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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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MGR/Kurush's review"Korg DW8000"

Korg Dw-8000
I got it from an online store 5 years ago. It was always my dream keyboard because of its amazing sounds. I paid 500 pounds.

It's an analog-digital hybrid; there are 16 samples instead of oscillators, but the rest (LFO, Amp, Filter, etc.) is analog. The sound is amazing and when you switch from poly mode (8 sounds) to unison mode, all 8 oscillators start when a key is pressed. Very fat, excellent for leads. Instead of a pitch wheel it has a 4-direction joystick, where left-right is a pitch bend, up is an LFO boost and down is an Amp boost.

The organ sound kinda sucks. Also, the joystick tends to fall apart. Some of the function buttons tend to fail sometimes.

Generally very-well built; As I've mentioned the joystick tends to fall apart. Sound is amazing

Generally a very good keyboard, mainly useful for synth sounds (leads, pads). I use it for progressive rock, but it can also be used for techno and stuff.
Oh, it was manufactured in 1984...

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
aurélien chubilleau06/13/2014

aurélien chubilleau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"The hybrid made by Korg"

Korg Dw-8000
The DW-8000 made its appearance in 1985, along with its little brother the DW-6000. Both synthesizers are based on a rather original architecture, unusual at the time, they are hybrids, as indeed the American Ensoniq ESQ-1. If the filter, envelopes and LFOs are analog oscillators themselves are digital. Where ESQ-1 uses sampled waveforms, Korg has chosen a slightly more complex technique, called Digital Waveform Generator System (DWGS). It is not quite samples, but samples calculated waveform produced by additive synthesis (you follow?) The result is a particular sound quite clean to the family of DW, and remained unprecedented since.

There or DW-6000 features eight waveforms calculated, the 8000 double bet, and offers ADDITION traditional forms of analog synths. Caution, however, is not found so far all waveforms on 6000 8000.

Among the forms available on the DW-8000, there was a predominance of such wave forms enough to render metal or copper. It is clear there will Korg fetch the Yamaha DX7 on his supposed stomping ground.
Note: a recurring fault on Korg this time, there is no modulation or possible synchronization between the oscillators.

8000 DW is one of the last avatars Korg before the acquisition by Yamaha in 1987, and thus is distinguished by its high quality analog filter, which made the reputation of the brand. However, this filter is based on a fairly standard CEM circuit, but in fact sounds particularly good! Please note: the resonance achieved self-oscillation, and "keyboard squaling" function offers a four-point scale against three for 6000.

As for the envelope generators, one for the filter and white noise generator, the other for the oscillators, they are six floors such as those opened on the Poly-800 (1984), but unlike the latter, it is surprised not to have an envelope generator oscillator.

Moreover, there or DW-6000 contains every feature LFO Poly-800, 8000 brings welcome changes: there are four waveforms instead of two, but no sample / hold, and c is a shame.

Small feature of the DW-8000 compared to 6000: portamento addition, there is a "self-bend" configurable: it is introducing a glissando in the attack of each note. Again, we feel the desire to align with the DX7, which offers him squarely a dedicated envelope generator pitch.

The DW-8000 is eight polyphonic voices, instead of six for 6000, and provides two polyphonic modes, and two powerful unison mode, a different influence on the triggering of the envelopes to the attack of the notes.

Finally, conclude with what clearly distinguishes 8000 6000: first are digital delay, which also serves as chorus plus offers a very useful digital LFO to assist the main circuit. However, the value of delay time is not gradual as the Poly II-800, but offers only seven values. Suddenly, it misses the great flanging effects of Poly-800 II. Shame ...

Then, of course, arpeggiator, with its latch function, which transforms it into small sequencer. It is in line with the Polysix and Poly 61, but was well ... If the Up / down mode, the Up and Down Mode is replaced by an Assign mode still groovy least in some cases. It is a shame to have removed these two modes.

Novelty, the joystick control on the 8000 live opening the filter, as in Roland.

Finally, finish with the keyboard, different from that of 6000: there he is sensitive to the touch, and offers after touch. For those familiar with the Korg M1, well ... it's not the same keyboard as the M1 manual mechanics there DX7 or DW-8000 uses a special keyboard, which amortization is less pleasant.

In the end, even if there was some flats, the DW-8000 proved to be fairly complete in 1985, and today, it complies well enough fans synthesis.


The only real fault DW-8000 is to belong to the generation "calculator", and not to propose knobs facades, as major U.S. synthesizers where some Japanese legend. But here the controls are really intuitive, well thought out, with the summary of all front panel functions, all presented with more elegance on the DW-6000.

