Introducing the Kurzweil SP1 – Just Play.

A perfect keyboard for students/schools, light gigs, home recording and music lovers of all ages.


16 Sounds in 4 Categories

Enjoy 16 handpicked presets featuring:

• Pianos from our German D Artis Grand.
• EP’s from our Forte® SE.
• Strings, winds & bass from our PC3 Series.
• A selection of organ, clav and synth pads.

Multiple FX

• Four individually adjustable FX:
Reverb, Chorus, Tremolo, Delay.
• Dedicated 3-Band Master EQ.
• Custom tweaks can be saved to Favorites.


88-note Hammer-Action Keyboard

Every sound within the SP1 is perfectly matched to its 88-note fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard.

256 Voices of Polyphony!

Make voice dropout a thing of the past.

Easy Splits/Layers

• Quickly split and/or layer up to 4 sounds together for ensemble performance.
* Enable Dual mode for ‘4-hands’ (teacher+student) instruction.
• Save custom combinations to Favorites.


Grab-n-go. Only 27 lb (12 kg)!

Aux Audio Input

Left/right audio in jacks for jamming along with an MP3 player or other external audio device.


Volume Control

Easily adjust the volume of each of the four available instrument categories with a single knob twist.

Dual Wheels and Transpose Buttons

Pitch/Modulation wheels along with dedicated -/+ Transpose controls conveniently located right on the front panel.

MIDI Control

Dedicated ‘External Control’ section for controlling external MIDI instruments/software.


Sound Selection

No menus. Direct sound selection from one of four instrument categories.

Favorites Section

Access your 5 Favorite customized sound combinations with ONE button press!


All specifications subject to change without notice.

Keyboard: 88 note, fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive keys
Display: 3 digit LED
Polyphony: 256 voice polyphony
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume
Factory Programs: 16
Favorites: 5
General MIDI: No
String Resonance: Yes
Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Tremolo, Delay, EQ
Controllers: 1 pitch wheel
1 modulation wheel
4 front panel category volume knobs
2 transpose switches
1 switch pedal* input (sustain)
1 continuous control pedal input (expression/volume)*(1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
Analog Outputs: (2) 1/4″
Analog Inputs: (2) 1/4″
Headphones: 1 back-panel 1/4″ headphone output
MIDI: In, Out
USB: • Two USB ports (one A port / one B port)
• Complete MIDI functionality over USB for connecting to/from an external computer sequencer
• Operating System updates from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
FREE OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or Flash Drive
Included Accessories: Power adapter, Switch pedal, USB cable
Height: (5.75″) (14.6cm)
Depth: (15″) (38.1cm)
Length: (52.5″) (133.35cm)
Weight: (27.25 lb.) (12.3 kg)
Power: External Power Supply, 15VDC 2.5A



NAMM Product Demo – (by Chris Martirano)
Courtesy of Music Info (Kurzweil’s Polish distributor)


Product Comparisons



Keyboard Keybed¹ 88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

UI Display 240 x 64 LCD 2×20 char LCD 128 x 64 LCD 3 char LED
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete
Favorites/QA Entries 10 6 5 5
Sound/Editing Polyphony 128 128 128 256
Flash Play™ No No 2 GB No
Piano Samples² GD*/TS GD*/TS GD*/JC7*/TS GD*
String Resonance No No KSR ³ Yes
Factory Programs 256 256 256 16
Factory Setups/Multis 256 128 130 0
User Programs 256 256 1024 5 (Favorites)
User Setups/Multis 256 256 1024 5 (Favorites)
Setup/Multi Zones 4 4 4 4
General MIDI No No No No
KORE 64®
V.A.S.T. Editing via Editor software via Editor software via Editor software No
KB3 Engine Yes Yes Yes No
VA Engine Yes Yes Yes No
FM Engine No No No No
Software Editor Free Free Free No
Effects FX Units 16 16 32 4
FX Editing Limited Limited Limited Limited
Master FX EQ
(dedicated knobs)
(dedicated knobs)
Compatibility PC3 Most objects (no samples) Most objects (no samples) Most Programs
(no samples)
K2 No No No No
Sequencing/Arps Sequencer No No No No
Arpeggiators 0 0 4 0
Controllers Aftertouch No No No No
Programmable Sliders 9 4 0 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 4 0
Programmable Buttons 6 2 1 0
Programmable Drum Pads No No No No
CC Pedal inputs 1 1 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 1
Half-Damper ** MIDI only MIDI only Yes (pianos) No
I/O USB MIDI Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB Host No No No No
Analog Outputs Main Main Main Main
Analog Inputs 1/8″ 1/8″ No (2) 1/4″
Storage External Storage USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB Drive
USB Drive


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.

** Half-damper pedal sold separately.


User Manuals

SP1 Musician’s Guide – 2.0 MB
Primary owner’s manual (Rev C)


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