Forte Features & Specs

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Classic KeysKeyboard: 88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys (Fatar TP/40L)
Display: 480x272 pixel color LCD with front-panel brightness adjust
Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
KB3 is Polyphony Free*, not using any of the Forte's 128 voices.
(*does not apply to sample-based programs)
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Architecture:

Dynamic VAST: Powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algs and routing. More DSP power than even our K Series instruments.

VA1 Inside: anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil's VA1 concept synth, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds.

Cascade Mode: lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program - up to 32 consecutive layers deep!

Sample Flash Memory: 3.3 GB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash memory
Factory Programs: 322 Stunning factory Programs featuring the all new vintage Japanese and German Grands, new Classic EPs, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells and Crotales along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 and KORE 64™ expansion
User Programs: 3072
Factory Multis: 186 Factory-crafted Multis - featuring up to 16 independent zones
User Multis: 3072
Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume (up to 16 zones)
Favorites: 500 (50 Banks of 10 Favorites each)
General MIDI: No
Kurzweil String Resonance: Yes
Master EQ/Compressor Section: Front-panel 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and on/off switch
Front-panel single-knob master compressor with separate on/off bypass switch
Effects: • Over 1000 complex effect chains, incorporated into programs featuring our award winning effects - reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more
• 32 total FX units
Controllers: 1 pitch wheel
1 modulation wheel
9 front panel sliders (w/ LED ladders)
9 switches (assignable/zone mutes/KB3 control)
1 variation switch
1 tap tempo switch
2 transpose switches
*3 switch pedal inputs (1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
2 continuous control pedal inputs
monopressure (aftertouch)

(*supports half-damper for pianos / half-damper pedal sold separately)
Sequencer: 16 Tracks; 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more.
RIFFs: 16-per Multi
Arpeggiators: 1-per Program, 16-per Multi
Analog Outputs: • Four (2 pairs) 1/4" balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
Automatic mono switching on both pairs.
• +21dBu maximum output
• 50Ω balanced source impedance
Audio Inputs: One stereo 1/8" back-panel input (with FX) for connecting your favorite MP3 player or other audio source for accompaniment playback
Headphones: • 1 front panel 1/4" headphone output
• 130mW into 32 ohm headphones
MIDI: In, Thru, Out (w/ Thru/Out switch)
USB: • Two USB ports (one A port / one B port)
• Complete MIDI functionality over USB
• User program/multi file transfer to/from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
• Operating System updates from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
Software Editors: External editors for Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS* devices (*coming soon)
FREE OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or Flash Drive
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable, (4) self adhesive feet
Height: (5.5") (14cm)
Depth: (15.5") (39.5cm)
Length: (54.5") (138.5cm)
Weight: (48 lb.) (21.8 kg)
Power: Internal Power Supply, free voltage 100-240VAC 50/60Hz, 20W max

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2019-03-20: Musikmesse, Frankfurt, April 2-5 2019 @musikmesse The year of the 4 #Kurzweil https://t.co/34Wu1QOLNg

2019-03-18: Musikmesse, Frankfurt, April 2-5 2019 @musikmesse The year of the 4 #Kurzweil https://t.co/AlpFeZRIeZ

2019-03-18: #Kurzweil keyboards are used in music academies all over the world. Check out the Kurzweil product line at… https://t.co/UIgfr676yU

2019-03-12: #Kurzweil will be at the @Dancefair in Utrecht (The Netherlands) courtesy of Sound Service on March 16/17th.… https://t.co/xeqwiRgTEi

2019-03-07: RT @jhilboldt: @KurzweilMusic Kurzweil PC3X holding up tour after tour. Thanks guys! @ArtistRelations https://t.co/nQbn80ptGJ

2019-03-06: RT @audiofanzinefr: Kurzweil présente le clavier arrangeur portable KP90L https://t.co/0KZHOdZxe3 @KurzweilMusic

2019-03-05: Sabina and her #Kurzweil #Artis. https://t.co/p7QANxPSlk

2019-03-05: RT @SIR_USA: Always a cool day when your @KurzweilMusic keys come back signed by none other than @billyjoel - thanks Mr. Joel! #StudioInst…

2019-03-04: RT @ryanstaylornet: The lovely ⁦@KurzweilMusic⁩ K250 from 1984. https://t.co/M4C5QaZq6A

2019-03-01: #Kurzweil artist Kashyap Iyengar cover of Queen's Cool Cat, with his #PC3K8. https://t.co/UTuxE8xfiW… https://t.co/mVDHzVGVUm

2019-02-25: RT @soundtechnology: Lightweight & simple to use - Find out what the @KurzweilMusic SP1 Keyboard has to offer in our #MusiciansBlog Guide:…

2019-02-22: Nice demonstration of the #Kurzweil #SP6's Rob's Caster guitar program: https://t.co/P57fbMOw5W

2019-02-21: Don't miss the great #Forte videos by Valentin Zopp, courtesy of Kurzweil distributor Sound Service, like this one… https://t.co/gwwHMveobQ

2019-02-21: RT @cadamesofficial: We had a great rehearsal and we look forward to seeing you all at our next shows! @tocaperc @KurzweilMusic @RegalTipSt…

2019-02-19: RT @audiofanzinefr: Un nouveau kit de batterie électronique Kurzweil pour débutants https://t.co/xfJHIyzvZB @KurzweilMusic

2019-02-11: #Kurzweil is hiring! https://t.co/ifL4ZmKuVZ https://t.co/mEIDsFXgct

2019-02-07: More info on the upcoming #Forte v4: https://t.co/ZkSDGWKdW5

2019-02-06: Meet fellow Kurzweil users at Facebook User Groups: SP6: https://t.co/Oa5GplOyvE Forte: https://t.co/a3Ly7Nmiaw PC3… https://t.co/6YOETHhFSw

2019-02-05: RT @uptone_pl: Firma @KurzweilMusic zapowiada kolejną, dużą aktualizację v4.00 dla instrumentów serii #Forte. Będzie ona oczywiście bezpłat…

2019-02-02: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano: #martinalimosani & @KurzweilMusic PC3x @edrecordstudio https://t.co/C14zaXtfrr