[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
Although he uses software synths, Laurent Garnier favours the hardware variety, particularly where lots of knobs and sliders are available. Vintage keyboards in his The Kub studio include Roland Juno 106 and Jupiter 8 and Korg MS20 analogues, plus the under-rated Yamaha DX100 FM synth (bottom right), while Garnier also uses the Kurzweil K2000 workstation (top right).more
Notes from Chronologie CD booklet: Notes from booklet: "Keyboards and synthesizers / Claviers et synthétiseurs : Jean Michel Jarre Instruments / Instruments : Digisequencer, Kurzweil K2000, Mini Moog, ARP 2600, Akai MPC-60, Akai S 1000, AKS, JD 800, Korg 01, TR 909, DR 660, Synthex, Eminent, JP 8, DJ 70, Vocalist, Fairlight.more
Adams does his composing at his home studio in Berkeley, which consists of several Yamaha keyboards, including an SY77, SY99 and Electone, Korg Wavestation, Emu Proteus 1 module and Emax II, Kurzweil K2000, Lexicon LXP15 reverb, Macintosh computer with software such as Performer and Blank Software's Alchemy, and a small 16-channel desk ("I can't remember the name. I only use this studio for writing, and I write as much with the sequencer as with pen, paper and piano").more
"The midi out of the TD10 and D Drum3, and Notron sequencer went into an MX8 midi patchbay, this allowed me the speed of direct analog input to the V & D brains, but the flexibility to route and merge anything via midi. Additional midi sound sources I used were the Alesis DM pro and an Emu Audity 2000 (the audity was never used on the record). I could also access my samplers, an old Kurzweil K2000 and a Roland S760, plus sounds in realtime from my beatboxs, an MC303 and a Tribe ER1. However for this Crim record no beatboxes were used. ProjeKct X is a different story....beatboxes survived!!!"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...
The K-2000 V3 is an extremely advanced piece of gear. VAST can do everything: subctrative synthesis, additive synthesis, FM, it can route everything to everything... a real monster. Very well built. More than 20 years after its release it still can be easily repaired and upgraded (thanks to ebay sellers). When fully expanded, it has internal HD, scsi port, digital outs... A real programmer and performer synth.