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
March 21, 2013 @ 12:27 pm
Hi there,
until now, the Korg DW-6000 is my only synth, so i have to live with it forcibly.
I'm always amazed at what you can do with it... here are 3 productions i made
only with the DW-6000 (exept the drums, of course, but sometimes an additional noise
clap from the Korg)

http://soundcloud.co m/toniclarke/visions

All best!
January 4, 2013 @ 6:56 pm
At a first glance a DW-8000 with only 6 instead of 8 voices and no velocity. But in my opinion not nearly as good as the DW-8000, it sounds somewhat weak. I had both synths, and I was very surprised of the DW-8000, but disappointed by the DW-6000.
October 13, 2012 @ 3:34 am
I miss this synth : / Good and dry sound! Honest synth. Better than Alpha Juno(1 and 2).
Made one demo with this and theres two links where you can here this on action.
I played lead and solo with DW-6000 on this one
And heres another song and the verse. Also DW-6000 on action!

So. This is good synth, and rare. I play mostly progressive and rock music.
Thank you and hello from Finland!
Mark Wiseman
September 6, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
I have two Korg DW-6000 in great condition... I think they're better than the newer digital units. Now my wife wants me to clean house, and use my iPhone to play music. )-;
Son of MooG
January 5, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
Recently I got the chance to (re)buy a fully functional DW-6000 for 30,-€!!! Many years I sold mine for needed space in my tiny home-studio but somehow allways regretted it. The synth gives me all kinds off lush pads and I like the ADBSSR-EG. I couldn't care less about it's digital or analog inside, I do care about sound...
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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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