Kurzweil K2000

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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's a beautiful synth with 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 (an internal SCSI connection also allows for a hard disk drive inside).


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 K2000rs (pictured below) is the rack-mount version of the K2000s. Offering all of the same great sounds, power and features as the keyboard version. The K2000's keyboard is excellent and feels great to play, but if you don't need the extra keys the 3-space rack-module is an excellent instrument. The K2000's have been used by Robert Miles, Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, Tori Amos, Stevie Wonder, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb), Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, LTJ Bukem, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Laurent Garnier, and Luther Vandross.

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Upgrades include the Orchestral Expansion Board (8 Mb) and Contemporary Expansion Board (8 Mb). A full 16-bit sampler with analog/digital sampling options (SMP-K) and AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O ports. The 2MB sampler RAM is expandable to 64 MB for upwards of 19 minutes of sampling time. Sequencer's capacity is expandable from 30,000 events to 190,000. The operating systems can easily be upgraded too.

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78 Visitor comments
February 11, 2009 @ 1:57 am
Benny I would tend to agree in principle though the yamaha ex5 and most modern synths ( synths made since the year 2000 approx) also give you that hi fi sound most synths just have to play catch up but as far as programming this you need a college level course in synthesis technique, wish I was joking.
Joshua T.
February 10, 2009 @ 6:52 pm
Hey, If i were you i would add Dntel onto the famous users list.
benny harris
December 16, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
hardware electronic musical keyboards can be in one of two catagories. One group is synthesizers and the other is Kurzweil. Thier is a differance you can hear and if you put in work and program it you begin to understand what synthesist is suppose to be. If you want instant gratification, you might find it anywhere, for a moment, but if you willing to work toward sonic perfection in synthesist, Kurzweil is the only choice . I do keep other synths for certain reasons, the luxuary of having an extra keyboard but because of my Kurzweil, I never feel in need. Other synthesizers may have a strong point or two to desire but Kurzweil can do so much more if you work for it. Kurzweil may not do it all, but what it does, it does it better than anyone else.
October 20, 2008 @ 11:16 am
I just picked up a K2000 VP this weekend and I love it. The sounds are fantastic although there are way too many basses and drumkits in the sound bank. Don't know if that's how it came loaded or if that was just the prior owners preference. I love the analog and PPG type sounds. I have a friend who owns an original PPG Wave 2.3 and a Waldorf Q+. The K2000 can give you that sound. I was very surprised by the vocal sounds. I usually hate those but the Kurz has some really nice ones. The keyboard has a really nice feel. The aftertouch is better than most although it's a shame it's not polyphonic. Synth sounds are pretty subjective so people on here who are saying negative things about the K2000 sounds are just expressing their opinions. I think it sounds great.
October 14, 2008 @ 4:18 am
.krz files are not the actual sound file. They are files that the K2000 interprets and produces sound. Forget about the CD for a bit. You need to transfer your songs to you PC or laptop. For that, you need a MIDI cable and MIDI interface on your laptop.

Once you have that, you need a software sequencer on your laptop in order to receive MIDI channel signals from the K2000. Once that is done, each track on your K2000 sequencer will send to a particular MIDI channel, which will be received by your software sequencer.

Your sequencer will play your song using your K2000 sounds and should have the option to record to a .wav file.

You can then burn that .wav file onto CD.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital V.A.S.T synthesis technology; 8MB ROM Samples (200 sound programs) expandable to 24MB
  • Effects - stereo multi-effects capable of four simultaneous effects including reverb, chorus, delay, multi-tap delay, flange, rotary simulation and more
  • Filter - Digital Filters
  • Sampler - 2 MB Sample RAM, expandable to 64 MB
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (w/ velocity & aftertouch)
  • Memory - 200 patches, 100 set-ups; SCSI port
  • Control - MIDI (16 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1991
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