Korg DS-8

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The DS-8 is Korg's contender among synths like the Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX7. It is a digital FM synthesizer with 4-operators per voice, 8 voices of polyphony and 8 parts multitimbrality. It's good for percussive, strange effect noises and such because its sound (similar to the DX7) is so unique. It has some digital effects such as chorus, flange, delay and analog-like controls for modulators, envelopes and the LFO. A joystick provides control of modulation and pitch bending. It also has a performance section for quick edits on the fly using (3) real-time sliders to control timbre, EG1 and EG2. A nice alternative to the common DX-7.

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65 Visitor comments
March 7, 2013 @ 10:34 pm
I picked one up for my birthday (biggest purchase I ever made at 177 dollars) and at first started to regret it for whatever reason but now I love this little guy. My first (of hopefully many) synth.
February 6, 2013 @ 5:47 am
@Yun: It's pretty the same like having a DX11 plus you get an fx generator (chorus, flanger, delay, reverb, ...).
BTW programming it is much more easier than on any Yamaha FM synth...
January 3, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
So, is it worth taking DS-8 for about 200US$? It's in perfect condition. I already got another FM synths, is it any different than DX7IID (beside OPs number) or DX21?
January 2, 2013 @ 7:37 am
@peter cech:

To get banks back again, download midiox and the original patches, then sysex them back in.
Go here http://www.kazoku.org/copley/david/old/ds8/index.htm and see Q6
Stock factory sounds are at the bottom of the page.
November 25, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
Geez.. please pardon my premature comments guys! This DS-8 appears a curious creature. Looks/sounds kinda like, well, FM synthesis with a few sliding controllers thrown in to give the player some great real-time control. Sounds similar to modulating filter depth at times, but with no actual filter...

A strange little beast, methinks.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices (4 FM-operators per voice)
  • Oscillators - 2 oscillators
  • LFO - 1 LFO: saw / triangle / square / sample & hold
  • Filter - None
  • VCA - 4 DCA (1 per operator)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity & aftertouch
  • Memory - 100 user, 10 multi patches, external card slot
  • Effects - 1 unit effect (delay, chorus, flanger, double)
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - MIDI (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1987

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