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
November 4, 2011 @ 9:37 am
Thanks guys! After some research I think this is the best option in my price range (under 300 euro) for a solid, all around good usable synth. Any other suggestions will be appreciated...
October 25, 2011 @ 7:06 pm
it has 64 tones on board - the bank A/B banks are the two sides of the original sound data cassette that came with the synth, 64 tones per side.
murray hill
October 22, 2011 @ 12:51 pm
@ luis: mine has 64 presets. I don't know this "Bank B"... if someone else has one, and they have a bank B tell me also how to access it! There is a Bank button, but it just makes things easier to select, and doesn't switch to a whole other patch set... Otherwise, I really like this board. It has very usable sounds, in particular the organs and pads. Easy to program, good arpeggiator. When I bring my Polysix to a gig, it gets more eyeballs– but the DW8000 humbly gets the job done, and it isn't as tempermental. And furthermore... IT HAS A JOYSTICK, PEOPLE!
October 20, 2011 @ 5:48 pm
Could anyone confirm whether this synth has 64 or 128 presets? The reason I ask is that at synthmania.com, there are samples from two Banks, A and B, 64 in each... ( I am thinking about getting one and I particularly like the string sounds on Bank B)
October 16, 2011 @ 7:28 pm
There are only two design flaws/omissions that stop this synth being one of the greatest of all time: the lack of sync/cross mod, and the delay time parameter being factor/time, not time in ms. There's nothing you can do about the sync, but at least you can use your ears to tempo sync the delay. Other than that, it's awesome.
Two oscillators, three envelopes, real VCA and VCF per voice - what else do you need?
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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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