The DSN-12 combines 12 mono-synths, effects modules, a 64-step sequencer and a 3D oscilloscope to their latest collaboration with Detune.
The synth, made in collaboration with the appmaker Detune, is built for the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system. But like Korg's previous mobile releases—their iMS-20 synth for iPad, for example—the DSN-12 is more than a video game. It's built from 12 individual mono-synths based on Korg's MS-10. You can add up to three effects to each of them—with modules ranging from delay and flanger to compression—and sequence them individually. Then, you can combine them into larger patterns and up to 99 "scenes." You can also visualize your synthesized sounds using a 3D oscillator.
As the company has described it, the UI was designed to make sketching out music as easy as possible: "Since you can make your ideas take shape very quickly, you can enjoy constructing songs in real time while performing in a DJ-like manner." The video below provides a teaser for what to expect from the DSN-12.
Korg will release the DSN-12 in September 2014.