Kurzweil Digital Pianos
"Kurzweil's founder, Ray Kurzweil, was the first to realistically emulate the sound of a grand piano in an electronic instrument. It was a request from Stevie Wonder that challenged Kurzweil and his team of engineers… And thank goodness for the challenge… because of that, today we have such wonderful sounding digital pianos!",
Graham Howard, piano adviser for UK Pianos
Kurzweil Portable Pianos (Space savers, easy to move or store away)
Kurzweil Digital Pianos (Most popular range for anyone learning to play)
Kurzweil Digital Pianos (Multi-functional pianos with rhythms, drum patterns, percussion,
backing tracks, built-in songs, multi-track recording… good for composing and GCSE music)
Kurzweil Digital Pianos (The most authentic… closest to a real piano in sound and feel)
Kurzweil Digital Grand Pianos
Kurzweil SP4 and SP5 Stage Pianos
Kurzweil Artis and Forte Stage Pianos
Kurzweil PC3 Controller and Production Keyboards
Ray Kurzweil was the first to realistically capture the grand piano sound in an electronic instrument
with the help of Stevie Wonder. See video above.
Questions and Comments
"I'm crazy about Kurzweil"
Thanks for all the advice and emails.
However, I live in Spain and I'm a synth freak! (well a fan of synths anyway)
I must tell you though that YOUR ADVICE was taken by one of my students. (I'm an English Teacher)
She bought a Yamaha electric piano because of what you had written.
However, if I may, I'd like to also pass on some info to you which you might find interesting (or perhaps not!) I'll let you decide on that one! No obligations though!
As I'm a synth freak, I'm crazy about Kurzweil. You mentioned the old Kurzweil piano and that you preferred the Yamaha, so my student bought the Yamaha. Remember, we are talking about Madrid, Spain etc….
However, Kurzweil have bought out a new electric piano, and this one is based on the PC3 Synth Engine!
Obviously this new one is miles better than the old one. I was trying to convince my student to try out the new Kurzweil, but it wasn't in the local area, so she couldn't. So I would like to suggest, again (take it or leave it), trying the new Kurzweil based on PC3 technology!
I think you will notice the difference etc… (I'm trusting in Kurzweil's reputation here as a Piano maker and as an excellent Synth technologist although I haven't had a chance to play one yet!!!
Kurzweil employed Stevie Wonder as music adviser to help Kurzweil engineers design sounds for their pianos and keyboards.
The result is a full-bodied, resonant, natural piano sound that's been regarded as one of the best for over 30 years.
Stevie Wonder has been involved with the design of sounds from 1980 to the current day.
These sounds are heard today when listening to Stevie Wonder, Elton John, David Bowie, Paul Mcartney, Billy Joel, David Rosenthal, Rubern Valtierra,
Pink Floyd, Alecia Keys, Luther Vandross, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel and many more famous artists.
List of Kurzweil users:
Front Line Assembly
Jean Michael Jarre
Jorden Rudess – Dream Theater
Mauro Pagani (Fabrizio de Andr ?)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Nine Inch Nails
The Moody Blues
Pink Floyd played the Kurzweil K2000
Stevie Wonder played the Kurzweil K2000
Be Gees played the Kurzweil K2600
Stevie Wonder plays Kurzweil…
See Stevie on the Christmas Apple advert: