OVERVIEW

Introducing the Kurzweil SP1 – Just Play.

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

SOUNDS

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.

PERFORMANCE

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.

Gig-Lite

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.

CONTROLS

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.

USER INTERFACE

Sound Selection

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

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Favorites Section

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

SPECS

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

IMAGES

VIDEOS

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

FAQs

Product Comparisons

FORTE 8
FORTE 7
FORTE SE

ARTIS 8
ARTIS 7
ARTIS SE

PC4
PC4-7
PC3A8
PC3A7
PC3A6
PC3K8
PC3K7
PC3K6
SP6
SP6-7
SP1

Keyboard Keybed¹ 88 FW
76 FW
88 FW

88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

88 FW
76 SW
88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SW
88 FW

88 FW

Wooden End Caps No No No No No Yes Yes No No
UI Display 480 x 272 color LCD 240 x 64 LCD 240 x 64 LCD 2×20 char LCD 480 x 272 color LCD 240 x 64 LCD 240 x 64 LCD 128 x 64 LCD 3 char LED
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete Partial Partial Complete Complete
Favorites/QA Entries 990 10 10 6 990 25,600 25,600 5 5
Surf-n-Select Sound Navigation Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Sound/Editing Polyphony 128 (KB3=0) 128 128 128 256 128 128 128 256
Flash Play™ 16 GB 2 GB No No 2 GB No No 2 GB No
Sample Memory 3.3 GB 188 MB No No 2 GB No 128 MB No No
Piano Samples² GD / JC7 / TS GD* / JC7* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅GD* / JC7* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅TS / GD* (sold separately) ⋅GD* / JC7* / TS GD*
String Resonance KSR ³ KSR ³ No No KSR No No KSR ³ Yes
Factory Programs 322 512 256 256 1000+ 1453 1074 256 16
Factory Setups/Multis 186 182 256 128 50+ 216 150 130 0
User Programs 3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites)
User Setups/Multis 3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites)
Setup/Multi Zones 16 8 4 4 16 16 16 4 4
General MIDI No No No No No Yes Yes No No
KORE 64®
⋅Programs
⋅Keympas/Samples
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sold
Separately
Some
Yes
No
No
V.A.S.T. Editing Yes Yes via Editor software via Editor software Yes Yes Yes via Editor software No
KB3 Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FM Engine Yes (v4) No No No Yes No No No No
Software Editor Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free No
Effects FX Units 32 32 16 16 32 16 16 32 4
FX Editing Full Full Limited Limited Full Full Full Limited Limited
Master FX Comp + EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
Comp + EQ Comp + EQ Comp + EQ No EQ
Compatibility PC3 Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects (no samples) Most objects (no samples) Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
All objects
(no samples)
All objects Most Programs
(no samples)
No
K2** Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
No No Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(incl. K2 compat file)
No No
Sequencing/Arps Sequencer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
RIFFs 16 0 0 0 16 16 16 0 0
Arpeggiators 16 8 0 0 16 16 16 4 0
MIDI CC Step Sequencer 16 (v4) 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0
Controllers Aftertouch Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Programmable Sliders 9 (+LED ladders) 9 9 4 9 9 9 0 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 4 0
Programmable Buttons 10 11 6 2 10 10 10 1 0
CC Pedal inputs 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 3 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 3 3 2 (dual jack) 1
Half-Damper *** Yes (pianos) Yes (pianos) MIDI only MIDI only Yes (pianos) No No Yes (pianos) No
Ribbon input No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Breath Controller input No No No No No Yes Yes No No
I/O Analog Outputs Main + Aux Main Main Main Main + Aux Main + Aux Main + Aux Main Main
Analog Inputs 1/8″ w/ FX 1/8″ w/ FX 1/8″ 1/8″ (2) 1/4″ (1) 1/8″ w/ FX No No No (2) 1/4″
Digital Out No No No No No Yes Yes No No
Storage 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

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.

** 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.

DOWNLOADS

User Manuals

SP1 Musician’s Guide – 2.0 MB
Primary owner’s manual (Rev C)
2018-01-23

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