Synth Site: Korg: DS8 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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David Waldman from Our nation's capital writes:
Just picked one up at auction for $228. First thing I noticed was the construction: extremely solid and heavy. Key action is nice...much better than its sister synth, the DW-8000. Blue backlit LCD looks very cool. Sounds nearly identical to the Yamaha DX11. The presets suck, but unlike the DX11, you can overwrite ALL the patches. Also unlike the DX, it is extremely easy to program, with the presence of the timbre/EG sliders on the front. Bad for acoustic emulation, but excels at grungy washes, fuzzy basses and strange noises. This is what I bought it for. Overall, a very pleasant surprise.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-26-2000 at 22:51
Mike a part-time user from New Orleans, LA, USA writes:
I picked up a DS-8 for 200 quid two days ago. I haven't touched a synth in well over 5 years, been focusing on guitar instead, but hey, it was there, it was cheap, and it worked. I've spent the last couple evenings tweaking around with it, punching buttons sometimes deliberately, sometimes randomly. So far I like what I've heard. There are definitely better keyboards out there, but for what it is, at face value, it's pretty cute. I'd like to see Korg keep up an archive of manual downloads....? Go fig, corporate entities more worried about an overkill flashy website to pimp out their new gear.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-24-2000 at 09:52
Cosmonaut a professional user from Saturn writes:
Most of the preset sounds are a bore. When this synth becomes intersting is when you start to program it yourself. The DS-8, even being made in 1986, allows you to develop your own sound. I love the ability to create large sweeping, oscilated sounds that start from a high tone, go to a low, and back again. Plus, you can throw some basic effects like flange, chorus, etc to enhance your sound. I haven't tried the midi capabilities as of yet (because of my primitive nature), but I'm having a blst none the less!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-11-2000 at 17:14
dknation a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This is the synth that taught me the basics of synthesizer programming. I have really got into the KORG language and wouldn't even in my wildest dreams come up with the idea to buy a synth from another manufactor (except maybe from clavia or elektron by patriotic(?) reasons). Nowadays I also own a Polysix, a Wavestation and a N364. I like the bass sounds and the weird, distorted sounds you can accomplish with the DS-8. The timbreslider makes it feel a bit analouge-ish. The effects are a bit far from reaching the whole way, but they put a fat and warm touch to the sounds you make. I like to play it with a lot of delay and meditate with some of the psychedelic sounds I have made on it. I believe that the DS-8 is made for weird and mystic sounds, it covers a quite wide range from soft spacey padsounds to angry, distorted, random-modulated screamsounds. The best leadsound I ever made (ever heard as well for that matter) is made on the DS-8. I wouldn't sell it for a fortune, it's one of my best friends.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-02-2000 at 20:36
a professional user from Australia writes:
This was supposed to be 'Korg's next big thing' after the DW8000. I remember reading reviews and brochures on this instrument and 'lusting' over it thinking that it was going to produce every sound known to man. When I actually got to play it (sometime back in 1988) I was mildly dissappointed. Not that it sounded terrible- Just 'FM' and I'm not a mad fan of purely FM synthes (that's why I've never owned a Yamaha!!!!). I must say, It looks very good. They are hard to find. Overall, this was not one of Korg's better offerings!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-29-1999 at 09:17
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