|Synth Site: Korg: EX8000 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.6 out of 5|
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|Lior Z a professional user from Colorado USA writes:|
Hello synth heads! I bought mine "MINT" used 2 years ago and I changed the memory battery. Back in the mid 80's I refused to check it out and I called it a "Korg rip-off" or "Korg Sell-Out" for using DCO's over the traditional VCO's. and called it "hybrid Digital/Analog" as a bad name. Today, almost 20 years later in the Music/recording business I know for sure that I was wrong ! very wrong ! So, here we go... The Ex-8000/DW-8000 are wonderful Analog synths. There is a standing question about the use/sound of DCO VS VCO ? Well, when you think of it the VCO's are also in a chip ( other than few unique cases such as Roland Jupiter-8/Yamaha CS-80 etc.) the DCO's are found in many great synths because one of the things that realy makes the difference is the Analog Filters/synth-design ! The EX-8000 has 16 analog filters and a classic design. the analog path is one of the great designs korg ever created. It is simple yet advanced enough to create a rainbow of sound colors. The waveforms includes Analog classic Sine wave etc. to create Analog Bass/pads thru E.piano to distorion Guitar. I was able to create fat warm strings/Acid Bass/classic leads and out of this world E. Piano. The most surprising fact for me was the envelopes speed - They are Super lightning Fast ! and the 2 DCO's can be interval/detune and "Bent up or Down" with time/depth. The 2 fast action ADSR's have 6 stages each. Great LFO that will modulate almost everything. Programable Digital delay and Stereo outs. The MIDI is 100% sysex compatible - you can use your Midi PC for editing/saving. the EX-8000 lack the DW-8000 Arpigiator but add a "key window" for midi up/down note limits.
for the price they are going for these days- grabe one and CREATE ! The DW-8000/EX-8000 is realy one of my top 10 underrated synths. by the way, I do have the Yamaha TG-33/Total digital which I love for what it is, but it is not by far a DW-8000.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-24-2001 at 01:49|
|nubey a professional user from OOPS a retraction. writes:|
I just claimed the osc's are 8' 12' and 16' well they're actually 4' 8' and 16' -- not bad but where's 24 -- man I love 24!
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-26-1999 at 11:24|
|nubey a professional user from USA writes:|
Wow I got my ex yesterday: Here are my initial impressions,
Powered up: hit a key wow perfect smooth soft oberheim-esque string sound comes billowing from my monitors, impressed to say the least. Played with the 64 presets and listened to some great basses (mostly rock sounding but usable), and six tons of great organ presets as well most are good to great (almost reaslistic but analog sounding or fat). This to me seems like korg's answer to the Matrix 6/1000 or even say a Jupiter 6 which uses two dco's per voice with 2 vcf's well it's not jupiter fat but it is oberheim soft and expressive -- great cold sounding wide strings and organish pads, very very matrix like aside from the missing matrix modulator, the korg's not quite as flexible as say oberheim matrix but is darn close and has a unique sound and character which to me sounds wonderful.
PROS: Decent delay, chorus, polyphonic portamento, 6 stage envelopes (two vcf's!), two dco's per voice with 16 selectable waveforms (not all square, saw, sine etc, there are some decent piano and horn waveforms too), small size, ease of use (this is so easy no manual is necessary), good pads/strings/organs and do-able bass.
CONS: Osc's only selectable to 8' 12' 16' (could be a wider range), one parameter is editable at a time, ie. no tweaking resonance and cutoff simultaneously -- shame too. Self oscillation is kind of freaky sounding too, like a distorted sine wave -- truely weird.
All in all -- a very original underrated and highly useful synth module, the best of both worlds a hybrid-- 16 dco's with two real analog vca's and two vcf's a digital delay/chorus all in a steal for the price I paid $200, aside from an oberheim this is the next best thing and complements my matrix's perfectly. I couldn't be happier!
My 2 cents, -Nubey
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-26-1999 at 11:22|
|Ben Cox a part time user from USA writes:|
This machine makes some killer sounds in the FX and bass categories, but I find it not to be very useful in the upper range due to an aliasing problem in the high notes; it starts to "growl" when you play high lines on it. But in the lower range it's terrific, and the filters can't be beat.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42|
|James Finegan a professional user from usa writes:|
I have a Ex8000 that I picked up for $75 bucks . I use it all the time , Actually it had an amazingly fat Rodes-like patch that I lost when the internal battery went on me. I never bothered to back up the original patches. when they rplaced the battery they loaded it up with a different set of patches wich are very cool . My favorite one is missing though . I've tryed everything to simulate it but can't seem to match it. The sounds are very fat in this thing .
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42|
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