The Kurzweil SP2X is a slim, sleek looking stage piano that is designed to take up little space while still delivering amazing sound. The keyboard is also very lightweight, making it a great selection to haul around from gig to gig. The SP2X makes use of Kurzweil’s stereo grand piano sample, but they’ve upgraded it a bit. It’s a little smoother than previous keyboards, such as the PC1X, and more expressive.
When it comes to controls, the SP2X lets you adjust just about everything. Four knobs handle MIDI control, effects, and zone volumes for layers. LED insets tell you which bank, function, or sound is active, although it might take you a little time to become familiar with how Kurzweil has labeled the sound selection buttons and LEDs. However, it’s not that difficult, and you’ll be used to the layout after a few hours.
When it comes to effects, you’ll find a large number of high quality samples on the SP2X. It has just about everything you’d expect to find on a stage piano plus more. The dual engines let you double up by using both a reverb block and a multi-effects block. The lush, natural reverbs are just what you’d expect from Kurzweil, especially the Hall reverbs that are quite authentic. For your multi-effects block, you’ll find delays, choruses, flangers, distortions, and much more. There are 60 single-bar drum loops available in rhythm mode, while the Jazz and World sections have a number of very musical selections. A metronome feature for practicing is also available.
While Kurzweil did seem to take a break from the market, they obviously didn’t lose any of their talent for making high quality instruments during that time. The SP2X sounds like a much more expensive keyboard but, in actuality, won’t break the bank. The fact that it is very lightweight makes it the perfect keyboard for those on the go. It retails for $1,390.
For more info and sound clips check out the Kurzweil website: http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com/Product.php?id=50
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