Synth Site: Kurzweil: K2600S Kybd: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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There is a K2600+ at my school's synth lab along side Memory Moog, DX7, Max DSP, EX5+, and Pro Tools.

For my exam I used the K2600 to compose a beutiful peice of music I composed in Fanalie and tranfered to Pro Tools, and recorded 4 tracks at a time. While the 2600 has the most beutiful strings as PRESETS, I drove in for a dive, and cam out with a crying chamber instruments, (witch the instument presets lacked) witch I needed for my peice.

Please keep this in mind. Dispite the fact that there are 48 voice polyfonie, the sounds that come out compensate for low polyfonie. Keep this in mind... One voice has 5 Algorithms setup into each other any way you want.

For basic analog sounds, attack Analog Oscilators to Algorithm 1, Filters for Algorithm 2 in series. The Amp is automaticly the 5th Algorithm most of the time.* Inside the Oscilator algorithms you can set the phase of All sorts of waveforms, do FM or Ring Modulate, then you have a self oscilation and FM and Granular( Did I see that in there?) and all sorts of Raw synth types....

To top it off Each algorithm has a set of EGs that can be assign to KB Velo Aft Wheel and so on.... Most of them have Lfos too, you can rought LFO from Algorithm1 to a parimater to Algorithm 4 for example.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-01-2003 at 03:26
jg a part-time user from us writes:
I commented on this board about a year ago. I now have one. On a closer inspection the d/a converters seemed to be improved compared to the previous synths. The sound quality is very clean. I love the Kb3 mode, and the vintage keys expansions the best. The piano rom is also nice. Unlike most other synth pianos, these tend to have a very present low end where other manufacturers tend to focus on brightness.

The triple mod programs are nice. I also used triple mod processing to make a killer filter. I think you can now get 12 poles or something when cascading them together. Perfect for people who are into darker sounding stuff.

My k2vx programs also load up and sound nice with the effects.

The effects are very versatile. The reverb can sound pretty great. It can make a good outboard unit for other synths. I want to be able to master them though because they can get just as deep as the ordinary synth architecture which probably mean I will never master it.

I think the effects in combination with the flexible synth/sampler architecture is what makes this unit great.

posted Friday-Mar-21-2003 at 12:30
Wendell Edwards a hobbyist user from US writes:
imagine this synth/sampler being the closest hardware equivalent to MAX/MSP and you'll be close to what it is capable of. granted, hardware needs an interface (in MAX/MSP one must create one's own interface) but kurzweil designed the most flexible sampling/synthesis architechture i've seen in hardware. the "functions" (fun?) are great modulation sources to have, too. if you're demo-ing this unit, try pressing "edit" everywhere you can, because that just what this synth was built for--editing. mr. k--so the kurz doesn't suit your music style--that's cool. i can respect the fact that you don't dig the kurz, but please posit a more developed critique than that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-04-2002 at 02:01
KMK a part-time user from USA writes:
I recently purchased the K2600S with the Orchestral, Contemporary, P-Ram, and a 9 gig hard drive. I have always wanted one and finally purchased one and am thrilled to own it. It sounds great and I know it will take an eternity to learn this thing, but I don't care. This keyboard is the bomb.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-23-2002 at 11:17
Tobes a professional user from New Zealand writes:
This is a serious serious machine. This synth is the king of all synths. It is not easy to use, it is not easy to play but when you spend some time learning how to use it and how to play it then it will BLOW YOUR MIND. The sounds are incredibly detailed and with all the controllers you can get an incredible amount of expression. For a novice user there is probably too much expression. If you don't take the time to learn how to tame this beast it will sound out of control. Compare it to someone who is used to driving a mini and then being put in a Formula 1 race car, chances are they will just go around in circles and spin out of control.

This synth is aimed squarly at the professional session musician, it has all the tools to make any sound you can comprehend and make it sound bloody amazing. However it aint easy to use. Everything is buried beneath a miriad of controls and settings.

It is easy to fuck up, for instance a novice user might accidentally set the KB3 channel wrong and consume 90% of the polophony and wonder why it sounds so shit.

KB3 - the most realistic and wicked sounding organs, B3 simulators and tonewheels on the market. Dial up one of these presets in your band and you will blow everyone away.

Sampler - Load in a 128Mb sample of a real piano and this thing is scary, or sample your own instruments.

KDFX - the best effects processor i have ever heard. This thing freaks me out, Kurzweil now ship it expanded in a seperate box called the KSP8 cause its so good.

VAST - they don't call it vast for no reason, this just goes on and on. The most flexible synth architecture on the market by far.

Sequencer - This is great for jotting down ideas, most pro musos are recording multi track or on a PC based sequencer so I haven't used it much, its pretty powerful but the polophony of the instrument stops you from getting too carried away.

On board HDD - slap in up to 8gig of samples on the internal hard disk, or have an external CD-ROM with all your shit on it.

Vocoder - This is a real vocoder, none of the toys you see around from other manufacturers.

Overall - I used to have to upgrade my synth every 2 years because they just were never right. In the end I pooled together 4 years of upgrade budget, bought a k2600 and haven't looked back. It puts my ensoniq and rolands to shame.

This is a serious toy for serious players. Since I got my Kurz i have doubled my bookings and my fees.

Roll on the next version of the k2600, I can't wait.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-31-2002 at 02:32
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