Synth Site: Korg: DW8000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Jupiter a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is a great, underrated synth. Capable of very warm, dark soundscapes and strange noises. The delay helps as well. I would recommend this to anyone that wants analog warmth combined with the ability to make strange, complex noises with ease. This can do some great organ sounds as well. These are a great value as well as they can be had for $200 quite often in pawnshops. Overall, a great synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-01-1999 at 14:31
Eric a part-timer user from Canada writes:
I just got this baby, and i must say, after paying 300 (canadian) it was worth every penny! It's already repleaced my jx3p which i thought would have never happened! The arpeggiator is *really* nice, but it confused the hell out of me at first. If Youre having problems, just read up about it in the AH archives, that did it for me. If you can find this baby cheap grab it. It's worth every penny.. you can get really nice sounds out of it. Nice sweeps and really nice bass, I love this thing over my 3p (which i am now selling btw :)). The only thing i wish is that the arp. would also work (so i could play live (with seq. stopped)) when set to clock to midi (only works on incoming midi..)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-01-1999 at 13:23
AdamT a part-timer user from UK writes:
I think we all know what the DW8000 is, an Underrated Hybrid digi/analog 8-voice polysynth. the filter (same as the DSS1) is very sweet indeed and combined with the hard edge of the digital waveforms gives a machine which can produce a varied range of sounds from PPG-esque bell, Epiano and clangerous sounds to quite usable and smooth Analog pads with the cutoff low. As you crank resonance up, bass disappears a bit too much A`la Roland SH1/JP4 (shame) but turns to a sweet whistle almost worthy of a REV-1 Prophet-5. I wish that there were more waveforms or some sort of phase distortion element to give more creativity but that`d be asking a lot, this machine cost £1200UK new in 1985. the Delay unit is very flexible and not notably noisy, can produce flanging and chorusing too. Arpeggiator either runs up/down or in note order, unfortunately no up, down, random options but IS syncable over MIDI. 64 patch locations (expandable with an external voice expander box) and Korg`s horrible joystick arrangement. parameter editing is laborious but a piece of cake and the last parameter selected before saving is available for real-time tweaking afterward (though the slider doesn`t send over MIDI).

The hardware is varied from the poor casework, iffy switches (need cleaning out on this one as they either double trigger or need a hard press to work, not nice when saving patches as they often end up in the wrong location (:-( .,) and tacky (poly 800-like) switches on the back panel for cassette mode etc. on the up side, the base is metal and sturdy, the inboard powersupply is beautifully made and well heat-sinked (no wall warts here!) and the keyboard mechanism isn`t the usual early 80`s Korg crap lightweight rubber dome type like the Poly-800, Polysix & 61 and (think) the DW6000, this 8000`s Kbd is similar to the DSS1, Lambda and Trident with proper leaf switches, and in this case weights glued under the keys to give some feedback... previous reviews have remarked that the Kbd is clunky or plasticky, maybe they used different ones depending on age.. aftertouch is a little stiff but can be internally adjusted via two trimmers, MIDI spec is very good indeed and an editor is available as shareware for windows..

Make sure you get the Powerlead with it as it is a 2-prong affair that I`ve only otherwise seen on other Roland (MKS70, 50, JU2 etc) and Korg (DSS1 etc) units and may not be available now. I replaced the one in this one with a standard IEC 3-pin one after shaving it slightly to fit, easy to do without removing the base as the leads are long enough to pull the socket out.

Conclusion.. Compact, affordable, sometimes warm, sometimes, brash, sometimes nasal but always loads of get up and go, EG`s are a little on the slow side but have an extra decay and sustain to make life interesting, pleasant to play and a good alternative to a Matrix6, less lush but more biting, both capable of souding huge.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-07-1999 at 16:09
SoftWar a hobbyist user from S.A. writes:
Pity about the shockingly noisy/plasticky/crappy keyboard and lack of knobs 'n things. For 'gritty 80's synthy', 'B-grade 60's' and 'synthy sweeps/flows' this board is unbeatable (short of a closet-sized modular). Much underrated, the DW8000 may be a bit boring to program and play on, but it really does sound rather special. Sounds get 5/5, but the interface is depressingly uninspired...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-04-1999 at 14:37
Sean Benham a part-timer user from Chicago writes:
I purchased the DW-8000 for $300 and Im very satisfied. It has very thick, low sounds for many settings. Excellent keyboard to patch some delay, reverb pedals to it. This keyboard can really punch out some great ambient sounds. The joystick is way cool. Only one thing I dont like -- the one button parameter controller. Definately analog meets digital in sound. I played this keyboard live in an all analog synth band, and my other members accepted this baby into the analog line-up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-03-1999 at 17:47
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