Kurzweil K250

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One of the first keyboard samplers, it was great then and still good today. It has an adjustable sample rate of 5kHz to 50kHz which means 100 to 10 seconds of sampling time, respectively. Its sampler was also 16-bit. Many other samplers of this time had much more limited sampling/digital audio specs which made this synth a very prominent keyboard. By todays standards, however, this synth has many limitations such as samples are stored directly on Apple Mac disks only. But it had extremely modern features that make this synth easy to use and quite versatile.

It has a 12-track sequencer, chorus, transpose, tune, 36 ROM sounds, 96 pristine quality acoustic instruments, 341 presets, 12 voice polyphony, 2 LFO's per voice, variable sampling rate, truncation, looping, velocity crossfading, full 88 weighted keyboard, MIDI and more! Of course the newer K2000 series is supposed to be better, but the K250 still seems like a major contender even in todays modern synthesizer era. It was also available in keyboardless Expander or as a rackmount module. It has been used by Stevie Wonder, Sean Hopper, Richard Wright, Patrick Moraz, Paul Shaffer, Lorin Hollander, Michael Kamen, Vangelis, Kitaro, and John Carpenter.

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24 Visitor comments
diddy
April 29, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
I had a k250 with a perfect 88 key keyboard. Amazing controller i wanted to keep it but its too big and my old lady made me take it to the electronic junk store. so sad
Micke
April 28, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
Also used by Joe Renzetti on the Poltergeist III soundtrack (1988).
Matt
December 6, 2009 @ 12:23 am
Used by The Beach Boys on their self-titled, Steve Levine-produced 1985 album. They did something weird with the backing vocals on that album. They used both this and a Fairlight CMI so they could very well have been sampled, I presume?
EBK
October 16, 2009 @ 10:35 am
Virginvoice - I have one of these too. I'm trying to revive it and maybe connected it to modern computer stuff - Logic Pro or even Garageband.
Micke
June 25, 2009 @ 7:34 am
I was under the impression The Equalizer theme was done with a Fairlight CMI but who knows....
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 Voice
  • Oscillators - Digital Sampler Synthesizer / FM / sampler / workstation
  • Sampler - 16 bit, 1 to 4 MB (100 seconds @ 5kHz)
  • Sequencer - 12012 notes / 40 songs / 12 tracks
  • Effects - 2 effects
  • Keyboard - 88 weighted keys with velocity & split zones
  • Memory - 36 ROM sounds, 96 instruments, 341 presets
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1984 - 1990

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