Korg and Moog are both offering their synthesizer apps for free, as many people face self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The iconic synth manufacturers both posted the offers on social media on Friday (March 13), apparently in reaction to news that musicians worldwide are feeling the impact of travel restrictions, cancellations, and an increasing calls to self-isolate.
Korg posted: “Schools, offices, & concerts [world]wide have been requested to close & with many people self-quarantining & working from [home], we wanted to help you occupy your time a little.
“Now until March 20th, get the iKaossilator App FREE for iOS & Android. Have some fun”
Schools, offices, & concerts 🌎wide have been requested to close & with many people self-quarantining & working from 🏡, we wanted to help you occupy your time a little. Now until March 20th, get the iKaossilator App FREE for iOS & Android. Have some fun: https://t.co/s4sU1kZAR1 pic.twitter.com/kF2C5tMbdy
— KORG USA (@KorgUSA) March 13, 2020
Moog followed suit a couple of hours later, offering their Minimoog Model D iOS app for free download. According to their slightly vaguer statement, the move represents “a gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity,” as well as “a moment to slow down, appreciate our innate strength, & experience the uplifting power of sound.”
The message concludes: “Stay open, stay safe, and #synthesizelove.” See the full post below below.
A gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity. A moment to slow down, appreciate our innate strength, & experience the uplifting power of sound.
The Minimoog Model D iOS app is free for download: https://t.co/oHCCBMgSs1
— Moog Synthesizers (@moogmusicinc) March 13, 2020
Musicians have been finding innovative ways to get around the problem, including a number of live-streamed performances.
“Not all countries have universal healthcare (fucked up, we know),” organisers wrote on a flyer for the event. “So let’s do what we can to help those in need right now.”