|Synth Site: Korg: DS8 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.0 out of 5|
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|LUIS HINOJOSA ROMERO a part-time user from CHILE writes:|
LO COMPRE HACE POCO ME COSTO APROXIMADAMENTE 250 DOLARES, ME GUSTAN SUS BAJOS SON REALMENTE POTENTES. NO ES DIFICIL DE PROGRAMAR, ES CASI IGUAL AL DX-7, CON MUY POCA DIFERENCIA, ES SUPER VERSATIL EN CUANTO A SONIDOS Y TEXTURAS, CUALQUIER CONSULTA MANDANME UN E-MAIL...CHAO,
SANTIAGO DE CHILE.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-24-2002 at 23:20|
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-12-2001 at 00:35|
|synthia a professional user from Laguna Niguel, CA writes:|
Oh good Lord, it better not be General Midi. That 's why you should not sell it for less than 350 dollars.
It sounds better than a DX-7 in many respects. But it'e better just to buy both. The Ds-8 is so fun and easy to program.
I won mine a tetherball match. I wrapped the ball all the way around the pole and my friend Tashawn gave me her Ds-8. I love it.
It can do really good Brady Bunch organs too ala Sherwood Shwartz.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-16-2001 at 16:24|
|armando a hobbyist user from u.s.a writes:|
I've had my DS 8 since it first came out and it's a good synth.I have programed one great sound, the other sounds are o.k The piano sound is not good.If anyone has programed a better sound let me know cause I have a incredible sound for you. You can program good sounds on this synth
|Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-24-2001 at 18:52|
|Mike a part-time user from New Orleans, LA, USA writes:|
Well, it's been nearly a year since I picked up my DS-8 and posted an early comment on it. I've since found a printed manual and a .pdf manual, and a few banks of mediocre patches. I've tweaked with it, and gotten some useable sounds, and some useless sounds. I still like it, but I'm not blindly excited just because I have a new toy.
It makes a raunchy high frequency white noise when pushed, that requires me to run anything I do with it through CoolEdit Pro for some clean-up.
The buttons are difficult to use, some of them don't respond well. They may need cleaning, they may need replacing. I don't know. This is directly related to the age of this synth and the amount of use it's seen.
I find it incredibly time consuming to edit patches, especially to create anything good. I wish there was a free-ware patch editor out there for it. I can't see paying for MidiQuest to edit one synth.
I still think Korg has a real cranial/rectal inversion problem and needs to support their old gear; I'd love to see an online patch library and such.
The aftertouch and velocity seem to be all or nothing, even at their lightest settings. I wish it were more subtle.
But on the positive side, it makes some wonderfully lush pads, bright leads, and 50 buzzy bass sounds that are all alike. It has the ability to make beautiful sweeping timbres, eerie noise effects, warbles, bell tones...There seems to be an endless array of musical sounds hidden away in there, waiting for me to stumble across just the right parameter to set them loose.
It was not the synth I was looking for in the first place. I was vainly hoping to find something to take the position of the bass guitar I don't have so I could finish my songs. I ~still~ don't have that, and will probably just buy that bass eventually. But it has opened up a whole new world to me, a world of creativity I never saw coming.
The onboard effects are not the end all and be all of digital effects, although they are useful to an extent. I suspect that is where mine gets it's top-end noise from. I have outboard effects on my mixer's sends, this provides an endless variety of ways to expand and enhance my sounds.
It isn't a sampler, it isn't a workstation, it isn't an analog, and it isn't PCM. It can't be compared to your Junos, Tritons, Akais, Waldorfs, etc. It is an inexpensive FM synth, pure and simple. Don't expect it to be anything else, and appreciate it for what it is. What it does, it does well with the exception of the few flaws I've pointed out.
It's not light and flimsy, nor does it weigh 80 pounds. It seems sturdy enough to cope with moderate abuse or heavy use. Don't throw it across the stage, and it will still work at the end of the night.
Regarding the manual, I found that after tinkering for so long, it didn't tell me much that I didn't already know. But if you need a copy, I will be happy to provide the support that Korg seems to delight in denying you. For a .pdf of the Korg DS-8 User Manual, e-mail your request to:
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2001 at 20:35|
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