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
December 21, 2013 @ 12:21 am
I had one of these when it first came out. It had replaced a Poly 61. I liked it, but because of the sampled waveforms, everything had a purchasing pianoish type of clang. It did do very nice basses when you stacked the oscillators up.

I liked the DW-8000 a little better, since you could get some more standard synth waveforms out of it.
August 5, 2013 @ 10:04 am
I have the Korg DE-6000 but its not working properly. When I turn it ON, I start playing and the sounds take a while to start hearing them. And the digital screen does not displays properly. Does anyone know of some one or somewhere I can go and get it check out?
June 26, 2013 @ 4:19 am
@liam - IIRC it's a type 9 IEC connector, but check this chart http://www.webberelectronics.com/Info/IEC-Chart
Liam Turner
April 25, 2013 @ 9:24 am

I've discovered this synth in a locked cupboard at a house I've moved into. I really want to try it out but l there is no power lead. It's different from a kettle lead. Can anyone tell me what sort of lead it is and where to get one from?


April 15, 2013 @ 10:57 am
Ive owned 4 or 5 poly800's over the years and the DW6000 has a far better synth engine, puncier and basier sound. I was going to pass mine on but changed my mind. Its a keeper for very little money. I think its got a 106 type poly sound to it but without the easy editing like the roland. There is a great setup for the Behringer BCR to control it.
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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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