Synth Site: Korg: DW8000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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C Black a hobbyist user from US writes:
Does anyone remember the model number of the DW8000 era Korg synth with 49 keys? I thought it was the DW800, but that apparently doesn't exist. I've searched all the sites and can't find it, but I used to own one. Just wondering if I used to own a very rare synth.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-09-2011 at 16:14
freddy a professional user from usa writes:
In response to Lenti Lenko...Yes you can get DX7 type bells on the higher octaves on this baby. You can also get sounds that it would take layering on a DX7II and the DX still would not be able to do. The DW8000 is so quiet and warm for a synth of this age. The electric piano when programmed to its intended capacity sounds extremely lush, full warm and beautiful and will remind of a Korg M1. That's how advanced this keyboard was for its time. It can do incredible pipe organs, interestingly different and out of this world ballad style electric pianos, anything analog from great basses to pads to leads, and even vocoder type voices. This is one of the least known secret arsenals in synth history. I throw it head to head with any of the top analog or digital kings and personally this keyboard wipes the DX's face all over the floor because it can do more variety of sounds and it does them well as opposed to the DX's cold sounding brittle patches that need way too much tweaking to in the end sound incomplete.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-24-2011 at 16:28
rainer from U.K. writes:
Definitely no Matrix 12 or OBxA but decent for its portability. Good pipe organs, leads, basses, warm strings etc

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-30-2011 at 23:25
tony from usa writes:
Picked up my DW8000 today. I have a DX7IIFD and a D50 and I must say...WOW the DW8000 does what these other two cannot do. The DX is legendary for its fulltines rhodes but the DW8000 introduced the next generation Rhodes sound by making it sound so warm and full. It does not do hard hitting biting rhodes like the DX but it brings more of a lush chorused rhodes that the DX is not capable of. It also has warm lush strings which the DX cannot produce either. It has organ sounds the DX cannot produce as well as some amazing special effects and almost human like sounds that blow away the DX. The D50 lacks any really decent electric pianos and although it has nice brass and pads it sounds noisy as the built in effects are quite basic. After playing all three keyboards I find the 1985 DW8000 to actually be the cleanest sounding of the three. The sounds are just sweet and very clean without the inherent noise found on the DX and D50. I would say the DW8000 sits right between the two and is just as useful and better in some aspects than the DX and D50. Definitely one of the greatest synthesizers in history. Way ahead of its time. Gorgeous simplicity and massive sound. I don't need any oberheims or prophets or any of the older analog Rolands because the DW8000 does an incredible job at pads, leads, organs, electric pianos, effects etc. I will not let this one go. It is so rewarding to hear a synth that old stil being able to keep up with everybody else without missing a beat.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-19-2011 at 06:11
john from usa writes:
The DW8000 is a classic. Beautiful lush pads, flutes, electric pianos, organs, analog and killer leads, and nice effects. After 15 years of letting mine go I was lucky to find another one for 250.00. There's a very rewarding satisfaction that comes from owning a vintage synth that you can actually program sounds into and use live and have people ask what keyboard are you playing. Most wonderboards today contain sampled sounds of yesterday's technology, and while one of the the argumments is that new technology saves space, sounds better and is easier to use, the fact remains...there is nothing like owning and playing the real thing. The original machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-17-2011 at 16:37
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