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# of Effects Processors/ Effects Programs # and Type of Audio Outputs Single Programs ROM/RAM Sequencer Memory (Notes) Aftertouch (Poly/Channel) Number of Keys # of Sequencer Tracks/ppqn Disk Drive Type Built-In Computer Interface/Type # of Keyboard Zones (max) # and Type of Controller Inputs Multitimbral Performances ROM/RAM Manufacturer Polyphony/ multitimbral parts Filter Types/ Resonance Types of Quantization Left-Hand Controllers Arpeggiator Portamento GM/GS/XG Compatible Waveform Memory ROM/RAM Special Features Product Options Price
$2,595 $2,595 Sound Bridge software allows user to create their own soundcards. Sound Bridge software allows the user to create their own soundcards. 500 M.I.P.S. sound engine; 3 oscillators; continuously variable wave shapes Discrete component anolog monosynth; small, portable, Moog-style filter. Modeled B-3; sampled elec pianos; USB port to update sounds Modeled B-3; sampled elec pianos; USB port to update sounds Analog modeling synth—no waveforms Subtractive synth w/4 operator FM synth Q Card sound ROM expansion Q Card sound ROM expansion $899 $1,499 $999 Pedal; silver finish $399 $1,799 $2,199 $1,499 $2,399 $2,299 Expansion sound ROMs Expandable soundset sounds Expansion sound ROMs Expansion ROMs Expansion sound ROMs SCSI $795 $795 $795 $795 $795 TBA $2,250 $1,600 $2,500 $500 $1,100 $2,995 $1,600; $1,800 (76) $3,495 $4,160 $3,400; $3,800 (76); $4,200 (88) $4,595 $5,190

Access Access Alesis Alesis Alesis Analogue Solutions Clavia Clavia Clavia Clavia

Virus Indigo 2 Virus KC QS6.2 QS8.2 Ion Black Coffee MonoSynthesizer Nord Electro 261 Nord Electro 273 Nord Lead2x Nord Lead3

32 32 64/16 64/16 8/8 1/1

N/A N/A 16/0 MB 16/0 MB 16/0 MB 2/0 MB

LP; HP; BP; BS/Y LP; HP; BP; BS/Y LP/N Y/N 16/Y LP/Y

768/256 768/256 512/128 512/128 512/128 N/A

128 128 400/100 400/100 4 N/A

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

N/N/N N/N/N Y/N/N Y/N/N Y/N/N N/N/N

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

37 61 61 88 49 0

16 16 16 16 16 0

Pitch; mod wheel Pitch; mod wheel Pitch and mod wheels Pitch and mod wheel Pitch; (2) mod 0

Y/Y Y/Y Y/Y Y/Y (via MIDI only) Y/Y N/N

(1) vol. pedal; (1) sustain pedal (1) vol. pedal; (1) sustain pedal (1) pedal; (4) slider (1) pedal; (4) slider (1) pedal (1) pedal

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Yes Yes No No Yes No

98 98 1/20 1/20 512 N/A

6 6 (2) 1/4" (2) 1/4" (4) analog TRS (2) 1/4"

Blue LEDs; aluminum side panels

146/1 146/1 16/4 24/4

0/32 MB 0/32 MB N/A N/A

LP/N LP/N BP; HP; LP/Y LP; BP; HP; Notch; dual; classic/Y 15/Y 50+/Y 50+/Y 50+/Y 21/Yes 50+/Y LP/HP/BP/Y HP; LP/Y LP; HP/Y HP; LP/Y LP; BP; HP/Y LP/BP/HP/Y HP; LP/Y

0/40 0/40 0/1024 0/1024

N/A N/A 0/300 0/128

No No Yes Yes

N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N

USB USB N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A

61 73 49 49

2 2 2 2

N/A N/A Pitch stick; mod wheel Pitch stick; mod wheel

N/N N/N N/N N/Y

(3) pedal (3) pedal (1 each) switch; exp. pedal (2) pedals

N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A

No No Yes Yes

1/12 1/12 N/A N/A

(2) 1/4" (2) 1/4" (4) 1/4” (4) 1/4”

