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
September 14, 2013 @ 5:06 am

Not quite. The DS-8 power cord is 2 prong; computer cables 3 pronged.
July 29, 2013 @ 5:26 am
The power cord from the ds-8 is the same like the one we use for pc computers =)
Colin Macdonald
June 25, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Power cords are readily available on Ebay The power cord from a Roland D50 or D550 will also fit. The cost will probably be around $20 or so after the shipping charges. Good Luck. See other postings for instructions on reloading sysex files if necessary.
June 7, 2013 @ 9:42 pm
I have a Ds-8 but no power cord. Any ideas where to get one?
March 9, 2013 @ 6:42 pm
I have an Emu longboard (got this for piano sound), Korg X50 (new toy), Microkorg (vocoder function), Korg T3 (Epicness), Kawai K4 (wanted a K1 when I was a kid and this disappointed me).
My Korg DS-8 is still the most tactile keyboard I have. I love this keyboard.
When I play notes on all of them, I find it easy to harmoinze to the DS-8. It's rich.
The others sound kind of flat. Maybe just me but I love the DS-8
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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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