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Alesis | DG8


Alesis' new DG8 is actually not really a synth, but a 64 Voice Expandable Digital Grand Piano and combines Alesis' synthesizer technology with the great sound of our award-winning studio monitor speakers and amplification tools. The result is a powerful, all-in-one keyboard performance machine that's perfect for everyone from beginning pianists to professional performers. The stars of the DG8's sound set are its excellent true stereo piano varieties - it is the first instrument to contain 3 different high quality stereo 48kHz linear piano samples. Within its 88 preset programs are everything from dark-toned classical grands to bright pianos for rock, jazz and pop. You'll also find a wide selection of electric and pipe organs, electric pianos, synthesizers and other keyboard instrument sounds for every application. A collection of other instrument sounds, like strings and choirs, are provided to round-out your new compositions. A grand total of 24 megabytes of sound ROM are found onboard...much more than most other digital pianos and synthesizers. Plus, its true 64 voice polyphony ensures that you won't lose voices when voicing thick chords or sustained phrases. The DG8 is tri-timbral, so you can split the keyboard (i.e., play a bass line with your left hand while performing an organ solo with the right), or create and use layered sounds, like stacking a piano and a string sound on the same note. The DG8 also provides built-in effects like reverb, chorus and rotary speaker simulation.

The DG8's 88-key, fully-weighted, hammer-action keyboard is an advanced design that offers the feel of a finely-crafted acoustic grand piano. Every time you hit a note, a mechanism beneath the keys makes contact with the bottom of the key, just like a piano. Adding to its piano realism are three pedal inputs for sustain, sostenuto and soft pedal control, plus a separate input for a volume/modulation pedal. The DG8 also offers an expansion slot, allowing you to add new sounds to those provided in the DG8's internal memory using existing Alesis QCards. The DG8's built-in speakers and amplifier provide a blistering 100 watts per channel in discrete bi-amplified stereo. Together, the DG8's monitoring system sounds great and is more than loud enough for performing in small venues without additional amplification. It also features stereo inputs for monitoring external signals. For home and studio use, the DG8 has an optional attractive black-lacquer wood stand with built-in pedals (GS1 - $499).

Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)64
LFO3 LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay, Key Sync
Engine Detailed24 MB ROM
Filter (VCF)1 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass
Envelope (VCA)3x Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
FXReverb, chorus and rotary speaker simulation.
MemoryROM: 88, RAM: 88
Key typeWeight
AudioStereo in-out
Produced:1999 - 1999
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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