Korg already have an impressive array of iOS music apps available on the App Store. I use a number of these on a regular basis with Gadget perhaps being my favourite. However, they are all excellent and I’m also a big fan of the iMS-20 and iKaosillator.
Anyway, as Korg announced a week or so ago, their next iOS offering was to be Korg Module for iPad, a ‘sound module’ app that, initially at least, looks like it will focus of a particular range of keyboard sounds but do those at very high quality.
Well, as of today, Korg Module is available on the App Store. I haven’t had a chance to fully explore as yet but, when I have, I’ll post a full review. Initial impressions are very positive however. The app has launch pricing of UK£20.99 (US$29.99) but this 25% off price is for a limited time only so, if the app strikes a chord with you (doh!) then get in there quickly.
The initial release offers five modules featuring acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, clav and ‘multi’ (a range of sounds including strings, bass and synths). The specification includes Audiobus and IAA support – so you can use the app with other iOS music apps – but the modules will also appear as five ‘gadgets’ within Gadget.
Two further modules are available for purchase as IAPs within Gadget; Ivory Mobile Grand from Synthology and Korg’s own Wurley Electric Piano. Synthogy’s Ivory is one of the better sample-based acoustic piano virtual instruments available on the desktop and is highly respected for its sound quality and realism. To see it offered for an iPad (albeit in a ‘mobile’ edition) is therefore quite impressive. That IAP will usually cost you UK£20.99 but it is also available at a reduced price during the launch (33% off). The Wurly Electric Piano IAP is – for the launch period only – available free.
Do bear in mind, however, that this is iPad only, requires iOS8 of better and the base app is a 1.3GB download. It runs fine on an iPad Air 1 but I suspect you do want a fairly recent generation of iPad hardware to really get the best out of the app. Oh, and Gadget has received an update today – to v.1.1 – to accommodate the integration with Korg Module.
However, if you are looking for high quality keyboard sounds for your iOS music a collection then this does like it could become a bit of a ‘best in class’. Korg also suggest that there will be further sounds released via the IAP route. If you are keen to access some high-class keyboard sounds, then Korg Module at this launching pricing is a very tempting offer. If you are also already a Gadget user, then it is an even better bet. Full review to follow.