Kurzweil invites us to witness the arrival of the heavyweight K2700 Workstation which continues the long and legendary K2 series of mammoth musical machines.
This is the sort of machine that gets an exclamation mark on the end of every feature! It has 256 voices of V.A.S.T. polyphony! 4.5GB of sounds! 3.5GB of user memory! 6-Operator FM and Virtual Analog! KB3 ToneReal Organs! And a whole bunch of powerful effects! It’s quite exhausting!
This follows the same sort of features we’ve seen before but just with more stuff, more room, more polyphony, faster, stronger, sexier and interesting to know.
It has everything; 88 note Italian hammer-action keyboard, 16 keyboard zones, 16-track sequencer, modulation step-sequencer, riff generators, arpeggiators. It has a ribbon controller, 16 pad triggers, and a bunch of knob and sliders. There’s an audio interface built-in, balanced outputs, four inputs for expression and sustain pedals. It’s all a bit ridiculous really – who could ask for more from a serious workstation keyboard?
There’s something about Kurzweil. They have a style and vibe all to themselves that refuses to follow trends. The K2700 is not that dissimilar to the K2500 I used to play on 20 years ago. It’s an evolution of course and in this new keyboard you get innovations like the Flash-play that can hold up to 8GB of library with no loading time. It comes with a dazzling array of sampled sounds and mixes it with proper FM synthesis and as much virtual analog as you could need.
Each program can hold 32 layers of sound for huge compositions and magnificent generations of sound. The Super Ribbon offers another way to access modulation and the manipulation in performance. You’ve got controls, audio inputs and everything.
The K2700 is the whole DAWless music production experience in a massively dense keyboard workstation as they’ve been doing for years.