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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33 Visitor comments
June 24, 2011 @ 11:38 am
Hi guys n girls. Would someone be so kind and give me some indication what a fair price for a used basic k2600r would be these days please? Many thanks for your consideration.
April 5, 2011 @ 2:18 pm
I've had mine since 2004 and just recently really began to appreciate it. At this point I have quite a bit of digital, analog and outboard gear so I feel better saying this now. It isn't easy to learn but there is no synth out there with this level of flexibility and sound design capacity. With the on board effects it blows everything else away. I do not have to work to get this to sit in any mix. It's a transparent chameleon.

Sold the blofeld and virus, this stayed. Check out Secret Cinema's "Kurzweil" which was done entirely with the 2500, then consider pc3k.
Glenn Mortimer
March 8, 2011 @ 9:34 pm
Sorry for being so opinionated and forward.........
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.
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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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