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Korg DW-8000 Patches

Here are a whole bunch of patches for the Korg DW-8000. They came from a bunch of old patchblock files I had sitting around from the Korg ProEdit for DW-8000 Patch Editor (Macintosh, circa 1987), which I wrote and Korg sold back in the day. (The only known existing copy is shown pictured to the right.) I found the source code to ProEdit and these patchblock files, and wrote a new program in C#/.NET to convert them to the SysEx files (along with the HTML and Cubase SX Device files) given here. We all know that the world is a better place with free patches. Especially ones I never thought I'd hear again. So enjoy.

Here's some tips for getting these patches into your DW-8000:

  • Back up your DW-8000 to tape, UniSyn, Cubase, or whatever before sending any of these SysEx files to your synth. These .syx files will replace all 64 patches in your DW-8000.
  • Make sure parameter 84 (MIDI channel) is set to 1.
  • Make sure parameter 85 (Enable) is set to 2 (All).
  • Make sure the write-enable switch on the back of the synth is set to allow writing to memory.
  • Use a SysEx utility to transfer the .syx files to your DW-8000. I use MIDI-OX for Windows.
  • To save the Cubase SX Device files, right-click the link and Save As...
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Patchblock Collection
SysEx File Collection (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names Collection (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - Collection (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock was shipped as part of the ProEdit package. The ProEdit manual described this as "a collection of some of the best sounds Korg provides".

Patchblock Preload Side B
SysEx File Preload Side B (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names Preload Side B (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - Preload Side B (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains the patches that were on the B-side of Korg's factory patches tape.

Patchblock MEX Bank A
SysEx File MEX Bank A (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names MEX Bank A (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - MEX Bank A (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains patches that were preloaded into Korg's MEX-8000 Memory Expander. All four banks of that device were preloaded with DW-8000 patches. This block contains the MEX-8000's Bank A.

Patchblock MEX Bank B
SysEx File MEX Bank B (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names MEX Bank B (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - MEX Bank B (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains patches that were preloaded into Korg's MEX-8000 Memory Expander. All four banks of that device were preloaded with DW-8000 patches. This block contains the MEX-8000's Bank B.

Patchblock MEX Bank C
SysEx File MEX Bank C (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names MEX Bank C (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - MEX Bank C (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains patches that were preloaded into Korg's MEX-8000 Memory Expander. All four banks of that device were preloaded with DW-8000 patches. This block contains the MEX-8000's Bank C.

Patchblock MEX Bank D
SysEx File MEX Bank D (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names MEX Bank D (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - MEX Bank D (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains patches that were preloaded into Korg's MEX-8000 Memory Expander. All four banks of that device were preloaded with DW-8000 patches. This block contains the MEX-8000's Bank D.

Patchblock New from Jack
SysEx File New from Jack (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names New from Jack (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - New from Jack (.txt, 3KB)
Description This patchblock contains patches that I got from "Jack" (you know who you are), the Korg sound programmer that created all the Korg factory patches for the DW-8000.

Patchblock Walt Sounds
SysEx File Walt Sounds (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names Walt Sounds (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - Walt Sounds (.txt, 3KB)
Description These are some patches I got from Korg employee "Walt" (you know you you are), who was a guy who worked at Korg's LA office who helped me out a lot when I was developing ProEdit.

Patchblock Yes Sounds
SysEx File Yes Sounds (.syx, 4KB)
Patch Names Yes Sounds (.html, 3KB)
Cubase Device Korg DW-8000 - Yes Sounds (.txt, 3KB)
Description These are some patches I got from Korg's LA office that were created by the band Yes for a tour they did at the end of the 1980s.