newsynthfixx wrote:There is a Korg DW-8000 as a fixer upper near me, that needs some TLC and cannot believe the low prices that a mint condition DW goes for, Any Love for this synth out there?
Well it looks cheaper than it sounds....
I had a DW-8000 for a while - also as a fixer upper. In my case it needed a really deep clean, the PSU repairing and the tactile switches on the front panel where completely shot.
They do have a following...
They are nice sounding synths. They are not strictly analog or DCO based but in fact use 8 bit DACs to generate single cycle waveforms which in turn are shaped with analog filters. I suppose strictly this defines it as a wavetable synth but in this case it's a hybrid which makes it much more interesting like the uWave.
This gives the DW a similar sound to the Ensoniqs ESQ and I suppose the Roland D-50 with the whole aliased waveform into filters thing. It's quite capable of making some great warm pads and textures with PWM as well as some typical korg bass timbres.
That said, I didn't keep the DW for very long. It wasn't sufficiently characterful to justify the space it took up and I already have a sea of synths that do a great job in the pad/string department - the Matrix 1000, Super JX and D-50 to name a few.
Then there is the user interface - which drove me to near madness. I'm not a fan of those old "select the parameter number and tweak with the one data slider" type user interfaces.
It's such a shame so many synth manufacturers in that era decided that costing down the user interface to a little display and a couple of sliders was ok in a time when preset memory was becoming very popular.
Thankfully at least Roland had the good sense to release programmers with many of their later control surface'less offerings.
They are not always that cheap either - the rackmount version is particularly sought after and commands real money.