Moog and Korg have made their mobile apps free for housebound musicians for a limited time. 

Across the globe, people are being asked to stay home to help control the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. To help homebound musicians during this time of social distancing, electronic instrument makers Moog and Korg have made some synthesizer apps free, for a limited time. 

Moog Music announced the free download of the Minimoog Model D iOS app three days ago in an Instagram post. 

“A gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity,” the post reads. “A moment to slow down, appreciate our innate strength, and experience the uplifting power of sound. A chance to share the way we hear the world around us…and if it moves you, express yourself…⁣ As we find ourselves in unfamiliar settings: stay open, stay safe, and #synthesizelove.⁣”

Not to be outdone, Korg is making its Kaossilator app for iOS and Android available for free. The iOS version will be available until March 31, 2020, while the Android version deal lasts until March 20th. 

“Schools, workplaces, and meetings worldwide have been requested to close by their respective governments and so many people are studying and working from home,” said Korg. “To help you with a musical way to occupy your mind we have decided to make the Kaossilator app for iOS and Android free of charge for a limited time.

“The Kaossilator apps are tools that let you create music by using, moving and swiping a single finger – and you don’t need any musical knowledge to get started,” Korg added. “Many users worldwide have been enjoying their Kaossilator app for many years because it is fun, educational and satisfying!”

Other great free synth apps exist as well. If you’re looking for a Yamaha DX7-inspired synth app, consider Dexed, which is modelled after the iconic FM synth. Want a Roland SH-101-style bass synthesizer, take a look at the Tal-Bassline app. 

17th March, 2020

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