Synth Site: Kurzweil: K2600S Kybd: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Bill Butler a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Like others, I purchased the Kuzweil K2600XS off Ebay because of the price. I spent $2400, but it is fully loaded and it's the newer black color. I compared it to the Motif ES8 but for me, I really wanted the drawbars for the KB3 organ. Besides, I already have the Motif in a rack mount so combining the 2 works really great! My keyboard came with 4 ROM's which include the contemporary, ochestral, S-piano and the vintage electric pianos! It also came with the P-RAM, hard drive & the digital I/O. It's a pretty intense keyboard-the most complicated one I own(I have the Korg Triton Extreme, an Oberheim OB-8 and a new Moog Voyager). The K2600 has so many options and settings that it will take me several months to figure most of it out. Since I've only had this for a couple of weeks, all I can say is that it sounds great! Get one if you can!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-28-2005 at 11:33
the vulcan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had the K2600XS for about a year, got it for a good price on eBay, and added 3 out of 4 ROMs. I pair it with a Proteus 2000 for a full range of sound and instrumentation, but find myself using the Kurz a lot more. The sounds are clean, rich, deep and captivating. FX are superb. Keyboard action is excellent. I've added a hard drive by cannabalizing an old server, works fine, though HD power supply can only support newer drives with less wattage. HD access via SCSI is SLOW, and am not sure if PRAM option adds cache to speed it up. Hope so, cause it needs it (though now no one sells the PRAM-26 anymore).

The unit is emminently programmable, but its not easy to do and tedious. Even adding the ROMs is tech oriented and requires careful reading of the instructions. Digital out is the cleanest sound, but can't get the volume control to work in that mode. Analog sounds are very realistic but lack the nuances that are featured in the Yamaha Motif or Tyros (or even the Proteus 2000). Pianos have always been the Kurzweil signature sound, and the K2600 Triple Strike ROM does not disappoint. The standard Piano sounds are decent, but not up the the ROM. The electronic & synth sounds are also rich, more along the classic rock lines (which I love) but can also handle a touch of hip-hop. Its totally there for classical or jazz at any level.

For 24 voice, its well implemented and I've yet to really have a problem with its supposed limitations (then again with a Proteus 2k, hardly an issue). I use the keyboard in a personal MIDI setup to my home computer and powered Berringer monitors, and it just rocks. I play these days for leisure, but the richness of sounds keeps me far from getting bored or stale. The staggering array of FX alone is enough to keep the ear pleased. The ribbon controllers are great, and there is plenty of room for controller expansion. Sampling is crystal clear, and though better done on the computer these days, it is still a nice feature to have on the instrument.

The unit is heavy and not too transportable. Many units sold used on eBay are scratched, dented and abused a lot because it is so unwieldy. If your going to transport it, invest in a case with wheels. The Kurz will connect to a computer via SCSI, but since both are 'master' units, some care is needed or the system will hang. I've had some BIOS errors and system hangs on the Kurz for unknown reasons, but not with any consistency.

I was undecided on whether to get the K2600X or the Yamaha Motif ES8, but prices are better on eBay on the Kurz and more scratch & dents appear there for a real bargain. I have yet to see a damaged Yamaha appear on eBay, so I suppose the Kurz is used more professionally. I chose the Kurz for its richer sound and fx, but the tradeoff is less sounds than the Motif. The Motif seems to be better holding its value on eBay, and its almost like the Kurz is fading in terms of sales presence on the web in units and parts. The Motif is about all thats left outside of gigasampling on the computer these days. That will be my next venture, but the Kurz will remain at the very least as my MIDI keyboard and just for quality practice and recreation. I just love it too much.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-20-2005 at 01:16
a professional user writes:
Kurzweil makes some of the best keyboards ever and this K2600 is a great example of their fine craftsmanship without a doubt. The keys feel awesome and the sounds that this board will crank out will make you glad you bought it.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-12-2004 at 21:54
Hairy Patchboy a professional user from USA writes:
It's been almost 2 years since I bought my Kurzweil K2600S, and I'm still amazed with this thing. A note to people who are bitching about it. NO synthesizer is going to have ROM presets that make everybody happy. You can have a thousand sounds, some you're gonna like, some you're not. But hey, how in the hell does Kurzweil know what you are personally gonna like and dislike? As with any synth, they put a variety in. And the presets on the k2600S are quite satisfying for the most part. And hey, anybody ever heard of the freakin edit button? On this thing you could literally spend hours just tweaking and fooling around with one sound. I have found numerous sites from synthzone.com where I've downloaded free programs, setups, samples, etc. So if you don't feel like editing, you can snoop around to find some sounds. About the polyphony: Lets make sure everyone understands this. Unlike most synths, this thing has "true" 48 note polyphony. What that means is, when you pull up a program, no matter what you have 48 note polyphony. Now lets take a typical Roland for example( Roland's are nice but notorious for eating up polyphony). You use one waveform, yea you have 64 or 128 voice polyphony. But as soon as you start using more oscillators, divide that in half. So if you use 4 waveforms like you can on the kurzweil, you're 64 voice polyphony just turned into 16 voice polyphony. So don't knock the polyphony. You only have 128 voice polyphony if you're using one waveform sounds. On the kurz, you use 4 waveforms, you still have 48 voice polyphony. So in that respect it's a blessing the way it's designed. Yea more would be nice, but hey, if we truly wanted the ultimate synth with everything we wanted, it would cost way more money than most of us have, or would want to spend. But between the sounds, the digital/analog inputs and outputs, Sampling, versatile filing system, SCSI ports, floppy drive, and construction, what more could you want?

Want to hear some kurz in action other than the demos? Go to http://hairypatchboy.iuma.com and listen to: The Deep Ghost Another Mile All of these were sequenced on the kurzweil k2600S. And you can go to http://internationalmusicproject.iuma.com Check out: The Deep (Remixed) The Ringmaster (featuring the krz bass and synth) And Electric Wizard (also featuring bass and synth).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-10-2003 at 00:22
a professional user writes:
Junk and horrible customer service.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-28-2003 at 04:02
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