KORG DS-10 Plus

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Powerful, portable electronic music composition software.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This music creation game teaches kids that creating music can be fun and exciting.

Ease of Play

The controls are complicated to use. Learning the complex and deep composition and editing elements offered in this software require patience.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KORG DS-10 Plus is a remarkably detailed music creation software that mimics all the functions of sophisticated synthesizers and drum machines. Younger kids may find fiddling around fun, but learning the complex and deep composition and editing elements requires patience and determination that players younger than 12 may not have.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 15-year-old Written byanamberani March 1, 2010
i love yoou all
Teen, 16 years old Written bySynchronicity February 26, 2010

Double the power, double the fun, but not a game in any sense

If you know about synthesizers (like I do), you know Korg is number one. Everyone from The Chemical Brothers to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has used a Korg in at least... Continue reading

What's it about?

In the game KORG DS-10 PLUS, keyboard manufacturer KORG has managed to pack features and functionality from some of their electronic music-making products onto a tiny, Nintendo DS cartridge. Features include a drum module that lets users build a track with snare, bass drum, high-hat, etc., and four keyboard synthesizers. Players can build songs comprised of up to 12 tracks, layering them together within a sequencer. There are nearly limitless options for changing the shape of track sounds by tweaking knobs, sliders and wires. One impressive option for fiddling with tone is a DS version of the Korg Kaoss Pad, a touch-sensitive screen with an X and Y axis for manipulating pitch, volume, and other properties in real time.

Is it any good?

KORG DS-10 Plus is a very impressive music creation tool that offers literally unlimited choices for composing multi-track songs using a fairly basic interface. This software is really more musical instrument than game, though it does have high fun and replayability factors. Learning the finer points of music track building, however, requires careful study of the manual and real practice with and exploration of the features. The only drawback is a lack of explanatory text and tutorial. The payoff for learning, however, is very rich musical experience that is well worth the effort.

Online interaction: Players can link to other NIntendo DS users to download their musical compositions and add to them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which sound can be manipulated. This game introduces concepts such as decay, sustain, attack, reverberation, and many others. What does increasing or decreasing these qualities do to the sound?

  • Parents can talk to kids about some types of synthesizer sounds found in the game. These same sounds can be heard in many popular songs, so it's fun to identify instances of the sounds.

  • You can also discuss the basic physical properties of sound and how these apply to music. Changing the actual shape of sound waves has fascinating, satisfying, and immediate effect.

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