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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25 Visitor comments
Juan Carlos
May 13, 2014 @ 5:38 pm
Hi, I have a kurzweil k250, but I have not the power supply pedals, anyone has one to sell pedal power supply?
No
October 31, 2013 @ 7:32 am
Keith Emerson on "The Late Show with David Letterman" (1986), playing a Kurzweil K250. (OMG that is one big A$$ kyeobard!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa5aobSoBYw
EL
September 24, 2013 @ 10:56 pm
Have gently used K250 -- greatly enjoyed by my late husband, a career Navy musician chief. He always insisted on the best, recorded amazing arrangements. A most versitile and entertaining instrument!
Yhclark
August 14, 2013 @ 12:07 am
Does anyone know of someone in the Charlotte, NC area who works on the K250?
nao
February 18, 2013 @ 8:40 am
I have used k250 for about 20 years.
(good condition!!)

I remove internal battery and replace all chemical capacitor in pedal unit.
 
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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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