Korg DW-6000

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Korg's first digitally controlled analog synth hybrid; 8 sampled digital waveforms, analog resonant filter with separate VCF and VCA ADBSSR envelopes. Parameters can be altered in real time via a single programmable slider. 6 voice polyphony in two modes, or one monophonic mode with all six voices stacked. 12 digital oscillators (2 per voice) with 8 simple to complex waveforms, 1 de-tunable and with programmable interval. 64 presets that can be reprogrammed by the user.

Awesome fat basses, lovely warm sounding, pulsing strings, and hard, nasal leads. Some wonderful swirling effects can be found. Imagine a Poly 800 with 8 waveforms instead of 2, and you get the picture.

Due to reliance on sampled waveforms, it does not sit well through distortion, and some waveforms do not go well in a mix when used as a pad. Overall, an exceptional and underrated bass and lead machine with some nice pad sounds to boot.

The DW-6000 was quickly surpassed by the DW-8000: it expanded it to 8 notes polyphony, 16 sampled waveforms, a velocity sensitive keyboard with programmable aftertouch, auto-bend, a simple arpeggiator and a digital delay unit.

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37 Visitor comments
January 10, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Dw-6000 is a cool 80s keyboard. It does great bass sounds and ok pads. But in the long-run our band's Juno 106 kicked it's butt. It is extremely durable and nice weight for an 80s synh.
December 17, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
I have one of these:)
I had a friend modify it so there are pots for the badass analog filter
and some switches that change the function of each pot
December 16, 2009 @ 11:45 am
I bought mine back when it was new (1985-1986) and still have it. I also have a DW8000 which had both velocity & aftertouch along with being a stereo machine. I have both of them currently and also a Yamaha DX7. There is nothing like them in today's market. They are just cool to work with. I still like the older gear and most of my gear, guitars, amps, basses & keyboards are all from the 80's.
July 4, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
bought mine for £100 in 2004 as impulse buy. love the vcf helicopter noises and great for 80 's electro bass and leads. 6 stage envelope was a pain to begin with but at least it still works, unlike my jx 8p
June 5, 2009 @ 9:32 pm
Was my first keyboard and is still apart of my live setup. It does have it's limitations in sounds by itself, I have this running through a bunch of pedals. It's a great beginners keyboard and is real easy to learn. This thing has taken quite a beating and still works great.
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  • Demos & Media
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    Korg DW-6000
    by TheVoltageControl

    Audio Clip 1 - A demo track made with the DW-6000 by Paul K of TRANZISTA. All sounds including the drums are coming from the DW-6000 with outboard delay unit.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCOs per voice; DWGS: 8 sampled digital waveforms
  • LFO - YES
  • Filter - Analog Low-pass resonant filter with ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
  • VCA - ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (no velocity or aftertouch)
  • Memory - 64 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from German Garfunkel.

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