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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first fully functioning music creation software for DS
The Korg DS 10 is not really a game. Sure it's on a games machine, but it's actually a fully working emulation of a real-life synthesiser, the Korg MS10. This was a big old piece of anologue tech from the 80's - bigger than most PCs today. Now, every fucntion from the original machine and more fit on a DS cart and can be used by anyone.

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Published on 12 Oct 2008 by Mr. J. Harvey

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT Professional Quality, Just a Fun Notepad
This little software synth for the DS is gathering huge plaudits everywhere, and many five star reviews on amazon here in the UK and in the USA. Whilst the features on offer are quite capable of allowing DS owning musicians to compose on the move, the sound quality of the DS simply cannot live up to the hype.

Let's not get carried away.

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Published on 6 Feb 2009 by Peri Urban


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first fully functioning music creation software for DS, 12 Oct 2008
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Mr. J. Harvey - See all my reviews
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
The Korg DS 10 is not really a game. Sure it's on a games machine, but it's actually a fully working emulation of a real-life synthesiser, the Korg MS10. This was a big old piece of anologue tech from the 80's - bigger than most PCs today. Now, every fucntion from the original machine and more fit on a DS cart and can be used by anyone.

What you have are 2 synth channels, 4 drum channels, a mixer and an fx board. You can create your own synth and drum sounds from scratch using the same settings you'd use on a real synth. You have 2 occilatiors on each synth too. You program the sounds using a sequencer, a keyboard input or an awesome kaoss pad input, allowing you to literally draw the sound. Each input offers varying degrees of control, and can be used to sculpt exactly the sound you're looking for, or to jam randomly and still have something that sounds great.

This is a fantastic tool for anyone that likes electronic music, pro or enthusiastic amateur. It's so fully functional for what is essentially a toy.

Also, you can use up to 4 of them in wireless synch mode to really flesh out a tune, allowing you to control multiple elements simultaniously. I'm buying another copy for my other DS!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm off to join Kraftwerk now..., 31 Oct 2008
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Gavin Wilson - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Not for those with poor sight, this is a great source of entertainment for anyone interested in how electronic music can be created by those with no training. I'm a non-musician who has owned a few digital synths in my time, but I'm told the DS-10 models an analog synth. So it's very instructive for me. The best recommendation for this cartridge can be found on YouTube. A great way to while away the time spent commuting to work (unless you're driving or cycling). Although it's more fun to use the DS-10 without reading the manual, you will eventually find there are more virtual knobs on screen than you expected, so a quick read-through of the instruction booklet is recommended.

So next time you see someone on a train busy with headphones and stylus, they won't be playing with a stylophone, they'll be dabbling with a DS-10. The DS-10 is the stylophone for the Noughties!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good use of the DS, 10 Mar 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I agree with most of what other reviewers have said, not really a game, but still great fun.
Great tool if you are new to electronic music and on a learning curve, a portable way of experimenting with basic synth's.
If you are a seasoned musician it is useful as a sketch pad for ideas etc.
If your into music and you have DS lite you should get one, well worth 20
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT Professional Quality, Just a Fun Notepad, 6 Feb 2009
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Peri Urban "periurban" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
This little software synth for the DS is gathering huge plaudits everywhere, and many five star reviews on amazon here in the UK and in the USA. Whilst the features on offer are quite capable of allowing DS owning musicians to compose on the move, the sound quality of the DS simply cannot live up to the hype.

Let's not get carried away.

Details on the technical capabilities if the DS sound architecture are sketchy (which is another way of saying I can't find out!) but clearly what you are getting here is NOT pro grade sound quality (44.1kHz/16bit). If you plan to use the sounds generated by the DS-10 in anything serious (whether live or recorded) be prepared for some pleasant sounding lo-fi digital grunge. The filters are especially prone to sample limitation grittiness.

[And for the record, the MS-10 synthesiser had a single oscillator, whilst the DS-10 is built around two dual oscillator synths and has drums as well as analogue sequencers, effects and the Kaos pad. The MS-20 was the model that had two oscillators, and neither synth had any of the bells and whistles of the DS-10, so the DS-10 really should be called the "DS-20x2+".

But let's not get picky!]

Having worked closely over many years with an MS-20 back in the day I can tell you that the DS-10 neither sounds like it nor functions like it (although the graphics and semi-modular design are an obvious reference point). This new version stays in tune for a start, but it lacks the bite and presence that the original had, thanks to the sub-pro digital processing engine.

There's lots of fun to be had here, and for us old crusties a certain amount of shaking-of-head-and-stroking-of-chin type reminiscences. Undoubtedly, what has been achieved here is only just short of being a miracle, but I cannot help feeling that with just a little extra effort more might have been done to make this a seriously useful tool.

Although individual sequences can be linked together to make longer arrangements, each sequence is limited to 16 equal steps, so fancy 32nd trills and triplets aren't easy to achieve. Given that the modelling on offer is determinedly retro the decision to stick solidly with the original design of the analogue sequencers of the 1970's does limit the possibilities.

There is no means of exporting or synchronising the output with anything other than other DS-10s. Could some use not have been made of the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection to send MIDI information to a compatible PC host?

All that aside this is still a fantastic toy for serious musicians and a tool of sorts should the inevitable compromises be acceptable to you, and it does point the way towards the future of fully specified portable professional digital audio. If the DS can do this, what will tomorrow's "next gen" technology be capable of delivering?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DS10 - a pocket full of fun!, 13 July 2009
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A must-have for any synth player who has a Nintendo. Well, until the DSi version with double the number of parts appears over here anyway. :)
It sounds great - very versatile, and synced with other Nintendos works very well. Have even used one live. Jamming with the little kaoss pad is great and even the keyboard is usable. Only drawback (IMHO) is inability to adjust step sequencer lengths during playback and the fact all step sequencers share the same length parameter. But would buy again like a shot - total bargain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars korg DS-10, 31 May 2009
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Andrew Syme "androidspud" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
this is an amazing "game" theres so many things you can do with it. you can make a baking track for yourself to play along to with your guitar/ bass/ violin whatever you play. or you could make an entrire track. getting your head around the differnent functions can take a while but it pays off if you keep at it. and the abitlity to share what you've made with yuor friends is great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synth in a cart, 5 April 2009
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This review is from: Korg DS-10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
This title is literally a full port of a Korg sythesizer onto the Nintendo DS. It even has virtual patch leads to connect modules! Lots of fun tweaking and composing, you can save your compostions to cartridge. If you like electronic music and have a DS it's a no-brainer. By the way, if you have a black DS the whole effect of the software is great, with the DS looking just like a tiny synthesizer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Korg...korg...korg...your amazing!, 20 Feb 2010
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Well...what can i say apart from if you like music and music production and own a ds then buy this game!! its amazing! i am not going to say what uk band i am in but we have used this in studio recordings and on live stage as well.I sat for days and still do making new stuff up on it and then take what i have and either load it up to an electronic drum brain or midi foot pedal to set off and use live.If you have the time and are willing to give this program the love it deserves it will reward you...i can imagine there have been a lot of younger kids buying this and just sitting there thinking what have they bought ha ha.But really buy this.I just wish now that they would start releasing higher end music programs for the ds as its great being able to use the ds rather than carting a laptop around to make up new interesting stuff whislt traveling...

buy it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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appears unused makes good noises prompt delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my boyfriend, 4 Jun 2014
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Purchased for my boyfriend and he loves it! It was perfect and timing as he's waiting for his real korg to arrive.
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