Time machine: KORG DW-6000 vintage analogue synthesizer

May 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Korg’s first digitally controlled analog synth hybrid; 8 sampled digital waveforms, analog resonant filter with separate VCF and VCA ADBSSR envelopes. Parameters can be altered in real time via a single programmable slider. 6 voice polyphony in two modes, or one monophonic mode with all six voices stacked. 12 digital oscillators (2 per voice) with 8 simple to complex waveforms, 1 de-tunable and with programmable interval. 64 presets that can be reprogrammed by the user.

Awesome fat basses, lovely warm sounding, pulsing strings, and hard, nasal leads. Some wonderful swirling effects can be found. Imagine a Poly 800 with 8 waveforms instead of 2, and you get the picture.

Due to reliance on sampled waveforms, it does not sit well through distortion, and some waveforms do not go well in a mix when used as a pad. Overall, an exceptional and underrated bass and lead machine with some nice pad sounds to boot.

The DW-6000 was quickly surpassed by the DW-8000: it expanded it to 8 notes polyphony, 16 sampled waveforms, a velocity sensitive keyboard with programmable aftertouch, auto-bend, a simple arpeggiator and a digital delay unit.

very underrated synthesizer – the presets are quite 80’s trying to do DX7 of the time —but with the correct programming can sound huge fat and very vintage analogue — I prefer it to the similar Rolands —i.e. juno and jx3p. The resonant VCF filter is awesome and very expressive. No external effects —just the pure sound of the korg—sometimes using the stereo chorous for sting like sounds –I find a mono out with no chorous best for punchy bass like sounds

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