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
January 1, 2012 @ 12:19 pm
Alex Juno kindly provides 16 multisampled free patches to be used in Kontakt/Kontakt Player: http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=321307

Sounds decent to my ears :-)
December 19, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
I also think the band Yes used the DW-8000 during a late 80s tour they did, according to this page: http://www.pallium.com/bryan/dwpatches.php . Might be a worthy addition to the 'has been used by...' section.
December 14, 2011 @ 5:58 pm
An underrated gem. Keys are loud but for about 200 bucks you get lush and very warm Rhodes sounds for ballads, pads, fat analog brass and strings, aftertouch, ease of programmability and a worthy contender to the DX7. While the DX7 produces about 20 useful sounds out of its 10,000 plus library (which is nothing more than useless subtle variations of rehashed sounds), the DW produces at least 64 with more depth and warmth. And in 2011 it still sounds fresh. It's no super Jupiter or matrix 12 but it is a fun keyboard Worth owning
murray hill
November 20, 2011 @ 9:26 am
the only addendum I would make to my glowing review of the DW8000– is it has probably one of the worst- feeling keyboards I know.
It's like playing a mid-20th century typewriter!
November 9, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
@ luis,..i also have a ex8000,..& can only get 64 tones,..is there a spesh button hiding somewhere?..lol..but all in all,..its my faverite synth ive owed,..ive got mks70,waldorf xt,db9,tx802,m1, & it blows them all away,..ive got the 80s arcade game strider sounds out ov it!..a real gem,..thanks for reading! ;0)
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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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