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.
- Demos & Media
Video 1 - Korg DS-8 4 Op FM Performance Synthesizer Demo
Manual - Original owner's manual available as free PDF downloads.
Factory Patches - Standard factory loaded patches in MIDEX format.
- 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
- Resources & Credits
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