Synth Site: Kurzweil: K2500 RS: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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bear^2 a professional user from Turkey writes:
I Like Kurzweil Synth very much. Because Maybe you go to studio for recording your song, Roland and Korg's synth is multi patch mode use for multitrack recording, you must off your instrument effect, maybe Roland and Korg's instrument play very weakly sound play. But Kurzweil is not. Kurzweil's base sample's and Dsp processing is very powerfull. you must go studio and play another instrument. maybe you love kurzweil.

k2x00 is monster! very powerfull DSP.

And This instrument used by Dreamtheater's keyboardist Jordan rudis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 08:37
dean russell a hobbyist user from canada writes:
I have tried several keyboards and boxes over the years. When I first picked up a k2000 I stopped using everything else in the studio except the mixing board and the computer. Samples and programs are readily available on the net, the support for the machine is incredible. The sounds and programmability are untouchable. Not to mention ease of use. I (as a HOBBY-IST, was able to get the sounds I wanted within a few minutes of knob twidling and experimentation with the factory sounds on board.) I didnt need to find or buy any!!! If your into electronic music, creating new and wild sounds with MULTIPLE layers and great depth, you can not beat the K2xxx series. I sold my K2000 a year ago because I was broke.. I have regretted it ever since. I finally saved up enough to get a K2500, but the K2600 came out.. decisions decisions.. Well. The only thing I didnt like when I looked at K2600 was the cheap ribbon controller.. It should be Like the Alesis A6 Andromeda. Barring that, this beast IS perfect for me. 1 K2500, 1 computer and 1 mixing board, you can make just about anything and sound good doing it.

posted Wednesday-Apr-11-2001 at 13:25
J. Torres a professional user from U.S. writes:
I suppose some of these reviews might lead one to believe that the instrument in question is inferior due to its price/performance ratio. These people don't know what they're talking about. I've owned my K2500 for two years now, and it hasn't once disapointed me when I needed to program an new, distinct sound. Where it lacks in effects (I won't lie- the FX processor on non-KDFX models are a bit weak... better than some other synths out there, though...) it more than makes up with it's massive DSP resources... Hell, I don't even use my Z1 as much as I used to, as this instrument can make some neat 'analog emulator' type stuff... Long ago, I would always lug three synths to a gig... With some clever Jordan Rudess tips, I can use just this one synth. Change sounds without my hands touching the button pannel or leaving the keys. Thanks to this I can play my two fisted block chords, change a sound, and move on to the next passage without interrupting the flow. It's an instrument for musicians! I could go on and on about how this instrument is simply the best workstation around. It's not instant gratification, like too many electronic music 'keyboardists' seem to want nowadays, but instant is never original. I write electronic stuff also, but I spend hours making sounds and textures. Next to my computer, the K2500 has been the best addition to my studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-04-2001 at 16:34
vora a professional user from united states writes:
The user interface of the kurzweil k2xxx series meets more intuitive expectations in the user than many of the newer workstation prototypes. It is not a prototype: it is a hardened, industrial strength interface. All a synthesizer is, in reality , is an interface to some kind of sound producing mechanism. The k2xxx series offers a very maleable and deep set of tools to access that mechanism. These types of tools are familiar to the experienced synthesist: they have been around for decades.

Cf. protools to vegas pro.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 23:07
Funky Mark a professional user from Finland writes:
It's interesting that the K2500 is often claimed to be expensive and overrated. As a owner of a K2500S I want to make a few things clear. First the K2500 is expensive but so is everything else, for example most of budget fx units are a waste of money, and who the hell thinks that a $5000 is a proper price for something like the TC M5000 which is the cheapest "proper" fx unit around. And also, the K2500 isn't overrated, I haven't seen a single dance producer or dance artist ever praising the K2500, they're always after AKAI samplers and other unusable junk (I'll admit that the new S6000 is quite cool). I read that the K2500 was referred to Korg Trinity as a more expensive and less qualified instrument. Well can you have a 128MB string sample, a DSP generated sawwave and a sinewave AND a resonant filter on one single voice on a Trinity program? Even with the V3, the Trinity doesn't come close to the K2500 as a synth nor a sampler. A fully expanded trinity can only have 38 voices (the K2500 has 48) and 8MB RAM (the K2500 can have 128MB). Does the Trinity support internal HD's up to 2GB? Does it have 10 analog outs? Does it have a ADAT I/O, AES/EBU I/O and a S/PDIF I/O? How about a 50cm long ribbon controller? 8 assignable sliders? Breath controller input? 4 switch pedal inputs? I could go on forever.. And besides, a Trinity ProX with all options added IS more expensive than a K2500XS, at least in my store. By all means the K2500 isn't perfect, but it is the closest thing available. It has a beautiful rich sound, decent factory samples, great expandability and the most powerful internal FX (with the KDFX) that beat 10 crappy Midiverb 4s anytime. And because of It's great architecture, you can patch a rack of external effects to it witouth a mixer. A great synth with lot of features, but not perfect. Go out and buy one!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-19-1999 at 11:16
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