Clavia E-mu Systems E-mu Systems E-mu Systems E-mu Systems E-mu Systems Generalmusic Korg Korg Korg Korg Korg Korg

Nord Modular G2 MK-6 PK-6 XK-6 Vintage Keys Halo Genesys Pro Karma PA60 PA80 Microkorg MS2000 Triton

16/4 64/16 64/16 64/16 64/16 61/16 64/32 62/16 62/62 62/16 4/4 4/1 62/16

4 MB 32 (exp. to 128) 32 (exp. to 128) 32 (exp. to 128) 32/0 MB 32 (exp. to 128) 64/16 all flash 32 MB 32/0 MB 32/0 MB N/A N/A 32/32 MB

0/500 640/512 640/512 640/512 512/512 640/512 1,300/800 0/640 0/660 0/660 128/128 0/128 0/640

200 0/64 0/64 0/64 64 0/64 256/256/128 RAM + 0/512 304 0/up to 304 0/0 N/A 0/512

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N N/N/N Y/Y/N Y/N/N Y/N/N Y/N/N N/N/N N/N/N Y/N/N

USB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes/SCSI optional N/A N/A Serial PCI/F N/A N/A Korg PCI/F

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Floppy; HD; CD-RW 3.5” HD/DD 3.5” HD/DD 3.5” HD/DD N/A N/A 3.5” HD/DD

37 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 37 mini 44 61

0 4 4 4 4 4 32 16 16 2 2 2 16

Pitch stick; mod wheel Pitch wheel; mod wheel Pitch wheel; mod wheel Pitch wheel; mod wheel Pitch; mod Pitch wheel; mod wheel Pitch/mod (2) switch; X/Y joystick; (4) assignable/fixed knobs Joystick X/Y joystick Pitch bend; mod wheel Pitch and mod wheels X/Y joystick; ribbon; (2) switch; (4) assignable/ fixed knobs SS/SW1/SW2 X/Y joystick; ribbon; (2) switch; (4) assignable/ fixed knobs X/Y joystick; ribbon; (2) switch; (4) assignable/ fixed knobs SS/SW1/SW2/ribbon

N/Y N/Y N/Y N/Y N/Y N/Y Y/Y N/N N/Y N/N N/N N/N N/Y

(2) pedal (1) pedal; (1) footswitch (1) pedal; (1) footswitch (1) pedal; (1) footswitch (1) pedal; (1) footswitch (1) pedal; (1) footswitch (4) pedal Damper; assign switch/pedal (1) damper; (1) assignable pedal/switch EC5 input; damper; assign switch/pedal N/A Pedal; switch (1 ea) damper, switch, pedal (1) assign pedal; (1) assign FS; (1) damper (1 ea) damper, switch, pedal (1 ea) damper, switch, pedal (1) assign pedal; (1) assign FS; (1) damper (4) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath (4) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath

Step sequencer N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 32/192 16/192 16/192 40/192 N/A Motion sequencer 16/192

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 250,000 200,000 50,000 50,000 N/A 16 steps 200,000

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 12 Hi; 32; 32T; 16; 16T; 8; 8T; 4; 4T Hi; 32; 16T; 16; 8T; 8; 4T; 4 Hi; 32; 32T; 16; 16T; 8; 8T; 4; 4T N/A N/A Hi; 32; 32T; 16; 16T; 8; 8T; 4; 4T 4, 8, 8T, 16, 16T, 32, 32T, hi Hi; 32; 32T; 16; 16T; 8; 8T; 4; 4T Hi; 32; 32T; 16; 16T; 8; 8T; 4; 4T 4, 4T, 8, 8T, 16, 16T, 32, 32T, hi N/A

