"Given their provenance, it was no surprise to find that many of these Programs - from imitative e-pianos to Clavinets; from Harpsichords to pipe organs; to strings, brass and choirs; to synths and pads; to guitars and basses; and finally to drums and percussion - were excellent".
The new Kurzweil Artis Stage Piano features an impressive new German grand piano, along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 sound set, astonishing sound quality, 128-voice polyphony, 88-note hammer weighted action and a friendly user interface. SOS give their verdict in the latest issue of the magazine.
The review praises the level of flexibility offered by the free SoundTower for Mac, PC and iPad editor, "(it) revealed all of the underlying VAST engine, allowing me to delve into the cascaded layers and their algorithms, the multitudinous contour generations and modulations, the layer effects, and much else that makes VAST synths so rewarding...".
"...by making it possible to program the Artis in depth at home or in the studio, and then take the results on stage, the OS upgrade and editor haven't just improved a previously inflexible beastie, they have turned it into a whole new beastie".
"In many ways, the Artis is a pleasure to use...at just 21kg, it's not too heavy for live use, and it has an internal universal power supply, for which I commend Kurzweil. What's more, the weighted keyboard is pleasant and responsive...".
"I have no doubt that the Artis will appeal to players who prefer a simpler approach to their 88-note stage instruments".
"Once upgraded (to the latest OS), the Artis is a very powerful VAST synthesiser and a fine sounding one at that".
The full review can be found in the May 2014 issue of Sound On Sound magazine on sale now. The Kurzweil Artis is also on sale now at £1699 RRP inc VAT.