A mid-1980s polyphonic synth from Korg. Introduced as the replacement for the Poly-61 and the Poly-800, the DW-8000 and its less expensive derivative, the DW-6000, was Korg's first move in the direction of digital synthesis, although the synth was still mostly analog. The DW-8000 was an 8-voice synth with a voice architecture featuring two digital wavetable oscillators offering a choice of 16 waveforms. The rest of the voice consisted of a low pass analog VCF and VCA, each having a dedicated six-segment envelope generator, and one low frequency oscillator.

The five-octave keyboard had velocity and aftertouch, Korg's first synth to be so equipped. Like other Korg synths of the era, it had a joystick that performed the pitch bend and modulation functions. Patch memory consisted of 64 locations; patches could be loaded or saved via either MIDI or the cassette interface. There was a built-in digital delay, capable of a variety of effects including flanging, chorusing and doubling.

Two variants were also produced. The previously mentioned DW-6000 was a less expensive version having six voices and half of the wavetable memory (8 waveforms), and lacking the digital delay; the keyboard was also a basic switch-type keyboard lacking the velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. The EX-8000 was a rackmount version of the DW-8000.

The three models were introduced in 1985, the DW-6000 a few months ahead of the other two. The 6000 did not sell well and was soon dropped. The two 8000's remained in production until 1988, when Korg dropped all of its analog synths with the introduction of the M1.

Korg DW-6000. Courtesy Audio Fanzine

Korg EX-8000. Courtesy of polynomial.com


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