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First Look at the Kurzweil K2700 workstation
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First Look at the Kurzweil K2700 workstation

The Kurzweil K2600 was a legendary keyboard of its time due to its realistic sounds and its deep programmability. Head and shoulders above the competition, it was used extensively throughout the music and theatre worlds by all the top session artists. Stevie Wonder was a massive K2600 user, as was Rick Wright of Pink Floyd. In the theatre world the K2600 was widely used in many top musicals and, even today, these keyboards can still be found in many West End pit bands.


The K2700 is the much anticipated successor and it packs a massive amount of new features to bring the K2000 range up to date for the 21st Century.

Main Features

Keyboard

Firstly, the K2700 features a fully weighted 88 note keybed - the Fatar TP40L, which is found in many modern keyboards. 

Programs

It has 1500 Preset Programs and 700 Preset Multis with space for 4000 of each for your own User sounds - yes 4000 of each!! These Programs and Multis all make use of the huge 4.5GB of sample data stored inside the unit, giving you an incredible library of top quality sounds at your fingertips. On top of that, the K2700 also includes 3.5Gb of non-volatile Flash memory where you can load in and store your own samples too for integration into Programs and Multis. The K2700 is also compatible with the original .krz, .k25 and .k26 file formats so you can load in sounds from the classic Kurzweil legacy instruments, ideal if you are looking to upgrade your aging K2600 etc.

Multi-timbrality


The Kurzweil K range of keyboards defined the 'workstation' classification by combining its vast multi-timbrality with a built in 16 track sequencer, allowing you to create entire songs within the keyboard. The K2700 continues this legacy.


It is 16 part multitimbral and the keybed can be divided into 16 independent zones with a different sound in each. It still features a powerful built in 16 track sequencer and its massive 256 note polyphony means you would be unlikely to get any note stealing even when pushing the sequencer to its limit. Each program has its own Arpeggiator and these can be run independently per Layer when used within song sequences. 


The K2700 also adds new features such as MIDI CC Pattern sequences which can be used to 'animate' your sounds. MIDI sequences can now also be stored as RIFFS (up to 16 per Multi) and these can be triggered from individual notes.

Effects

All your Programs and Multis can be further enhanced by the extensive array of Effects available. The K2700 boasts over 1000 effects chains where you can combine different types of top quality effects together to create exactly the right sound you are after.

Controllers

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kurzweil without including all the hands-on real time controllers on the front panel. These customisable controllers give you unprecedented manipulation of your sounds with the use of the traditional Pitch Wheel and Modulation Wheel plus Aftertouch, 9 assignable sliders, 9 assignable knobs, 10 assignable buttons, Transpose buttons, Transport Control and Tap Tempo. On top of that the K2700 now features 16 velocity sensitive pads and the classic Ribbon Controller is now included as standard too.


Connections

On the rear panel you have a multitude of inputs and outputs available, making the K2700 a truly versatile workstation and controller keyboard. Ideal for sitting as the centrepiece of your studio or as your main keyboard in your live rig. You have two pairs of Analogue Balanced TRS outputs, Headphones Output, 2 x Switch pedal inputs, 2 x CC pedal inputs. MIDI In and Out, USB B socket for MIDI and audio communication and a USB A socket for loading samples from a drive and for OS updates.

Built-In Audio Interface

A big new feature on the K2700 is the addition of two combi audio inputs on the rear of the unit. These have their own dedicated Gain controls on the front panel, as well as a Hi-Z switch for Guitars/Bass and 48v Phantom Power switch for condenser mics. The main purpose of these is because the K2700 has a built-in audio interface, allowing you to connect the keyboard to your computer via USB and route internal audio, as well as external audio directly into your DAW. These are also useful live as you can use these inputs to route audio from external devices through the K2700 and so reduce the amount of input channels required on your mixer. This could be audio from Mainstage, Modules or other soft synths.

So, what is under the hood?


When Kurzweil first launched their range of keyboards, it was their realistic sound that blew everyone away. This is why the instruments appealed to so many users and why they were in such demand. It is also why they integrated so easily into theatre bands because you couldn’t tell what was a real instrument and what was not. This legacy of incredible sounding instruments has continued in the K2700.

Pianos - The optimised unlooped German Grand 3D, Japanese C7 and Triple Strike pianos are included as standard. These incorporate Kurzweil’s KSR (Kurzweil String Resonance) for enhanced acoustic piano performance.

Huge built-in library - Everything from classic Electric Piano sounds, through orchestral instruments to synths, drums and tuned percussion are all available too with loads of updated sounds taken from the SP6, PC4 and the Kore 64 expansion card.

VAST - Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology is incorporated in the K2700, providing you with 32 layers of synth editing - per Program! This includes new filters, oscillators and fx and the signal paths are customisable.

6 Operator FM Synth engine - reproduce all those classic FM piano and synth sounds. Or, if you have the files from those original instruments, then you can load those in too as the K2700 is compatible with them. The FM synth engine also works with VAST which means you can take your FM programs truly to another level!

Virtual Analog - Kurzweil’s acclaimed VA1 synth engine is at your disposal in the K2700. The VA1 is perfect for emulating classic analog synth sounds or for creating powerful and unique sounds of your own.

KB3 - Of course, you will need all those classic tone wheel organ sounds and the K2700 has the KB3 engine which provides all of that. When you select a KB3 sounds, all the front panel controls automatically flip over to give you all the real-time functionality you need when playing a B3 - drawbars, rotor speed, overdrive, percussion, tuning etc. giving you the full hands-on organ playing experience.

Effects - The K2700 has an incredibly powerful FX section featuring Delays, Choruses, Reverbs, Amp Simulations, Phasers, Flangers, Compressors etc. All are fully editable, including the signal processing chain, just like how a guitarist re-arranges his fx pedals. This makes the FX on the K2700 incredibly flexible. On top of that, it has a Master Effects section which comes into its own when playing live, as it allows you to quickly EQ and edit the overall sound of your Programs.

Summary


As you can gather from this brief overview, the K2700 is a massively deep and powerful instrument. It has to be to live up to the reputation of its predecessors. If you are looking to get that incredible Kurzweil sound into your studio or live rig, then this is the keyboard for you. Or, if you have been holding onto your beloved K2500 or K2600 and need to migrate and expand to a modern keyboard, but without losing any of your sounds, then look no further!


For more info on the K2700 and sound demos, please check out the links below:


K2700 Home Page

K2700 Audio Demos

K2700 Images

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