Japanese game producer AQ interactive must have some extra-geeky nerds on its programming staff, judging by the bang-up job they’ve done of implementing a classic synthesiser on the Nintendo DS.
AQI’s KORG DS-10 is, you may have guessed, a handheld virtual implementation of KORG’s MS-10 synth from the 1970s. Best of all for fans of retro tech, it’s currently being polished off for a Japan release in July at just ¥4,800 (£23).
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The developers, who claim to have come up with the DS-10 as a result of a barroom challenge among themselves, have loaded the DS with real synth samples from KORG and combined them with screens that replicate the look of the original hardware.
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Musicians reading this will want to know that the touchscreen gives access to two analogue synthesizers, a drum machine, a six-track sequencer and a mixer. If that all sounds mysterious, AQI assures us even a novice can get to grips with the DS-10.
Lastly, this isn’t the solo, bedroom-bound pursuit we expected – the wireless link on the DS means like-minded musos can get together in a room and twiddle each other’s knobs until the early hours.