Synth Site: Korg: EX800 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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ady a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Well, what can I say, you either love it or hate it. Personally I have to admit it is one of my favorite sounding synths, period. Who cares about specs and comparisons, if it sounds sweet to your ears, you've got a match. If I had to personify the sound, it would have to be 'innocence' Sounds cheesy, I know, but there is some kind of sonic virginity to it that begs to be deflowered on a nightly basis...it has the capacity to sound really pure and emotional. Then again maybe I'm just a product of the eighties and one too many lat(e) nights. If your unsure whether to get involved or not, check out 'sealed's deep synthesis page' (search it), go to the appropriate link, then the mp3 samples, and lastly check the 'slow pad'...yeah, bet you want one now. enjoy

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-07-2008 at 00:56
dano a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
Korg's EX-800 is a well built, double DCO synth module. It's basically a boxed version of the updated Poly 800. Sounds are nicely typical of polyphonic analogs of the era with great sweeps and that very 80s buzy analog string sound. Parameters are easily changed with the keypad. The unit has a 64 patch memory providing you solder in a fresh battery.

This was one of Korg's first midi outfitted products, and it works fine with any midi controller or sequencer. Sysex cannot be transmitted via midi cable though. For patch changes, Korg used an audio input and required the user to load patch data via cassette tape. I've read that this can be done via computer sound card output, although I haven't tried it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-09-2006 at 02:00
bad freddy a part-time user from uk writes:
The thing about this synth is that it sounds just that bit different from most ano-synths. Anyway one who is used to the anolog modeling synths of late would definatly hear the difference with this module. The Korg synth engine in these is quite unique too, oh how i love that modulation..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-2004 at 19:27
Mr.Smith a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought the EX800 Module back in the later 1980's. This is one of the most toughest module ever made! It's analog, and with it you get a bunch of awesome string an synth bass sounds. A lot of people post that this module is limited, but you have to know HOW to get the sounds out. Sometimes, you need real basic but good sounding analog sound to get your creative side going! If you see one under $100 USD, buy it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-28-2003 at 22:54
Aaron Jasinski a part-time user from Seattle- USA writes:
Fairly limited sonic possibilities. But something about it (and the Poly800, I used to have one) is just cool. Its simple, cheap, a bit cheesy, but just cool. I won't sell my EX800. I sold my Poly800 and just had to have it back. I only paid like 80.00 for it too, so analog on a budget can't be beat. You can make some pretty cool bass patches with the 800, the chorus really adds to it, but cuts the polyphony in half, I believe. Editing is somewhat tedious yet straight forward. Once you have messed with it a few days, it gets intuitive. My BIGGEST complaint with both the Poly and EX800 that I have owned is that, MIDI'ed up to Cubase, it looses patch memory from about 30-on. So i really only have about the first 2 and a half banks of sound storage. I don't understand this, is there a work around? Maybe just a system glitch.

Well that, and the limited sound variety + no knobs drop my rating of it down. But there is a really cool mod out there that adds filter and Resonance knob control (DIY). I did that on my Poly800 and felt tech-geeky cool about it.

Check out my music (and art) that features the Ex800 on some tracks.. www.aaronjasinski.com

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-16-2002 at 06:12
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