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
June 17, 2010 @ 3:29 pm
Nine Inch Nails used this in the late 80's early 90s.
May 22, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
Bastard love child of the Poly-800 and the CZ-1000. Quite fun.
May 18, 2010 @ 2:10 pm
Just bought one for $200. It is in mint condition, everything works, came with a pedal, a MEX-8000 Memory Expander, original tape with the factory patches on it and a stand for it! I think I did pretty well! Anyways, this thing sounds amazing! I would compare the it's sound to my Juno 60 I had. I also have some patch parameter sheets for patches that sound just like a CS-80! This synth sounds soooo classic. I love it.
April 24, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
I agree with Leonardus. The sound of the DW8000 is
dark and menacing, strange to say but I'm realizing that...
April 20, 2010 @ 6:02 am
1987 Keyboard Magazine Keyboard of the Year.

Cue up 2 saws, explore it's rich dark wall of sound. For yours is a world filled with endless luscious overtones.

The DW8000's sound is massive. The DW is always massive. Even high pitched bells possess an ominous presence. Because it's sound is so massive, the DW8000 excels at large dark brooding explorations. Imagine a huge powerful dark orchestra at your command. Imagine being seduced by it's power. This is exactly what you get. The DW8000 is perfect for progressive rock composition.

The DW800 needs no outboard effects. Set it on your coffee table, plug in your headphones, dim the lights, take a long dark journey..
The DW is both elegant and powerful; she's the perfect companion for an evening. You'll want to go with red wine.

It does Hammond organ brilliantly. Perhaps better than the original -it is so muscular.
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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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