The ‘Intense Sounds’ Of The Kurzweil K2000

These videos, via Subtronik, showcase some of the ‘more intense sounds’ that the Kurzweil K2000 is capable of:

Here’s some personal examples of the K2000’s easy editing to create huge VA sounds in minutes.

The first four are post edits, while the fifth was done in real time to show dynamics, richness and the K2000’s massive features.

Even with the constant stream of new synth announcements, the Kurzweil K2 series still offers terrific bang for the buck, with a great set of controls, tons of ins and outs and great sound.

15 thoughts on “The ‘Intense Sounds’ Of The Kurzweil K2000

  1. Awesome! My K200S is one of only two hardware synths I've kept since back in the day. I bought it new and still love it! It has things I still don't find on most modern synths (like looping envelopes that can be set for a very, very long time!) My only complaint is the squishy keys.

  2. i still use my k2000r that i bought in 87!!!! and other than replacing the old lcd, it fires up everytime….. my old d50 is still in my rig too!… i used to have 3 memory moogs, but they got too expensive to service, and i sold at a very high price…..

    but everything else i have other than my old b3 and wurly is vst/rtas now….

    1. 87??? 😉 I may be wrong, but I think it wasn't released then, was it? Must have been 91 +- when it came out.

    2. You couldn’t of unless u mean ’97 instead of ’87 the K2000r didn’t come out until after the K2000 v.1 which came out 1991-92 the rack wasn’t produced till 1992-93 in some parts of the world later than that. Since back then Kurz’s (worldwide) distributorship was relatively small that’s why when YoungChang bought’em they retained the Kurzweil name & made’m more global accessible. Some say the old ones have a somewhat darker sound which certain user’s prefer it becomes pretty arbitrary when have a worm hole of sound exploration the likes it of V.A.S.T. which of course is the crux of all the K2000’s versions 1.0 to 3.87 which makes them all the more voliatile today l mean is there another hardware synth out that has 96 oscillators?! Other than maybe a few DAW’s that are available nuff said folks thanx dude

    3. You couldn’t of unless you mean’t ’97 instead of ’87. The K2000 v.1 keyboard didn’t come out until ’91-92 the rack probably not till ’93 in some parts of the world. Kurz’s worldwide distributorship was relatively small back then that’s why YoungChang (retaining the Kurzweil name) bought’em out in ’94 made’m more global. Some say the older models have a darker sound arbitrarily it’s a mute point when have the power of V.A.S.T. which of course is the crux of all K2000’s versions 1.0 to 3.87 . I mean is there hardware synth out there that even has 96 oscillators!? (Maybe a few DAW’s can simulate that many) nuff said folks thanx dude.

  3. yeh the VAST engine is fucking crazy complex.. these things are synth workstations, you can make some insane sounds on these that are impossible anywhere else

  4. Yeah! That's one of the reasons why I've been thinking about replacing some of my synths/keyboards with a Kurzweil. It's still a very nice instrument for basic needs and deep sound design.

  5. Hey thank you for that. I love my K2’s I have the RS with 64MB, PRAM, and the VP that I put 64MB in and the fan kit. I love both of those boards. I have been trying for years to convince fellow synth heads that Kurz is where you need to be if you want to explore the impossible. I have a song on the site above that uses only one K2000, and only four total sounds in the whole song. The song is called Sonic Abduction. It makes a lot of use of the Shapers and FUNs. Take care enjoy.

  6. Didn’t mean to virtually repeat myself in my replies but I couldn’t be more adamant about this subject. And one more thing I like to include. Where do you think all these VA synth companies & not to mention the eurorack real deal analog trend that’s going on now got their idea’s from Kurzweil that’s who folks. thanx dudes

  7. Didn’t mean to virtually repeat myself in my replies but I couldn’t be more adamant about this subject. And one more thing I like to include. Where do you think all these VA synth companies & not to mention the eurorack real deal analog trend that’s going on now got their idea’s from Kurzweil that’s who folks. thanx dudes

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