(RM4-26) Vintage Electric Piano ROM Overview

To expand your sound palette, you can add additional ROM Soundblocks to your K2600/2661 series instrument. These ROM blocks add a large, unique collection of instantly-available sounds to the permanent internal sound memory.

The Vintage Electric Pianos ROM option adds the classic electric piano sounds that are vital to any modern keyboard player. While some electric piano sounds have remained obscure vintage gems, others have attained a level of importance to the keyboardist comparable to that which the Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul has for the modern guitarist.

The instruments included in the ROM block are: Classic Tine Electric Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Hohner Pianet, Yamaha CP-80 Electric Grand Piano, and the RMI Electra-Piano.

Each program was created using high-quality audio samples of electric pianos as a starting point. The sounds were then processed using Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. synthesis engine. This allowed us to apply powerful filters, velocity layers and cross-fades, envelopes and a host of other sound-sculpting tools. In some cases, samples from the K2600's base-ROM were also used in combination with the Vintage EP's samples in order to add a certain flavor or to enhance the harmonic content of the sound.

The final stage of sound-shaping was done in KDFX, our massive effects processing engine. KDFX played a crucial role in making this a truly ground-breaking project, providing on-board effects unprecedented in both quantity and quality. Effects pedals, speaker cabinets, and recording techniques have all been faithfully replicated, giving the Vintage EP's programs a level of detail and realism never before achieved in any electric piano emulation.

Using V.A.S.T. and KDFX we were able to replicate the exact sounds from dozens of different live and studio recordings of electric pianos. For this reason, many of the program names in Vintage EPs are derived from song titles and not electric piano model numbers. Also, we have included a section devoted entirely to non-realistic sounds, "hybrids and synths," where we transformed the Vintage EPs sound sources into a wide variety of sonic textures, ranging from slight mutations to completely unrecognizable new sounds.

In the User's Guide, we have included detailed charts that list the controller assignments for each program and setup. If a program has been taken from a specific recording, the artist's name and song title have been provided as well.

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