Playing with Korg DS-10

Korg DS-10 is a small music “studio” for Nintendo DS. It has two synth and four drum tracks (which use the same synth as the lead tracks so no samples there), a simple sequencer, mixer and effects system. It’s pretty limited and very cumbersome to use but I guess the limits are what makes this a fun piece of software to play around with. It’s fun to try and see how far you can get within the limits and with a bit of tweaking and exploring, you can get some surprisingly deep and fat sounds from it. If only composing with it would be easier! Having an option for patterns longer than 16 bars would be a great starting point. And the possibility of separating the synth and drum patterns to their own patterns instead of lumping them together would make things a bit easier. Those are some limitations I’d rather do without :)

Anyway, here’s three mini songs I did with Korg DS-10:

Some dubstep-inspired warble-warble-warble with a subbass sound I accidentally managed to produce:

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Goa trance (be careful with the volume since the levels are quite a bit higher on this song than on the previous one!):

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… I don’t know what this is:

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As a bonus, I’m going to include two of my older tracks from about three years back. These are the most “complete” songs I’ve managed to do. Naturally, these are NOT made with Korg DS-10 but with Buzz on a desktop computer. They are both more or less psytrance-ish.

john peeba – iso pala

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john peeba – hyhmis

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One Response to “Playing with Korg DS-10”

  1. Jana Ysaguirre Says:

    I’m for sure more into the whole dubstepped sound at the moment more than everything else.