I generally don’t do too many ‘coming soon….’ items here on the Music App Blog as I’d rather wait until something is actually available. However, occasionally, something particular catches my attention…. And, as I posted a few weeks ago, Korg most certainly caught my (and lots of other I suspect) attention with their pre-NAMM announcement that Gadget was coming to OSX.
When it comes to ‘all-in-one’ electronic music production apps available for iOS, Korg’s Gadget is one of best options available. Korg have managed to strike an excellent balance between a flexible feature set, some fabulous sounds, and a slick workflow that works brilliantly on a touchscreen device. The company have continued to move the app forward since its release in 2014 bringing quite a number of new ‘gadgets’ available through IAPs.
A further press release yesterday has now confirmed that the OSX version is due for release on February 28th. It also confirms that the OSX version will include the long-awaited audio recording feature, a powerful collection of VST/AU/AAX plugins, all the existing ‘gadgets’ found in the iOS version and a new drum gadget.
However, perhaps the best bit of the news for iOS gadget fans is that v.3 of the iOS app will also arrive on the same day and, yes, the same new drum gadget and gadgets for audio track support will be available (although there is no mention of whether these will be IAPs; I suspect they will be).
We also have confirmation of the pricing. There will be a launch price of US$199 for the desktop version but, if I understand correctly, this will include the full set of the current gadget list (30+ in total). At some stage after launch, the ‘normal’ price of US$299 will kick in. There was no statement at this point about any further pricing incentives for existing iOS Gadget owners. It will be interesting to see if Korg do offer something along these lines to ease their existing Gadget user base over to OSX – watch this space…..
Gadget for iOS is currently priced at US$49.99 (UK£38.99) but, to get the full set of IAP gadgets would get you close to that US$199 starting point for the desktop version. US$199 (the launch price) is the same as Apple’s own Logic Pro X, while the mid/top-end versions of Cubase Pro (c. US$575), Reason (c. US$370) and Ableton Live (US$350) are all more expensive.
There are, of course, lots of other desktop DAW/sequencers and options on even these examples, at a whole range of different price points…. but, at US$199/299, Korg would seem to me to be pitching right into the middle of the existing mainstream competition. This is a very crowded market place and there is huge inertia when it comes to moving between DAW/sequencers by many users because of the learning curves involved. It will, therefore, be very interesting to see what initial impact Gadget makes on OSX…. and also whether Korg push onwards towards Windows support. Hopefully, a full review of the desktop version will follow here on the blog as soon as possible after release….. It might be a desktop app, but I’m sure many iOS Gadget users will be interested in just how the Gadget experience is on the desktop and the connectivity between the two versions.
In the meantime, it has to be said that Korg continue to impress with the iOS music app collection. If you are looking for some classy iOS music apps to add iPad, then do check out the original reviews of Gadget, Module, iM1, ARP ODYSSEi and iWaveStation. They are all excellent and, while not the cheapest iOS music apps that you can buy, they most certainly offer excellent value for money.