An 8-part multi-timbral digital synthesizer with 8-voice polyphony and a 61-note keyboard. Released in 1987, it was Korg's answer to Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX7 as well as their last synth before the M1.

The sounds are generated by FM synthesis with 2 oscillators. A few digital effects - delay (short/long/manual), chorus and flanger - are available to add more depth to the sound. For modulation, the DS-8 has a single LFO switchable between the sawtooth, triangle and square waveforms, also including sample/hold. 2 ADSR envelope generators and two digital filters are also included.

The DS-8 features analog-style slider controls for the filters, envelopes and LFO. A joystick is used for modulation and pitch-bend. The keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive.

100 user patches can be stored in the internal memory, with another 100 by using a 128-bit expansion card. Full in/out/thru MIDI support is featured.

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