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Korg D888 8-Track Digital Recording Studio  

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    An analog-style recorder with powerful digital capabilities.

    The Korg D888 Digital Recording Studio is an 8-input/8-output mixer and 8-track hard disk recorder in one simple-to-use unit. Best of all, for those used to analog recorders, the Korg D888 recorder has a very analog-like look and feel that's comfortable and very easy to use. The input jacks, trim knob, 3-band EQ controls, pan knob, and fader are all placed in a straight line for each channel, and channel settings are obvious at a glance. A backlit LCD screen provides additional information that's easy to understand.

    Each channel on the Korg digital recorder has a high-performance balanced mic preamp with TRS and XLR inputs with 48V phantom power. As a standalone mixer, the 1/4" outputs are configured to provide Monitor Out (L&R); Master Out (L&R), and individual outs for channels 5-8, or you can switch to 8 individual outputs.

    The Korg D888 digital recording studio provides 16-bit/44.1kHz uncompressed recording quality with 8 tracks simultaneous play and record in WAV format. You also get 8 virtual tracks for each track for a total of 64 tracks, in addition to a stereo master track. The recording section has uncomplicated tools like punch-in/out, copy and swap operations, 4 editing locate points for each song, 100 mark points, non-destructive editing, Undo and Redo functions, 11 types of digital master effects, and 3-band EQ on each channel. The Korg D888 also has an assignable metronome, 2 independent headphone jacks, 40GB hard drive, a USB 2.0 connector, MIDI Time Code transmit, and optical S/PDIF outputs.

    Features Korg D888 Features:
    • 8-channel I/O digital mixer with hard disk recorder
    • 8-track simultaneous record and playback
    • 8 XLR and TRS balanced inputs
    • High-performance mic preamps
    • 48V phantom power on XLR inputs
    • User-friendly panel design
    • 8 full channel strips with trim, 3-band EQ, gain, pan, effect send, and fader
    • 11 master-quality effect types
    • Metronome
    • Convenient, non-destructive editing tools
    • Undo and Redo functions
    • High-speed USB 2.0 port
    • Rugged metal body
    • Includes AC cord

    The perfect digital recorder for a recording beginner or an experienced 4-tracker. Order it today!

     
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    4.0

    (based on 29 reviews)

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    Got it. Love It.

    I've been using the D-888 for about 6 months now for a variety of purposes from full band to singer/guitarist capture to uploading scratch tracks from the web for me to practice along...Read complete review

    I've been using the D-888 for about 6 months now for a variety of purposes from full band to singer/guitarist capture to uploading scratch tracks from the web for me to practice along with before tracking. 8 simultaneous record tracks is awesome. I used to only have 2 and either had to get a perfect mix or overdub later. Hassle! Yes, the trims are feisty. I don't see why folks are cranking any trim pot up so high anyway. Mic placement, a pre, or a practice amp in the background will beef up the sound if you need that extra gain. I use a ART Tube MP for single takes for singer/guitarists. It features a +20dB lift and a peak overload limiter--great for avoiding digital glitch & a cheap, easy solution for one-track recording. I prefer a slightly weaker sound one the original take anyway. With 8 tracks, I can always re-amp the cleaner, weaker signal and dial the new track in perfectly! My friends are always amazed when their "thin, dry" sound is so full and warm when they come back. Keep those original takes a little quiet, keep the trims under 80% and beef it up w/ your outboard gear or some creative re-amping techniques. No, this unit is not a one-stop solution for all your needs, but for either raw live capture or very well-thought out recording it is definitely worth the money. For mixdowns, consider the A&H Zed-14 to complement your D-888. With some creative mixing/miking/outboard FX and PRACTICE you'll have everything you need to make a *very* competitive recording.

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    Bad Experience

    In the short time I've owned my Korg D888 .(just after the 1 year warranty was up) the hard drive went bad after only using this unit for very minimal use. There is...Read complete review

    In the short time I've owned my Korg D888 .(just after the 1 year warranty was up) the hard drive went bad after only using this unit for very minimal use. There is only 1 authorized Korg service tech. in a 450 mile radius of where I live and I had to drive an hour to get it there. I had to pay $140.00 total for him diagnosing what the problem was, a used refurbished 40GB hard drive and his installing the hard drive. The service tech also pointed out that he always sees some sort of padding around or under the hard drive and that the Korg D888 had NO PROTECTION for its hard drive (to absorb any kind of shock or vibration). Also I'm unhappy about the low gain for input signals, so plan on buying a preamp to boost the input signals when you record or they will be at too low of of a gain reading. I wish I would have known these issues. I wouldn't have purchased it.

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    5.0

    Wow

    By James Tyler

    from Richmond, VA

    This is my first recorder, but I'm very pleased.
    With 8 tracks to choose from, I never could ask for more for my Korg D888
    I recieved this as a hand-me-down from my grandfather and it still works great.
    I got this for free, but for the price on the market it's gold.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    does the job for home recording

    By kirksterkirk

    from houston

    ive had my unit for almost 3 years. i been very pleased with it. I get great recordings and it is easy to use. There are some limitations to it with the effects and phantom power but overall its done everything ive wanted it to do. For someone who is a beginner or intermediate with recording this is for you!!! If your well experience, go to a professional studio.

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    5.0

    Almost didn't buy this because

    By John Small

    from Washington, D.C.

