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Moog and Korg make synth apps free in light of the coronavirus pandemic

With the calls for social distancing being made vital in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, Moog and Korg have made synth apps free to help fill the time in self-isolation.

The famed Moog synthesizer company, a synthesizer developed by the American engineer Robert Moog, has announced its intentions to remove charges for its hugely popular Minimoog Model D iOS app which will be made available for free on iPhone and iPad.

The app, which was originally released in 2018, manages to recreate the look and feel of the influential Minimoog which was first released in 1970. You can download the app here.

“A gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity,” Moog said. “A moment to slow down, appreciate our innate strength, and experience the uplifting power of sound. Stay open, stay safe, and synthesize love.”

Korg has followed suit, making its Kaossilator apps for iOS and Android available without charge. “Schools, workplaces, and meetings worldwide have been requested to close by their respective governments and so many people are studying and working from home,” Korg has said in a statement.

“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 (iOS version: through March 31, 2020. Android version: From March 13 to March 20, 2020).”

The Kaossilator apps are available to download here.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 15 March, more than 157,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed but the number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 5,800 people having died from the virus coronavirus has now spread into more than 130 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.