The search for a Kurzweil K2000 piano soundalike VST

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KVRAF
1954 posts since 6 Jul, 2013

Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:09 am

tweakoz wrote:A K2000 like softsynth does exist. I am making it :)
Very cool!

What are your plans with this? Presumably when you say ROMS you mean the Kurz's onboard ROM sample content?

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KVRAF
2694 posts since 3 Aug, 2003 from Narnia

Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:59 pm

tweakoz wrote:A K2000 like softsynth does exist. I am making it :)
:o

Very interested :tu:

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KVRAF
2066 posts since 10 Jul, 2006 from Tampa

Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:05 pm

As a K2000S owner (thanks to a friend), I'd be interested in this myself!

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KVRAF
14513 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:04 am

tweakoz wrote:A K2000 like softsynth does exist. I am making it :)
That Doomsday and Castle Drums patch convinced me... an ETA of a VSTi release?
Heck, even a beta would do.
tweakoz wrote:Obviously, for legal reasons - I cannot release the ROMS. I had a k2000 die on me so I recovered the ROM data and started hacking away trying to recreate VAST.
Hm... I'm not knowledgeable if it comes to legal things like that... but would that even count to reverse engineering?

Or are you talking about the WAVE ROM, read the samples "used" to create the synth patches? Because at this point, the K2xxx (2000 and 2500) is how old? Two decades? Would somebody even still care in the world of 500GB Kontakt Sample Packs? I mean, Kurzweil themselves don't care about a VSTi version of any of their hardware (commentary: "romplers these days sound so much better - an others implemented our sounds anyway") - so yeah.

It's not like you recreate the GUI of a K2x00. Unless you try to stab at the most accurate V.A.S.T. clone there is. If that's the case, then please with Custom WAV layer loading capabilities (therefore making it to a K2x00 v3+), and a GUI that is actually useful.


Also... the programs/samples for the K2000 can still be found freely on the web (Google-fu is your friend). This is how I got all of my bonus add-ons that I didn't have on Floppy Disk yet. I still remember what a PITA it was to get them on to a ZIP drive.



Now I really hope this project succeeds... And not be discontinued down the road like the SQ80 (SQ8L) and the TB303 (Venom VB-303)... And honestly, the second (possible VSTi) project on my radar after I heard of the vMPC++ by chance on Youtube.
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KVRAF
34840 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Post Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:13 am

Hi-de-Hi!

KVRAF
14513 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:45 am

These are just factory preset files (the Factory Preset for example is 150kb in size - definitely no samples!). There should be still FTPs out there, offering a ton of free and official stuff that are both presets and samples.
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KVRAF
32943 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Post Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:02 am

Get a Micropiano from eBay - very cheap

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KVRAF
34840 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Post Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:08 am

Compyfox wrote:These are just factory preset files (the Factory Preset for example is 150kb in size - definitely no samples!). There should be still FTPs out there, offering a ton of free and official stuff that are both presets and samples.
Gotcha

http://www.synthzone.com/kurzweil.htm
Hi-de-Hi!

KVRer
20 posts since 26 Jun, 2011

Post Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:23 am


KVRer
2 posts since 19 Dec, 2018

Post Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:13 pm

Good morning


you are great expert of sound.
I have micropiano kurzweil same.
what is your opinion about this module?
thanks
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KVRian
881 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:02 pm

People care about the k2000 piano still? I owned one and mostly just used the analog sample packs, wasn't wowed by the piano

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KVRAF
12757 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 8:47 pm

Not really. It's a 5 year old thread and nothing ever came of it. Some of the old Kurzweil programmers now do SONiVOX.

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KVRian
1186 posts since 17 Jul, 2007 from Baghdad-Iq

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:10 pm

briefcasemanx wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:02 pm
People care about the k2000 piano still? I owned one and mostly just used the analog sample packs, wasn't wowed by the piano
What can you provide?
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KVRian
881 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:32 pm

phreaque wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:10 pm
briefcasemanx wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:02 pm
People care about the k2000 piano still? I owned one and mostly just used the analog sample packs, wasn't wowed by the piano
What can you provide?
I'm wondering what makes the piano sound interesting compared to plugins nowadays. What would make someone seek it out in modern times?

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KVRAF
12757 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:41 pm

It’s the Robert Miles piano. Shouldn’t that be having a comeback ~20 year cycle?

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