Synth Site: Korg: DS8 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Ben Althauser a part-time user from Olympia, WA writes:
Well, when my brother and I played a big new years party, we were on a time crunch to play something over our tracks. The speed at which you can make trippy fx noises on the ds-8 and control them saved our show. It is by no means a superior fm synth, you can create some nice saw/paddy sounds, but I find it is best for textures over your mix. Get the rackmount also if you dig the sound but have to many keyboards.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-27-2005 at 17:05
Henk a professional user from Netherlands writes:
Truly a synth with it's own thing: as Korg's first and - excerpt for the 770, which was totally derivative of the DS8 - their only FM synth, standing out in their collection of gear. There's a lot this synth cannot do: forget about lush strings (the strings presets have a very non-silky harshness about them), Moogstyle sonic depth, pwm modulation. Also, the sounds never trigger very fast: there always seems to be a slight delay between pushing the key and the moment when the actual sound sounds. As a keyboard controlling other gear, it doesn't have that...

However, it's really good at metalic noises, bells, thick leads, screeching sound effects and very offensive, almost analogue sounding pads. All sounds seem to have a certain digital harshness to them that's not easy to smoothen out. As opposed to the DX7, it has a lot of familiar features when programming, but that doesn't prevent it from sounding very different as anticipated. Also: a nice digital effects section with limited chorus, flanger and delay effects. Features cross modulation that can turn this synth in a true monster, has a ring modulator and many other very professional features for a 1986 piece of gear.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-2004 at 11:04
Sean a part-time user from USA writes:
All around, this is a great synth. It has two of the worst piano sounds that you can find, but also a plethora of other sounds that are great. I like the key action and programabilty is a bonus for a '86 synth. Cool sounds that I've never heard before, that are even cooler when you adjust them to your liking. Mine is still in great shape. If the piano sounds were even "decent," it would get a 5 out of 5! And at about $150, it's a bargain nowadays.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-27-2004 at 11:23
It isn't noise-free that's for sure, but still.... it's the best FM synth IMO. The stereo versions of the DX-7 is just to clean-sounding to my taste. The DS-8 is packed with goodies such as LFO-S/H(+tri/saw/pulse), ringmod, flanger, chorus and 4 types of delay, 3 sliders for realtime- controllers of osc 1+2 + brightness, is stereo. For 1986, that's pretty awesome. If you want real instruments, look elsewhere. if you're a programmer or into experimental music, buy this synth. You'll love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-16-2004 at 06:15
Max a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Having owned and played a DS-8 since 1987, this is the old boy in my rig. And, it's gonna stay that way. It's relaible, sturdy and full of suprises. Wankers will moan, but please, learn to use — no — play the thing. Like most Korg product of the era, it's slightly flawed, but it's musicality overcomes any tech complaint. If you see one for sale, buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-17-2002 at 10:42
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