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
June 10, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
Johannes, i have DW-6000 and DW-8000, they are both great! But, somehow i like DW-6000 is better. It's just my opinion, but there are some things about DW-6000 that i cant explain....you should try it, and try them both at the sametime = KILLER!
June 9, 2011 @ 12:48 am
I've heard this synth being referred to as the poormans jupiter 8... Yes and no!
Yes being > its flexibility, nice arpeggiator and wicked, screaming sci-fi sounds! Really cool as well to have it self oscillate like nobodies buisness! No being > it cant quite flex its muscles with as much punch as the Jupiter 8... Nor does it even come close to the Jupiter 8s creamy discrete circuitry and professional build... Plus not at all hands on like a Jupiter 6 or Jupiter 8... it crushed my Jupiter 6 soundwise however. No secret there! Very decent prophet 5, OB-Xa sounds too. Nice, but not great!
April 25, 2011 @ 11:52 am
Price in europe 270-350 euro
April 15, 2011 @ 10:08 am
I owned this synth years ago and just purchased it again. The DW8000's look is what attracted me to it when I saw it in 1985. I played Casio home keyboards before purchasing this beauty and it looks nothing at all like a home keyboard. I love the look on this machine. It looks and sounds different, fatter, and warmer than many other machines out there. I have a D50, DX7IIFD and a DW8000 on my keyboard stand and it is just as great looking and useful as the others.
April 14, 2011 @ 9:44 am
8 voices, Analog Filter, Arpeggiator, Digital Delay stereo. A lot going for a 200 dollar unit. Korg stuff just sounds more . . . important. Korg utterances are surely the soundtrack of Hell itself. The DW8000 (and DSS1) are truly empowering devices.
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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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