    I delayed in getting this for almost a year because of the negative reviews here regarding the pre-amps. I finally bought one and I'm glad I did. The pre-amp trim pots are touchy but they work. Once set for the instruments/mics you don't have to touch them mostly anyway. The sliders are what you use in the mix down. The pre amps are fine. The unit is good enough for making good quality home recordings and even radio play ready demos if your timing/performing is good. Maybe if you have a world class voice you would notice the difference in the pre amps but this unit is good enough to get you making demos at home and getting yourself to that next level. If you want to professionally record an entire band with drums you are going to want at least 6 to 8 tracks for the drum kit alone when properly mic-ed, and maybe 6 different vocal mics depending on the song for serious recording. So those other more expensive 12 track machines are going to get you to the studio level either which you don't need unless you are already a big star. In other words you aren't going to get there any more than you are with this machine. If you want to do better you are going to need at least 16 tracks. So why not buy a control surface and CuBase when you are getting into that kind of money? Short of 16 tracks and a DAW this is the next best bang for the buck. In fact I lay down basic tracks on the D888 that I then take to a commercial recording studio to save time at those sessions. I time everything out and play against the click track built-in metronome. The session drummer then does his thing with 8+ tracks at the studio. There is no way I could properly mic a drum kit at home so why try. 1 or 2 tracks for the drums and 6 or 7 tracks for the band is good enough for a good demo if you can perform. In the studio I've used at least a half dozen different mics depending on the song some costing $5,000. I don't have those mics laying around home anyway. Bottom line. If you can demo your song with 8 tracks this unit will do just fine.

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    2.0

    There are much better devices for the same price

    By Disatisfied

    from california

    I bought my unit about 3 years ago. The built in preamps borderline on useless. I had to spend more money on a preamp. I have never gotten a good recording micing acoustic guitar. At first I chalked it up to inexperience, but now I have used a boss br-1180, protools, and taken a class on recording. Knowing what I know now, I wish I never bought this.

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    5.0

    I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have been using the Korg D888 for almost three years!!! The EQ's are OK, the preamps ARE not bad, and the fact that u can record 8 Mics at a time is AWESOME!!! The quality on it is'nt the best but the Cubase program will do just right for editing and mastering!!!Untill you can upgrde to a Mac and Firewire interface this will work perfectly!!!

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    5.0

    Extremely good machine!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I purchased this product about a year and a half ago and I have been completely satisfied! The machine is extremely simple to use, and I have had no problems with it whatsoever! (and I'm new to recording). The board has great eq control, which really distinguishes this board from other digital recorders.I know some people have been complaining about the poor pre-amp, but I have been able to solve that problem just by making sure the trim knob was adjusted properly. Sure vocals could be improved with a pre-amp, but overally, I'm satisfied with the way that vocals come out in my recordings.Overall, it's an extremely awesome board that is soooo worth the money! If you're contemplating between buying this board or a Boss/Tascam board, choose this one because it's great!

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    5.0

    2 year owner / mid level home studio

    By OldFolker

    from Sioux Falls, SD

    I've owned my D888 about 2 years now and used it for live gigs & home / demo recording. I was disappointed in its preamps (fine for electric guitar / acoustic guitar with pickup) but definitely needs more boost for most mics. I'm using ART TUBE MP preamps for 4 channels of the input and then directly connecting the guitars. GREAT at what it does - simple to use to record great sound. The effects are not great, but OK to play around with. Primarily buy it if you want a portable, easy to use, digital recorder that will record exactly what is input to it and you're not worried about needing built in preamps or effect processors.

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    2.0

    Bad Experience

    By DrHendrix2010

    from Grand Rapids, Michigan

    In the short time I've owned my Korg D888 .(just after the 1 year warranty was up) the hard drive went bad after only using this unit for very minimal use. There is only 1 authorized Korg service tech. in a 450 mile radius of where I live and I had to drive an hour to get it there. I had to pay $140.00 total for him diagnosing what the problem was, a used refurbished 40GB hard drive and his installing the hard drive. The service tech also pointed out that he always sees some sort of padding around or under the hard drive and that the Korg D888 had NO PROTECTION for its hard drive (to absorb any kind of shock or vibration). Also I'm unhappy about the low gain for input signals, so plan on buying a preamp to boost the input signals when you record or they will be at too low of of a gain reading. I wish I would have known these issues. I wouldn't have purchased it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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    By jpgd888

    from Undisclosed

    Let me get one thing clear. This is not a recorder like Roland or Boss that has every bell and whistle in it. This is a recorder for people that dont want to spend all their time fishing through different screens looking for the EQ or using 1 button to function as 10 buttons. This machine is meant for the musician that wants hands on operation.Yes you will need some other gear. If you take your recording seriously or you have any idea what you are doing then you already know that and you probably already have some gear.This machine does exactly what I need it to do. It sounds great and I am very very happy with it. The gain knobs ARE sensative. I am not a pro engineer but I managed to figure out how to use them and I have had NO problems. If you are looking for something that is fun, easy to use, and sounds good then buy this machine. If you want a machine that does everything that pro studio's full of amazing gear and amps do then keep dreaming.

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    1.0

    Ths is a joke right?

    It's a shame I had to find out the hard way! The preamps on this is horrible. Guys, why should we have to use another submixer to get better sounds. This machine has 8 inputs. Why should we have to do sooo much more just to even get a "decent" sound. Should it not do that in the first place? It would probably sound better when it is getting blown up!

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