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).

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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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Angels In Bondage
March 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am
I remember buying this board because i saw Numb use one in their tour with Frontline Assembly (I got mine for $200 out of the back of someones car - no joke).

This synth has a ridiculous amount of parameters to edit and tweak, however to make it sound much more modern, disable the onboard effects and run it through a Fireworx or Kurzweil KSP8 unit, it definitely livens this board back up.

Gridsleep - i am totally jealous of your rooskie synths
Michael
March 16, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
I have the K2000VP. This is Kurzweil's best board they ever made. It does it all and these came out in 1991 guys. WAY AHEAD OF IT TIME! Piano, pads and strings is killer and it can emulate the Prophet 5, Jupiter 8 and OB, Sampler, internal hard drive, digital in and outs, 6 analog outputs and list goes on. Built like a tank and they look cool too. If you have one hold on to it cause there price will shoot up soon and you can get one around $400 right now. Just read all the comments on here (Everyone loves this board). Like the Juno 106 the K2000 will be rediscovered and prices will fly high.
Bhrama
February 12, 2011 @ 11:46 pm
I was given this gem in 99', my first synth. Not the easiest for a beginner, but rewarding to one unadulterated by anything else. I approached it with fresh eyes, mind and ears. The K2000 honored my hard work, it is a deep and beautiful board. The most important thing it taught me? Patience.
gridsleep
January 3, 2011 @ 6:35 am
It is funny that there is an unselectable "Kurzweil K2Vx" in the "You might also like" column, and no mention of it anywhere. I just bought one, with the latest ROM and RAM to add when it comes in. If no one adds a review/history by then, I might just do it myself. I also got a perfectly dreamy sounding Russian Solaris Estradin 314 for an absolute steal, considering how much they want for a Moog and how much better the Russian analogs sound. I'll have to write an article about that, too.
Squeedle
November 22, 2010 @ 2:27 am
I just got a K2VX tonight and it has "synthesizer weighted" keys. Not even near piano weighted, but very pleasantly playable synth action. Nice and velvety movement with a slightly gradual curve in resistance as the key travels.

As far as I know the K2000 and K2VX are nearly identical with the VX having just few improvements like more sounds built-in and slightly better overall specs.
 
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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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