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.

Korg EX-8000 Image


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
April 8, 2011 @ 11:12 am
I've owned one of these since they first came out, and have programmed the bejeezus out it.
I bought it in preference to a DX7. It's not a flexible as the DX, but to my ears it just sounds better.
As has already been said, it excels at pads and soundscapes. It will always have a place in my rig.
A much overlooked gem!
April 7, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
this synth does have some things similar to a micro korg. i believe the waveforms in the dw8000 have shown up in pretty much every korg synth along the way. sorry if you cant get it to sound big or more impressive than the microkorg. i think you must be doing something wrong with it. this synth has a filter that is very nice and the envelopes are quite good as well. i like it just fine. its not for instant gratification geeks. i mean it can be very quick to whip up a killer bass patch but this synth really excels at pads and sound scape stuff. i am glad it has its detractors. it keeps it cheap
Niels Pedersen
April 3, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
bought one of these recently due to all the rave reviews posted here.
Well, I just got thing and am severely disappointed. It sounds like a slightly beefed up version of my old DX-7. Analog filters or not, the sound this thing produces in the best of circumstances are comparable with those of a MicroKorg...
April 3, 2011 @ 5:57 am
I have DW-6000 and DW-8000. Good for progressive rock etc etc. Not gonna sell. Price in finland 250-350 £
March 31, 2011 @ 2:03 pm
SJ would you mind sharing the template? I also have the remote zero
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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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