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KORG Gadget


This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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.

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What's New in Version 3.5.0

• Lisbon : A polyphonic synthesizer gadget to create the sound of the future.
• Vancouver : A simple sampler gadget that allows you to play preloaded sounds using the keyboard.
• DeeMax : Loudness Maximizer “DOTEC-AUDIO DeeMax” is now a gadget.
• Supported iPhone X.
• Project uploading and browsing for Allihoopa.
• Added import and export of user programs.
• Fixed the problem of the IFX knob being difficult to use.
• Other enhancements to make Gadget easier to use.


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Customer Reviews

Now it’s broke

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.

Best DAW on mobile!

I’m composing the best music yet! Great diversity of synthesizers, always loved Korg gear and software!

A reference app for the platform

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.

KORG Gadget
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.5.0
  • Size: 1.06 GB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Bilbao$6.99
  2. Abu Dhabi$6.99
  3. Gladstone$9.99
  4. Madrid$9.99
  5. Kamata$9.99
  6. Vancouver$9.99
  7. Lisbon$9.99
  8. DeeMax$9.99