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes

4/40 2/70 2/70 2/70 2/30+ 2/70 4/57/+3 8/102 4/90 4/89 2/6 2 8/102

(4) 1/4” (4) 1/4" TRS (4) 1/4" TRS (4) 1/4" TRS (4) 1/4” (4) 1/4" TRS (4) 1/4" (4) 1/4”; headphone (2) 1/4”

Editor for computer; 100+ synth building blocks; 4 audio ins 2/XLR; mic preamp Super beats Super beats Super beats Expandable soundset; (12) peak filters; real-time controls Super beats CDR, MP3 player

Korg Korg

Triton LE (LE 76) Triton Pro

62/16 62/16

32/0 MB 32/32 MB

LP/LP+HP/Y HP; LP/Y

512/512 0/640

384/384 0/512

Yes Yes

Y/N/N Y/N/N

Optional SCSI Yes/serial; Mac/PC; Korg PCI/F Yes/serial; Mac/PC; Korg PCI/F 4/SCSI

Smart media 3.5” HD/DD

61 (76) 76

16 16

N/Y N/Y

16/192 16/192

200,000 200,000

Yes Yes

3/89 8/102

Korg

Triton Pro X

62/16

32/32 MB

HP; LP/Y

0/640

0/512

Yes

Y/N/N

3.5” HD/DD

88 weighted

16

N/Y

16/192

200,000

Yes

8/102

Korg

Kurzweil

Triton Studio (Studio 76, Studio 88) K2600X

62/16

48/96 MB

LP/LP+HP/Y

512/1,536

512/1,536

Yes

Y/N/N

Floppy

61 (76, 88)

16

N/Y

16/192

200,000

Yes

3/89

48/16

8/64 MB

LP; HP; BP; notch; 231/1,000 AP/Yes LP; HP; BP; notch; AP/Yes 231/1,000

100/1,000

Yes

Y/N/N

Yes/SCSI

3.5” HD/DD

88

8

Kurzweil

K2600XS

48/16

8/64 MB

100/1,000

Yes

Y/N/N

Yes/SCSI

3.5” HD/DD

88

8

Pitch/mod wheel; (2) ribbon; (10) buttons; (8) sliders Pitch/mod wheel; (2) ribbon; (10) buttons; (8) sliders

Y/Y

32/768

60,000180,000 60,000180,000

Yes

5/480

Y/Y

32/768

N/A

Yes

5/480

Variable performance modeler; E&B expansion boards (up to 2); chord trigger buttons physical modeling Large LCD screen; “cross-fadable” Internal hard drive dual-playback sequencer (4) 1/4”; 2 inputs for effective guitars Internal HD; headphone; speaker and vocals; lyric display for SM output for lyric display (2) 1/4” Vocoder w/ mic; MS2000 sound engine in smaller package; can be battery powered (8) 1/4” 16 band vocoder, 3 part motion sequencer (6) 1/4”; Sampler; touch screen; SCSI;, physical modeling; headphone user expandable sound RAM expansion for sampling (up to 64 MB) (4) 1/4”; Same sounds, arpeggiaters, EXBSMPL sampling headphone sequencing capabilities as Triton options w/SCSI (6) 1/4”; Sampler; touch screen; SCSI; physical modeling; headphone user expandable sound RAM expansion for sampling (up to 64 MB) (6) 1/4”; Sampler; touch screen; SCSI; physical modeling; headphone user expandable sound RAM expansion for sampling (up to 64 MB) (6) 1/4”; Touch screen; up to 120 notes Seven program set exp; physical headphone polyphonic w/exp; sampling in every modeling; 8x CDRW;ADAT optical mode; onboard CD burner w/exp output; MLAN I/O (10) 1/4” TRS; Reads Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, 128 MB sample RAM; AES/EBU, S/PDIF AIFF, Wave samples; Flash 1.5 MB P/RAM; various XLR; KDS 8-ch. dig. ROM upgrd; Ram-Tracks instrument ROM (10) 1/4” TRS; Reads Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, AIFF, 128 MB sample RAM; 1.5 MB AES/EBU, S/PDIF Wave samples; Flash ROM upgr; P/RAM; various instrument ROM XLR; KDS 8-ch. dig. Ram-Tracks