It is clear, it is clear, and an amateur synthesis can do without instructions. One in English, also not reveal any major secret, and who is fluent in English, it is very didactic. We do not take the head as the reading of the DX7, far more complex and complete synthesizer it is true.

In addition, the DW-8000 can address a beginner, to be a good school.


Let's be clear: the DW-8000 is a pure electronic instrument to make electronic music, do research, and nothing else. It's not in his personality to go imitate an acoustic instrument. This is not a Workstation-fed PCM and other General Midi sounds, this is a real synthesizer. And in his field, he has a personality, it shall be clean, and it should not be confused with one another. For those who love the Korg very typical of the 80s, the filter is to delight the ears.

Oscillators, they do not sound at all "American" as the SSM and the Polysix Poly 61, and do not sound like either of Poly-800, even if you feel that all these people belong to the same family.

Amazing fact: if it was reported that it is not found on the DW-8000 all waveforms 6000, when they are common, well ... they sound different! Is this due to the D / A converters? it is certain that the sound of 8000 seems heavier than the 6000. Suddenly, the DW-6000 is capable in some cases of a delicacy in harmonics, a more ethereal side not found on big brother, but it is more round and copper. Somehow, it is closer to the sound of a Poly-800 at times, while maintaining the specificity of its inimitable stamp specific to its hybrid nature.

In short, 8000 is not 6000 and vice versa. We like the DW-8000 for its low short, impeccable for sequences and arpeggios, its progressive sound with a high quality filter, its, special effects these powerful brass. Its digital delay also brings a very distinctive and attractive color.

Clearly, the DW-8000 is both very Korg, but not equivalent. if you are attracted by the instruments with a strong personality and know how to make part of it will find its place in your set, and projects of electronic music.


I have for many years, Korg, which just a DW-6000. I am equipped with the 8000 for what it brings more thinking have to do a synthesis part absolutely comparable. If this is the case on paper, listening, however, the two brothers are distinguished clearly enough ... and I will definitely keep both!

It is also clear that the DW 8000 does not affect the power of synthesis of some tenors of the time, as the DX7, Oberheim Matrix or otherwise more expensive, it is not comparable to the another hybrid of the time, ESQ-1, very typical U.S. and more complete.

However, the DW-8000 is not a toy, and remains effective for its time. And most importantly, there is the sound, his personality, his trademark inimitable. With its own personality, it is capable of varied sounds, and offers with ease exploration.

The DW-8000 is therefore aimed at enthusiasts synthesis, those who like real synths. So those have interest to go find out, often for a small fee, but beware, the rating goes up.

2o2rnr2y2d's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Huge for his age"

Korg Dw-8000
hybrid synth oscillator analog, digital parameters, ployphonie 8 channels, 64 memories to store sounds, about sixty parameters.
output line L / R separate MIDI IN, OUT, THROUGH, pedals. 76-key weighted keyboard with velocity. Arpeggiator, detune, joystick, no preset (the sound is you ...)


The config is simple (if you know what a real synth), no menu, a setting, it goes directly to the value by the number keypad. We need the manual just to clarify obscure points 2-3 (found on the internet), for beginners they introduced the basics of the synth.
The program is very simple there are not many parameter and they already can reach a large variety of sound.


The sound is that you made, so if you find bad .. ben is that you are wrong!
The bass is so powerful you can really fzire large sounds, to the point that after it is difficult to board on a Yamaha PSR you feel is missing half of his alone, mostly on organ type sounds.
Now the beast has limitations related to its generation, especially in the attack: the sounds hyper modern dynamic forget,.
Sounds kind organ, electric piano, brass, chorus, violin, synth delusions are his thing, but if not look for realism, realistic sounds forget.
If you feel your limitations Fill in the current price (in 250) and the release date (1985).
Oh I forgot the keyboard is good, the sturdy, well designed with buttons, for it is semi weighted against trend, very good for muscle fingers but not much.
This is the blade contacts, so a small cleaning the bomb contact can be necessary.



Dad77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Dw-8000
For description, see the comments below and Hospitality;

Some comments:
- Sensitive MIDI stream, it's good but the old. Occasionally, it gets stuck.
- The connector and controller wear, do not carry around too much synth.
- Polyphony is limited but the management is very well done and it rarely reaches the limit audible.
- 64 submissions is limited. For a long time, I used 2 MEX 8000 which added 4x64 memories by MEX. Now everything is managed from the Mac sysex.


It is a very intuitive and easy synth to program (nothing to do with DX). The control panel is well done and sound editing is done quickly. Everything follows very logically and the way programming is exemplary. The French manual is very clear but useless (unless it's your first synth).


