News | New Kurzweil® Forte™ Premium Stage Piano


Kurzweil Music Systems
July 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Kurzweil® Forte™ Premium Stage Piano
Showcases Groundbreaking Flash-Play Technology, with New Gigabyte Sized Pianos, Electric Pianos and More

Waltham MA - Kurzweil proudly announces the release of the Forte™, the most advanced keyboard to ever bear the Kurzweil logo. Representing the pinnacle of Kurzweil engineering and artistic expertise, the Forte combines game-changing technology with a new collection of multi-gigabyte pianos, electric pianos, claviers, and orchestral percussion.

The Forte delivers a level of sonic detail never before achieved on a hardware keyboard. The Forte's new sounds are modeled after Steinway Hamburg D and vintage Yamaha C7 pianos, Rhodes ('73 and '77) and Wurlitzer electric pianos, Clavinet D6 (rhythm and treble pickups) and French Harpsichord (five dispositions). The Forte's new piano sounds offer a full range of dynamics, from the most delicate pianissimo to the full-on thunder of the heaviest fortissimo. These piano sounds utilize long unlooped samples allowing for beautiful harmonic interplay between sustained notes. Additionally, mechanical key release and pedal samples provide added realism. Also included are rich new orchestral percussion instruments such as Celeste, Bells, Glockenspiel, Chimes, and Crotales (hit and bowed).

Under the Forte's hood is a completely new sound engine based on Kurzweil-designed, patented Flash-Play technology. Flash-Play provides the Forte with lightning fast access to its massive sample memory (16 GB capacity), meaning it powers up fast and there is no loading time when switching between sounds.

"When you look at what has been done to elevate the experience of an electronic keyboard to a whole new realm of creativity and experience, its really unprecedented. When we worked on the ad campaign, the same thought kept repeating itself in our brainstorming sessions: 'Think of a real piano, now play it.' When you hear, and play the Forte, we think you’ll have the same experience and excitement we did" says American Music & Sound's Marketing Director, Evan MacKenzie.

The Forte sports a new sleek, streamlined design, coupled with gig-worthy ruggedness. The Forte's user interface is both inviting and inspiring, with a beautiful 480x272 pixel color display, 9 sliders (lit with brilliant LED ladders), a dedicated front panel 3-band EQ (with sweepable mid), and a one knob compressor. Front panel buttons for Categories and Favorites allow users to customize their experience with speed and ease. Massive DSP resources allow each sound to have more effects available for use than ever before. Distortion, chorus, delay, reverb and other effects are easily controllable from the front panel sliders and switches.

Additionally there are advancements to signature Kurzweil features, like KB3 tone-wheel organ emulation, the powerful VAST synthesis engine (with plenty of legacy sounds from the PC3 family) and the KDFX effects engine (now with over three times the effects resources of the PC3 series).

The Forte shows what is possible when an instrument combines the best in engineering and artistry.


Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in 1982 by Ray Kurzweil, with inspiration from Stevie Wonder after having collaborated together on a reading machine for the blind. In 1983 the Kurzweil K250 was considered the first successful attempt to realistically emulate the sound of a grand piano. Since then, Kurzweil has been renowned for being a major innovator in the music tech industry and today continues to redefine keyboard instruments.

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