Kurzweil K2600

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The K2600 is another amazing monster synthesizer from Kurzweil using their excellent V.A.S.T. synthesis. Truly an elegant synthesizer with a full keyboard of 77 semi-weighted keys (88 full-weighted keys on the K2600X pictured above), 8 real-time sliders, ribbon controller, pitch and mod wheels and total MIDI controllability. The amazing sounds are contained in 12MB of sample ROM, expandable to 44MB using optional sound ROM boards! State-of-the-art sampling is also available on the K2600S, K2600XS and K2500RS with an astonishing 64MB of RAM standard! And that's expandable to 128MB! A 32 track interactive song arranger is also on-board allowing you to create various and complex sequences and songs which can be triggered from a variety of sources. This sequencer is no slacker with pattern, linear, and step recording, cut, copy, paste, advanced groove quantizing, event list editing and other powerful editing tools with up to 16 songs and 16 arrangement tracks. Add stereo outs, eight individual outs, dual SCSI ports, digital I/O and you've got yourself a professional studio-keyboard.

As a synthesizer, the K2600 is likely one of the most professional and superior instruments available. Very programmable, flexible and excellent sounding as you would expect from Kurzweil, following the amazing K2000 and K2500 synths. The V.A.S.T. variable architecture synthesis has 60 DSP functions, 438 preset programs (238 ROM, 200 RAM) and is capable of amazingly realistic acoustic instruments and a diverse range of analog synth sounds and other unique sounds complete with multi-effects and real-time MIDI control.

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The K2600's Sampler option offers a hi-tech real-time Live Mode V.A.S.T. and K.D.F.X. processing of external analog or digital signals, capable of interfacing with ADAT, TDIF and AES/EBU and receiving up to 8 digital channels at once. Any of the synths parameters can be used to tweak the external signal in real-time and with 20-bit digital output! The sampler has digital I/O and is capable of sampling while you play. Of course the sampler offers all the advanced editing functions you'd expect from any professional quality sampler. There is a (DMTi) Digital Multi Track interface option for data format and sample rate conversion with the Alesis ADAT and Tascam DA-88 machines. And the K2600 features Flash ROM upgradeability via diskettes and SCSI. It has been used by BT, Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd.

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30 Visitor comments
Glenn Mortimer
March 6, 2011 @ 6:46 am
@hshs. I don't believe you have even played a K2600. Also the Korg Polysix is not exactly known for its 'fatness'. You maybe thinking of the Korg MonoPoly? (both of which you also may have never played) Even still, most Jap analog synths are much thinner than the US analog synths. BUT.....the K2600 is NOT an analog synth. It is a 'sampler', and even then it is a V.A.S.T. sampler. There is nothing else like it. There is no comparison. It's not even apples and oranges, it more like houses and bathtubs!!??
March 4, 2011 @ 8:05 am
I just upgraded my rig with a K2600xs last night. It's absolutely amazing! The sounds are full & fat. It's much easier to program than my old-faithful Roland XP-80. I definately recommend this to any musician looking for a 88 key with a great weighted feel. The K2600xs is very heavy (about 80 lbs) I know many musicians would argue that Kurzweils menu system is archaic and that the Roland X8 or G8 is a better instrument (I agree that the Rolands are a quality instrument, just not a better one). I wouldn't be with-out my K2600xs or my K2000rs. I couldn't be happier with this instrument.
Cliff Kennedy
January 22, 2011 @ 8:42 am
I bought a k2600xs off of ebay a couple of years ago. Occasionally while playing, there is a soft digital clip then no sound. When this happens I have to turn if off then on again and the sound is back. I'd love to use this instrument live, it has the piano and symphonic expansion cards which sound great...but with this issue it isn't reliable enough.
January 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am
Hey all! I bought this thing. It got bumped a bit in shipping. It works and all, but if I tap on the screen (Hard) with my index finger it will flicker a bit. Is this a normal behavior or do you think this is shipping damage?
January 9, 2011 @ 3:51 pm
the last message is so far off that its not even funny....obviously you've never programed one before. there is no limited to the sounds you can get out of one of these once you get away from just dialing in the stock presets sounds and actually get down to programing your own. This machine is a sound designers dream and has been renowned the world over for its sound quality and depth of capabilities.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 48 voices
  • Oscillators - V.A.S.T. - 12MB ROM expandable to 44MB
  • Sampler - 64MB expandable to 128MB
  • Sequencer - 32 track, 16 songs, 16 arrangement tracks
  • Effects - KDFX Reverbs and effects
  • Keyboard - K2600: 76 semi-weighted keys; K2600X: 88 weighted keys. All velocity and aftertouch sensitive.
  • Memory - 238 Presets in ROM, 200 User in RAM
  • Control - MIDI, SCSI (2 25-pin ports)
  • Date Produced - 1999

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