Welcome to legowelt.org - a free haven for all freaks - floating around in a bubble of cyberspace minding its own business since 1998 ***** Back in Holland thank you to all the wonderful creatures at the @sustain_release festival and the @TheBunkerNY New York I had lots of fun!!! ***** Still something very very exciting-> The Swiss Museum and centre for Electronic Instruments in Fribourg - the largest collection of synths, drummachines, fx, organs numbering around 5000 is doing a kickstarter to raise money for a Playroom so everyone can play with the instruments - to support this project I will be doing an exclusive vinyl album recorded there - the only way to get your hands on this album is by participating with the kickstarter it will not be availabe in any shops - still 12 days to go before the kickstarter ends ! ****OUT NOW ---> Legowelt OMNIBUS BABYLON EP on Clone Records - check it out below!!! ********** Also out now ---> a 2xvinyl LP re-issue of my 2015 RISING SUN - OBERHEIM SPACE album on the Australian ambient SOLANDER records label****** The Agenda section has been updated -> Some upcoming gigs -> 21st of September I play in The Hague at the opening of the Todays Art Festival at the Grote Markt in the Volharding building and the 22nd of September I am in Barcelona to play at the NITSA club with DJ TLR -> Later this year I will be doing an Asia tour playing in China, Japan and Korea - more info about that soon! *************** Ok thats it for today laterzzzzzz !!!!!! ********

Synthstuff Korg DW6000

In the mid 80s Korg desperately tried to re-compete with the digital revolution of the Yamaha DX7. The mid 80s were all about crystal clear digital bell sounds…if a synth couldn’t make them it was considered to be stone-age and very unhip. Korg quickly fabricated the Korg DW6000, a kind of rag -tag hybrid synth that used eight different digital eight-bit waveforms that you could feed through a (very rough) analog filter and VCA. Added to that were 2 envelopes for the filter and VCA and one LFO (called Modulation Generator in the usual Korg language). Basicly it was their usual 2 DCO synth (like the Poly61 and Korg Poly 800) but with digital waveforms as oscillators. And they also had a fancy name for it: D.W.G.S Digital Wave Generation System.

It was clear that this attempt by Korg to enter the digital era was a bit of a failure and within a few months they revamped the design and came out with a more advanced version called the Korg DW8000. Now it was still the same thing but with sixteen waveforms instead of eight, an added arpeggiator, better keyboard (Velocity and aftertouch responsive) and a digital delay effect instead of a chorus (making it one of the first synths that had a build in delay effect), also the colour was a bit more darker making it look more important then DW6000’s weird faded greyish blue or whatever that colour is. So, on all fronts a Korg DW8000 is a better synth and there are also a lot more of them around.

Eventually Korg didn’t really make a huge impact with the DW series, they barely survived in the shadow of the Yamaha DX onslaught (probably thanks to Korgs auto-tuners and Poly 800s), desperately they even licensed some FM technology from Yamaha using it in their Korg 707 and DS-8 synthesizers, which quickly faded into obscurity. Korg would rise again a few years later with their Korg M1 workstation which in the early 90s became the world’s most favorite synthesizer.

These days we must be thankful for Korgs weird venture into the digital world because it resulted into a wonderfull and very underrated synth, a synthesizer that fits in the line of the PPG Wave and Sequential Prophet VS but then really ghetto. (Actually a couple of the Prophet VS waveforms were imitations of the Korg DW6000 waves)
Stacatto funk basses, mysterious (not so evolving) pads, big leads and those perfect 80s solarsystem-documentary-soundtrack sounds, its all there with a strange paradoxal mixture of faded 80s cutting edge technology and plastic roughness. Put a reverb or big delay effect over it and nobody will hear this is a synth you just bought for a hundred bucks.

Even though it doesn’t have knobs and you have to edit it using a slider and buttons, it is very easy to program because there isn’t that much to edit (simple 2 oscillator->VCF->VCA with 2 Envellopes and 1 LFO setup).

Some sounds from the Korg DW6000:

Improvisation through a Space Echo

The classic planetarium 80s documentary sound

Pads

Typicial DW6000 filter bubbles…such a juicy filter

Sweet chorus polysynths

Noisy synths

5th synth, notice that rough characteristic edge

Nice Chicago house style bass

 

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