If I wanted to find a synth that looks the most crap on the outside,
yet makes me deeply awestruck by its actual sound, this is it. The
DW-8000 stands out by two characteristics: it's super cheap and
uniquely sounding. Moreover, it's very versatile across patch domains
- the most apt description of its character would be a "lush &
friendly sounding Yamaha DX-7". The point where this
exciting story ends is the interface. If this piece of gear had
real-time knobs to control at least some of the parameters, it would
be worth every money. OK, to give you a more tangible idea: I would
happily pay double of its current price (meaning I would pay $600).
The punchy, spacious sound
of the DW comes from digital waveforms (16 to choose from) put through one deep quality
analog filter and then through a digital delay. Nice strings, organs and
elecpianos, good FX sounds and great, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome pads. You need to get
this piece of equipement for the sake of these sounds alone. Once
auditioned, their brain-caressing ambience is hard to eradicate from memory.