Synth Site: Korg: DW8000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Markus Schmidt a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
The DW-8000 was my very first synth back in the 80's and I loved it. Though it was sold as a "digital" synth it closes the gap between a DX7 and other analogue synths of this decade. The DW-8000 is an "in-between" synth imho. It can sound digital, but that is not the purpose of this synth. As others mentioned here, it is an digital controlled synth with analogue sound. Don't see it like a rompler, it's more like an analogue with more than the standard waveforms (sine, square etc) and thus can sound very unique. I have now again a DW-8000 and equipped it with the Musitronics/Angel City expansion board and a input for the delay. It is not a complete different machine now, but has more possiblities for layering and double sounds and many other cool features. I wonder if more is possible with some programming.

The DW-8000 is worth every penny and I will never sell it or give it away. Full stop! :-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-08-2007 at 09:37
stalag33.3 a professional user writes:
if you cannot get usable new synth sounds out of this synth you should probably give up on making electronic music. this synth is a bargain and it does do manythings wich no other synths can do. people who cant figure out or use its interface have some other issues. i think that many people confuse being able to program a synth with being able to push play on a groove box. a classic weather you like it or not. i mean come on its less than a boss synth bass pedal is new.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-23-2007 at 18:59
bill a professional user writes:
i dont know how anyone could possiblely refer to this as a rompler unless perhaps they were a complete hack without ever using one. nor can i realy see much in compare to a poly800. the dw8000 is its own thing there is no other synth i have heard like it. no it cannot do things a jupiter6 can do but it can do sounds a jupiter six cant either. it has its own flavour. some people may think that this synth sounds digital but i dont realy think it matters if it sounds digital or if it sound analog it just sounds great. it clocks to midi the keyboard blows aways pretty much any new synth keyboard in both terms of playability and build quality. it may not have very much in terms of live tweakability but theres enough interms of after touch and a assignable slider to keep it lively when perfmorming. some people flat out hate it and thats ok beacause the fact is this synth is a bargain. this is a synth wich does dark analog pads and noise pads pretty much as good as they can be done. old school moog sounds are also another thing this board does very well. basslines and acid type sounds on this board are fast and easy to come by as well. based on the price they go for and the sounds you get out of them you have to give it a five. this was the synth of the year when it was made and it is well earned. i mean theres a lot of things wich this synth has going for it. i have not a single regret getting rid of my nord lead2 and replacing it with this and having a bunch of money kicking around. so please dont call it a rompler beacause it is not and dont compare it to the poly800 beacause the two sound completely different. this synth was good enough for depeche mode wakeman and phil collins its good enough for me. yes it is a subtractive synth but it is special. the best two hundred bucks i have spent in a long time. i am thinking about getting another while they are this cheap.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-23-2007 at 16:31
if837 a part-time user from Sweden writes:
Not analogue sounding at all as described here, very digital sounding in general. Useful only for on thing, if you want 1986 Tangerine Dream sounding leads. Puch buttons makes this anoying for programming you own sound. For bass sounds buy a real analogue or VA synth that you can tweek without pushing ALOT of bottons. My own misstake to read the reviews here, before buying a synth, never again. Not a bargain since you need to buy a effectprocessor. Built in delay not useful at all. If you need to buy a vintage 80s Korg a Poly 800 is more useful then.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-21-2006 at 13:20
if837 a part-time user from Sweden writes:
Not analogue sounding at all as described here, very digital sounding in general. Useful only for on thing, if you want 1986 Tangerine Dream sounding leads. Puch buttons makes this anoying for programming you own sound. For bass sounds buy a real analogue or VA synth that you can tweek without pushing ALOT of bottons. My own misstake to read the reviews here, before buying a synth, never again. Not a bargain since you need to buy a effectprocessor. Built in delay not useful at all. If you need to buy a vintage 80s Korg a Poly 800 is more useful then.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-21-2006 at 13:20
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