity, and power for making music on the go. Major thanks to Korg and the devs for this, because it is truly a phenomenal experience using Gadget.
  • A reference app for the platform

    5
    By mrdogheadSHoGoAT
    Updating my last post on Gadget, it remains my pad arrangement tool of choice - with Cubasis and AUM+Audiobus doing significant work in certain areas. One of those settings is working with Audio Units, which remains a curious weakness for Gadget. The various gadgets within Gadget prefigure AU tools in the mobile space to such a degree one would think Korg would have been quick to support the standard in a strong way. Alas, they have not. Providing AU support would mobilize gadgets to be used straightforwardly across the IOS music ecosystem, while hosting other AU devices would add to an already outstanding toolbox. Certainly there are ways to work with Gadget to similar ends without Audio Units. The measures necessary, however, to do such workarounds cannot replace the ease of use a good implementation of the current AU standard. AU suits the existing style of working within Gadget so well that support would allow users quick, GUI-seamless access to greater flexibility and immediately increase the value of Gadget in a typical IOS workflow. The AU issue is worth writing about because Gadget is already such a valuable app. It is hard now to imagine my pad without it. One complaint from the prior review note bears repeating, because the issue is still with us. That is, all the knobs and sliders and switches in the app need labeling. “Effect parameter 1” is not sufficient, and that sort of generic labeling is not necessary in a software application. Fixing this is not complicated from a development standpoint - it is just a matter of taking a little time to do it. Prior note: I did not expect Korg to do a mobile DAW, but they did, and they did it very well indeed. Some things the bother me about this app include things Korg could easily fix - the lack of a save-project command on instrument screens, the failure of the app automatically to sync the key/scale of the piano roll and the app keyboard, so that opening projects using results in the piano roll displaying actually in-key notes as being out of scale because the piano roll (and sometimes the keyboard itself) fails to change to the scale of the current project (the workaround is to ignore the erroneous roll and to reset the scale, but this is bad lapse), and the sometimes sparse or absent labelling of parameter controls (most obviously for effects). Some things that bother me are not specific to Korg, so fixing them not may be easy. Foremost among these is the way numerical settings can change from session to session without explanation. In cases in which precision matters, this can be an awful issue. It seems to be no bug but rather a byproduct of surveillance/backdoor features for the misguided and prurient or/and criminal people who insist on undermining the foundations of computing. Probably best not to go on (I have many years of horrifying research into the surveillance thing, so it could get ugly), but having some system or firmware function changing my settings when I have gone to the trouble of entering them is really irritating. Korg and other app developers have little control over this. Though they do a good job of at least letting users swipe most controls to increment their values. So at least in this app resetting parameters is relatively easy. Anyway, numerological pooh aside, bravo to Korg for doing what they do do. With its array of instruments and its extensive automation facilities, Gadget is a must-buy for mobile music people. Let us hope Korg keep building out and refining this outstanding app.
  • Need to make improvements

    1
    By Kevin Michael Miami 1
    Sadly I have not been able to move my songs from the le to the full version in spite of the message to upgrade which I did. I owned the triton and they could really pull some sounds from there to offer as a bank not as part of an “essential” where I have to buy other banks I don’t want. My biggest complaint is the export which only exports the mix and not the individual tracks as stems like UVI’s BeatHawk which is how you’d want it to be able to get a better mix. I can only hope that this could get added on. I’d pay for an upgrade to have it as otherwise I really won’t use this in the way it’s setup. I went to the page I was directed to and the instructions don’t give me the results that are listed. I made my comment there as well.
  • Go Gadget

    5
    By K2
    It's a mini Ableton. Sometimes quirky, but some of that is the iPad Air 2. I love the program! And having the iM1 in the mix is AWESOME!!!! I would love to see audio added. But if not, there are easy workarounds! Keep it up. Update October 2016: Still great. An audio track would be wonderful!! Update January 2017: The new synths are great!!! I love this APP!!! Update: an OSX version that just updated to include Milipitas!! Plus, the synths open as plug-ins in other applications!!! JOY!!! Still LOVING it!! Update 10/29/17 Still loving it!
  • Best music production app!

    5
    By Reclusorap
    My favorite music production app! I'm really hoping that Korg make a Factory 2 on all the drum machines in this app, that would be just perfect!
  • A revelation

    5
    By Skidoo MAn
    I started recording music with hardware synths and 4-track tape up to DAW's like logic and pro tools and for me this is the best collection of plugins and the most user friendly set up I have ever experienced. It is designed to get you creating right away. A sonic work flow behind any other . Some of the highest quality soft synths I have ever used ( I'm an analog junkie) I can't believe what you get for the price and what kind of music I can now make on my IPad. Within minutes I had a groovy track and was jamming along on my hardware synth to the fanfare . For any iOS user that produces music this is a must buy . Maybe it's not for everyone but it's definitely for me . Try it!

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