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keyboard synthesizers & samplers
# of Effects Processors/ Effects Programs # and Type of Audio Outputs Single Programs ROM/RAM Sequencer Memory (Notes) Aftertouch (Poly/Channel) Number of Keys # of Sequencer Tracks/ppqn Disk Drive Type Built-In Computer Interface/Type # of Keyboard Zones (max) # and Type of Controller Inputs Multitimbral Performances ROM/RAM Manufacturer Polyphony/ multitimbral parts Filter Types/ Resonance Types of Quantization Left-Hand Controllers Arpeggiator Portamento GM/GS/XG Compatible Waveform Memory ROM/RAM Special Features Product Options Price
$4,230 $4,815 $2,330 $2,730 $3,195 $1,999 $1,299 $2,195 $2,495 $3,495 $895 $1,295 $2,995 $2,495 $2,695 $1,295 $4,999 $3,495 $1,795 $2,250 $2,750 $3,250 $630 $1,495 PLG series plug-in boards 5 types PLG series expansion x 3; 32 multitimbral parts $1,295 $2,350

Kurzweil

K2600

48/16

8/64 MB

LP; HP; BP; notch; AP/Yes LP; HP; BP; notch; AP/Yes LP; HP; BP; notch/Yes LP; HP; BP; notch/Yes Dual LP, HP/Y

231/1,000

100/1,000

Yes

Y/N/N

Yes/SCSI

3.5” HD/DD

76

8

Pitch/mod wheel; (2) ribbon; (10) buttons; (8) sliders Pitch/mod wheel; (2) ribbon; (10) buttons; (8) sliders (2) wheels; (4) sliders; (5) buttons (2) wheels; (4) sliders; (5) buttons Pitch, mod wheel, release, glide Ribbon controller; pitch wheel; mod wheel 2 Bender/mod lever; D-beams; balance knob Bender/mod lever; D-beam; (4) knobs Bender/mod lever; D-beam; (4) knobs Bender/mod lever; D-beam Bender/mod lever; D-beam Bender/mod lever; ribbon; D-beam; (2) knobs Bender/mod; (9) drawbars; D-beam Bender/mod; time trip pad; D-beam; (2) knobs Mod/pitch lever; 6 real time control knobs (38) draw bars; pitch/mod (2) wheels; (2) buttons PB; mod; ribbon PB/mod wheel PB/mod wheel PB/mod wheel PB/MV PB/mod wheel PB; mod PB/mod wheel

Y/Y

(4) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath (4) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath (3) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath; ribbon (3) switch pedal; (2) CC pedal; breath; ribbon (10) pedal/CV; (4) footswitch/gate (2 each) pedals; exp pedals (1) FS (3) pedal

32/768

60,000180,000 60,000180,000 N/A

N/A

Yes

5/480

Kurzweil

K2600S

48/16

8/64 MB

231/1,000

100/1,000

Yes

Y/N/N

Yes/SCSI

3.5” HD/DD

76

8

Y/Y

32/768

N/A

Yes

5/480

Kurzweil

PC2

64/16

16/0 MB

400/128

64/128

Yes

Y/N/N

N/A

N/A

76 semi-weighted

4

N/Y

N/A

N/A

Yes

2/172

Kurzweil

PC2X

64/16

16/0 MB

400/128

64/128

Yes

Y/N/N

N/A

N/A

76 semi-weighted

4

N/Y

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes

2/172

Moog Music

Minimoog Voyager OB12 Sirius Discover-5

1/1

N/A

0/128

N/A

Yes

N/N/N

MIDI

N/A

44

0

N/Y

N/A

N/A

N/A

No

N/A

Oberheim Quasimidi Roland

12/4 28/7 64/16

N/A 192/0 MB N/A

LP; BP; HP/Y LB; HP/Y LP/Y

256/256 672/480 1,466/N/A

256/256 N/A 0/128

Yes Yes Yes

N/N/N N/N/N Y/Y/N

N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A 3.5” HD/DD; Smartmedia Smartmedia Smartmedia N/A 3.5” HD/DD Zip; 3.5” HD/DD Compact Flash PC card N/A N/A Smartcard SmartMedia Smart Media Smart Media Smart Media N/A Smart Media SmartMedia Smartmedia

