KORG Gadget Music App Review (iOS, $28.99)

  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: KORG INC.
  • Updated: Jan, 23 2014
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 279.43 MB

Languages: English

Seller: KORG INC.

KORG Gadget for iPad Out Now!

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
127 Ratings
All Versions:
127 Ratings



The ultimate mobile synth collection on your iPad
KORG Gadget - the all-in-one music production studio

KORG Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called "Gadgets”, which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music.

*** A collection of fifteen Gadgets ***
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions. The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don't play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function, Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?

*** Ideal track-making experience while on the go. Control two things at once. ***
For the most part, KORG Gadget uses the vertical orientation that makes the iPad easy to hold in one hand and is the most common style of interface on iOS devices. The screen of the iPad is divided vertically in two halves, allowing you to simultaneously control two types of content-"song creation" and "sound creation". by placing the current Gadget on the bottom of the screen while always showing the sequencing environment up top.-This ensures that your creative production flow is not interrupted. That's all you have to know. You'll enjoy the simple and intuitive sequencer, and experience track-making in an environment that's been perfectly optimized for mobile use, while retaining professional quality in everything from the effects to the mixer.

*** Capture ideas for your songs wherever you like. An ideal choice as a second DAW ***
If you run out of ideas while producing a song, try taking KORG Gadget somewhere that you find inspirational, like a cafe or your living room. Then create sounds or phrases with your favorite gadget and stock up on ideas. The data you create can be exported as audio data for a variety of uses. Even if you typically use a computer or sophisticated music production equipment, KORG Gadget is an ideal partner that will inspire you from a different perspective. KORG Gadget is also an ideal choice as a second DAW that's easy to take with you along anywhere.

*** Share songs to the GadgetCloud and connect to users around the world. ***
Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on "GadgetCloud," a music sharing site for KORG Gadget users worldwide. By exchanging songs between mobile musicians around the world, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. This is a music production space that's fun to use; you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by KORG, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from KORG Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, sending your tracks wherever you like.

GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that's supported by creative artists world-wide. You will need a SoundCloud account.

***A fusion of cutting-edge iOS technology; a mobile studio that continues to evolve ***
By connecting an external MIDI keyboard via the Camera Connection Kit, you can play the 15 synthesizers in Gadget from a real keyboard. A wide range of iOS music technology is also supported, including AudioCopy, and WIST. There's a roadmap for future updates that will add new gadgets and support audio tracks, further perfecting the system as a mobile music production studio. KORG Gadget will continue to evolve in support of serious mobile music-making.

Customer Reviews

  • Game Changer

    by 1dionysus

    And I mean it! I've never had so much fun and been so productive at the same time! This is ThE app I've been waiting for as KorG seems to understand how a performer, composer, arranger and beat maker approaches the creation of music. Needs MIDI Out, Audio In, external MIDI tempo sync, Audiobus, more mastering options, and an option for continuous 'smart' phrase recording so that I can keep recording and not have to STOP and think about where a phrase ends and begins. Do this KORG and I'll give you 5 Stars and a big smooch on the gadget of your choice! Oh...and more gadgets please!

  • KORG!!! LISTEN!!!

    by angelo grover

    Landscape Mode...who the heck is walking around making music in portrait mode? Individual track rendering! Full MIDI implementation...This goes for ALL remotely serious synth programmers...get with it! What do I mean? Well, full parameter assignment is the obvious starter. I LOVE KORG!

  • More

    by Lazybwoy

    Please add ability to sidechain tracks!!! Plus and minus buttons would be nice for changing the bpm as dragging can be hard to dial in exact bpm. Also make horizontal orientation possible. Thanks Korg you guys rock.

  • Awesome

    by Iwannagotospace

    This things great. No latency on my ipad 4. Contrary to what ive seen on at least one review, you CAN program and save your own presets on each instrument (see the "user" button?) Wish there was a sampler though. That would give it a fifth star for me.

  • Landscape Support PLEASE!

    by Distropolis

    A lot of iPad music creators are using audio docks (like the Alesis, Behringer and Focusrite offerings). These are all landscape oriented devices. Please offer us a landscape mode option for docking!

