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.

Lookup Korg DW-8000 Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay 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.

131 Visitor comments
ian
October 5, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
This is a seriously underated synth. Can't believe I've only just discovered the DW-8000 after years of owning "the classics" and this one blows me away! I'm totally serious when I say this sounds much better than a Jupiter 6 I got rid of a few years back! Superb analog filter with digital waveforms. I think the waveforms are continually cycling which gives them more of a natural feel when they the oscillators kick in, unlike "sampled" waveforms which always start at the same point.

You can still pick these up quite cheap at the moment which is quite unusual given the crazy prices of analog synths these days.
KC
October 2, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
it has a real filter. with the arp it distorts and feeds in really interesting ways. note assign means you can 'teach' it note patterns on the fly. nice.
wish
August 25, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
got mine for $5..love it...
Dan
August 17, 2010 @ 6:34 am
love this synth...amazing sound
relic
July 23, 2010 @ 4:11 pm
got a dead one off ebay with no sounds. replaced the battery and uploaded patches and now it's a monster! $75...steal. battery replacement is so easy. get a broken one and save money and put in the battery yourself. it's almost always the battery if something is wrong...:) this is a warm sounding synth!
 
Post Comment!
VSE Rating

Excellent

User Rating

Rated 4.52 (1410 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • The link above will take you to an eBay 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.