Interview with Korg's Hironori Fukuda
With Google I/O 2012 a few weeks in the past we finally had time to catch up with Korg's Hironori Fukuda and talk to him about his work at Korg, the Polysix application and his experience working with Miselu.
Please introduce yourself and tell us what it is you do at Korg.
My name is Hironori Fukuda and I have been working in the software development team, which I currently manage, since I started working at Korg. The very first product that I developed was “KORG Legacy Collection”, a software plug-in package includes M1, WAVESTATION, MS-20, Polysix, Mono/Poly and MDE-X. I have also co-developed some guitar amp/fx modeling software with VOX Amplification called JamVOX. For several years I have been involved in all the Korg’s iPad/iPhone apps such as iELECTRIBE, iMS-20 and iKaossilator.
What intrigued Korg to work with Miselu?
When I first met with the Miselu guys, I was really impressed with their enthusiasm to show the neiro at Google I/O 2012. They seemed really motivated to create a new movement in the music app world and I have to say, I was very interested. A few days later, I received a prototype of the neiro. After spending some time becoming familiar with the neiro, it was really a no-brainer. We decided that it would offer a great opportunity to develop a synthesizer app with a totally new user experience.
How would you describe the experience of porting the application to the Miselu platform?
Looking back, everything went smoothly. The Miselu platform has already been perfectly customized for synthesizer use with low latency audio playback based on their great MusicSDK. Also, I felt that the display size really works well music apps. For example, it behaves just like the top panel of hardware so designing the user interface was very straightforward. It ended up being a much easier port than I had expected.
Korg has been very active on all kinds of platforms in the past. How is the Miselu platform different?
It ended up being somewhat similar to other platforms I’ve worked on and that’s great because for audio developers it means that they can start working on this new platform with their current skills and find that they have a very short development time. The development of Polysix for neiro actually had a very similar approach to how we develop for iOS.
Why did you pick the Polysix as the first application to bring to the Miselu platform?
As it turns out, just when we started working with Miselu, another development team at Korg was developing ”Polysix for Reason.” It was good timing for us.
What would you like to see from Miselu in the future? What would really excite you?
I really like that neiro is such a software developer-friendly platform and I think that the platform will end up growing far beyond my expectations. It really excites me! I hope that Miselu and Korg will have the opportunity for more interesting collaborations in the future!