OVERVIEW

Introducing the Kurzweil SP6. Powerfully Simple.

Following the standard of sonic excellence established by the Forte®, Forte SE and PC3 series, the SP6, powered by the new LENA® processor, brings your performance to new heights with its astonishing sound quality, light-weight, depth of control and simple operation – all within easy reach.

SOUNDS

2 Gigabytes of Sounds!

Hear the new High Definition Japanese Grand and German D Grand, each optimized especially for the SP6 and featuring “KSR” – Kurzweil String Resonance. The SP6 offers all of the sample content from the Forte SE and features a wide selection of tailored sounds from the acclaimed Forte® and Forte SE (EP, Clav, Celeste, Crotales, Harpsichord), as well as PC3 Series and KORE 64™ expansions – all handcrafted to deliver more control over these sounds than we’ve ever presented before.

Patented FlashPlay® Technology

Powered by Flash-Play®, the SP6 boots in 11 seconds with 2 GB of on-board sample content, zero-loading time, loads of powerful DSP and ultrafast performance. Load programs from the Forte, Forte SE and PC3 family (some restrictions apply).

Powerful FX Engine

Experience more simultaneous FX in your performance multis and external sequencing! – and tweak away with dedicated knob assignments. Featuring 32 FX units of horsepower, enjoy award-winning Reverbs, Delays, Choruses, Flangers, Phasers, Distortions, Rotary Amplifiers, Compressors and more.

K.S.R. – Kurzweil String Resonance

Piano string resonance modeling for enhanced acoustic piano performance!

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

Deep native editing? Look no further. The Forte® now grants full access to Kurzweil’s legendary Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology directly from the front panel. With 32-layers per program, each offering its own signal path and a host of modular DSP tools, the Forte® offers a wealth of sound creation and modification that is truly immense.

PERFORMANCE

Gig-Lite

The SP6 is our lightest professional 88-note model ever!

88-note Hammer-Action Keyboard

Every sound within the SP6 is perfectly matched to its 88-note fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard. Further tailor the SP6 response to your playing style via 10 selectable key velocity maps.

4 Arpeggiators!

Looking for a pulse? Activate up to 4 independent Arps (1 per program, 4 per Multi) with dedicated on/off and tap tempo buttons.

CONTROLS

20 MIDI Controllers

Maximize your real-time control over every preset via the SP6’s 4 Knobs*, 1 Switch, 2 Wheels, 2 Dual-Switch Pedal Inputs**, and 1 Continuous Control Pedal Input.

*(configured as 4×3 = 12 virtual controls)
**(support for half-damper pedal for pianos or up to 4 standard switch pedals /
1 standard sustain/switch pedal is included).

Easy Access Controls

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

USER INTERFACE

Sound Selection

Easy Category and Program/Multi selection and assignment. Enjoy per-program instant demos to quickly audition each sound.

Favorites Section

Access your Favorite sounds with ONE button press! Conveniently located right below the SP6’s display.

Software Editors

Get deeper into editing your SP6 using free external software editors for Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS* devices (*coming soon)!

SPECS

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Keyboard: 88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive keys
Display: 128×64 pixel monochrome LCD
Polyphony: 128 voice polyphony, dynamically allocated
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Architecture: VAST: Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology

KB3: ToneReal emulation

VA1: anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil’s VA1 concept synth

Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume (up to 4 zones)
Factory Programs: 256
User Programs: 1024
Factory Multis: 130
User Multis: 1024
Favorites: 5
Compatibility: 100% compatibility with Forte SE programs
Load sounds from the Forte and PC3 family programs**(some restrictions apply)
General MIDI: No
Kurzweil String Resonance: Yes
Piano Damper Noise: Yes
Effects: Hundreds of 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
4 front panel knobs (configured as 4×3 = 12 virtual controls)
1 variation switch
1 arp switch
2 transpose switches
1 tap tempo switch
*2 dual-switch pedal inputs
1 continuous control pedal inputs*(1 switch/sustain pedal is included; supports dual switch and half-damper for pianos / dual & half-damper pedals sold separately)
Arpeggiators: 1-per Program, 4-per Multi
Analog Outputs: • Two 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (32-bit DACs)
Headphones: • 1 back-panel 1/4″ headphone output
• 130mW into 32 ohm headphones
MIDI: In, Out
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
FREE OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or Flash Drive
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable
Height: (5.75″) (14.6cm)
Depth: (15″) (38.1cm)
Length: (52.5″) (133.35cm)
Weight: (27.25 lb.) (12.36 kg)
Power: External Power Supply, 15VDC 2.5A

IMAGES

AUDIO


Song Demos



A Piano



Brass/Winds



Clav



Drums/Perc



E Piano



Guitar/Bass



Leads/Synths



Organ



Strings/Pads



Voices/Misc


VIDEOS

AOR Landscape
By Francisco Rodriguez

Controller Knobs
Overview of knob controller functions

Customizing Favorites
Learn how to save your own programs for quick access.

Customizing Programs
Transform factory programs directly from the front panel in real-time!

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

SP6 Trailer
Introducing the SP6

FAQs

Audio Output

Question:
Why does the headphone output on my SP6 sound like it is in mono?

Answer:

There have been two different headphone circuit designs employed in SP6 production.

Earlier units (sn# C9818J5N3850 and earlier – smaller number) featured a headphone circuit which employed Automatic Mono Sensing and delivered a “what you hear in the headphones is what the audience hears via the line outs” feature. In these earlier units, to hear the SP6 headphones in stereo, 1/4″ cables must be connected to the Left and Right Audio Out jacks, or (alternatively) a single balanced 1/4″ TRS cable (or simple plug adapter) can be connected to the Right Audio Out jack.

