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
May 21, 2009 @ 7:07 am
A brilliant piece of kit, very much underated.
It really is all you expect from an analog machine: rich sounds, exciting edition, elegant panel, a lot of personality, PLUS a brilliant new editor: Unisynth from midimetric makes edition lightning- fast. You will want to spend a lot more time programming the synth.
May 15, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
I had one of these for a couple of days now, spent enough time to work out what its capable of, and its really great. I vaguely miss FM options, but the sound of this more than makes up for it. Very very PHAT if you want, right down to tinkly DX-like piano sounds.
May 15, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
Leslie Sanford's Cobalt VST http://www.lesliesanford.com/ is about the closest VST you'll find on the market comparable to the DW8000's sound. I wish Korg would release a fully functional/Sys-Ex compatible VSTi of the 8000 series as part of their next Legacy collection.
May 3, 2009 @ 1:46 am
A dynamic and underrated synthesizer. Ive owned this synth for about 4 years, others come and go but it has stayed around. Programming is intuitive, fun, and rewarding if you have a subtle touch. Ive created some patches with sounds I have not heard anywhere else. The delay is incredibly warm, the only time I don't use it is when I'm having sync issues. The unison modes can create some beautiful leads.
March 19, 2009 @ 8:50 am
Klaus Schulze also used it on atleast one recording.
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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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