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
March 26, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
Anyone know how to program AKAI MPK49 to use with DW8000 and control the parameters ?
March 23, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
I bought a DW-8000 at a pawn shop back in 2005 for $100. After many years of guitar and drums, I somehow became obsessed with all things keyboard and synth. The Moog Concertmate MG-1 and the DW-8000 were my first (real) synths and they were great to learn on. I loved it. This thing sounded fantastic to me, and it was quite easy to control. The digital delay was great to mess around with. I used it in almost every patch that I created. Sadly, It's gone now. I would surely get another one if the price is right. Lovely synth, for sure!
March 14, 2011 @ 5:52 pm
Great analog hybrid. warm, fat, digital, harsh , smooth it has it all , amazing filters i just completed a template for the Novation Remote Zero SL to control all parameters on my DW-8000 in real time turns this beast into a whole new animal. I would put this up against a Jupiter 6 any day of the week.
March 11, 2011 @ 5:35 am
I agree about polysix and ms20 being pretty much all korg made that is highly desirable. Not sure why mono/poly is so overpriced/hyped compared to the polysix, it doesn't sound anywhere near as nice as polysix!

As for DW, yes the 8000 has a cool sound and is under-rated due to looks possibly. talking of which, it's a shame Korg made this (and the 6000) look like home keyboards. They really are very ugly/tacky looking synths that LOOK like 80's home keyboards rather than the good sound machines they are. Bad move Korg. Polysix is the best looking synth Korg made, and up there with the best!
February 16, 2011 @ 3:19 pm
It's outrageous how cheap this synth still sells on ebay. the sound is just marvellous, you can have super light pads and very nasty sounds. it's just so incredibly flexible! i have, among others, a dx7, a jx-8p and a dw-8000. i would sell the roland and the yamaha just for the outrageous price some people are willing to pay for that junk. IMHO the dw-8000 is among the only 3 notable korg synths, the other 2 being polysix and ms-20.
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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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