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
Don Airey
August 21, 2012 @ 1:20 pm
forgive me but the DW-8000 is not the absolute 80's Korg synth
DW-6000 and Poly 800 are far better for this era

Poly 800 is real 2x DCO Analog Synth
DW-6000 is rare but has far better waveforms, which have been stolen from a lot other big synthesizer companies, search for this fact
July 24, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
I owned one many ears ago. The sounds were kind of great, but after 1-2 hours in operation, it would detune by half a note or so. Messing around with the fine tune would eventually fix the problem, but in a live situation that was easier said than done...
July 5, 2012 @ 8:50 pm
there is something magical about the DW8000. It just has that something that makes you want to continue playing it! Some classic very desirable synths I've owned over the years have come and gone but the DW8000 is staying :) One tip: don't judge a book by it's cover. The sound of this synth doesn't seem to go with it's tiny cheapy plastic 80's styling! Close your eyes and it could pass as a Jupiter 8! If you can find the rack mount EX8000 it's even better as the one thing that plagues the keyboard version is terrible key contacts.
June 6, 2012 @ 9:47 pm
I picked up one of these last weekend. WOW!! This is the most amazing poly synth I've ever owned! (I've owned Juno-60, Poly 800, and JX-10). It's very easy to program, and even easier with the iPad programming app from icontrolmidi. It has a very lush, rich sound. The digital delay is very nice too.
Andy rodriguez
May 26, 2012 @ 3:26 am
The chorus on this thing is amazing. Check out my YouTube vid "flying high with you" where I use my signature Rhodes sound and the song feels like an 80's Phil Collins type ballad reminiscent of "one more night". I am not using any sound effects, just a slow ballad beat and the DW8000.
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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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