  • Running on Brand New Ipad

    by Laura Z 13

    No Crashes , had 8 devices open , Sounds very Korg , similar sound their other apps .. workflow is a bit weird takes a bit of getting use to Would be nice if automation of mute and solo buttons on mixer ..overall nice solid app ..kind of pricey ..but its a nice set of Korg sounds and works well with a midi keyboard

  • Great app.

    by fred0220

    Love this app. Would really love. import own samples. audiobus a undo button chop lab

  • Impressively dynamic music app that delivers a fun and unique experience.

    by Splooger

    I love the concept, sound and interface of the korg gadget app. The variety of unique synths makes this app a ton of fun to explore. Each and every synth in korg gadgets has its own personality. Dont let the name gadgets fool you into thinking it will sound like a toy. The sound quality is amazing and offers dirty basses, solid drum kits and anthem like leads. The interface is made in a way that makes creating and organizing music easy. The sequencers are greatly editable and the mixer is easy to use. Over all this is a fun app with plenty of depth to dive into. I would love to see updates for the latency issues and possibly a landscape mode.

  • Looking forward to future versions!

    by GoocherZ

    Synths are outstanding. I'm especially looking forward to AudioBus support. I rate this high because of the awesome collection of synths and the straight-forward usability of the interface. When AudioBus support is added, this app will be a dream machine!

  • Huge miss. Hope Korg fixes.

    by MusicDenied

    Such a pity. Terrific concept, value, sound. Great synths. The analog ones are awesomely done. BUT, you can't really play this thing. The latency renders it almost impossible to use other than by drawing your sequences manually, or by quantize the heck out of your clips. I love Korg. I have the original M1 and have used its PC software version live. Other Korg apps on the iPad have been amazing and very useful for real music production. But Korg, why did you put this out like this? It really misses the mark as a result of the latency. At the price paid, we expect much better performance. It's supposed to be a real production tool, not a game, especially at that price. Please get this fixed. Oh and make sure it performs well on an iPad 2 please. All my other music apps do not have these problems.

  • Great app, fun to use

    by Grandz22

    Would be perfect if it had a sample player, would like to use my own drum sounds! Also need to re arrange scenes. Surprised I wasn't able to drag them up or down. Also landscape mode would be helpful. But besides that sounds are great, I have no latency issues, probably because I have an ipad air. Sequencer makes sense. Export tracks would also be useful. And more effect and routing options please. Great app Korg!!

  • Less Dubstep Please

    by Rekx

    The app seems cool, I have only skimmed the surface so far... I really like some of the gadgets like kingston (for chiptune sounds), helsinki, tokyo (analog style drums), dublin (moog), CHICAGO. I wish Korg built a hardware version of this TB-303 style synth! There are, however, some gadgets that are worthless to me. I find the dubstep synth and the anthem synth to sound cheesy, not to mention I hate those genres. Dubstep should not exist! I'm sure everyone will have a gadget or two they never use... To each their own. Korg offers us a variety of choices, and I'm looking forward to more gadgets! And with no in-app purchases, I hope! I am interested to see what future updates bring and then I might raise my rating to 5 stars! I personally would like to see a "circuit bent" style gadget!

  • Yes, you can save presets

    by xkidmidnightx

    All you have do do is click the preset name. A folder dialog will pop up. Beside the folder dialog is a save icon. Click it and you can save your sound. If any of you had spent more than 3 seconds looking at this you would have seen the user tab and realized you could save your sounds.

  • Best music making app

    by Vitalizer28

    The music making workflow on this app is so intuitive, that it keeps me inspired much better than with Caustic. I love the sequencer on this app much better than any other. I am able to run as many gadgets as I need on my mini Ipad and if it starts to glitch, I just freeze a gadget and continue on; so awesome. What would make this a real pro producer making tool....would be to add OMF export (render individual tracks audio as bundle) that way it can be imported into any daw system and finalize them (add audio tracks) and master them properly. A vocoder/audio track/sampler is needed.

