Korg D888 Multitrack Digital Recorder

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The Korg D888 is a full-function 8-track Recorder and 8-channel Mixer that musicians are already raving about!
Functioning as both a rugged mixer with built-in effects and as a digital recorder, the D888 lets you record multi-channel live performances in a variety of venues and settings. Native WAV recording and high-speed USB 2.0 data transfer lets you easily chare your recordings with computer-based systems for full editing and final mastering.

The Korg D888 is as easy to operate as a traditional analog mixer. Every channel strip offers trim, 3-band EQ, plus effect send and pan controls — each with its own dedicated real-time knobs. A 160 x 104 backlit LCD panel provides metering and other pertinent information. Balanced TRS and XLR inputs are tied to high-quality mic preamps equipped with professional 24-bit converters. Switchable phantom power accommodates a variety of microphones. The mixer uses 40-bit, 44.1 kHz processing for a clean audio signal that surpasses CD quality. The versatile 8-output architecture makes the D888 suitable for a variety of audio applications. In Individual Mode, each output is directly tied to a particular mixer channel, allowing the D888 to sit transparently between the microphones and the house sound system. With the Individual Mode off, outputs 1 and 2 become the Monitor outputs, outputs 3 and 4 serve as the Master outputs, and outputs 5-8 retain their individuality. An optical format S/PDIF digital output is also provided, as well as two headphone jacks, which are each equipped with a dedicated level control.

The onboard Master effect is instantly selectable from the front panel. Each mixer channel has its own send knob, and a global return knob allows for just the right mix. There are 11 effect types, and parameters are editable in real time from a dedicated front-panel knob. The internal metronome can be sent from Master and Monitor outputs, or just the Monitor outs (for following a click-track during recording or performance).

The D888 records in WAV format, so no conversion is required when transferring files to a computer using the high-speed USB 2.0 connection. The D888’s entire hard drive appears on the computer desktop, making transfers convenient and easy. Users can record and play up to eight simultaneous audio tracks with full 16-bit, 44.1 kHz resolution. Eight virtual tracks are available per audio track (for a total of 64 recording tracks), and tracks may be bounced digitally with no quality loss. The entire mix can be bounced to a stereo Master Track. Non-destructive editing functions include copy, paste, erase and more, with Undo and Redo commands. Punch-in and-out is supported for overdubs. The internal 80 GB hard drive provides up to 120 hours of total recording time, with 200 songs, four locate points and 100 markers per song.

Eight Inputs, Eight Outputs, Eight tracks of Recording.
A new and unique model has joined Korg's D-series of digital recorders - acclaimed for their high audio quality and easy operation. The user-friendly presentation of the D888 is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in front of a traditional analog mixer. Yet lurking inside this eight input/eight output mixer is a complete eight track digital recorder.

New Recording Frontiers
The new D888 Digital Recording Studio goes where no digital recorder has gone before. Its intuitive, real-time design assures immediate results. At home, the D888 provides an intuitive mixer layout that allows your sound modules and instruments to stay connected to the mixer inputs so you can start recording whenever the mood strikes you without having to change any connections.

Lightweight and portable, the D888 is also perfect as a live or location capture recorder for recording band rehearsals and gigs and other applications. In the field, the versatile input and output sections allow the D888 to record on location without interfering with the P.A. system’s house mix. The output section is also ideal for feeding into a cue mixer, a larger recording system, or other audio applications. With eight-track simultaneous recording you can capture the performance with enough separation to allow overdubs, corrections, and other production steps at a later date.

Back in the home studio, tracks can easily be transferred between the D888 and a computer-based editing/recording environment thanks to native WAV format recording. A high speed USB 2.0 connection moves the data quickly, with the entire hard drive showing up as a mounted disk on your desktop. The MIDI output transmits MIDI Time Code so other equipment can sync up to the D888.

Mixer Masquerade
The D888 offers an interface like no other digital recorder. As with a traditional analog mixer, each channel has its own channel strip, complete with trim, 3-band EQ, effect send, and pan controls – each element offering its own dedicated real-time knob. This allows a quick check of the current mixer settings by simply glancing at the knobs.

The Mic inputs provide both XLR and TRS balanced inputs, and phantom power is available. This thoughtful arrangement allows a wide variety of sources to be connected for additional flexibility. High-quality mic preamps are teamed with professional A/D converters for excellent sound.

Throughout, the mixer uses 40-bit, 44.1 kHz processing for a clean audio signal that surpasses CD quality. The eight individual output arrangement is incredibly versatile, allowing the D888 to be the perfect choice in many audio situations. In the Individual Mode, each output is directly tied to a particular channel, perfect for in-line live and studio connections. With the Individual Mode off, outputs 1 & 2 become the Monitor outputs, and outputs 3 & 4 serve as the Master outputs. A digital S/P DIF output is also provided. Each of the two headphone outputs is thoughtfully equipped with its own level control.

No Conversion WAV Format Recording
All eight tracks can be recorded or played back simultaneously. Eight virtual tracks exist for each track, bringing the total track count to 64. You can bounce tracks together digitally – with no fidelity loss – to free up more tracks. The entire mix can be bounced down to the stereo Master Track. In fact, you can make eight final mixes and then choose the best one. All tracks are saved as WAV format files, for easy sharing with other recording systems.

