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
Flake Lorenz
December 3, 2012 @ 2:37 am
Hello everybody. Im confused abaut that, the K2600 can't sampling the sounds I think. Because Kurzweil has produced the K2600S for adding to sampling feature. So What is the difference between the two keyboard model if the K2600 has sampling feature ? Could you inform to me about this confusion ? thnx.
Matt
April 21, 2012 @ 8:54 pm
Saw one of these in my local Guitar Center tonight...it was the XS version with 88 keys. I messed with it a little bit but wasn't terribly impressed---I'm sure I would've been had I fiddled a bit more, but it was late. It's only $899 though, which surprised me a bit given the estimated value on here.
Dayvaux
April 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
I bought one of these new years ago and it has only been used in the studio. Its never skipped a beat other than as Cliff Kennedy mentioned on an earlier post

. 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 have had my synth tech look at it but could find nothing wrong. Its obviously a software bug, can anyone shed light on this?? If not for this this problem it would be the only keyboard you need for touring (Jorden Rudess used one for years).
prdinpink
November 15, 2011 @ 8:24 pm
The few times I fiddled with it, it played fine (in my headphones - never did get an amp). You think I could get a fair price for this now vintage machine despite the cracks, or should I finally try to master it? I don't wanna take a big loss on the money I spent, I'd rather [beep] it up and try it again, because this is the best, right?
prdinpink
November 15, 2011 @ 8:23 pm
Hello, Kurzweil fans/aficionados. I bought a used K2600x in 08 w/big dreams of becoming a synth master on this glorious instrument. I printed out the 8000 page manual, bought some "teach yourself keyboard" books, lightly tapped the keys a few times, and promptly never touched it again. It's a beast that takes up space in my small Brooklyn apt so I think it's time to sell it. The only holdup is, there's a couple of cracks in the casing on either end & a small dent in the back which the seller (who used it to play in his church band) assured me were cosmetic. (see next comment for continuation)
 
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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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