  • Great but needs updates

    by seth s scott

    The app overall is great and the sounds are awesome. BUT here are some updates that I think are necessary to make thus a 5 star app: 1. I have no interest in using this as a sequencer. I solely want this for the sounds and to use it with my midi keyboard (via the Apple camera connector kit). There needs to be an option to use each gadget in full screen mode in a landscape view without the sequencer taking up half the screen. The knobs and buttons are extremely small and hard to press most of the time. 2. The latency and bit of lag while using a midi keyboard also could be fixed a bit. It's not unplayable but there is a slight delay when using a midi keyboard. 3. I am using this on a iPad Mini and it definitely has trouble with even 2-3 gadgets open. Unless you have a BRAND new iPad don't expect to be able to use more than 3 gadgets at a time without extreme lag. I am hoping most of these get fixed in future updates as I know this app is really new. The sounds are great and worth 5 stars but the overall functionality needs tweaking and tuning.

  • Dope!!!

    by itsmrdizz

    Very simple operation, and great sounds!! Need to fix latency issue. Also needs to be able to record parameter tweaks and should be audiobus and or inter-app audio compatible. Last thing would be the ability to import your own samples. I really really dig this app and it's going to be a major part of my IOS music creation workflow.

  • Smooth and works as described on ipad mini (non-ret)

    by apollo1377

    When you get used to workflow, it's pretty awesome. Great sounds. Put down the pipe and pick this up. This will be perfect when you can import your own sounds.

  • Fun!

    by Ggatarz

    Great app, tons of fun!!!

  • Feels kinda beta...it's fun, but it's not for musicians.

    by ikt

    It's more of a sketch pad than a DAW. The forced use of portrait mode is baffling and pointless. WHY??? Actually they say it's more natural but my guess is that it was cheaper to develop a static interface. Pity. It's a fun killer with the synths. Sounds are great, the piano roll misses some basics like fade out and undo. It's a lot of fun, and if you aren't a regular musician, you'll love the synth and drum layouts because they sound great and are easy. For musicians, you'll spend half the time trying to find basic DAW features that ultimately don't exist. it's frustrating. Hopefully an update will attend to the basics.

  • Not perfect but...

    by TheDudeAbided

    Love Korg, love the sounds on offer here. Sequencer is a joy to use. Synths are very sound-and-style specific with limited tweakability but the parameters that are tweakable are generally good choices. Sound quality is fantastic. If you are or were an Electribe or Volca fan, this is a must-have. Issues: on a 3rd gen ipad with no other apps open keyboard input has a serious lag, both internal and midi connected keys. Hard to record properly until this is fixed, although an iffy take can be quickly cleaned up in the sequencer, and sequencer playback does not suffer from the same latency. I've been able to run 5 gadgets simultaneously with no playback problems, beyond that things start getting choppy. Long delay or reverb is clearly an issue. As to the review that said you can't save presets, that's only partly true. You can't save them within the synth modules, but you can save them within song/scene parameters, i.e. open a track you've been working on and synths will play back like you set them. All gadget knob fiddling is recordable as well, which is brilliant. Four stars for now; fix the input latency, add some sampling or audio in the future, maybe a landscape mode for the synths with pull-down sequencer screen, and is will be about the best all-in-one production package on iOS.

  • 3 and a half stars

    by sol333

    I gave it a one because i know ho it works, and perhaps this message will get to people who are seriously researching this before the buy, and maybe, hopefully, a message to the devs. I love the philosophy behind this piece of gear! It commands you to work within limitations with a pile over very limited but very cool and computationally simple instruments. This is how (my) art is born! Its missing a minimum of 2 essential components, a landscape view option and volume control while working inside an instrument as you loose control of the instrument via midi when you switch to mixer mode. Landcape mode is REQUIRED to honestly do work on an iPad musically, because it is a poorly designed tablet -> with the headphone jack and 30 pin/lightning in on the same axis. meaning you have to hold the device in landscape mode to output sound AND input keyboard control. It is a FUNCTIONAL NECESSITY to have the app synced up to the hardware (apple products) its meant to interface. Anyway this is a brilliant piece of gear. I have no doubt this review will move up to a full, and well deserved, 5 star after a few updates, KORG! ... that is the industry standard practice on the apple marker! BTWs, more updates means a better evolving product, and (HINT HINT), in app purchases with, ehehem, new gear at the low low price of .99-2.99 each depending on their wow factor. Anyway. Bottom line, dear informed reader...buy it! buy it now!!


