Korg AudioPocket Now Available

korg-audiopocketKorg today released AudioPocket – an audio sampler for iOS that’s designed for capturing samples for use with the recently announced Volca Sample.

The Volca Sample – the latest member of the Volca line – is a sample mangler, playback device & sequencer. To keep costs down, though, it doesn’t not have built-in sampling capabilities. Instead, samples are managed using the AudioPocket app.

It’s a free download.

There’s no word yet from Korg on whether AudioPocket will be available for other platforms, or whether it will be possible for third-party applications to load samples to the Volca Sample.

Here’s a video demo of AudioPocket:

AudioPocket is available now in the App Store as a free download.

28 thoughts on “Korg AudioPocket Now Available

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing someone reverse engineer the output of the app and build a app for desktop/laptops etc…

      1. Korg’s been great about releasing ‘hacker info’ for a lot of their gear. Let’s hope that they do it with the communication protocol that they’re using here, too.

    1. i just played with making a quick mic recording and played it back and it’s a high pitched tone followed by what sounds like on/off noise encoding with continuing high pitch behind it then ends with high pitch. a 4.4 second sample turns into about 46 seconds. should be pretty easy to hack or at least have fun with screwing about sending tones and noise into it. πŸ™‚

      also the app is very nice just as a quick simple recorder. imo worth getting just for that.

      1. Very likely that the high pitched tone is setting the clock, and the rest of the sample is being transmitted at that speed. I noticed that there were very obvious ‘packets’ being transmitted as well… but more on that when I get home and can make a proper recording.

        Seems like we won’t really be able to hack it though (or at least prove it works) until the unit is shipped.

  2. Yeah export to gadget would be clutch! I hope you can use it without the Volca as well. Be a nice lil sampler addition.

  3. Just downloaded it from the App Store and it looks nice and simple to use. I have my Volca Sample pre ordered as this looks a lot of fun to play and should compliment my Volca beats nicely! No doubt someone will create a way round to add samples in as it’s not like it’s using some special cable or connection.
    It would be nice if the app was released on other platforms so more users could use it but it’s not like there is currently an even spread of music apps across platforms at the moment. I think it would be naive to think any IOS app maker would be writing for android as well given the large amount of different handsets to develop for will most likely push up the pricing of developing on that platform and the serious lack of music apps on the android platform (and windows mobile) compared to IOS anyway would out likely mean a smaller music customer base. Remember, it’s not just a the price of developing an app it’s the support and bug fixing as well once the app has been released! If I was a company then I think these would be a big factor in whether I developed for other platforms at this point in time.

  4. Requires iOS 7.1 and later … what the … HOLY F***!!!!!

    Now, I tried to be chill about this dodgy iOS management, as while inconvenient, I’m one of a few who luckily has an “i” device, but now ?! I can’t install it on my ipod touch 4 – which is, what, two years old now?? “Requires iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus” – for plain file transfer, SERIOUSLY?

    I tried to be calm about this, but KORG can kiss my ass now. : \\\

    1. According to Apple the 4th gen iPod touch came out in 2010 so that would make it 4 year old. I recently replaced my iPhone 4 with a 6 as it is no longer supported but I was happy with the phone (probably my best phone yet) and I think 4 years is fair enough in a technology lifecycle. Maybe you only got 2 years out of your touch but i don’t think 4 years before upgrading is unreasonable in this day and age of technology.

      1. I actually like iOS, in general, and love my ipad 2, but thinking it’s OK for people to need to replace devices every 2-4 years is plain wrong.

        1. All technology has a life span and I don’t think 4 years in the case of software support of an iPod touch is particularly bad. A lot of people replace their phones more often than that. What about TV’s/monitors, PC’s, DAW’s and other software plugins, etc? these are all high value items that have similar lifespans. Its not like the devices stop working but there has to be a point where companies have to stop supporting products because it costs a lot of money and they need to sell new devices to make money as that’s what business is about. What would you consider a reasonable lifespan of software support (not it’s actual working lifespan as I assume the iPod still works) for something like an iPod touch?

          1. Shitloads of stuff still runs fine on Windows XP, even newly updated software is mostly still compatible. The PC tower I built a few years ago and installed XP on is now running Windows 7 and I was able to upgrade the graphics card to something even better and cheaper than when I originally built it and add cheaper RAM . It’s even faster now in every way, and can run any software currently available for Windows, and I’m sure that will remain the case for several more years.

            All those hardware devices you mentioned – TVs, PCs- have lifespans way longer than 4 years. Samsung doesn’t have to keep supporting my specific TV for it to work for a decade or more.

            Not sure why anyone would argue for planned obsolescence….

            1. It’s not that your old devices are obsolete.


              It’s your desires that have changed. You want the new shiny.

              Are you going to blame your wife every time you meet a hottie? That’s not how it works.

              Mobile devices are improving much faster than desktop computers, because companies are making giant improvements in power management. Today’s mobile devices are 15-20 times more powerful than ones from 4 years ago.

              That doesn’t make your old stuff obsolete, though. Only you can do that.

            2. No one is arguing for planned obsolescence just that it’s unrealistic to expect your device to work the same as new technology devices made 4 years later. Not every company is a mega corporation that has endless amounts of money to support old products. Those devices may have lifespans longer than that but the software in the smart TV you buy now might not have the same software features of a new TV 4 years later. Your old TV still works but it isn’t supported like the new TV’s are and I personally think it’s not unreasonable to accept that. That was the point I was trying to make which is why I asked the question about what people thought was reasonable for iPod software to be supported and not the actual lifespan of the iPod which is something completely different.

              1. I’m pretty sure the main reason companies stop support of a product, is to try and force customers to buy one of their newer products, and I don’t see how software support can be so expensive.

                Anyway, it’s crazy to make stuff that is supposed to break after 2-4 years of normal use, and if you try to fix it, it’s almost as expensive as a new phone, or whatever! Why don’t they make it more durable, repairable and upgradeable. Yes, it probably would be more expensive, but you wouldn’t f-ing have to throw it away and buy a new one every time something is wrong with it!

                And I really don’t get why you would stick up for the fat cynical bastard heads of companies, who stuff their mouths with 10 times more food a child needs to live a whole year every meal, and make enough money every hour to support a poor asian or african town for a year!

  5. Nice app and the volca looks great. But why can’t this record from audiobus and support audiopaste??
    I wanted to use the volca sample to jam with samples created on the iPad? I suppose I’m going to have to record by line from my iPad too my iphone?? Bit disappointed here korg πŸ™

  6. Was just thinking how korg can redeem themselves- they should do this in reverse!

    Charge for the app and make the volca free:)

  7. i’d be surprised if they didn’t release an desktop conversion app at some point, but honestly i think it’s a great idea to off load these features to a “smart device” and keep the hardware costs down.

    i really like the idea of a whole line of boxes that work standalone but that i can switch apps on one screen to get extra functionality and keep my audio, recordings, etc in one place. using a screen and hardware at the same time it’s always kind of difficult to switch focus and i think this concept is very promising. screens are great for a lot of things, but it’s so easy to get sucked in and i think this does a good job of avoiding that by keeping the software feeling agile.

    also major props for using audio and not a propriety cable. it won’t be long before we get devices that use bluetooth audio to do stuff like this. could probably even hack bluetooth headphones now and wire up to 3.5mm trs now. perhaps the “next generation” of this type of tech will use audio and midi wireless transfers at same time to speed up the data transfer.

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