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    Piledriver

    Korg DS-10+ is great for musicians, aspiring musicians, or just those who are interested in recording music and/or analog synth sounds. I must say, it is not for people who are not interested in it - it is for serious creations of sounds and music. This is not a game to kill time in the waiting room, or to entertain you on the bus. Korg DS is an analog synthesizer complete with a sequencer. It is for making legit sounds, not for "casual" gamers or even casual interests - you need to spend some time with this program in order to utilise it how you would like to, and even when you know what you want to do it is going to take some time to do it. For instance, let me explain that this is analog, so the 4 track drum kit they provide you (on DS lite) is not going to be an actual kit, as in there are no "samples" to reference for how you want your drums (or keys for that matter) to sound. You must create the "kick" or the "snare" or the "crash" sound using analog means (twisting knobs and wires basically) and make it best imitate the sound you are striving for. In fewer words, you must create the sound you want to hear, because you cannot load actual "samples" of the instrument... if that makes sense. So in that sense, Korg DS is pretty intense. You can get all kinds of whacky sounds, but YOU have to do it, so it is going to take time and understanding. That said, there are presets you can load that the computer has made, but they aren't very interesting and will have you tweaking and making your own very soon. It is pretty simple in interface and you'll get to know it quickly, but it is the tweaking that will take the time. You get 2 synths with a "synth edit" and a "synth patch" to make squirrely sounds. The edit allows you to create the sound you want using, oh whatever the hell it is, knobs like decay, attack, release, changing the wave frequency of the synth, pitch knobs, gain, stuff you need to just mess around with in order to figure out what it is you want to do. Then the synth patch allows you to further customise your sounds by actually plugging in virtual cables to virtual jacks and then messing with more knobs! It is virtual analog essentially. Pretty fun and you can spend so much time plugging and unplugging, twisting and turning knobs, getting some crazy sounds. You get 4 drum tracks to work with, but even these can be modified into using it as a sort of synthesizer, as you can sequence all your notes on a keyboard with all the instruments, as well as you have some effect options (delay flange chorus) and more knobs for your drum tracks. I'll speak of what I do not like about it, because I like it a lot and think it is very good, so the cons may be easier to understand in terms of functionality... The cons:: (or the less good) The biggest thing that comes to mind, that I really find inconvenient is the pattern system they have in place. (And I would say that the problems I have with the game is the limits that are in place, for instance you have 100 measures to work with, so you cannot make a longer song than that...) There are 16 patterns you have to work with, which function as the parts to your song. within each pattern you can have 2 analog synth parts and a drum part (or with DSi it is doubled). That is all good, but the problem I have is that you cannot easily, or at all for that matter (unless I haven't figured it out which i don't think is the case), move a single instrument - synth 1 or 2, or drums, to another pattern without having to redo the entire pattern. By this I mean that you cannot for instance, copy the synth 1 part that you really like and want to be in a different pattern, you cannot copy it and put it in another pattern without copying and transferring the entire pattern. This is my biggest gripe. Because if you have made several patterns, but later decide you want to change out the synth part for a previous one you had made on another pattern, you cannot just copy and paste the synth, you must do it over the entire pattern, which will erase the settings you had specifically configured for that pattern. I want to just keep the synth sound i had made, and copy it through the patterns, but instead you must essentially redo the pattern every time if you want to change the sound. I hope that makes sense, because it is my biggest trouble with this software. You basically have 16 different patterns with which to construct a 100 measure song or less, which can seem limiting when trying to make some seriously kickace tunes. These are the biggest limits of this software, in my opinion. Of course, a DSi doubles the capacity I guess, but I have not one yet, which kind of sucks for people who don't. I actually am planning on getting one just to expand Korg DS+'s uses. Anyway, the good far outweigh the bad with this device. I did not even mention the Kaoss pad functions the synths have, which are fun. If you, like I, have a kp3 or some other Kaoss pad, this can be quite a fun and unique way of creating and exploring music. For real Nintendo sounding chip tunes, if you will. It is a lot of fun to be able to create music that sounds like it was in Sonic the Hedgehog, or in Mega Man 2 (or 9 or 10 for that matter!). If you read to this point, thanks and good job. I hope I provided a little bit of insight into what this device is capable of, it is quite intense and a lot of fun too. I recommend this to anyone who thinks this would be fun and interesting, most likely people interested in making analog music, or just an alternative way of making music on a DS.

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