KORG have long embraced their Japanese neighbors at Nintendo by bringing music apps to handheld gaming platforms. Now it’s Nintendo Switch’s turn.

With the added power of Switch, spring 2018 promises to give the Nintendo platform the same box of virtual instruments and effects and sequencing tools we’ve come to expect on iOS. So all those drum machines and synths and sound processors and song creation and arrangement features make the leap.

But because Switch is both a handheld and something you can use on your couch with a TV, expect two modes of interaction. In addition to being able to switch between Zelda and music making, you can port that Switch at home and make music on the couch. We’ll have to see how comfortable that is with these gaming-style controllers, but it could make an interesting new alternative to parking in front of Netflix.

A close partnership with a boutique Japanese developer has enabled Korg’s long track record on mobile. Detune Ltd. have brought a lot of KORG’s iOS and gaming titles to life. That includes the KORG DSN-12 and KORG M01D for 3DS (available as digital downloads), and even cartridges for earlier Nintendo cartridges, but also iOS titles like KORG iDS-10 and iMS-20 for iPhone and iPad.

Detune have done a lot of non-KORG titles, as well. And it’s fair to say they’re steeped in game and music culture, having put out gaming soundtracks and app-only compilations made with their own instruments. I’ve met the developers, and they’re avid musicians as well as music geeks. Check them out:

http://www.detune.co.jp/

Here’s that tweet:

And a closer look at their first display:

And some video:

Yes, we want it. But oh wow do we ever want this damned t-shirt. FIGHT ON DAW – whatever that means!

Japanese journalists got their hands on it – Japanese only:

Famitsu

4gamer has a lot of photos — here are a couple of especially good ones:

  • Peter

    Yea but will it work the nano controllers or usb midi?

    • okeribok

      It probably will work with the nano studio controllers over bluetooth. I doubt usb midi, but it should not be to hard. Then again, neither is an external midi gadget and we’ll probably never get that…

  • sadide

    The gestural controls possible with the joycons make this very interesting, actually.

  • Tony Scharf

    My son absolutely *loves* playing with Gadget on my iPad. He says its his favorite ‘noise game’. I get this for his Switch, and he will probably be lost in it for days…

    This is how the next generation makes music. Korg is very astute to be at the forefront of it.