Korg brings classic synth sounds and 3D oscilloscope to the Nintendo 3DS
By Chris Wood
June 27, 2014
Korg has announced plans to release new software on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Known as the DSN-12, and inspired by the classic MS-10 analog synthesizer, the software features a step sequencer, a 3D oscilloscope, and allows users to share their sounds.
The software, which is just the latest in a range of Korg digital products, will provide 12 monophonic synthesizers inspired by the classic instrument, which users can augment with up to three effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, compressor and kick.
The applications will allow users to assemble sequences in real time, building and saving patterns with up to 64 sequence steps. Up to 64 of these patterns can be saved, and they can be connected together for more complex mixes. The company will include the ability to share sounds and mixes with other users in an effort to encourage collaboration.
The new DSN-12 software will take advantage of the 3D credentials of Nintendo's handheld by providing a 3D oscilloscope on the device’s top display. Korg claims that seeing the waveforms in three dimensions can "deepen your understanding of how sound is created." It’s an interesting feature, though it’s one that users of the cheaper non-3D, 2DS version of the handheld will have to forgo.
This isn't the first time Korg has brought a classic synth to one of Nintendo’s handhelds. The company released two similar synth apps on the original DS handheld – the M01, based on the original M1 synth (2010, Japan-only), and the DS-10, inspired by the MS-10. The M01 was later given the 3DS treatment in the form of the M01D.
Korg’s fondness for porting its instruments into digital form doesn't end there. In addition to the aforementioned 3DS releases, the company has also created various digital releases for iPad, including versions of its Electribe, Kaossilator and MS-20 products.
The Korg DSN-12 software will release exclusively on the Nintendo eShop in Europe and the Americas this September. There’s no word as of yet on pricing, but the older M01D 3DS software is currently priced at US$34. We’d expect a similar price point for the DSN-12.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the new software.