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Feature Comparison Chart

Question:
What are the primary feature comparisons between the current Pro keyboards?

Answer:
FORTE 8
FORTE 7
FORTE SE ARTIS 8
ARTIS 7
ARTIS SE PC3A8
PC3A7
PC3A6
PC3K8
PC3K7
PC3K6
PC3LE8
PC3LE7
PC3LE6
SP6 SP1 SP5-8 SPS4- 8
SP4-8
SP4-7
Keybed ¹ 88 FW
76 FW
-
88 FW 88 FW
76 SW
-
88 FW
-
-
88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SW
88 FW 88 FW 88 FW 88 FW
88 FW
76 SW
Polyphony 128
--
KB3 is polyphony free
128 128 128 128 128 64 128 256 64 64
Display 480 x 272
color LCD
240 x 64
LCD
240 x 64
LCD
2x20 char
LCD
240 x 64
LCD
240 x 64
LCD
240 x 64
LCD
128 x 64
LCD
3 char LED 2x20 char
LCD
1x16 char
LCD
Wooden
End Caps
No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Flash Play™ 16 GB 2 GB No No No No No 2 GB No No No
Sample
Memory
3.3 GB 188 MB No No No 128 MB No No No No No
Piano ²
Samples
⋅GD
⋅JC7
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅TS
⋅GD* (sold separately)
TS ⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
GD* TS TS
String
Resonance
KSR ³ KSR ³ No No No No No KSR ³ Yes No No
Factory
Programs
322 512 256 256 1453 1074 1061 256 16 861 128
Factory Setups/Multis 186 182 256 128 216 150 256 130 0 65 64
User
Programs
3072 1024 256 256 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64 64
User
Setups/Multis
3072 1024 256 256 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64 64
Setup/Multi
Zones
16 8 4 4 16 16 16 4 4 4 4
General MIDI No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
KORE 64®
⋅Programs
⋅Kmap/Smps

Some
Yes

Some
Yes

Some
Yes

Some
Yes

Yes
Yes

Sold Separately

No
No

Some
Yes

No
Yes

No
No

No
No
V.A.S.T.
Editing
Yes Yes via Editor software via Editor software Yes Yes Yes via Editor software No No via Editor software
FX Units 32 32 16 16 16 16 10 32 4 10 10
FX Editing Full Full Limited Limited Full Full Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited
Master FX Comp + EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
Comp + EQ Comp + EQ No No EQ No No
Software
Editor
Free Free Free Free Free Free For sale Free No No For sale
PC3
Compat.
Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects (no samples) Most objects (no samples) All objects
(no samples)
All objects Most objects (no samples) Most Programs
(no samples)
No Most Programs
(no samples)
Most Programs (no samples)
Legacy K2
Compat. **
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
No No Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(includes K2 compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
No No No No
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete Partial Partial Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete
Surf-n-Select Sound Navigation Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
Favorites /
QA Entries
500 10 10 6 25,600 25,600 25,600 5 5 No No
Sequencer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
RIFFs 16 0 0 0 16 16 16 0 0 0 0
Arpeggiators 16 8 0 0 16 16 16 4 0 0 0
External Storage USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
No USB-to-PC USB-to-PC
Analog
Outputs
Main + Aux Main Main Main Main + Aux Main + Aux Main Main Main Main Main
Analog
Inputs
(MP3 input)
1/8" with FX 1/8" with FX 1/8" 1/8" No No No No (2) 1/4" No No
Digital Out No No No No Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(no sync)
No No No No
Aftertouch Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Programmable Sliders 9 (+LED ladders) 9 9 4 9 9 0 0 0 5 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 1
Programmable Buttons 10 11 6 2 10 10 7 1 0 1 0
CC Pedal inputs 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 3 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 3 3 2 2 (dual jack) 1 2 1 (dual jack)
Half-Damper *** Yes (pianos) Yes (pianos) MIDI only MIDI only No No No Yes (pianos) No No No
Drum Pads 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Ribbon input No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Breath Controller input No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No


Notes:

¹ Keyboard Mechanisms: FW = fully-weighted hammer-action / SW = semi-weighted / SY = synth action.

² GD = German D, JC7 = Japanese C7, TS = Triple Strike.

³ KSR = "Kurzweil String Resonance".

* These pianos are an optimized version of the Forte® Grand pianos, derived from the same quality content but using less samples.

** PC3/A/K/LE cannot load K2 Series KB3 or Triple Mode Programs. Edited ROM sample headers as well as some DSP algorithms and tools cannot be converted. Please see owner's manuals for details.

*** Half-damper pedal sold separately.


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