New! Loads of DW-8000 patches available... see below.

The Korg DW-8000 Programmable Digital Waveform Synthesizer is a nifty little digital/analog hybrid synth which has that analog sound with a modern MIDI implementation. Specs:

Check out the "Retro Review" in the December 1994 issue of Future Music for a sure indication that the DW-8000 has officially become pseudo-vintage. I still use the DW-8000 all the time because it has some very distinctive sounds, not to mention the capability of doing some truly wicked organ sounds. Plus for some monster spaciness, pump up the on-board digital delay and chorus, and shuttle the output through MIDI-synced delay and a nice weird ambience. Fantastic!

Archives & Editors

Because the programming interface of the DW-8000 sucks (one slider, one parameter at a time) I have written a full editor/librarian for it which runs under Windows 3.1 (and seems fine under Windows 95). The editor can upload and download patches and banks and has full control panels for all patch parameters. It's way too cool for its own good. Go to the Software page to get it. The editor is shareware but only costs a measly $25 to register.

I now have a large collection of patches available, courtesy of E. Emmett Brown, so thank him, not me! Here is the patch readme and here are the patches (180k ZIP file). I also have all of the patches formerly kept on the DW-8000 ftp site in two smaller zip files, part 1 and part 2. These are courtesy of a guy named Capo. I guess I am now the DW-8000 site, since the old site seems to be kaputt.