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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66 Visitor comments
January 11, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
In 1989 a kid in walked into a pawn shop in downtown Kansas City and bought this board for $170. This was my 1st and coolest keyboard to date. Why? Because it was so expressive and tweakable. I wrote and recorded about 245 songs with this board. The sounds still today are unique... most of the patches I tweaked had more of a Prince vibe to them as far as overly flanged pads and wah- like solo patches.
I really missed that board... well, I did til' I found one for $70! yeeeh!
December 28, 2008 @ 3:28 am
i haven't seen one of these in years, but just remastered a song by a band i worked with in the late 80's, and there's a track or two of ds-8 on there. hearing it brought back all kinds of memories. it wasn't a great synth, but it had some great sounds, especially when you added some processing. if you find one these days, it's definitely worth snapping up. for a late 80's fm synth, it sounds remarkably warm and non-dx-7...
November 13, 2008 @ 10:46 am
simpatico e versatile, sostituibile però con i vari vst presenti..causa un suono non molto presente, come se soffiasse....
October 4, 2008 @ 4:11 am
synth works perfectly in my band
though it wont save memory to stuff i want to save it on
its pretty good

to hear it in action check out my band on myspace...

September 14, 2008 @ 10:05 pm
It's a great synth really...My portamento works fine.
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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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