    by JBassFace82

    Sounds are great! Tons of cool features but the amount of lag I get on my ipad mini makes this app a toy instead of an instrument. I'm really hoping they address this issue with a future update

  • Just don't

    by tgwaste-

    Very very difficult to use. I can't even find something as simple as Undo.

  • Simply

    by Jesse002

    Amazing. Must have software.

  • Incredible synths but needs some features

    by Researchdriven

    This app provides an incredible array of synths that have an impressive array of complexity but to be complete this app needs audiobus and virtual midi support.

  • Outstanding !!!

    by RcF1983

    Korg in da house !!!

  • Good.

    by miguel fierro


  • Mr

    by Thomas in New York

    The Korg: Gadget app is a powerful and occasionally brilliant application for the iPad. While $28.99 (on sale till near the end of February) may seem like a steep price point for an application, judging from the immense playability and extensive set of features and sounds, you'll get your money's worth. If you're in the market for a series of synthesizers and drum machines, you could do a lot worse than the 15 delicious digital modules included here. The graphical interfaces for each module are appealing, ranging from recreations of analog or vintage style synths to futuristic beat-boxes and SFX controllers. The sounds are fantastic as you would expect from Korg. Each module contains some basic audio effects parameters, enough to bring a pleasant digital sheen to everything you produce, though if you are a professional producer you may find these options limiting -- in which case, a quick audio copy or export to Auria would be required. The other main tenant to the application is the built in sequencing/arrangement workflow, presented in an intuitive portrait display. Disregard the naysayers who complain at the lack of landscape functionality -- they're just sour that their iPad case doesn't include a rotating stand. The portrait view works very well, allowing you to draw your own MIDI notes and values, record passages in real time, make parameter and note changes, and arrange various scenes and bits of data into a full composition. There are a few small caveats, however, Korg has gone on the record to state that they have an extensive roadmap planned for the future of this application. No AudioBus support yet, but one can assume this will be added in due time. For some, the portrait view may make using the iPad screen to play actual piano notes cumbersome, but I use a MIDI controller with the iPad camera connector and this is not a problem. There's also not a whole lot in terms of arpeggio patterns or mixing/mastering effects. This stuff aside, the Korg Gadget app is still a steal at is current price point. If you're looking to get an all-in-one, self-contained workstation to write and produce your own chill beat, dubstep, house, or electronica, this is a great choice. If you're a serious electronic musician it's almost a no brainer, considering the breadth of sounds you get. Once AudioBus is integrated and a few additional features pop up, this will easily be a 5 star app. Also, on a side note -- with the iPad Air I have not experienced any latency whatsoever thus far, with up to seven gadgets playing at once.

  • A 16 Instrument Toy!

    by Film less Soundtracks

    Opposed to all the other Korg apps, this is a 16 instrument toy. Maybe good for getting an idea started at best. There's no programming of presets and saving them, plus the items that they provide to edit the "Instruments ?"are a joke! Very good app for a beginner, a Toy for a professional that has the Korg KronosX. Korg can do better than this. I am sure this is a money market app that will later offer you extra sound packs for $4.99 ?. Korg wanted to get into "IPad App Money Market and they did achieve it with this. If you like to program synths and save your own presets, this app will not do it!

  • Great Scott 1.21 gigawatts

    by Scallop Holden

    Let me say up front that I have an iPad2 and this program glitches out if I have 5 or 6 gadgets running. I have everything turned off and app refresh off. I don't really need that many gadgets running to have fun but it makes me want a newer iPad. All the gadgets have nice sounds and I connected a midi keyboard and I could control all the synths from it. No problems. Well worth 30+ dollars. Update: upon further review I think the app needs one thing. The ability to mute individual parts while using a gadget. Like ielectribe. Instead of having the upper left column play a tone or beat when pressed, have it mute/unmute

  • The real deal

    by tracester

    Another knockout from Korg, seriously all you need for making music on your iPad. The price is up there, but for what you get and the endless tweakability, don't hesitate.