Being a big fan of a little bastard summaries, I agree with DW 8000 a place of excellence in style, mixing analog to digital: the unknown (thank you DX7) DWGS synthesis that is ultimately a kind of management wavetable sampled . It is stable as the digital, but with a grain, which only an analog range can give you. And it is programmed as a digital, it is in fact by its controllers.
It gives you the pads with great finesse, rather round in fact, the granulation of sound that can cover the whole spectrum. The leads are strong, aggressive show. One approaches the metal side of DX. For realistic sounds, it's not really made for that, though for organs, flutes or defend it a lot. It also produces beautiful electric piano freeware (but I prefer my TX more alive).
I like its keyboard, and principally made her beautiful expression aftertouch (rare at the time).
The effects are minimal (Chorus and Delay) and just expand the sound. Is better to add a digital effect at the time to cheap (Midiverd or equivalent to 50 €).
This is most lacking in this synth is more powerful converters. In a mix, it is often hard to defend if we do not go up by treating the output signal.


That's almost 20 years that I have. This is the first synthesizer that I kept. Before, I had the fingers Poly-800, Bit-01 and SH-101. At the time, I hesitated between the DX-7 (too complicated and not enough analog), D-50 (more expensive and its too "I saw you") and the ESQ-1 (as I bought later) and this little world was on sale at FNAC (yes, really). After I had much else, but the DW-8000 has always kept a place in my set, with pads and lead in particular. It's really a synth endearing, that beneath his plastic hides a big engine sound easy to handle. At the time, he was not given but I had the favorite. And I do not regret that choice.

Dryfe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Dw-8000
Everything has been said, so nothing to add ....


-General configuration simple enough? Yes!

Uh, this is my first "real synth," and I started in sound synthesis, but I did already put together a few sounds: a pseudo clavinet, organ, piano halfway between a Rhodes/wurli/Cp70, and a few tablecloths.
I still have the bone up a bit, particularly at ground and leads.

Easy-Edition? definitely!

All-clear small manual, which can take over the machine quickly.


Already, I progressive rock (Magmaïen, Klingklangesque) predominantly metal (like Tool, Isis ....)

- Sounds:
Pleasant surprise, the sounds are just greasy and slimy as desired, particularly in terms of leads.

Of course, I have a multi effects behind, but I plan to buy some pedals to make them even more aggressive.
Powerful bass, rich midrange and treble thick, it is never eat saturated by scratching the contrary.
It must bone up the beast, and she married with great guitars.

It gives a next p'tit Krautrockesque group.

Note that at first I was skeptical, if not disappointed with my purchase: I was the ignorant .... ah ..

Just something not funny, it's a shame that it is impossible to handle some functions involved VCO and VCF ...

Touch, aftertouch is good!


- Used for 4 months
- The most: the sound, good surprises, discovering the synthesis of sounds fairly easy, a nice arpégiatteur, and a solid character!
- The least: a few knobs to manipulate parameters VCF and VCO-Live + one wheel is not enough (but hey, that's how!)
- Good value for money (yum, I bought mine € 120 .... arf ....)
- Content of choice, in the end: a big synth which comes into its own with a small multi-effects boiboite behind! yum ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Dw-8000
Same as other reviews. Precision: the synth is digital and analog filter is.


Edition of a simple point of view of the IDE, but the buttons too prs and State DGRAD sometimes requires some attention. Nothing serious in view of rsultat we just get ...


The sounds are typical trs. It is often found in the open air or daft punk. Jolie delay which really gives the scale in its grain and by providing a field dtach stro really INTERESTED.


One thing is for sure is that given the price of this synth into an opportunity, do not hsiter 2 min. It sounds is fun and're doing sounds really good! But it is a synthesis of complment because surely not comprehensive enough. Although I think we can do an album with the current rev ...
Zebra trois07/19/2002

Zebra trois's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg Dw-8000
Keyboard: 61 keys
Controller: Joystick (CONTRL of Bend, CSOs and VCF)
Connectors: Audio (R / L), MIDI (In / Out / Thru), Cassette, Pedals, Phone, ...
Effect: a small simple delay
Number of sound: 64
Polyphony: 8 voices (Unison mode possible)
10.9 kg


This is the same simplicity! PSE and I my words!


As for sounds, the original ones are not extraordinary. It's a synth that requires a little research, to have a rsultat INTERESTED. It blows a bit, but ...


As some of the era synths, the DW8000 is a synth numrique (waveforms) and an analog filter (VCF, VCA)! Aprpgaiteur and more! For the price second hand, ... Why do without is a synth plutt complter for a set.

1st grind