This song is programmed entirely on KURZWEIL K2000, no external synths, samplers or FX processors used. Recorded directly from K2000 audio output to the PC line in.
Track is based on VAST engine programs (basses, pads, leads, percussions, sound effects) and loaded samples (drum loops, sound effects), using K2000’s internal sequencer and FX processor.
Should Be Higher (Live on Letterman version)
Upper: Roland JP8000
Mid: Emu Emax w/Oberheim and Kurzweil samples
Lower: Kurzweil PC1x
Composed by David Gahan / Kurt Uenala
Making the most of your next second hand shop visit:
At second hand sales there are often piles of old analog computer modems that absolutely nobody wants. But it can be worthwile to go through the piles because amongst those seemingly useless plastic boxes there can be little treasures that looks like a modem but certainly isn’t.
I found this little box at a Y-mens money raising sale and because they thought it was just another old modem I got it for the equivalent of 2$ (which some people say is written $2). But I knew that it wasn’t because modems ususally doesn’t come with a MIDI interface.
There wasn’t anything wrong with it so I took the lid off it only to see what was inside. I have used it in the music that I play in this video for all the piano sounds and most of the strings. The rest is played on Roland RA-30 arranger, JX-8P synthesizer and Technics SX-C600 organ.
Synced MPC 500 to the Tenori-On iOS app and sequenced some stuff.
Gear used in this video:
Standuino frauAngelico drum machine (through the Kaosspad Mini) – www.standuino.eu,
Standuino fraAngelico digital synthesizer (through the Korg Monotron filter and Earthquaker Devices Rainbow Machine),
Moog Slim Phatty (Bass),
Kurzweil MicroPiano (E-Piano),
Akai MPC500 (additional drums),
Korg Kaosspad Quad (FX),
The Standuino synths are MIDI-Sequenced with the Tenori-On TNi iPad app and the rest by the Akai MPC500.
Filmed with a GoPro HD Hero and a Canon Rebel t2i (550D).
Kurzweil KORE 64 ROM expansion for Kurzweil PC3 and PC3K demonstration
The KORE 64™ ROM option represents a complete expansion and reimagining of the PC3 and PC3K’s sonic potential (not for the PC3LE). Pushing the limits of V.A.S.T. synthesis for both realistic and experimental electronic sounds, KORE 64™ adds over 300 new programs, including stunning new Synths, Electric Guitars, Horns, Drums and Percussion. With KORE 64™ installed, the PC3/K built-in program library now totals over 1400 presets!
An extended synth jam exploring timbral and textural tweaking on Moog Voyager, Little Phatty and Slim Phatty synthesizers. In addition, a Kurzweil K2000 (off-camera) is processed by a Moog MF-105M MIDI MuRF and drum beats from a Yamaha MO8 are filtered through a stereo pair of Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filters. Everything but the drum track is also fed through a Line 6 Echo Pro, providing tempo-synced echoes. Ableton Live provides the master clock. Moog synths and MIDI MuRF sequenced by the Koushion step sequencer app. iPad is in an Alesis iDock. Learn more at www.erxerimentalsynth.com
The story of Stevie Wonder’s technical challenge to Ray Kurzweil that ultimately motivates the inception of Kurzweil Music Systems.
The new film tells the story of Stevie Wonder’s challenge to Inventor and current Chief Strategy Officer, Ray Kurzweil, to accurately recreate the sound of a Grand Piano using the same technology used to created Stevie Wonder’s new Print to Speech reader system for the blind.
Upon the inception of Kurzweil Music Systems, Ray and Stevie team up with Bob Moog and Howard (Hal) Chamberlin, scientist and author of the technologically ground breaking book Musical Applications of Microprocessors.
It all started with Ray has now been published on Kurzweil’s new YouTube channel, KuzweilUSA.
This is a demo of the Kurzweil PC3X. The PC3x offers an array of sounds, powerful arpeggiators and additional performance features.
“This is a basic Kurzweil K2000 VP virtual analog tutorial. The algorithm I chose generates sawtooth waveforms and doesn’t use any samples. Throughout the tutorial I explain every page function and parameter I work with. The K2000 is loaded with options. This tutorial simply skims the surface of it’s possibilities using it’s vast architecture.”
The K2000 uses V.A.S.T. (Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology) which allows you to take any multi-sample, noise or waveform and process it using just about any synthesis technique. The source of these multi-samples are from the 8MB of ROM which hold tons of authentic and superb quality samples. The internal processing is 32-bit with 18-bit DACs. The K2000 uses 31 sound-shaping algorithms to provide a variety of resonant filters, EQs, continuous panning, amplitude modulation, crossfade, distortion, digital wrap, waveshaper, pulse width modulation, high frequency enhancement, low frequency oscillators, hard sync oscillators and mixing oscillators, all with real-time MIDI control.
It has an elegant and organized layout and very high quality pitch and mod wheels! Not to mention a 61-note velocity & aftertouch sensitive keyboard with a quality feel and response to playing. The K2000s adds a quality sampler with standard 2MB RAM that can be expanded to 64MB. Sample in stereo or mono, via analog or digital inputs and you have all the sample edit functions you’ll need to create some of your own sounds. Use the built-in 3.5″ disk drive or connect an external drive to the SCSI port for limitless sample storage.
Other professional features include stereo multi-effects capable of four simultaneous effects including reverb, chorus, delay, multi-tap delay, flange, rotary simulation and more. Up to six polyphonic audio outputs. There’s also the 32-Track sequencer, fully editable, with features like 768 ppq resolution and nondestructive track editing and groove quantizing.
The Kurzweil K2000 is a 16 bit sampler with a complex synthesis architecture.The K2000 features a technology dubbed V.A.S.T. (variable-architecture synthesis techology). It is variable in that the user can select different signal paths, which contain different DSP functions, for use in creating and shaping a sound. V.A.S.T. also includes an extensive modulation system, similar in concept to that of analog modular synthesizers. A wide array of modulation sources can be assigned to various parameters within a signal path, and modulation sources can be combined to create new modulation sources.
In this video:
Here’s some personal examples of the K2000’s easy editing to create huge VA sounds in minutes.
The top ‘199 default program’ is a generic piano that I used as a base template. The next four programs are post edits of 199, while the fifth was done in real time to show dynamics, richness and the K2000’s massive features.