  • Latency is bad

    by Eixir

    The synths are cool, and this is a welcome package by Korg. The big problem is the lack of landscape and the latency. When selecting draw or select, be prepared to wait up to 10 seconds before the app registers your selection. Actually playing the drums in real time does not suffer from this though. I'm sure Korg will fix both of these issues soon.

  • SORRY to RAIN on The LOVE PARADE....

    by vurnt22

    Gadget sounds fantastic. I love what I've heard so far, & I'm looking forward to exploring all of this dense apps capabilities. However, the lack of implementation of Landscape mode is a major ergonomic FAIL, that shouldn't be disregarded; the most efficient use of screen real estate for DAW & midi/music-workstation apps is Landscape mode, not only that, it is inconsistent with Korg's own product line; EVERY other Korg app functions in Landscape- apps that Gadget connects to via WIST, their proprietary connection technology. This is fine if you're working with your device hand-held; you can turn it To & Fro as you please, but if you use stands or docks in Landscape mode , it's an annoyance that should have taken into account & consideration. It doesn't feel like it was-at the very least, it would have been courteous to have included the lack of Landscape in the list of Gadgets many features. At $28.00, it's a drag to not have known that a feature that I assumed would have continuity with other apps I own from the SAME company are missing with no explanation, & NO warning. That's why the 5th star is missing.

  • Could be the best music app on iOS...

    by David Chamberlain Jr

    This app would be perfect if it actually worked properly. If I put in more than 5 instruments the audio starts to stutter. I've adjusted the latency under my iPad's settings but it is already set on "Safer." Even some of the demos stutter. Did anyone bother to test this before releasing it?!? Also, why no landscape mode?


    by theconceptofzero

    Hesitant at first, I am sold. Very nuanced, easy learning curve, great tutorials, videos, FAQs. More sounds and tonal possibilities than you can imagine. Clean design and layout. Everything works as it should. A bit pricey but seriously worth the investment if this is your life. Online community seems into it as well. Take the plunge. The Concept of Zero Approves

  • Amazing, but...

    by Monzelle Dozier

    I need a landscape mode & sampling capabilities. Hoping with future updates they'll consider it along with Full virtual Midi control capabilities from external midi equipment. Nice job Korg!

  • Simply incredible...

    by Amul-6789

    I have so many actual hardware synths, soft synths and ipad synths. This app is a masterpiece. Audiobus please and export to logic.ableton and we have perfection. Worth every penny! -- thepatels

  • Awesome! - landscape please!

    by Noslen1968

    I am having a great time with this and while I haven't even scratched the surface yet, I am able to compose much more easily than with any other app - and the sounds are great too, btw. I just wonder why anyone make apps in the portrait orientation. I can see why the desire to do that is here - the 'gadgets' line up vertically with their midi tracks, showing a traditional vertical meter bar. I think the whole orientation could be just as easily made horizontal if people could handle a horizontal meter - no problem with that at all. I know it would be a lot of work to get it horizontal, but so many docks and other apps are landscape that portrait orientation becomes a pain to deal with.

  • I expected more for the price....

    by ShipiboConibo

    I don't see how you can do any real deep editing with this.... For example, how do I draw some notes with the warble synth and then make certain notes have a different rate? That synth is obviously geared for dub step but how can one produce any dub step if you can't do deep editing? Let alone many other things.... I have far cheaper software that allows for so much more. Yeah, the synths are amazing sounding, but if I can't capture the control changes in my production editing what's the point? Very disappointed, I hope an update allows more editing features soon!

  • Awesome sketch tool!

    by Clif Bratcher

    Copy/paste doesn't seem to be in the docs, but you can find it through the "Function" button. Sweet app!

