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New Rytmik Web Site Will Have You Nodding To Its Freshness

Posted by Trevor Chan

Cinemax teases with a new trailer

It's been almost two years since AQ Interactive laid down the beats on the Nintendo DS in the form of Korg DS-10; a music sequencer based on Korg's MS-10 synthesiser. While the bar was set admirably high, the developers came back with Korg DS-10 Plus earlier this year, giving DSi users double the amount of tracks to play with. With AQ Interactive being the main provider of a music application on Nintendo's handheld, Cinemax is getting ready to show us what's in their proverbial record collection.

Since Czech developers Cinemax announced that Rytmik was in development back in January, the walls seemed to have stopped rumbling somewhat. Not anymore. The company recently unveiled their new Rytmik Web site with an improved look and site navigation. What's more impressive is the built-in music player which holds 16 different compositions, ranging from breakbeat to synth-rock, trip-hop, house, drum & bass, hip-hop, dubstep, and trance – all created using the software. From the sound of things, this little download application seems to be perfectly capable of delivering a very respectable range of frequencies; some fine examples are "Urban Tribe," "Trip To Lhasa," and "Breathe."

Judging from game specifications, screenshots of the user interface, and the sound quality of the application's output, this seems like a very dedicated piece of software that looks like it might be able to satisfy producer-minded DSi users, as well as gamers looking for a bit of fun. Early impressions suggest that Rytmik might be a worthy alternative to Korg DS-10/Plus, and the lower price-tag should entice those who are unsure.

This "pocket music station" is currently scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2010 in Europe, with North American and Japanese dates still to be confirmed. There's no word yet on pricing, but in the mean time, check out the new teaser trailer below.

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AL3X_M said:

This looks amazing! I'm definitely going to buy this when it releases, because I really want to be a music producer. The only thing that bites is that it probably won't have the ability to upload songs online or to a computer. And even if they did, there still might be the issue of the music samples being owned by Cinemax games, so it may end up being illegal to distribute anything commercially from this game if you wanted to. But God, the music capabilites are awesome for a DSiWare app!



BleachFan said:

I was looking forward to this since it was announced. Seems this little app is turning out to be better than I expected!



jangonov said:

It certainly needs to come to America. Day 1 download for me. I think I might even hold off on getting Korg DS-10+ now. Btw, does anyone know if we can save tracks made to our SD cards to play or even transfer to our computer? Can we trade songs or clips to other DSi's with this game?



SuperJim64 said:

With some extra effects using the head phone out to any number of midi controlled devices with a usb to your computer (mac or PC, that's a whole other arguement that seems pointless to me but... whatever works). Or even like a GuitarRig Kontrol, or something similiar (then you'd get a software bundle and some cool effects to play with too) unit would most likely work. Put a Looper in front and then you can use the DS-10 features, stack the rytmik features, and blam use any instrument on top of that and wow, you got some real power right there. You can probably get away with this very garage set up for around $500... get a cheap Squier guitar to go with it it'll be like $600 or less if you're patient and check craigslist everyday.



SuperJim64 said:

maybe even cheaper yet! DS > looper (preferably stereo) > small amp > mic with usb out! That would be like$500 at full retail assuming you have the DS and computer, and want a a very full featured brand spankin new looper (around $300), a small wattage (wouldn't pay more than $100) amp and an average Sennhieser Mic( can find for $100).



brandonbwii said:

I'll have to say, unfortunately, this is not my cup of tea. However, I love the ambition developers and publishers took to release apps like the Korg DS-10 series and even Jam Sessions. So I definitely encourage more developers to continue with projects like this.



AL3X_M said:

@SuperJim64 Ah ha thanks. Yeah this is definitely going to help out in starting some sort of music production. I don't know if I wanna spend more than $100 on a huge 'ol set up right now though, I just want to see where this thing alone can take me.



BlueFlameBat said:

I only took interest in case there was something about being able to make midis or other music files I could upload to the Internet. Now that there isn't, I'll go back to my bitter state of hating the human race for all the horrible things it has done, is doing, and will do.



Radixxs said:

My skepticism has been replaced by optimism. After listening to the tracks on the website, I am definitely going to wait for this to be released before buying DS 10+. The interface looks a lot nicer, and the percussion sounds pretty realistic. Looks pretty nice for a DSiWare game!



FATEM said:

Considering it appears to be more pattern sequencing than actual music creation, I reckon it's going to be more of a stepping stone to the more complex music game/apps like Korg DS-10 and Jam Sessions than a large stepping stone to producing fame.



Phobos said:

...Hey, didn't this come out on DSiWare before? I saw the article of it! ...Or was that a notification? Man, I'm confused.



kjin said:

Great news, because we Europeans with DSis are still out of luck with Korg Plus (thanks, region lock )



jangonov said:

They just said on their site that it is coming to Europe on May 7, 2010, so you guys should have it in 2 weeks. I wish I had a European DSi now.

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