KORG have launched their customary summer sale for virtual instruments and applications. Until August 20, 2017 you can get Gadget for Mac, Gadget for iOS, and other iOS apps for up to half price. If you have been sitting on the fence about any of these, now would be a good time to get any or all of them.
KORG Gadget for iOS
In the three years of its existence, KORG Gadget has become one of the premier music making apps on iOS, due to its excellent collection of virtual instruments and sound content. It also features a user interface that is well suited for constructing loops, phrases, and indeed whole songs on a touch screen.
After long last, version 3.0 introduced the Zurich gadget for audio recording, so now you can make your own samples, or have vocals in your Gadget tracks. Along with audio input also comes the Rosario gadget for guitar amp simulation and multi-effects, so your Gadget tracks do not need to be made with only virtual instruments anymore.
The existing Gadget line-up already includes the original gadgets, but also KORG classics introduced later, such as the legendary M1 synth in the form of the KORG iM1 app for iOS (US \$14.99 in the sale) – if you purchase it on the App Store, Gadget will detect and activate it.
The same applies to the KORG iWAVESTATION app for iOS (US \$14.99 in the sale, with in-app purchases for additional sound cards for 40 % off), which gives you all the sound content available for the original KORG Wavestation synth for peanuts compared to the original, complete with improvements.
The third big gun is KORG's version of the ARP Odyssey, in the form of the ARP ODYSSEi app for iOS (US \$14.99 in the sale). If these won't give you the synth sound you want, then it's time to make your own, and these synths really deliver on that front.
Add to that the easy export of your Gadget projects as Ableton Live sets, and Ableton Link compatibility, and you have a very powerful music workstation on your iPad (and iPhone, although more screen real estate is definitely better here).
The full version of KORG Gadget for iOS is available on the App Store for the reduced price of US \$19.99 until August 20 (the link should take you to your local App Store):
KORG Gadget for Mac
The Mac version of Gadget was released earlier this year, and while it is essentially the iOS version ported for macOS, there are some significant differences in presentation and content.
The macOS version uses the larger screen of the Mac for a 4-up display. Obviously this scheme works better on a 21" iMac display, say, than a 13" MacBook. Also, the macOS version gives you all the gadgets without any additional in-app purchases, unlike in the iOS version.
KORG's decision to not distribute the macOS version of Gadget through the Mac App Store, but through their own web shop, does rob them of the opportunity to conveniently introduce new gadgets and monetise them like on the iOS version, but as long as any new gadgets become available through updates to the desktop app, there is no reason for the user to complain.
All the gadgets in the macOS version are available to other DAWs on your Mac as both Audio Units and VST plug-ins, so you can use them in Logic Pro X*, Cubase, and Ableton Live.
Purchase KORG Gadget for Mac in the KORG Shop: korg-gadget-for-mac.html