NAMM 2021: Kurzweil’s K2700 is a monster workstation with FM and 256 voices

Featuring 256 voices of polyphony, virtual analogue synthesis and more.

Kurzweil K2700

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NAMM 2021: Kurzweil has lifted the lid on the K2700, the brand’s latest keyboard workstation, powered by an updated version of its VAST (Variable-Architecture Synthesis Technology) synthesis engine.

VAST was first introduced in the 90s with the brand’s K2 synths. It was lauded for its flexibility and ease of use, essentially offering a building-block approach to synthesis with computer-controlled routing.

Future synths in the K series would expand greatly on the system and with the K2700, it now boasts 256 voices of polyphony, virtual-analogue and FM synthesis capabilities, 32-layer programs and more.

The 4.5GB sound library features 1,500 factory programs and over 700 multi-combinations categorised into 13 categories. Instrument samples range from pianos to synths to orchestral instruments and beyond.

Meanwhile, the K2700 also includes built-in effects – reverbs, delays, choruses, flangers, phasers, distortions, rotary amp, compressors and more. The K2700 also offers a global Master FX section with 3-band EQ and compression.

On the hardware side of things, the K2700 features a weighted 88-note keyboard with aftertouch. Programmable controls include a 4×4 matrix of trigger pads, nine sliders, nine knobs, 10 buttons and a ribbon strip. It also has a built-in USB audio interface with XLR combo inputs and 16-track sequencer.

Kurzweil has yet to announce a release date and price tag for the K2700. Stay tuned for more.

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