Korg 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.
However, their most recent addition – Korg Module – caused just as much of a stir as Gadget when it was released in November last year. If you need to catch up, I did a full review of Module and the two additional IAP expansion packs just after its release. It may be strongly focused on acoustic and electric piano sounds – although there are other sounds included also – but within those sounds, it does deliver fabulous quality.
To my ears at least, this is as good a virtual instrument as we currently have under iOS and, from a sonic perspective, I happily use Module in almost any performance context, either in the studio or for a live outing; it sounds great. The fact that it also integrates beautifully into Korg’s Gadget, if you also happen to own that app as well, is an added bonus.
Anyway, an update to Module hit the App Store today bringing the app to v.1.1. There are obviously some routine maintenance fixes that have been implemented but the key new features are technical rather than sonic and both are accessed via the Settings menu. First, the app now offers a Global Transpose function so if you want to play in another key without… er…. actually playing in another key, well now you can. Second, there is now support for changing the MIDI channel.
Module is brilliant and, if you picked it up at the introductory pricing – along with the bargain pricing on the IAPs – then you certainly got a very good deal indeed. Even so, at the current price of UK£29.99, Module is seriously good value for money for those serious about the quality of their sounds.. 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. Highly recommended.