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
June 29, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
I own 2 Kurzweils (VP and K2vx). I also own a Yamaha Motif XS8, but it's too heavy to move. I can just grab one of the kurzweils and a Drum Machine and I'm gone. I still love the touch and sounds of these kurzweils.
June 24, 2011 @ 12:47 am
Did another demo video for the K2000. I edited the default program 199 to create huge virtual analog sounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-e2UKs8fu8
May 30, 2011 @ 2:58 am
I've owned two K2000's. My current one is twelve years old and still going strong. The editing possibilities with this synth are massive. It's sound engine is rich, lush and realistic, producing high quality sounds like pianos, strings, choirs and guitars with ease. It can even mimic real analog well enough to fool some analog purists.

The K2000 sounds great with an analog synth like a Moog Voyager or Alesis Andromeda. Here's a simple demo of it's capabilities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGC8UCN6ZSQ
May 25, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
where do you start. i mean this board is extremely deep and if yours is fitted with the sampling option it gets even deeper. you cant just sit down with this synth like a dance oriented synth laden with sliders and knobs. you really need to sit down with the huge manual and figure out kurzweil language. objects funs ect ect. Its all a bit alien . this board i thought would sound like a sy77 but in fact it sounds nothing like the sy77.the presets are pretty 1990s soundtrackish. you need to program this synth. i think the effects are fine for onboard. really a well built synth. not for noobs .
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
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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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