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Korg DS-8 FM Synthesizer

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    Description
    The Korg DS-8 is an expandable FM synthesizer released by KORG in 1986 which used the Yamaha FM synthesis engine with 2-Op oscillators. 61 Keys in length with both initial and switchable aftertouch capabilities it stores up to 100 programs and 10 combinations in its internal memory. By using one of the optional non-volatile (but battery-powered) KORG RAM cards MCR-01, MCR-02, or MCR-03 this program memory can be expanded by extra programs and combinations: 100/10 for the MCR-01, 200/20 for the MCR-02, or 400/40 for the MCR-03. Programs can be backed up and received via standard MIDI dumps.

    The DS-8 features one joystick controller for bending pitch, timbre and modulation speed, one card slot for aforementioned KORG RAM Cards, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU jacks, a damper pedal, assignable pedal, assignable switch, program up pedal, one balance slider, four keyboard modes (Single, Layer, Double and Multi) and two slider controls which indicate the ability to edit the two oscillators from fast to slow. The three editable banks shown on the right side of the board (Function, Voice Parameter and Combi Parameter) provide multiple ways in which the user can edit the programs, banks and patches.

    At $1400 RRP the DS-8 was a revolutionary, cheap and affordable product for its time.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Saw Up, Square
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Velocity
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: Initional Level, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 8
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split, Unison
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 100
    Multipatches RAM: 10
    Storage: Tape, Internal, RAM Cartridge, ROM Cartridge
    Editing: MIDI
    Effects
    delay, chorus, flanger
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Velocity - Release , Buttons, Faders, Sliders, Joy Stick, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 40
    Display Count V: 2
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 1024 x 94 x 317 mm
    Weight: 10 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 12
    Power: 120V AC 16W
    Production
    Year Released: 1986
    Manuals & Documents
    Reviews

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    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $1,399 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $1,299 - convert
    Used Price: $180 - $289 - convert
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