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
December 31, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
Just got one yesterday! The filter is superb. Great for oldschool industrial/zoth ommog type basses. Leads cut through the mix like a sword. Best 225 I've spent in a while!
December 29, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
A couple of summers ago I had the opportunity to see Tony Kaye in Kent, OH and asked him to sign my DW8000 that I have owned since I bought it new in the mid 80s. As he was signing it he remarked that he had owned several over the years. After reading the comments here about the special patched created for Yes in the 80s, it all makes sense! I also bought a midi card for my Apple IIe along with a sequencing program. Pretty awesome stuff for 1986! I have enjoyed this synth greatly over the past 26 years!
Analogue Crazy
October 21, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
Had this for just over a month now and i'm blown away with how huge it sounds. It isn't the most versatile Synth out there but the sheer warmth of the sounds more than make up for it. Iv had the Juno-60, Jupiter-4 and various other analogue's; but this baby really holds its own! An absolute must have at the prices they sell for
October 13, 2012 @ 3:39 am
One of my fav. synths. Used by Dream Theater on their first record(with kevin moore)
Pretty good for all kind of electronic and rock music.
Theres one gothic-rock song we made in the past. The whole song is full of DW-8000!
Thank you and cheers from finland!
David S
October 11, 2012 @ 10:48 pm
This was my first keyboard when I was 15. I stacked it on top of my dad's B3 and jammed in the basement for a few years until I went to college. One time in the dorm, I MIDI'd the 8000, some guy's Juno and a Kawai K1 all together and made such insane low frequency sounds that a girl from upstairs about 30 rooms away came and told me her pictures were falling off the walls. Awesome!

I loved how intuitive it was to program compared to the Kawai I got a few years later. Also the sounds were so much juicier. In some respects I still regret parting with it, mostly because it was my first.
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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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