Korg DW-8000

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DW-8000

Take Korg's first digitally controlled analog synth hybrid (DW-6000) two steps higher and you get the more popular DW-8000. Sound is digitally generated from the DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) and has been doubled from 8 sampled digital waveforms to 16 simple analog to complex digital waveforms. The DW-8000 has 8 voice polyphony in two modes, or one monophonic mode with all eight voices stacked. The analog VCF resonant filter and VCA both have independent ADBSSR envelopes. Parameters can be altered in real time via a single programmable slider. There are 64 presets that can be reprogrammed by the user.

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EX-8000

In comparison to the DW-6000, the DW-8000 expanded to 8 notes polyphony, 16 sampled waveforms, a velocity sensitive keyboard with programmable aftertouch, auto-bend, a simple arpeggiator and a digital delay unit. The Digital Delay was an astonishing goody for the time, offering up to 512ms delay, phasing, flanging, chorusing and other time effects. Both the Arpeggiator, Auto-Bend and Digital Delay make this synth an inspiring and great sounding machine to use for great 303 basslines, techno and house bass and synth sounds and more! The EX-8000 (pictured above) is a rackmount version of the DW-8000. Several 3rd-party developers offered expansion boards for the DW-8000 providing up to 1024 presets, layered sounds, keyboard splits and Sample+Hold for the LFO. Though later overshadowed by the M1, the DW-8000 has been used by Divine Masquerade, Juno Reactor, Depeche Mode, Dream Theater, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Emerson.

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Andy
March 18, 2014 @ 8:58 am
Before you go spending thousands on a Matrix 12, CS80, Super Jupiter, Juno 60 or even a D50 or JX10 you owe it to yourself to see what the DW8000 is capable of! I made a video of a few of its monster analog sounds and even threw in a nice Hammond B3 emulation! These are all patches I created, Enjoy!!

http://youtu.be/25Kgo45Te00
Andy
March 18, 2014 @ 8:48 am
I love it so much I'm showcasing a Rhodes patch I created. It's truth a monster analog/digital synth! Enjoy my video!

http://youtu.be/AUdg6hWSi2Q
medwaystudios
March 2, 2014 @ 9:45 am
Had one of these years ago but made the mistake of selling it. Just picked one up on ebay, can't wait to get stuck into it again.
Matt
February 18, 2014 @ 2:03 am
Hey I'm looking for one in Australia. If anyone has one for sale please contact me at thenewmandmshowAtgmailCOM
Ian
January 9, 2014 @ 4:15 am
Great to see a few web sites giving kudos to this synth - and reading all the warm and fuzzy msgs here. I've still got my EX-8000 from mid-80's. Sorry hiitsme, I'm not selling. Had an original Rolland MPU-401 and wrote a librarian/editor for DOS way back. Would love to write a modern editor for win/mac/ios - if time ever permitted.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DWGSs per voice; 16 sampled digital waveforms (including saw, sqr and sin)
  • LFO - YES
  • Filter - Analog Low-pass resonant filter with ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
  • VCA - ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (with velocity and aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - 64 note arpeggiator
  • Effects - Digital Delay
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985-87

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