  • Will be perfect once little issues are fixed.

    by R3DB71ND

    First off, this app is awesome. Just buy it. It's worth the near $30. The workflow is very similar to how I use Ableton Live, so learning curve is super low for Live users. Secondly, everything people have said is an issue I have experienced. Landscape mode would be very helpful for editing the piano role. Latency does exist, but it's not horrible. Hopefully that's fixed. Lastly, on my iPad mini (non-retina) the app chokes once you've added 4-5 gadgets. App is unusable with 5 gadgets. Some of the demo songs will display a dialog that the device can't support it. And to top off my compliment sandwich, with all the issues stated, the app is still very fun and productive.

  • Has some bugs to work out

    by The Frazz

    Fun little mini studio..but, wham drawing in notes it’s almost impossible to get it in the correct position. The same is true of the automation draw. I will cut them some slack for being a version 1 release.

  • WOW!!!!!

    by Alternatore

    AWESOME app, yeah!! Now, in the next immediate update, PLEASE add Audiobus compatability! In the next update after that, or in that first update, please add landscape mode! In the second update, please add more gadgets: here are some ideas, as if you needed any, lol: 1. An ARP gadget with many, many hundreds of thick, meaty arpeggios. 2. A sound effects gadget, with many hundreds of weird, wild effects. Thanks!

  • Wow V1 & it's already one of the best grooveboxes ever made.

    by Dustyny

    Right up there with the MC505 & the Yamaha RMx1. The synths are simple but have a fantastic sound. The limitations can be a little disappointing but they force you to keep things simple. With some additional features it really could be the best ever. Only thing missing is Channel inserts. some synths I can't get to fit, they really need Eq & FX Sampler with mod matrix

  • Knock out of the park!

    by ThePro2112

    Korg has made one awesome app. Everything in one place, multiple dedicated devices approach. Tracker sequencing design. This is how I like to work on music! And there are some awesome gadgets in here!!!

  • Really professional app

    by -/:zidj183637;&

    This is an amazing app,really sets the bar high.All the synths are really great,and the effects and graphics,you guys really worked hard on it.As a musician I appreciate that! Could you make it so it can be used in landscape mode for ipad?Also I want to record vocals,that's not possible in this version right?

  • WOW!

    by Neo60204

    Just spent about 2 hours straight playing with this app. I did not read the Manual yet, but I will. It was pretty easy to figure out, and it is pure joy to put together an idea from scratch! The sounds are really good, and the work flow is super fast. 4 stars only because Korg has to put In support for AudioBus! That is really a no brainer that hopefully will be add ASAP!

  • This app is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by keyboard dude

    This is by far in my opinion one of the best (possibly THE best) music/synth apps on the App Store for EDM!!! I have other apps such as Tabletop and Beatmaker (which aren't bad) but I really connect and flow the best with Gadgets! The sound quality, the UI, the way things are laid out....love it! What I would consider killer is the addition of Audiobus and/or Inter-app integration! I would love to further edit and process the audio in Auria. I'm looking forward to future updates! Thanks Korg for surprising us with a killer professional app! I got my new iPad Air just in time!!

  • Performance with 5 synths

    by TCfromBN

    Performance with 5 synths going at the same time is hit and miss on my ipad3. It gets choppy or the audio drops out all together, depending on the synths. :'( Would probably have passed on this if I had known in advance. Interface lags constantly for me. I did make sure there were no other programs running. Otherwise, it sounds awesome and is a nice suite of synths.

  • Disappointed

    by Eriptron

    Yes, lots of gadgets but design and layout is poor. Portrait mode? ...only?!?!? Why portrait mode at all? Is it really designed for an iPhone? iMS-20 landscape. iPolysix landscape. I have to take my iPad out of my Zagg Folio each time I want to use it which wears my Folio out. The manuals for the Stdio and Gadget accessed via the app, if you switch to the other manual by touching the tabs at the top , your lose your place in the other one. Ended up downloading them so I can use my Adobe Reader. ...and what happened to an 'intuitive' user interface? Big, big, disappointment for $28. The only reason I gave it three stars is because there is a lot of gadgets.

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