Korg DW-8000 with BCR2000 controller

Posted in Gear for Sale on 3 August, 2014 by Billy Wood

For sale!

1x Korg DW-8000 keyboard with original manual, reference card, PSU and a heavy-duty hard case.

1x custom-mapped Behringer BCR2000 MIDI controller with original manual, PSU and box.


£245 plus postage for the whole bundle.

The Korg DW-8000 was one of the best synths of the 80s and took centre stage in many of my own tracks for a few years. It’s been over a year since I last used it though, so it’s time to let it go and make space in my studio.

Because the DW-8000 pre-dates luxuries like MIDI-learning and doesn’t transmit CC data, pairing it with an external controller meant wading through sysex tables in the manual and assigning each knob manually. It took literally days, but the hands-on result is a massive improvement on the DW’s fiddly button/slider interface.

As you’ll see in the video, my labelling on the BCR2000 controller is a pretty basic job with paper and tape, but it does the job. You might want to do something that looks a little more pro. I preferred to spend my time making music!

Here’s a quick video demo I made of the pair. The first minute is a couple of my best presets (Gary Newman alert!) and the rest is knob-tweaking over the DW’s internal arpeggiator. There’s no other sequencing involved in the clip, although the BCR2000 can forward any note data from another sequencer together with its CC knob data.

Apologies for the shaking borders, but it looks better than it did prior to YouTube’s stabilisation. Thankfully, I was never interested in a career as a surgeon.

I’ve had the pair since 2008 (I think). As I recall, the DW-8000 has had two previous owners and I bought the BCR2000 new. They both work perfectly and, aside from the light marks and scratches you get with old gear, they’re in great shape. I’ve always kept them in a clean smoke-free home studio and never gigged with them. When you feel how heavy the DW is, you’ll understand why – it’s a classic Korg tank of a synth!

Collection recommended!
Because of the weight and because it’s two packages, I recommend coming to collect if you’re not too far from Leeds. I could bring it to you, within a sensible distance and for a bit of petrol money. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at at least £30 in postage for UK mainland.

£245 plus postage for the whole bundle.

Genuine enquiries only please. More info and photos after the contact form.


DW-8000 spec
A bit more info about the DW-8000 from Vintage Synth Explorer:
Sound is digitally generated from the DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) and has been doubled from 8 sampled digital waveforms to 16 simple analog to complex digital waveforms. The DW-8000 has 8 voice polyphony in two modes, or one monophonic mode with all eight voices stacked. The analog VCF resonant filter and VCA both have independent ADBSSR envelopes. Parameters can be altered in real time via a single programmable slider. There are 64 presets that can be reprogrammed by the user.

In comparison to the DW-6000, the DW-8000 expanded to 8 notes polyphony, 16 sampled waveforms, a velocity sensitive keyboard with programmable aftertouch, auto-bend, a simple arpeggiator and a digital delay unit. The Digital Delay was an astonishing goody for the time, offering up to 512ms delay, phasing, flanging, chorusing and other time effects. Both the Arpeggiator, Auto-Bend and Digital Delay make this synth an inspiring and great sounding machine to use for great 303 basslines, techno and house bass and synth sounds and more! The EX-8000 (pictured above) is a rackmount version of the DW-8000. Several 3rd-party developers offered expansion boards for the DW-8000 providing up to 1024 presets, layered sounds, keyboard splits and Sample+Hold for the LFO. Though later overshadowed by the M1, the DW-8000 has been used by Divine Masquerade, Juno Reactor, Depeche Mode, Dream Theater, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Emerson.

A few pictures:






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