The Kurzweil K2000 is a 16 bit sampler with a complex synthesis architecture by Kurzweil Music Systems, similar to the EMU Emulator III. The K2000 features a technology dubbed V.A.S.T., which stands for “Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology”, a marketing term for the K2000’s digital signal processing (DSP) based sound processing system. 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.
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Here’s some personal examples of the K2000’s easy editing to create huge VA sounds in minutes. The first four are post edits, while the fifth was done in real time to show dynamics, richness and the K2000’s massive features.
New track, this time in the style of Bobby Orlando (the producer of early 80s disco tracks from Divine, the Flirts, Bobby O)
Drums: Korg Electribe SX (TR-808), Rhythm-55
Bass: Sequential Pro One, Korg Minikorg 700S
Strings: Crumar Performer
Brass, additional strings: Sequential Prophet VS
Lead: Korg Minikorg 700S
Stabs: Korg Polysix
Timbales: Kurzweil ME1
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Kurzweil Music Systems announced of the SP4-8 stage piano at the 2011 NAMM Show, featuring 88-note hammer-weighted action, nuanced sound design and advanced performance features.
Equipped with many of the same sounds and effects as Kurzweil’s PC3 family, the SP4-8 offers a variety of acoustic pianos, vintage electric pianos, string sections, lush pads, KB3 organs, mallets, drums, basses, guitars and more. With four programmable zones, the SP4-8 allows you to create splits and layers at the touch of a button.
With additional sounds online available for download, you can create a personalized sound set. Don’t need drums or guitars? Download extra electric pianos and KB3 organs. Also, the SP4-8 can load programs created on Kurzweil’s PC3 and PC3LE keyboards.
Pricing and availability for the Kurzweil SP4-8 stage piano are to be announced.
The Nord Piano is a dedicated stage piano with 88 keys and a weighted hammer action. It is designed with the performing musician in mind and extremely lightweight at 39.6 lbs, without compromising build quality, sound quality or means of expression. As all the other Nord units, it is designed with a firm focus on extremely fast response and accessibility of every important function from the panel.
Kurzweil Music Systems is proud to announce the release of the SP4-8 stage piano, a premium instrument designed for musicians who require exceptional sound quality and expression. Top professionals and hobbyists alike will be able to appreciate the responsive 88-note hammer-weighted action, nuanced sound design and advanced
performance features, all of which set the SP4-8 apart.