Korg DW-8000

Korg DW-8000 Image

DW-8000

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

EX-8000

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.

Check Korg DW-8000 Prices on eBay

The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics

Comments

Are you looking to buy or sell a Korg DW-8000? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

128 Visitor comments
Gerry
October 9, 2013 @ 5:49 am
I love my DW8000. Very easy to program. (like the Poly 800) It's really great for digital bells, pads & sweeps. (& that's primarily what I use it for) When I MIDI layer the DW8000 with my Poly 800, it's truly magical. The 4 oscillators make for a really fat, thick & warm sound. When you start individually tweaking the LFO, filter, VCF/A, etc, on each of the 4 oscillators, (w/Poly 800 & DW8000 layered) you can get some very cool, "evolving" type sounds.
BTW, The Korg DW8000 goes great w/my DDD-1, both sonically & visually. They're the same color, (black) w/same color (blue) "Korg" logos. =D
Gerry
October 9, 2013 @ 5:21 am
nb - Me too. My dear mom (who was also a musician) bought me a Poly-800 back in '84. Eventually I wanted to upgrade to the DW8000, (I remember seeing it in Keyboard magazine & wanted it so badly!) but one of her musician/keyboardist friends talked me out of buying it. He said there was a new type of keyboard that uses "samples" (a "ROMpler") & analog type synths were on the way out. I ended up getting a Roland D-10 & a year later, a Korg M1. Last June I (finally) picked up a DW8000 in great condition, for $300. (S&H included) I'm very happy! It sounds awesome! (esp. when layered w/my Poly 800)
NB
October 2, 2013 @ 7:14 pm
Always wanted one but military got in way. Picked one up recently and the rare MEX-8000 in almost mint shape, battery was changed to non-soldered, easier to replace in future. This thing can make some serious ballsy bass and would say the discrete filter Korg used is *as* unique as MS20 but different, more in a rounder way. Mixing waves, can get some far out stuff hard to do other than a PPG.
Single Cycle Waves onboard. Prophet VS and DSI Evolver also uses *real* waveforms and know it's a bit apples to oranges, but do not consider that classifiable as a ROMpler, A keeper!
franco
September 15, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
2 months ago i bought an ex8000 and i am amazed of the sound that comes out from this little beast. No comparison with korg ex800 ,better than the juno 106 in my taste.
Editing a little more tricky .
I use it intensively!
max
September 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am
@cj: I hear you, functionally and sonically it's more high-end DCO polysynth than say a PPG or VS. Either way you slice it, the DWs still sound great - and I've been playing them for four decades now.
 
Post Comment!
VSE Rating

Excellent

User Rating

Rated 4.52 (1396 Votes)

  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.