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iAudioGate app for iPhone and iPad

4.6 ( 4336 ratings )
Music Entertainment
Developer: KORG INC.
14.99 USD
Current version: 4.1.1, last update: 6 months ago
First release : 24 Jun 2015
App size: 48.84 Mb

Enjoy audiophile sound quality from your iPhone! Nearly a decade of AudioGate innovation has been used by KORG to create the finest high-resolution music player: iAudioGate.

* The functions for iAudioGates DSD playback may be limited by each iOS device. Be sure to confirm “DSD format Compatibility Charts” before you buy.
* The software converts sound to 44.1kHz or 48kHz when iPhone plays back independently.

KORG was one of the first to realize the potential of high-resolution audio sound, delivering DSD (Direct Stream Digital) in a series of acclaimed recording and playback products. AudioGate, the powerful DSD and audio format conversion software launched in 2006, has since become a blockbuster success boosting the awareness of DSD which had been previously known only to high-end users. AudioGate is recognized as pre-eminent in the DSD player and audio format software worlds.

Now, KORG is proud to introduce a high-resolution music player fully loaded with the AudioGate player engine and customized as an iPhone app – iAudioGate. Enjoy amazing high quality sound through the engineering experience of KORG, one of the leading experts in sound and music, and winner of a Best App award (Japan) from Apple.

Main Features:
- Incorporates a high-quality sound playback engine equivalent to AudioGate, the leading DSD player-converter software.
- Intuitive and stylish interface fully exploits the power of your iPhone.
- Plays a wide range of audio file types, including high-resolution audio, DSD, FLAC, WAV, MP3, etc.
- Includes many popular playback modes including gapless playback, playlist playback, shuffle playback, etc.
- High sound quality high-resolution playback (up to PCM 192kHz / DSD 11.2MHz) connected with external USB-DAC.
- Wireless playback using Bluetooth headphones and AirPlay devices is also supported.
- Upsampling function (up to DSD 11.2MHz) enables reproduction of your favorite music with higher quality.
- Easy to adjust high-definition graphic equalizer.
- Lyrics are displayed.
- Easily post information of the song being currently played to SNS.
- Enables easy transfer of audio files from Mac/Win via iTunes or wireless smart forwarding via AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
- Flexible remote control via a dedicated Apple Watch app.

Devices Supported:
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPod touch sixth-generation, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad fourth-generation, iPad Third-generation
* The display is equivalent to that of the iPhone.
* Apple Watch interoperability is a function only of the iPhone.
* The iAudioGates DSD playback functions may be limited by each iOS device. Be sure to confirm “DSD format Compatibility Charts”.

Supported file formats:
WAV, BWF, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, MP3 *compatible with 44.1kHz - 192kHz
DSD (DSDIFF, DSF, WSD) * compatible with 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz
* Not compatible with files protected with DRM.
* The software converts sound to 44.1kHz or 48kHz when iPhone plays back independently.
* Compatible with DSD native playback with DoP.

DSD format Compatibility Charts:
- DSD native playback with DoP
DSD 11.2MHz : iPhone 6 or later
DSD 5.6MHz : iPhone 5s or later
DSD 2.8MHz : iPhone 5 or later

- DSD upsampling playback with DoP
DSD 2.8MHz : iPhone 5s or later
* DSD 11.2MHz and 5.6MHz upsampling are not supported on iAudioGate.

- PCM conversion playback
DSD 11.2MHz, 5.6MHz and 2.8MHz : iPhone 5 or later

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Pros and cons of iAudioGate app for iPhone and iPad

iAudioGate app good for

Cloud is cool but acces to local cloud by ftp or sftp should be the best way to manage file on iPhone with the big file size support by this app like dsd or flac hires.
This is the best audio app I have... You can crank the EQ to fit the worst setup. The only thing I can find wrong with it is that a beginner would have trouble with trying to find the best sound with the equalizer because of the user interface, I find myself not playing with the EQ settings all the time just because of how touchy it is. Dont let it stop you from being creative this is a beautiful app... BUY IT!!!
The program does what it claims and provides a very high-quality sound. However, there is one very annoying bug. If after finishing play music (files) you close application iAudioGate and does not unloaded it from iPod memory, the iPod battery is discharged rather quickly.
Without going into fanboy detail, this app allows me eq in GREAT detail. The audio fidelity is way better than the stock music player Apple has on the iPhone.

Some bad moments

It will not replace a real hi res player sound quality wise. Yes, it opens the aiff, flac etc files. But they dont sound as such. The download option from say Dropbox is plain junk because you cannot import all the files in one clic. You have to add every single song by going through a number of menus every time. Given the above, the price is totally unjustifiable and the app does not perform up to its description.
Sound quality is good but music library font sizes are out to lunch and besides the eq, there arent any customization options. Not sure why this app costs so much
Upgraded to the latest version but it still has issue on FLAC. After more than 1 month and there is no fix available. Is it really a Korg product? Reported the problem to the community forum three days ago but no one even bother to look at it. Dont buy! そろそろ二ヶ月を経て、解決なんて連絡が全然ありません、どういうことですか。 三日前不具合を公式の掲示板に報告しましたが、一文字の答えもありません。買わない方がいいと思います。
This app does not work. It only opened once, and thats it. It crashes every time, even though its the only app running.....Korg better get something figured NOW.
For a twenty dollar app I expect more. It can be brilliant, but I sometimes have to restart songs multiple times to remove playback artifacts. Not setting changes correct this. In addition, there are albums that iTunes had no problem playing in track order that this app cannot seem to figure out. Lots of bugs from twenty bucks which is unacceptable. Cannot justify more than two stars until fixed.
Sound quality neither bad nor perfect, pumped into bass side a bit, however gives a bit of tube/valve amp feel which is sweet indeed, but short somehow in sound stage and depth. Now for the options shortages vs. other players (even the free ones): 1- no crossfade 2- no crossfeed 3- lake the airy sound 4- SRS 5- equalizer is least needs to be 20-20khz or 30khz to support the high-Res headphones. One thing really bad; it drains the battery like a hell (not sure if the excuse here is processor usage to give high quality...then I can understand that, but still battery life needs to be improved with this player) If the above is added/rectified, it would be really amazing player and worth to spend that high price tag on it as its simple, no clunky interface or fancy colors...etc Common Korg, I trust your products always and most of my gigs are from your brand, but this player has a question mark!