[This article](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1994_articles/jan94/othertwo.html) on the making of *The Other Two and You* by New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert explains, "Stephen is a self-confessed equipment hoarder; the lower floor rooms of the studio are reported to contain a vast stockpile of gear. "'I'm one of those people that when I see something new, I buy it and find out it doesn't work as it's supposed to -- then I spend ages getting it to work properly only to find they bring out a new one at half the price that does the job. It's like this K2000 keyboard -- it's great, but it's like a hobby having a Kurzweil because of the problem of getting hold of all the new bits for it like SIMM's, the sampling option and internal fan.' "'But it's a nice hobby though," interjects Gillian, reminding Stephen that it's her keyboard anyway."more
Despite the age of this keyboard (1991-2003) and the floppy disk drive, this synthesizer can pack a pretty powerful punch.This Kurzweil model has a total of 61 mono pressure (velocity sensitive) keys and 16 bit sampler software. There are a total of 199 preset programs on the Program Menu and 100 on another that contains split keyboard presets and layering of programs from the previous menu. These sounds are composed from V.A.S.T. (Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology), a DSP based sound processing system built into the synthesizer. Sounds ranging from basic pianos and keyboards to modular leads can be made with V.A.S.T., many of which can be used for modern music. Effects such as reverberation, chorus, and delay are easily accessible by the push of a button as well as MIDI control. The synthesizer has MIDI input, output, and MIDI thru. The outputs for mono and stereo audio fit the standard balanced 1/4" cable and there is an input for a foot pedal as well.
The only downside to this synthesizer is the price. I bought mine at around $4,000.00 and if you were to find this on Ebay or Craigslist, the price may have inclined or declined depending on the seller's thoughts about the product. Overall, this synthesizer is a must have for production and performance, no matter your genre.
I have been a long time fan of this machine. Easy to design sounds on. Never used the internal sequencer though, but the midi implementation is spot on so use your DAW of choice. Great built in sounds and loads on the net to add, but you can have a lot of fun with the FUNS.
this thing keeps up with today's machines.. only draw back is the limited programming interface.. which makes since given its age and the fact the Ray Kurzweil was inspired to create it by a blind dude...