I think I'm right in saying that the Nintendo Korg DS-10 was in the frame a little before we started seeing iPhone apps such as Bebot and iSyn for creating music in the hand. I thought I'd take a look around and see what people were creating with the DS-10. This came about after a conversation with Analog Suicide's Tara Busch â€“ on whether this kind of application DS10 or otherwise, could be used as a serious creative tool and whether it might have some advantages.
At the time I was firmly in the camp for a No vote, but on reflection I think that in a strange kind of way, even though technology has moved on light years since the humble four-track and Casio VL-Tone, or limited samplers and the like, these new micro music devices are kind of a throwback to that era. I mean in the way that you have intrinsic limitations from the device itself, that when using a 'proper' computer or DAW where the options are so many, it's hard to know what to choose. With the DS-10 and iPhone applications, limitations are back and should ensure we begin to exercise the brain for our creativity rather than rely on endless presets or fancy effects and pre-made loops to enhance our creativity.