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Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:33 pm

I've wanted a K2000 pretty much from its inception, the rack-mount version in particular; but its sheer size, complexity, and price kept me from it for decades. I saw a K2000R with original manual and disks for a crazy good price and couldn't resist any longer!

I don't know if this will replace the JV-1080 in the Soundtrack Machine due to its bulk since portability is key to this endeavour, but I couldn't turn my back on a mint condition K2000R for sub $300. I wouldn't have minded the sampling version, but I don't really do much sampling as sound sources, I use sampling more for audio playback/spoken word and I have a brilliant sample player for that already (TipTop Audio One).

I'm very excited to sit down with this beast and dig into the VAST engine and see what I can do with it!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:40 pm

Ooh, nice find :thumbup:
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby BJG145 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:08 pm

Great! Yeah, I've been through a couple of K2000s and they're great boxes. The flute patch in the orchestral ROM was a favourite...I still miss it...
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:13 pm

I ordered the daughter board expansion for the orchestral ROM, which I will order after the synth is here and tested.

Is there anything else required besides the ROM and daughter board to expand the orchestral sounds?
Thanks!!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby BJG145 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:19 pm

...oh, nice...no, I don't think so. :thumbup:
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:23 pm

Awesome, thank you!!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby The Elf » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:46 am

The power of the VAST sound engine still sounds fresh and exciting even now. I think you'll enjoy ownership of your K2000R! Simply programming using dB and Hz is a world away from the nonsense '1-100' of most synths.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:10 pm

Thanks for your insights, Elf!
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby desmond » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:43 pm

Nice score!

One of these days I'm sure I'll stumble across a yard sale where someone's selling an immaculate Kurzweil K2500 Audio Elite System for a hundred quid or so...
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:44 pm

desmond wrote:Nice score!

One of these days I'm sure I'll stumble across a yard sale where someone's selling an immaculate Kurzweil K2500 Audio Elite System for a hundred quid or so...
That's pretty much how I scored my JV-1080; someone was selling it on consignment through a Sam Ash and I just so happened to be standing there when it came in. I got it at an absolute steal!

The K2000R just shipped; 30 lbs lol. That thing is a beast.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby BJG145 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:00 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:The K2000R just shipped; 30 lbs lol. That thing is a beast.

Yes...it's one of those things I sometimes look at then remember I've only got a bike... ;)

(There's a neat utility I used to use quite a lot which displays the front panel on a PC and lets you remote-control it. Had a quick look and couldn't spot it, but it's out there somewhere...freebie I think. At one point I spent a fair amount of time and cash tracking down a compatible SCSI CD player and external hard drive and assembling a collection of libraries - there's some nice material out there.)
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby The Elf » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:04 am

BJG145 wrote:
Ben Asaro wrote:The K2000R just shipped; 30 lbs lol. That thing is a beast.
At one point I spent a fair amount of time and cash tracking down a compatible SCSI CD player and external hard drive and assembling a collection of libraries - there's some nice material out there.)
A lot of which I still have. I think much of it relies on having sample RAM, so might not be of use to you.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Ben Asaro » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:29 am

The Elf wrote:
BJG145 wrote:
Ben Asaro wrote:The K2000R just shipped; 30 lbs lol. That thing is a beast.
At one point I spent a fair amount of time and cash tracking down a compatible SCSI CD player and external hard drive and assembling a collection of libraries - there's some nice material out there.)
A lot of which I still have. I think much of it relies on having sample RAM, so might not be of use to you.
Probably true; I'm mainly interested in the VAST synthesis itself, and the orchestral ROM.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Zukan » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:56 am

Good find. They are lovely. I am not sure if I still have mine as I put everything in the attic for storage after a fire we had and haven't been up since. I have been and still might be after a 2500 with KDFX. Dave Boland has a few hundred Kurzes sitting around so he is a great source for all things Kurz, as is the Elf. I have tons of sounds for the K2 in the event you get stuck for some fresh content.
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Re: Pulled the trigger on a a K2000R in mint condition

Postby Wonks » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:01 am

Zukan wrote:Good find. They are lovely. I am not sure if I still have mine as I put everything in the attic for storage after a fire we had and haven't been up since. I have been and still might be after a 2500 with KDFX. Dave Boland has a few hundred Kurzes sitting around so he is a great source for all things Kurz, as is the Elf. I have tons of sounds for the K2 in the event you get stuck for some fresh content.
No, you gave it to me and it's sitting in my rack. It needs a new light for the display (which is nearly impossible to read without it) and a new fan as the current one is effing noisy. But it has got the orchestral ROM and the sampling option.
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