Non-destructive editing tools point to the power of the recorder section, allowing you to copy entire sections of the song, swap tracks, erase, etc. Undo and Redo commands allow you to hear both the “before” and “after” versions of any edit before you commit to any changes. In addition to regular recording, punch in and punch out recording allows precise overdubbing and fixing any sour notes. Each song allows you to store four edit locate points, as well as one hundred mark points, for quick navigation to various locations in the song.

The internal 80GB hard drive allows a maximum total recording time of over 120 hours.* For ease of use, the recorder section uses traditional transport controls. A backlit LCD provides metering and other pertinent information.

Effects at Your Fingertips
Eleven different effect types are provided for the Master effect, and are instantly selectable from the front panel. Each channel has its own send knob, and a global return knob allows you to set just the right mix. In keeping with the D888’s real-time approach, effect parameters are also editable from a dedicated front panel knob. And of course, the effect settings are memorized with each song.

An internal metronome is provided. The metronome can be sent from Master and Monitor outputs, or just the Monitor outs alone, so musicians can follow a click-track during recording or performance.

* Maximum single recording time is six hours.

Product Specifications


    Recorder Section
  • Number of Tracks:
    • 64 + master track* (including virtual tracks)
    • 8 track simultaneous recording/playback
      *Saved as stereo WAV files, number of tracks depends on capacity of the hard drive.
  • Recording Format: 44.1 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed
  • Recording Time: Max. 124 hours (based on 80 GB hard disk drive, maximum single recording time is six hours)
  • Number of Songs: Max. 200 songs
  • Mark Points: 100 points per a song
  • USB Function: Supports USB 2.0
    The whole internal hard drive is available to mount to your computer as a FAT32 USB external drive
  • Track Edit Functions:
    • Copy (over-write)
    • Erase
    • Swap
    • Assign wav file to track
  • Song Edit Functions:
    • Copy
    • Delete
    • Rename
    • Protect
    • Save Now
  • Metronome Function: Tempo range: 40 ~ 240 BPM 0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 beats

    Mixer Section

  • Structure:
    • 8 channel inputs (8 busses)
    • Monitor x 1
    • Master x 1
    • Send to internal effect x 1
  • Signal Processing: 40-bit, 44.1 kHz
  • EQ: TBA

    Effect Section

  • Structure: Master x 1
  • Signal Processing: 40-bit, 44.1 kHz
  • Number of Programs: 11


  • Display: 160 x 104 dots LCD with backlight
  • Power Supply: AC
  • Current Consumption: 32 W
  • Dimensions: 14.74 x 13.03 x 4.33 inches (375 x 331 x 110 mm)
  • Weight: 9.70 lbs. (4.4 kg)

    Principal Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz ~ 20 kHz +1 dB/ -2 dB @ +4 dBu, 10 kOhm load
  • S/N: 96 dB (typical) @ IHF-A
  • THD+N: 0.03 % (typical) 20 Hz ~ 20kHz @ +16 dBu, 10 kOhm load
  • A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 64 times over-sampling
  • D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128 times over-sampling
  • Recording/Playback bit rate: 16-bit

Analog / Digital Input and Output Specifications
When output assign is INDIVIDUAL

    INPUT 1-8
  • Connectors: XLR-3-31 type (+48 V phantom power, SW), 1/4” TRS phone jacks (balanced)
  • Input Impedance: 4 kOhms (XLR-3-31), 10 kOhms (1/4” TRS phone)
  • Nominal Level: -60 dBu ~ +4 dBu @ TRIM = max. ~ min.
  • Maximum Level: -48 dBu ~ +16 dBu @ TRIM = max. ~ min.
  • Source Impedance: 600 Ohms


  • Connectors: 1/4-inch phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Nominal Level: -10 dB
  • Maximum Level: +2 dBu
  • Load Impedance: greater than 10 kOhms


  • Connectors: 1/4-inch phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohm
  • Nominal Level: -10 dBu
  • Maximum Level: +2 dBu
  • Load Impedance: greater than 10 kOhm

    CH5-8 [CH5-8]

  • Connectors: 1/4-inch phone jacks (unbalanced)
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Nominal Level: -10 dBu
  • Maximum Level: +2 dBu
  • Load Impedance: greater than 10 kOhm


  • Connectors: Two 1/4-inch stereo phone jacks
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Maximum Level: 50 mW + 50 mW @ 32 Ohms


  • Connector: Optical
  • Format: 24-bit S/P DIF (IEC60958)


  • Connector: Type B
  • Format: USB2.0 High-Speed Device, USB mass-storage class
  • Supported OS: Windows Me/2000 or later, Mac OS 9.0.4 or later
    (If you wish to use the D888 with a PC running Windows 98, please contact your local Korg distributor.)


  • Connector: 1/4-inch phone jack (use separately sold PS-1)

    Included Items

  • AC cord


  • PS-1 Pedal Switch

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor; US Customers – register your Korg keyboard, keyboard workstation, keyboard rack module or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for mdse purchased from an authorized Korg dealer after November 1, 2002.
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