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Korg Gadget is Coming to macOS

Today Korg announced that their self-contained DAW Gadget is heading over to macOS! This includes "all of the more than 30 gadgets" which will be available for use inside of Gadget for macOS; as well as a collection of VST/AU/AXX plug-ins with the purchase of Gadget. So you can use Gadgets in other DAWs too!

The official site also mentions two new gadgets are coming with the macOS version. First up is a long-awaited audio recorder, and the second is a 16 pad drum gadget. Although the website doesn't explicitly state that these gadgets will come out for iOS, I am hearing some credible rumors that they both will. The rumors also mention new effects are coming to iOS.

Main features of KORG Gadget for Mac

* Award winning KORG Gadget currently iOS only will soon be available for Mac.
* The ultimate Gadget collection includes all of the more than 30 gadgets.
* Intuitive and simple operation that delivers powerful music production
* Power users can get back to the basics, beginners can jump right into great music making.
* Takes advantage of the large screen with a single-window four-split (divided in four) screen design.
* Comes with "Gadget Plug-in Collection," a magnificent collection of plug-ins that support AU, VST, AAX, and NKS.
* Two new gadgets provide long-awaited audio recording.
* A new powerful drum gadget with 16 pads.
* Supports the latest technology including Allihoopa, Ableton Link, and Bluetooth MIDI.
* Seamless connection between KORG Gadget for iOS and KORG Gadget for Mac enables a smooth workflow so you can produce music anytime and anywhere.

All information will be publicly announced when the NAMM show opens on January 19, 2017 (local time) in Anaheim, California, USA.

We'll have to wait until the 19th for confirmation on the gadgets coming to iOS, as well as pricing and release date on Gadget for macOS.

Reader Comments 12

especially considering the fact that musicians and other creatives are abandoning macs at increasing rates lately, it's a bummer Korg isn't also developing a Win10 version of Gadget
January 12, 2017  | person_outline heaving brown
This is hugely exciting. Already putting cash in a jar for when this is released. : n )
January 12, 2017  | person_outline Pete
I'm sure it will come in time I just would imagine it's easier to create a Mac port from iOS than a windows one (initially at least). Why do you think users are jumping ship from Mac usage (out of interest)? Loss of ports/cost? I know my own reason for buying a PC at some stage is I totally can't afford an outrageously overpriced iMac (that just increased price in the U.K. by 25% too) Apple lol! However, being into design I gotta say I'd love to have the iMacs gorgeous display! Reality is an overcloked PC is around a 3rd of the price, which is a pretty dam big line between those that can (and those that can't) naturally Brexit made things considerably worse - dam it (Kimmy)!
January 12, 2017  | person_outline ConfusedKitten
Gadget on 16gb of ram and an i7 processor ? It's gonna need a 'faster' name for Macs! Korg GT should do it.
January 12, 2017  | person_outline a1
Is it naïve to hope for a discount on the desktop product for those of us that own the iOS version? I certainly don't feel like buying all the same gadgets again. Will it feel weird not being able to touch everything in the interface?

I definitely want to give this a go. I love Gadget, though it is rare I finish a whole track in it, so if it is prohibitively expensive and makes me feel like I'm buying something I already own, I'll probably hold back.
January 13, 2017  | person daveknapik
if they don't offer a crossgrade i'm out
January 13, 2017  | person_outline pn
Excellent. This makes Korg's investment in the software look even more strong/committed. I'm absolutely interested in this, primarily for making porting of Gadget projects to my Mac easier. I'm especially pleased to hear the gadgets will support AU.

I suspect I won't be able to use this on Snow Leopard... :-/
January 13, 2017  | person dysamoria
Are people abandoning Macs? I certainly am not. I think what people (who have never really liked Apple in the first place) miss the point of, is that the Mac is the main computer and the iPad is in fact the keyboard. And touch controller, and expansion unit, and extra storage unit, and portable take out bit, and.. well you get the idea. Apple may be a little slow on the innovation side these days, but Microsoft are no different. Don't get me wrong, I like Surface, but Surface still only really works best with an external keyboard and mouse. Windows 10 touch still isn't quite there. With Apple's system you get a far better choice.
January 13, 2017  | person_outline tom_tm
I just switched from an older Windows machine to a not-quite-as-old MacBook Pro I bought and fixed up. Why? I like that Apple puts real quality work into their audio API, something I have yet to see happen with Windows or Android, and the fact that I can now run some software I couldn't get for Windows. And, I'm running Windows 10 under Parallels, so I can still run a couple Windows programs that aren't available for Mac. Can't go the other way.

I still have a Windows box hooked up to my digital piano to run Pianoteq, because that's all it needs to do. But that goes through an external USB interface, which takes care of Windows' never-get-it-right audio latency problems.
January 13, 2017  | person DavidF
Oh man ...bet you gotta buy it yet again? I also would bet that the two new gadgets will somehow NOT be available unless you buy the MacOs version...that's seems to be the gadget style, so for me it's all about the price...cuz I already own all the gadgets and everything else. If the two new gadgets are available without the purchase, I will probably pass on the OS X version...as I have way more powerful synths on my desktop than what these provide, and I see this not being as cool without a touchscreen.

The new 16 pad drum machine and audio track gadgets will be welcome in my arsenal...but I still so wish we had a linear sequence mode as well as the pattern mode.

January 14, 2017  | person Heretik7
I moved from Windows PC to Mac a few years back when Apple was doing things right. They've stopped that and are going downhill, but I'm not going back to PC or Windows for anything but gaming (and I don't have the money for a gaming setup anyway). I hate Windows and hate PC hardware voodoo. So, for what it's worth, that's my response to the "switching" comment above...
January 14, 2017  | person dysamoria
I have two Mac SE30's still in the closet. Back in the day those SE30's and Opcode Vision or Performer were the industry standard for keyboard players and song writers. Times have definately changed. I can work equally well with either these days but prefer PC's and iPads due to the much cheaper cost. I have Gadget and don't like it. Not that its a bad program, but you just get too use to a workflow, and for me having to learn a whole new work flow eats too much into my creativity bringing my focus to the technology instead of the music itself.
January 16, 2017  | person_outline Rick Emerson

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