For the small, niche crowd of people who are just as invested in the creative aspects of music as they are video games in general, Korg have dropped what is quite a surprising unveil today as the Japanese company — famous for making electronic instruments and other music-affiliated equipment — have announced that Korg Gadget, a music production facility housing software versions of their most famous and popular instruments, is coming to Nintendo Switch. Little is known outside of a few teaser images on the product’s now-live site, but according to the accompanying press release, Korg Gadget for Switch will allow up to four people to play simultaneously and will support motion controls, though to what extent and for what purpose remains unclear.
Though there will be a means to save and move composed tracks/songs, it seems the ability to transfer creations may not come via SD cards and will instead use the Switch’s headphone jack to connect an auxiliary cable to a PC as a means to record to a secondary source. Further details as to how this will properly be executed are still sketchy though. It’s not the first time that Korg have brought their music software to a Nintendo device as they’ve previously created a handheld version of their MS-10 synthesiser in the form of 2008’s Korg DS-10 for Nintendo DS.
For anyone unfamiliar with Korg, it’s a name and brand that many musicians, electronic producers or enthusiasts alike will know and respect, with the company having been responsible for some of the industry’s best and still-used hardware synthesisers on the market — from 1970’s modular synths like the MS-20 to polyphonic 80’s synths such as the Polysix and M1. Korg Gadget provides software equivalents to a large array of Korg’s physical synths alongside drum machines, sequencers and samplers to use alongside other music production software and is currently available on Mac systems as well as iOS devices. No release date has so far been given for the Nintendo Switch port other than a Spring 2018 window.