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Korg DS-8

DS-8 (copyright 2012)

Released: 1987

MSRP: $1295US?


Korg's attempt to make Yamaha's 4 operator FM technology (see Yamaha FB-01) more user accessible by providing a subtractive synth interface. Architecture Class: FM.

Ebay Description:

The Korg DS-8 is a pressure and velocity sensitive 61 key (8 voice, 8 channel multitimbral) dual oscillator synthesizer, featuring saw and square waveforms, dedicated pitch, amplitude, and timbre (FM) envelopes, LFO (triangle, saw, square, S/H waveforms), portamento, digital delay, and MIDI. The 100 user editable presets can be saved via MIDI SysEx or memory card.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1020mm (40.3") D:317mm (12.5") H:101mm (3.7") 10kg no stereo MIDI:In/Out/Thru MIDI MIDI sustain program+ assign 16W AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
DS-8 707 10 MCR-01:10 MCR-02:20 MCR-03:40 100 MCR-01:100 MCR-02:200 MCR-03:400 MIDI RAM card:MCR-01/MCR-02/MCR-03 MIDI menu based LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
8 8 yes DO1+DO2


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
delay (manual, long, short, doubling, flanger, chorus) MIDI-CC10 MIDI-CC7 no


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A no N/A N/A pedal joystick MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC2 MIDI-CC6 MIDI-CC7 MIDI-CC10 timbre-slider EG1rate-slider EG2rate-slider pedal MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
yes no MIDI pedal MIDI yes 1


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
DO1 digital saw square bright-saw bright-square 0.5-15 aftertouch AmpEG1 MG aftertouch key joystick MG MIDI-CC2 ring resonance TimbreEG1 joystick MidiBend MG PitchEG portamento no
DO2 digital saw square 0.5-15 aftertouch AmpEG2 MG aftertouch FM:osc1 key joystick MidiBend MG MIDI-CC2 ring resonance TimbreEG2 joystick MG PitchEG portamento no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
PitchEG start attack release attack decay release no yes no no no
TimbreEG1 attack sustain attack decay release no no no velocity key
AmpEG1 attack sustain attack decay release no no no velocity key
TimbreEG2 attack sustain attack decay release no no no velocity key
AmpEG2 attack sustain attack decay release no no no velocity key


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
MG triangle saw square S/H yes no no no aftertouch joystick no
FM Models
DS-8 707