49 49 61

4 0 2

N/Y N/N N/N

1 /96 7/24 N/A

30,000 N/A 99,999 songs on card 400,000 400,000 N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A

Yes Yes No

1/4 2 4/94

Roland Roland Roland Roland Roland

Fantom-S Fantom-S88 RS-50 RS-70 VA-76

64/16 64/16 64/16 64/16 128/32

64-320/32288 MB 64-320/32288 MB 32/0 MB 64/0 MB 48/8 MB

LP; BP; HP; peak/Y LP; BP; HP; peak/Y LP/Y LP/Y LP/Y

937/288 + card 937/288 + card 532/144 798/144 3,762/N/A

64/64 + card 64/64 + card N/A N/A N/A

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Y/Y/N Y/Y/N Y/Y/N Y/Y/N Y/Y/N

Yes/USB Yes/USB N/A Yes/USB N/A

61 88 61 61 76

16 16 2 2 3

Y/Y Y/Y N/N N/A N/Y

(2) pedal (2) pedal (2) pedal (2) pedal (3) pedal; FC-7 input

16/480 16/480 N/A N/A 16/N/A

32nd swing 32nd swing N/A N/A 1/64

Yes Yes Yes Yes No

6/86 6/87 3/63 3/63 5/116

Roland Roland Roland Voce Waldorf Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha

VR-760 V-Synth RS-9 Key5 Q CS6x MOTIF 6 MOTIF 7 MOTIF 8 S03 S08 S30 S90

128/4 24/16 64/16 147/147 16/16 64/19 64/16 (32 option) 64/16 (32 option) 64/16 (32 option) 64/16 64/16 64/17 64/16

96/0 MB 0/50 MB 32 MB N/A N/A 28/28 MB 85/4 (64 max) 85/4 (64 max) 85/4 (64 max) 25/0 MB 25.2/0 MB 43/43 MB 110 MB

LP/Y 15 COSM LP/Y N/A LB; BP; HP; comb/Y 12/Y 21 (LP, HP, BP, N)/Y 21 (LP, HP, BP, N)/Y 21 (LP, HP, BP, N)/Y LP/Y LP/4 12/Y 21 LP; HP; BP; N/Y

0/64 0/512 512/128 2/manual 0/300 256/128 384/128 384/128 384/128 608/128 621/128 256/128 384/128

0/64 0/512 128/128 3 0/100 0/128 0/128 0/128 0/128 0/32 0/32 0/128 0/128

No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

N/N/N N/N/N Y/N/N N/N/N N/N/N Optional Y/N/N SCSI Y/N/N Y/N/N Y/Y/Y Y/N/Y Optional Y/N/N

N/A Yes/USB N/A Yes/MIDI N/A Yes/serial Mac; Win Y/USB; Y/USB; SCSI Y/USB; SCSI Y/serial Y/USB Yes Yes/USB

76 61 88 122 61 61 61 76 88 61 88 61 88

2 16 2 2 16 4 4 4 4 16 16 4 4

N/Y N/Y Y/Y N/A Y/Y N/Y N/Y N/Y N/Y N/N N/N Y/Y N/Y

(3) pedal (3) pedal Assign; sustain (1) sustain; (1) expression (2) switch; (2) CV (2) FS; (2) foot; (1) breath (2) switch, control; breath (2) switch, control; breath (2) switch, control; (1) breath (2/1) switch; (1) pedal (1) switch; (1) control (2) FS (2) FS; (2) foot; (1) breath

N/A N/A N/A N/A Step sequencer 16/80 16/480 16/480 16/480 N/A 16/480 16/ 480 16/480

