Synth Site: Kurzweil: K2-VX/SVX: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Jason a professional user from USA writes:
This is Kurzweil's "fully packed" K2000. It features both the Orchestral and Contemporary ROM Blocks as well as P-RAM and the Fan Kit. It also has special Setup Chips that closely model the K2500's factory Programs. Unlike any other Kurzweil version, the K2vx also adds an additional 200 Programs that combine ROM samples from Basic, Orchestral, and Contemporary ROM. The K2vx sports a total of 599 factory Programs. The K2vxS adds the Sampling Option and 2MB of Sample RAM.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-29-2001 at 17:33
Richard Reinhardt a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have a Kurzweil K2vx with SMK option and in my opinion it is one of the finest synths that I have used. I am currently using Lexicon processor so I have not experienced any problems like others previously noted. If distortion is a problem try reducing the gain on the K2vx. Granted it is not as easy to use as a cheap Yamaha or Casio from the local Wal-Mart or Best Buy, but once you learn its functions you will never want to use anything else.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2000 at 18:42
Rodney Gipson a professional user from USA writes:
I recently upgraded from a K2000s. With all the new products that are availible today, K2vxs is still an excellent worksation. Especially if you want to keep your rig small. There's not much you can't do with this machine. However, I do recommend an external effects processor-any Lexicon you can get your hands on.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-16-2000 at 05:03
Michel Kasday a part time user from Portland Or writes:
I have played many synthesizers in my time and nothing even comes close to

this keyboard. I own a K2000RS currently with 10MB of RAM. I will soon uprade

to 64MB RAM. I was reading one of the previous reviews and felt I should put

my thoughts in. No1: The K2000 or any of the K2x series keyboards are amoung the

most powerful synth engines around, nothing and I do mean nothing even comes

close. As for immediate gratification, go buy someone elses sounds if you CANT

make your own. This is a very hard instrument to program. Yeah its easy to make

noise, but to really make the sounds you want, you are going to have to invest

some time. When I first got mine, I was up for days working on this thing. I

used to spend 8 to 10 hours per sound! That's right per sound! This keyboard

Offers every possible means to create sounds. Its up to you to make them.

Learning this synth, is like going to college, you can't expect to make the

sounds you want until you have all of this keyboard's (or any for that matter)

capabilities in your head, the way you have words in your head to form sentences,

you need to know everything about this synth before you can start or you'll just

get frustrated. I have had it since 2/96, and I feel I know about 90% of what

is possible, and I used to master a new synth in a week! Yes it's a beast!

No2. To solve the Noise problem I used a Stereo 1/4" to 2 RCA female Y ADAPTER

in the headphones output on the front panel, and I get crystal clear recordings

I do however intend to buy a good multi bus effects proccesor to run my K2000

thru and bypass the Digitech processor inside. No3. To create really cool analog

sounds I have often used Hobbes's PCH waveforms in ALG 9 as main source bypassing

the KEYMAP, and they ARE ANALOG!!!! IT IS UNBELIEVABLE! I have owned and played

many a analog synths, I'll never buy one again. No4. Sampling, he he. I currently

have version 3.18 running on my system, which is the same as the new K2VXs and

the K2500. The sampling DSP's offer more editting power than dedicated samplers

at the same price range and higher! I havent tried to import any samples, so I

don't have any experience in that department, however try to find another sampler

that will allow you to process samples (ROM or RAM)the way a K2x will. There are few levels above this synth. The K2x answers the calling of all sound designers out there who wanted it all

in one box. It is infinity in sound creation. So please---dont rock the boat if

you dont know how to paddle.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
Mattias Bergdahl a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I sold my Akai S2800 and my Roland XP80 and bought an K2000 on the specs

and the reviews. I thought it should be good enough for my needs but I am

a bit disapointed. Don't get me wrong. It's a very powerful instrument. But there are a lot disadvantages. First: it's a very noisy instrument.

It's not possible to make a professional recording using the main outputs since

the sound is going via the internal effectprocessor. The effects are very bland

and not very exciting. It's very good that it's possible to import a lot of

different formats of samples. What I was not told is that, while managing to

import my large Akai library, it handles the program information in a basic way

ie a lot of the program information is neglected and even worse: the possibility

of upwards transposition of the samples is a lot less than on the Akai

resulting in that on many of the programs it's not possible to play in the

upper part of the keyboard. To continue my critisism. The internal 8 MB ROM is not very good. Most of the

drums are terrible and the rest is not very exciting. OK I know that it's not

really a big problem since you can load in new samples but what the use of

putting in ROM samples anyway then? What's good then? The synthesis possibilities on among the best, if not the best.

A lot of the analog emulation sounds like the real thing. But paying this kind

of money only to do analog emulation? With an Roland JP8000 or a Yamaha ANX1

you'd save some money and really get a better analog-emulator than using

the K2000 for that. And the userinteface on them is a lot better.

I thought that a lot of this problems would be solved with the K2500 but it

still seems to have a lot in common with the K2000. And the K2500 is even

more expensive. The K2000 is a good synth but don't expect it to be your only

source of sounds. Add a good samplebased synth (for example Roland JV1080)

a good sampler (something from Akai or Emu) and let the K2000 concentrate on

what it's doing best: synthesis.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
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