zerocrossing wrote:I've never owned or played a Kurzweil, but I've heard lots of amazing things about how deep the V.A.S.T. engine is, yet I've also never heard a particularly interesting demo of it. I looked a few up on YouTube, and like always they just sounded like basic bread and butter synth stuff. Not particularly great sounding by today's standards. Am I missing something?
No, I don't think you're missing something.
I had a K2600 for about 10 years. I liked it best as a controller. The KDFX were pretty good, and you could assign a lot of controls to its parameters. The stock sounds were decent, and I think they hold up OK today.
Like others have said, I think VAST is a little overrated, especially in today's environment.
I don't think you'll run across anything else that has as comprehensive a set of tools for complex modulations though. It was designed well in the first place, and that goes a long way.
It was kind of clunky to get around on. And parts of it I found to be just a bit overdone, which made editing a bit of a chore. Similar complaint as is often heard about the Andromeda.
For example, the envelopes on the K had 3 separate attack and 3 separate release stages.
It could do some cool stuff, like take on different levels, both above and below the sustain level when you hit or release a key, and they had a lot of looping options.
But with that kind of complexity in all
the areas, you can get lost programming it for hours, and come out sounding a little like something that would take minutes on another board.
There are ASR's, LFO's, FUN's, and lots of other stuff that are equally complex, and everything can modulate everything else from a list of stuff as long as your arm.
If you enjoy programming/editing patches it's heaven.
The editing programs available for the PC3 series and later would certainly take some of the drudgery out of programming.
Anyways, as I said, the board made a really good controller, and for me that was its best feature.
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