N/A N/A N/A N/A 100 patterns N/A 111,000 notes 111,000 notes 111,000 notes N/A Direct from Smart Media N/A Smartmedia

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 32d note 32d note 32d note N/A N/A N/A N/A

No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes

4/46 3/43 3/51 2 2 2/135 5/108 plus master EQ 5/108 plus master EQ 5/108 plus master EQ 3/64 3/64 4/127 5/108+EQ

Reads Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, AIFF, Wave samples; Flash ROM; install mem; Ram-Tracks Reads Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, AIFF, Wave samples; Flash ROM; install mem; Ram-Tracks Stereo grand piano; tone wheel organ mode; Flash ROM upgradeable OS Stereo grand piano; tone wheel organ mode; Flash ROM upgradeable OS Authentic analog synth with external audio input; pre-filter effects loop; hinged central panel; 3D touch surface controller (4) 1/4” Screen draws out edited parameters (2) RCA Built-in vocoder (4) 1/4”; Real-time SWF arranging; vocal composite video harmonizer; lyric display; vocoder; vocal EFX; touch LCD (4) 1/4” S/PDIF 16 dynamic pad bank; skipback coax, optical sampling; realtime time stretching (4) 1/4” S/PDIF 16 dynamic pad bank; skipback coax, optical sampling; realtime time stretching (2) 1/4” Chord memory (2) 1/4” EZ tracks; chord memory (4) 1/4” Variphrase sampling; style orchestrator; 500 styles on Zip; style morphing; touch screen (2) XLR; (2) 1/4” VK-organ; master EQ; waterfall keybd; V link; (2) SRX slots (4) 1/4” coax, optical Many (2) 1/4” (1) out (3) 1/4”; S/PDIF (4) 1/4” (4) 1/4" (4) 1/4" (4) 1/4" N/A (2) 1/4" (2) 1/4” (4) 1/4”

(10) 1/4” TRS; AES/EBU, S/PDIF XLR; KDS 8-ch. dig. (10) 1/4” TRS; AES/EBU, S/PDIF XLR; KDS 8-ch. dig. (2) 1/4” TRS, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, RCA; headphone (2) 1/4” TRS, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, RCA; headphone (2) 1/4"

128 MB sample RAM; 1.5 MB P/RAM; various instrument ROM 128 MB sample RAM; 1.5 MB P/RAM; various instrument ROM Polyphony/orchestral/GM/vintage keyboard expansion card Polyphony/orchestral/GM/vintage keyboard expansion card Blue blacklit pitch and mod wheels ($149); VX-351 Voyager CV expander ($240)

Smartmedia; DP-2/DP-8

SRX series; 256 MB DIMM; Smartmedia; DP-2/DP-8 SRX series; 256 MB DIMM; Smartmedia; DP-2/DP-8 DP-2/DP-8 DP-2/DP-8 FC-7 foot controller; DP-2/DP-8

SRX series expansion compact Flash DP-2/DP-8 PC card storage; compact Flash; micro drive; Smartmedia; DP-2/DP-8 Dedicated piano button; XV waveforms; DP-2/6 damper pedal; category search; favorite bank EV-5 exp pedal Double manual organ w/2 sets Expression pedal; stand; drawbars; manual w/2 pedal drawbars 3 different bass pedal options Stereo analog in; 32-voice upgrade; RAM-cards software updates via MIDI Phrase clip sampling; PLG series expansion 4MB save/load to SmartMedia boards x 6 types Integrated sampling sequencer; Real-time ext control surface; modular synthesis; plug-in system; AIEB2 output exp; mLAN8E; SIMMs Integrated sampling sequencer; Real-time ext control surface; modular synthesis; plug-in system; AIEB2 output exp; mLAN8E; SIMMs Integrated sampling sequencer; Real-time ext control surface; modular synthesis; plug-in system; AIEB2 output exp; mLAN8E; SIMMs Voice editor, sequencing software included MIDI master keyboard functions A/D input; MIDI master keyboard functions w/128 setups