Korg DW-8000

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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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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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131 Visitor comments
January 22, 2011 @ 4:28 am
I found one of these for $250, then the seller mentioned he also had a DX7 and an ARP Minimoog. A what? I said. Turned out to be an ARP Odyssey. Got the Korg for $250, the DX7 for $75, and the Odyssey MK2 for $150. Now which deal was the best. I have kept all three, but I seem to use the DX7 the most. It has the best keys and excellent sounds. The Odyssey is a very unusual beast and makes some wild sounds-Rain, Helicoptor, Insects, Lava, etc. The Korg has an amazing filter and can really move you with its otherworldly sounds. I like all three each in their own way, along with my CZ101
November 28, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
Get the best of both worlds with this wicked hybrid! Easy to program, albeit one parameter at a time, incredibly dynamic filter, super FAT unison modes, great digital delay and portamento effects, and incredibly versatile yet simple arpeggiator. Just awesome. I'm thinking of pairing mine up with a Behringer bcr2000 to get a more hands on feel and watch this bird really soar ~0~
October 29, 2010 @ 7:22 am
Prezados amigos, como consigo o manual do DW-8000 em português? Será que algum amigo músico teria para me fornecer? Alguém teria também patches (os parâmetros) para eu programar melhor o meu DW-8000?
Obrigado pela atenção de todos.
October 21, 2010 @ 6:41 pm
I've got 2 of these and run them together for a MASSIVE sound. Close your eyes and you could be playing one of the classic analogue polysynths that cost X10 times the price. One of the other reviewers predicted that the DW8000's will end up being sought after and I couldn't agree more. Grab one now while they are still cheap! Only thing I'm not too keen on is some of the 16 waveforms aren't so useful so I just tend to stick with the sine and saw for that raw analogue sound. Even has flexible delay effects!
October 11, 2010 @ 10:57 am
Hook up a control surface to this with the arpeggiator going to send sysex cutoff, resonance and ADSR parameters and WOW! Major fat, kick butt expressive interaction. Run through delays and a tube amp . . .NUTZ! I've got 4 of these midi's up and controlled by a KX76. Very familiar analog synth textures . . for a couple a hundred bux.
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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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