Earlier this month, I got a copy of the "KORG DS-10 Synthesizer" from XSeed Games. The DS game is basically a simulated KORG MS-10 keyboard in portable form. And it's not dumb-downed for would-be musicians; in fact, it would help a lot if you're already musically inclined and familiar with using the real KORG. Though I have a decade of trumpet-playing under my belt, I'd consider myself a non-musician since I looked at the "game" and was completely daunted by the numerous options. But sometimes the best thing to do is to just jump right in.
Using the knobs and sliders on the touch screen, it was surprisingly easy to manipulate the two analog synthesizers, the drum machine as well as a slew of sounds and effects. After tinkering with the device on-and-off for the last few weeks, I came up with a song that I'm ready to share with the world. Admittedly, my tune is inspired by the music of horror movie legend John Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi's score from Italian zombie film "Zombi 2." It's called "Braaaains." Have a listen.
The "KORG DS-10 Synthesizer" is in stores now so you can have a go at creating music in the palm of your hand -- novice or not.
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