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#2874414 - 08/22/17 09:09 AM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: Stokely]
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Nope. It'll be Medeli, not Fatar.

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#2878730 - 09/12/17 05:13 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: johnchop]
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So how does this differ from the Artis? Seems to be cheaper but have better sounds. What's going on? Could be perfect for me.

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#2878740 - 09/12/17 06:08 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: chrisfp99]
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$1295 surprise, surprise.
Will surely be a competitive at this price point with a PX-5S or 560.
Now, how does the Medeli action compare to Casios?
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#2878742 - 09/12/17 06:19 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: chrisfp99]
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Originally Posted By: chrisfp99
So how does this differ from the Artis?

http://kurzweil.com/knowledgebase/forte/product_comparisons/311/
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#2878744 - 09/12/17 06:20 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Originally Posted By: ElmerJFudd
$1295 surprise, surprise.
Will surely be a competitive at this price point with a PX-5S or 560.

Yup. Very happy to have been proven wrong on this one!
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#2878747 - 09/12/17 06:46 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: AnotherScott]
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Looks very interesting! Especially given my dislike for Nord instruments... smile My main concerns would be the keyboard action and the lack of programmability. If it's programmable via software, wonderful - but I'll wait until I actually put my hands on one. The last time Kurz used a Medeli keybed was on the SP4-7, which was labeled "semi-weighted"... well, although I appreciated the sound, the portability and the UI on that one, I found it impossible to play it 'pianistically' with any degree of control. I hope this one is different.

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#2878754 - 09/12/17 07:34 PM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: marino]
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I've found that Kurzweil has several SP6 YouTube videos... they are all very short - and, in my opinion, rather uninteresting. When there is acoustic piano, it's alarmingly dull, except in one video, where we hear a piano comparable with the Forte.

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#2880149 - Yesterday at 04:18 AM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: Stokely]
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Kurzweil tells us that their new SP6 packs a new LENA processor, patented FlashPlay technology, 128-voice polyphony and powerful DSP into a highly-portable (27.25lb/12.36kg) stage piano designed for performing artists and studio musicians. This is what they have to say about it...

Its 88 keys offer the fully-weighted, hammer-action feel of an acoustic grand with high-definition piano sounds enhanced by "K.S.R. - Kurzweil String Resonance". Its KB3 ToneReal™ Organs emulate classic Hammond, Vox and Farfisa models with real-time performance controls. The SP6 features 256 Factory Programs in 10 instrument categories, with space for 1024 User Programs. Users can easily create Split and Layered configurations with up to 4 Zones in Multi Mode.

A simple and intuitive user interface offers quick and customizable access to the SP6's 2 Gigabytes of sounds, 20 MIDI controllers, up to 4 arpeggiators and 32 simultaneous FX units. Access a broad library of programs and tailored sounds from Kurzweil's Forte, Forte SE and PC3 Series. Utilize Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS editors (available soon) for deeper access to the SP6's powerful VAST engine. Connect to the outside world with USB and MIDI connections, a headphone output and stereo audio outputs with 32-bit DACs.

http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2017/09/19/new-kurzweil-stage-piano/
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#2880186 - Yesterday at 07:44 AM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Going to check this board out when it comes out. Want to see how editable VAST is using the editor (available soon). What I don't understand about Kurzweil, this board has 1024 user programs, why not load up those user programs with best of Forte/PC3 instead of leaving them blank. Frankly 256 factory programs, is nothing compared to what the other manufactures provide.

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#2880194 - Yesterday at 07:53 AM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: sherry]
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Originally Posted By: sherry
Going to check this board out when it comes out. Want to see how editable VAST is using the editor (available soon). What I don't understand about Kurzweil, this board has 1024 user programs, why not load up those user programs with best of Forte/PC3 instead of leaving them blank. Frankly 256 factory programs, is nothing compared to what the other manufactures provide.


When I worked at Kurz we received a huge number of complaints about 1000 presets in the PC3 being too much. I personally don't agree with this opinion myself - I prefer more and more!

But 256 is in the ball park for what's considered standard in a stage piano like the SP6. Casio PX-5S has 370, Yamaha CP4 has 340, etc.

The large number of user slots is quite helpful though, at least for me. One of the only gripes I have with my trusty (and much loved) PX-5S is that it only has 100 user slots and I have to blow them out to load more sounds. Many of the theater shows that I work on require 400-600 user sounds per keyboard chair. (And unlike samples, presets don't take up much memory, and don't require any software work to speak of to implement.)

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#2880220 - Yesterday at 09:15 AM Re: Kurzweil SP6 [Re: Dave Weiser]
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Re: people complaining about too many presets... amazing. I suppose it's that or they complain why you don't have enough of a particular instrument, say, PAN FLUTE.

While it's looking like I can't justify a Forte's cost, the SP6 could replace my aging PC3 (based on how I actually USE my PC3) and allow me to retain sounds I just can't let go of.

Super tempting.

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