Synth Site: Korg: DS8 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Jorge De Albertis a hobbyist user from Peru writes:
As everyone says, the Ds-8 is a good old FM synthetizer, but don't expect acoustic instruments to sound good. On the other side, artificial sounds, especially the synth leads, are excellent. One big problem is that it seems the operation manual is not available from Korg or in internet. Also, my keyboard has the LCD broken and needs to be replaced, but I have not yet received any answer from Korg about a service manual or a replacement for the display. If someone has a manual or knows where I can find a replacement for the LCD or the standard code for it, please contact me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2001 at 11:25 a professional user from Belgium writes:
Well contrary to what a few people have said , this thing IS NOT built like a tank. (Unless your tanks are made out of plastic). David Waldman said that the first thing he noticed was the construction of the ds8 and how it wasnt like the dw-8000 . Well let me clear up a few things ....yes this thing is built to last , but it is not like a dx-7 case. The ds8 case is entirly cheap plastic that shows EVERY LITTLE scrape scratch and ding . The bottom is made out of metal. I would say that the built quality is just one notch above the dw-8000.

Another thing, you dont see these for sale very often , contrary to what has been said before. You just dont see them . PERIOD. Also , people say that they should be sold cheap , well I disagree, besides the shitty case it still should be sold for at least $300 and nothing less.

Mostly i see idiots on the net that are embarassed of their ds8 , they always list it as Korg DS-8 (Controller ONLY) . Yeah Like I really care that you only use the ds8 for a controller only. And if you do then you must have a real budget studio cause the keyboard sucks on the ds-8 .

The sound is identical to a dx-7 but with cleaner outputs. If you can't get a card with one then forget it, dont even bother. All the good stuff is on the cards. MY oh MY are they ever. My favourite patch is called "CHAKA KHAN" .

Well bye..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2001 at 15:00
Luciano a part-time user from Italy writes:
I've bought my DS8 last week. This synth seems erase all the problems of the Yamaha DX7 and gives new opportunities to the users. It remains an old Synth but it gives me a lot of satisfactions. Only in a few days I have made nice sounds. Easy to use, a little expensive and good for many kind of music. Leads are great with the "unison" mode! Only acoustic sounds are a bit more hard to do.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-12-2000 at 10:51
Mike P. a professional user from USA writes:
To begin with, If you're an analog purist, you're not gonna like this gear. But you should try to atleast use some FM in your setups, as you can create unique sounds with it that analog can't touch. The DS8 offers you this chance, because it is by far the easiest to program of the whole FM lot. You will be amazed at how fast you can get those punchy bass thang sounds, or weird eclectic noises from it...If you can find one cheap, get it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-23-2000 at 00:18
Carl Ashwin a professional user from United Kingdom writes:
Just got my first DS8 yesterday afternoon. I traded my DX7 in for it and Im glad I did. Imagine a DX7, the make it lighter to carry, add effects, a user friendly programming interface, cleaner sounds and a decent backlit display and you've got yourself a DS8, Korgs only FM synth. If you can afford a Mark 2 DX7 then buy one. But if your budget only stretches as far as a Mk1 DX7 I suggest you get a DS8. It sounds the same, only much better. Its knowhere near as noisy either. The fact that these keyboards never took off means they can be picked up really cheap. If, like me your an FM freak, then you must get one of these, you will not be dissapointed. It would be nice to see a little more support for it on the internet e.g patches, manual, cards etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2000 at 13:02
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