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Yesterday, we reported that the music production software KORG Gadget would launch next week in Japan. The North American release date was confirmed today – it will also launch next week, on April 26. It’ll be digital-only and cost $48.

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KORG Gadget will finally launch for Switch in Japan next week, a listing on the eShop reveals. Pricing is set at 5,000 yen.

KORG Gadget is music creation software. You can make music by twisting and turning the Joy-Con, collaborate with up to four others in making music, and more.

We have additional details about the release below.

KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch was revealed last year, but concrete info on the music production software has been pretty sparse. Today, the official website for KORG Gadget has finally been updated with some new details, which we’ve compiled below. Sadly, no update on its release date, which is still listed as “Spring 2018”.

Play Games. Make Music.  A Music Creation Studio That Feels Like a Game.

Award-winning music creation software KORG Gadget is now available for the Nintendo Switch. Plentiful instrumental gadgets combined with a simple and intuitive graphical interface enable speedy music creation. With this new music creation studio, one can create and perform music by actively twisting and turning the Joy-Con.

There is also a multi-player mode in which up to four people can collaborate in making music. Connect via an HDMI cable to enjoy playing on the TV in your living room, or use it with a projector for big live performances. Everyone can enjoy this new game-like DAW experience.

Employs the intuitive KORG Gadget user interface

The KORG Gadget’s most amazing feature is the intuitive music creation workflow, enabled by the KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch user interface. Sound, Phrase, Sequence, and Mix are contained in an intuitive layout, and allow for seamless music creation. Also, it can also be set to “scale mode” to match the song. Even those who are unaccustomed to synthesizers are able to enjoy creating songs.

16 unique synthesizer and drum machine gadgets

The KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch includes 16 gadget instruments required for music creation. In addition to numerous unique synthesizers, ready-to-use drum machines and Kamata jointly developed with BANDAI NAMCO STUDIO are all included. All gadgets have sophisticated adjustable parameters for rapidly producing all manner of sounds. You will find inspiring sounds quickly and easily.

Actively create and perform by operating the Joy-Con

Joy-Con sensors allow for enjoyable creation and performance of HD effects. For example , turn the Joy-Con to turn the knob on a gadget, or twist to enter or play the notes of a scale that matches the song. In both cases, HD vibration matching the movement is transmitted to the hand, so you can experience sensory feedback that has never been available in software before. In addition, it is also possible to perform and input using the Joy-Con buttons and sticks. Try challenging yourself in various ways.

Multi-player mode allows for collaboration by up to 4 people

We’ve added a multi-player mode that allows up to 4 people to collaborate on a song. This new style allows four people to play simultaneously on a screen divided into four parts. Each player can be responsible for his or her own part, or you can make it a DAW competition – perhaps erase or add the notes of another player, and turn music creation into a game!

The Living room, mobile: Play wherever you’d like

Using the Nintendo Switch dock’s HDMI cable, the KORG Gadget can be played on your TV. You can create a song on the big screen, or enjoy collaborating with up to four people. Also, by outputting to a screen, you can even using the Joy-Con for a live performance. Create music with this studio anytime, anywhere by choosing between TV Mode, Table Mode, Mobile Mode, etc.

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KORG Gadget footage

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Detune has published several new videos for KORG Gadget on Switch. Find the full roundup of footage below.

A few days ago, we learned that the music creation tool KORG Gadget is coming to the Switch in 2018. While KORG Gadget has found a niche on the DS and 3DS family as well as some Apple platforms, not much is known about the Switch release.

Maybe this will clear things up. A mini website has been released today specifically for Switch news updates. You can access that website here.

It is implied that the website will be updated as more news rolls out, but for now it’s pretty bare-bones. Either way, it is good to know that all Switch updates for this software will be collected in one place.


We don’t have a whole lot of information at present, but KORG Gadget is coming to Switch. It’s being advertised at the M3 event in Japan this weekend. Material at the show reveals the Switch title, along with a Spring 2018 launch window.

KORG has appeared on both 3DS and DS over the years. Basically, it’s music creation software.

KORG Gadget has previously appeared on Mac and iOS. It comes with 30 small synthesizers and “gadget” drum machines. You’re able to “freely combine these to produce anything from powerful electronic music to rock music.” The Switch version will seemingly allow four people to collaborate on music creation.


KORG DSN-12 should be out on the European 3DS eShop very soon. Detune confirmed on Facebook that a release is planned for September 25 – this coming Thursday.

KORG DSN-12 is also on track to launch in North America. At the moment, it’s in “final checking”.

Detune’s full Facebook post reads:


DETUNE released a new analogue synthesizer app for the 3DS eShop in Japan: KORG DSN-12. It’s not out yet overseas, but it should be coming over in September.

KORG DSN-12 features 12 virtual analog monophonic synthesizers, up to 64 sequence steps, sequences that can be freely placed in up to 64 patterns, local communication to exchange song data and sound data, and more. Check out the official website for additional information.


Detune recently put up KORG M01D on the 3DS eShop. That’s not the only piece of software the company intends to bring to Nintendo’s portable.

Speaking with Nintendo Life, Detune’s Nobuyoshi Sano confirmed the existence of a brand new title, of which details are “top secret”. While Sano wouldn’t share any specifics, he did say that it has something to do with sound.

Sano commented:

Yes! We have yet to really get started, but yes we do have something planned! The details of the software are top secret, but I can say one thing — Detune will be making it, which means it will be something that has to do with sound. And we plan to make full use of the 3DS display! Stay tuned!