Synth Site: Kurzweil: K2600S Kybd: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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JB a professional user from UK writes:
Charlie,

I don't think that you can blame Kurzweil for the lack of Iomega SCSI Zip drives! Blame the competitive PC market for that!

Also, you'll find that different countries often have different options as standard in some machines, the same goes for Roland who provide the VS range of hard disk recorders with additional effects boards in the UK but not in the rest of Europe. With regard to Kuzweil, it's probably to do with a limited period promotion rather than them vindictively targetting you for a less-spec'd machine :-)

The operating system update is a FREE download from Kurzweil, download it from here:

http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com/html/downloads.html#K26OS

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-10-2002 at 05:01
Charlie Bremner a professional user from Chicago, Illinois writes:
For years I have drooled over the Kurzweil K2000/2500/2600 line. Now due to a fuck-up in their sales department with Guitar Center and Sam Ash, I greedily picked up what may be the best swiss army knife keyboard out there for ...cheaper than expected.

Kurzweil claims non-obscelecence- this is not the case: I cannot find any store that'll sell me a new scsi-zip drive (after I planted 64mb's in the RAM) and the triple modular processing is nowhere at all 'cause I got me a 1.01 OS (Also, in their adverts they claim toi ship each synth with 64mb's- mine came to me with a paltry 4). Still, the sounds are fucking awesome- this is a synth for the learnèd- anybody from Sweden who likes shitty electronic music will not be amused. Let me drop some knowledge: the likes of Wendy Carlos, Trent Reznor, David Bowie, and Jan Hammer, et al have used this 'board: ie; it is a serious box with mucho options and control galore. However- I believe that the K2600s is in its twighlight years. Oh yeah, it can hold its own against a Triton (despite aliasing noise on some of its programmed presets), but what I have mentioned at the top (Kurzweil assures us that the Kurzweil DOES NOT support tape deck transfers-WHHHOOOO!). The K26ks reminds me of an old classic car- still drivable, very pretty, and does some of the stuff the new boys do but just as well or better. There are little pretensions to good old subtractive synthesis, although that can be done handily. With the imagination of the user, one could easily produce additive textures (blowing away the Kawai K5000, at least mine!), formant filters and other wonders that seem to leak out into the market place at seven year intervals (come on Korg!). It is a synth players synth and I am dying slowly until I get my K26ks up to OS 3.00 for that triple mod processing I hear so infrequently about. Not a lot of people own this thing, at least no where near my world, after all: this fucker is not only heavy, it's expensive, I paid about $2600 for mine and that was at "blowout" prices. Is it worth that much? Hell no, but it is a classic. A classic that has more than its share of coolness... let me say this- Kurzweil should have given the user a saffron robe just to meditate on the possibilities of this synth.

As for customer support- thank god mine hasn't failed yet 'cause I hear they are difficult to deal with. Use- like I said above, it depends on the user- I have knon a chap who made an entire record exclusively on this 'board, SEQUENCER and everything. Did I mention KDFX? Should I? The effects are top notch as well- their Laserverb is the smoothest reverb I have ever owned in my studio. They also have plenty of wonky shit in there as well- like flange-quantise and ringmodulation.

The skies the limit with this beast, let me tell you, but I am also cautious that one day this wonder machine- still kept in isolation from my other gear due to their jealousy- will someday go away. »sigh« Since I believe that this is the twighlight of the Kurzweil K-line, I also feel that this is for serious players, and not dabblers- it is way too expensive and way too expressive to be working among the other synths/samplers that you might have.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-09-2002 at 22:50
William Sparrenberger a hobbyist user from USA writes:
A negative comment here...I have owned my 2600 for about a year now. While it is absolutely the best sounding synth / sampler on on the market, the onboard sequencer absolutely sucks! I would not bring this up save for the fact that it is marketed as "rivaling software sequencers". If you use PC / Mac to sequence, buy it. If you want to use the onboard sequencer, be prepared to be pissed off. Young Chang / Kurzweil are aware of the bug that causes the sequencer to clip notes when loops / patterns return to beat 1:1...they offer half assed controller thinning advice in the manual, but trust me...it don't work....be advised.

Additionaly, 48 note polyphony sucks also..if you play medium sized piano chords with your sustain pedal on, you may get your drums and bass in, and maybe some string lines if you are lucky.

I will say again, however...for absolute sound, the rest sound like little toys....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-02-2002 at 22:58
vladimir moric a professional user from yugoslavia writes:
"......it's a full of stars" in one word SPACE. ;) nothing can reach K2600.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-18-2002 at 17:46
J.G. a part-time user from middle of nowhere writes:
People are sleeping on this. Heard some of the new programs and they sound a lot better than the older ones. I was like DAMN. More modern and weirder and quirkier. Better effects could be the reason. Programs sound different from everybody else's which I like. And that is just the programs wait until you start sampling other shit! Ribbon controller add a lot of control. So many damn programmable sliders. Program your own analog programs. Trade with other people. So many sound possibilities a person couldn't possibly use them all in a year. Have a k2vx thinking about upgrading when I graduate college.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-15-2002 at 12:52
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