Synth Site: Kurzweil: K1000: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Ray Clark a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had the K1000 for about one year. The prices are great for this keyboard now, and you can't beat the sounds that are there. The ROM area only allows you to "rearrange" RAM sound fonts, but there's still incredible flexibility in the programing. Layering up to 4 difference sound fonts with effects specific to each layer (you can mix piano, organ and choir and have the mod wheel control "Leslie rotation speed" on just the organ or vibrato on just the voices, etc. I recommend getting "Kurle" from "At Work Software" if you use a pc with soundcard. This allows you to view the programing options on your computer screen instead of the very dim lcd on your K1000. If any one is using this keyboard now please feel free to contact me and share notes. There just isn't much support now for this model and they are still "very" good keyboards.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-13-2000 at 12:05
Warren Ogden a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Still using mine as a master keyboard/16-channel sound source. A couple of corrections to your info: The keyboard can transmit on 3 different channels (at least in the later software versions). The mod wheel can transmit any 2 different controllers (one up, one down) as can the data slider- that's 3 controllers if you don't insist they all be simultaneously available. Also, the 'effects' aren't produced by the kind of fx chip in current keyboards- They use voice layering and the wide range of modulation sources/destinations to produce time-based fx. The main shortcoming- the more fx you use, the less poly- phony you've got. That and the absence of any filtering! But for multi-channel sequencing, this approach let you give each channel its own effect (no '# of processors' to limit fx, just the # of available voices). The K-1000 has dynamic voice allocation to the extent that you can hold the sustain pedal and play while changing programs and each (sustained) sound can be a different patch. Was that clear? Sustain pedal also 'catches' decaying notes and sustains them- you know, like a piano. Lots of good musical thinking in the software of this old warhorse. Still a great gigging keyboard. If you've got a Mac, there's free "Object Mover" software to store patches & settings, as well as put a simulated LCD display on our screen to (slightly) improve dealing with the interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
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