Synth Site: Korg: EX8000 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Peligro a hobbyist user from Los Angeles,CA writes:
Hands down friends - Great module with great sounds. All controls are very user friendly. Presets are greasy eighties wanna be dx7 bells, some good strings, dumpy organs.. Yecch! This machine really opens up when you get under the hood! Get in there and program amigos!!! (experiment!) and you'll see the true power of this machine. It definately sounds & feels very analog indeed. The poy modes are smooth BUT the Unison mode really throws a HUGE punch! Try almost any type of lead or bass, unison kicks booty. It's very easy to cook up sounds with this amazing module. I've owned the DW 8000 too and this module makes alot more sense if you don't have alot of space. (my studio is my bedroom corner, next to the the damn bookcase!) If you happen to be shopping for a module, this is definately an inexpensive treasure!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-09-2005 at 23:03
The envelopes are analog too, as well as an old BBD delay line, all in all they're respectable near vintage, often ignored, but they'll have their day, plus the editting is painless and intuitive (do you really need a manual?)

I've got one with only a blown power fuse; looking to replace the fuse (as you can tell the filament is broken) otherwise in mint condition if you're looking for one for parts or to restore one of these cheaply. I've always had two one for the home rack and one in the studio.

Try coaxing a decent dub piano sound out of it, use a little polyphonic portamento, and some delay with a good deal of feedback/echo and once properly tweaked it's unbeatable.

You're right best $100-125 I've spent too, or at least the best value..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-09-2004 at 08:48
Arthur Byerly a part-time user from USA writes:
Now that ive had more time to cozy up to this synth, i feel i can give a good review since my last one was skimpy to say the least. This synth has got to be one of the most underestimated synths....ever. The filters are some of the sickest that Korg ever dared to use. People say that the envelopes are too slow for any useful leads or basses. What a load of crap! Ive got leads and basses that are beyond description. The unison mode is something of legend. But probably my favorite thing is the presets. Now before you strangle me, hear me out. Theres a string preset that when in unison is uncomparable to ANYTHING. In poly mood, its typical 80's polite brittle strings. You play with that filter on that patch while in Unison and you will go into convulsions of joy. Programming, well a trained chimp could programm this, and any experienced programmer will find great ease with this synth. Read somewhere that this was a poor mans Matrix-6. Now im not gonna lie when I say that this gets really OB-ish if you got the right sense of mind, but its very distinctive, can only be summerized as Korg. The new Micro-Korg uses some waveforms from this synth...tells you something bout the quality. All in all, underpriced, underappreciated, and tied for my fav synth in my rig, right there with my Super Jx. Buy one before they find out the nature of this beast!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-05-2004 at 23:49
Arthur Byerly a part-time user writes:
Bought mine for $100 dollars and it was the best $100 dollars I ever spent. I paid less for this than I did my Poly-800. Very strong in all areas, suprisingly easy to program. Hard to tell from a true analog, thats how good it is! Should pick one up if you want something different from the mix thats got true power.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-06-2003 at 21:42
ByronE a hobbyist user from US writes:
Picked one of these up not too long ago for $175, and must admit that the deciding factor was by far the filters...warm, fat, fuzzy, and rich filters. I, like many others doubted the abilities of a DCO synth in comparison to a VCO, but no matter what the case in other situations, when it comes to the EX-8000, it only makes it better! I really would have had no clue that it wasnt pure analog if you didnt have 16 waveforms to choose from (plus the fact that it stays in tune)! The editing parameters are mildly above average, nothing spectacular, but it's raw fatness makes up for it.

Sustain, pitch bend, pitch mod, and filter cutoff are controllable via basic midi cc's, and there's always the single knob on its front for more live control abilities...but I still wish it could accept basic midi cc's for more events (like res, env mod and timeing). Before I knew that it couldnt be controlled this way, I went through every midi number (assigned to sliders on my K2500) attempting to figure it out, and ended up giving it some sort of an internal reset command...lost all my patches, and the synth stopped making sound all together! Turns out that there are 2 unlisted parameters (maybe there listed in the manual?) being #87 and #88 which control low-note and high-note midi responseiveness.

Overall, for under $200 bucks, this is definately a good investment for an analog piece of gear (it can recreate moog bass perfectly...), and if you have problems getting a good sound out of it, just put it in unison mode, ie instant fatness satisfaction!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-10-2002 at 09:44
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