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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phillip
August 14, 2011 @ 1:39 pm
The Factory patches are on the right...
phillip
August 14, 2011 @ 1:31 pm
I have a Korg ds8 that I have had for a while If your looking for sounds I can see about sending something. I changed the battery a few years go after it totally died and I have retored sounds let me know..
kurt
June 24, 2011 @ 7:23 pm
found ds-8 20 dollars at garage sale excellent conditon, how do i get back to factory defaults or settings, does anyone have a owners guide or do u know where to find it online
thank you
Dan
May 24, 2011 @ 6:11 pm
There's a guy that sells a ~$10 disc with manual pdfs, tons of patches and tools for the DS-8 on ebay - check it out: http://bit.ly/l9EqHk - I got this disc myself and it contains the factory patches which can be loaded onto the keyboard. You need a computer with a midi interface, though.
Dan
May 24, 2011 @ 6:09 pm
There's a guy that sells a ~$10 disc with manual pdfs, tons of patches and tools for the DS-8 on ebay - check it out: http://bit.ly/l9EqHk
 
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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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