Later units (sn# C9818J5N3851 and later) do not employ Automatic Mono Sensing and the headphone circuit operates in stereo and independently of the audio line outputs.

The table below summarizes the switching behavior of the audio and headphone outputs in those earlier models:

LEFT/RIGHT AUDIO OUT HEADPHONES WILL SOUND
No connections Mono
Left (mono) jack only Mono
Right jack only (TRS plug) Stereo
Both Left & Right jack Stereo

Note: in all cases, using balanced 1/4″ TRS audio out connections will provide optimal dynamic range and
signal-to-noise ratio.

Global Mode

Question:
How can I load a previously saved backup of all of my SP6 user data from a USB thumb/flash drive?

Answer:

Native SP6 files have an “.SP6” extension.

(To learn how to create a system-wide back up, please see this tutorial first: “Saving User Data to a USB Thumb/Flash Drive (Back Up)
“.)

Load Procedure:

    1. With the power on, insert a USB flash/thumb drive into the SP6 back-panel USB “STORAGE” port:

    2. On the SP6, press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

    1. Press the CHANNEL / PAGE UP (∧) button twice (2x), to the left of the display. You will see:

    1. Press ENTER. You will see:(If not already highlighted, press the PREVIOUS / – button to select the “Load” option.)

    1. Press ENTER to enter the Load menu. You will see:

    1. Press the NEXT / + button to select the “USB Device” option (aka USB thumb/flash drive). You will see::

    2. Press ENTER to access the inserted “USB Device”. You will see the file list on that drive in the SP6 display:

    1. Press the PREVIOUS / – or NEXT / + buttons (as needed) to navigate the list and highlight the intended file to load:Ex: Here we are selecting “MY_FILE3.SP6”

    1. Press ENTER. You will next see the load method menu.”All” = the entire file will be loaded, adding to whatever already resides in user memory.”Some” = allows you to load individual objects from within the file.”All-Ovwrte” = the entire file will be loaded, REPLACING whatever USER Multis/Programs already resides in user memory. This does not erase factory objects.(For full details on the various load methods, please see Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide)

    1. For our example here, we are restoring a backup file, as such we want to REPLACE the SP6’s current user memory with that stored in the selected file. So we will use the NEXT / + button (press 2x) to select “All-Ovwrte”:

  1. Press ENTER to invoke the Overwrite option. You will see the following warning prompt:

  2. Press ENTER one final time to begin loading the backup file (or EXIT if you changed your mind). You will see a “Loading…” message briefly displayed followed by “Objects loaded OK” when done.Following, you will return to the Storage mode screen. Press EXIT twice to return to Program mode.

For additional details on SP6 file management be sure to check out Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide
.

Notes:

  • Files must reside in the root directory of the thumb drive to be accessible to the SP6.
  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “ENTER” (step 7), the display will show the message “USB Device Not Connected.”.

Question:
How can I save (backup) all of my SP6 user data to USB thumb/flash drive?

Answer:

The SP6 can save all data from both User Banks (Program and Multi) into one file with an “.SP6” extension.

Backup Procedure:

    1. With the power on, insert a USB flash/thumb drive into the SP6 back-panel USB “STORAGE” port:

    2. On the SP6, press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

 

    1. Press the CHANNEL / PAGE UP (∧) button twice (2x), to the left of the display. You will see:

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will see:

 

    1. Press the NEXT / + button (as needed) to select the “Store” option. You will see:

 

    1. Press ENTER to access the Store menu. You will see that “ALL” is chosen by default (as in ‘save everything’ in user memory):

 

    1. Press ENTER again to select “All”. You will see:

 

    1. Press the NEXT / + button (as needed) to select “USB Device” as your storage medium:

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will next see the file naming prompt:

The default file name is “FILENAME”. You can use this as-is or (optional) rename your file. Using the Category/alphanumeric keypad and/or large data entry wheel, enter the desired characters. Use the Previous/- and Next/+ buttons to advance the cursor.

  1. Once you have the desired file name entered, press ENTER again.

    Your file will be saved to the USB thumb/flash drive. A brief “Storing…” message will be displayed while the file is saved. Once completed you will see “Objects Saved” displayed. Following, you will return to the Storage mode screen. Press EXIT twice to return to Program mode.

For additional details on SP6 file management be sure to check out Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

For details on loading a back up file into the SP6 see “Loading a Data Back Up from a USB Thumb/Flash Drive“.

Notes:

  • Filenames must be 8 characters.
  • To insert a space before the selected character, press and hold the NEXT button. The selected character and all characters to the right will move one space to the right.
  • To delete the selected character, press and hold the PREVIOUS button. All the characters to the right of the selected character will move one space to the left.
  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “ENTER” (step 9), the display will show the message “USB Device Not Connected.”.
  • If a file already exists on your drive of the same name you are now saving you will be alerted and prompted to either rename the save in progress or replace the file on disk.

Multi Mode

Question:
On the SP6, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the SP6 MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

(*Note: the SP6 Type B USB port does not provide bus power.)

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 23 accessible KB3 parameters and any associated, default MIDI CC numbers. Note all parameter CC’s are customizable per program. Those marked with a “+” have no factory default CC but can be manually assigned, per program, as needed.


Kurzweil SP6 KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC#
Drawbar 1 71
Drawbar 2 72
Drawbar 3 73
Drawbar 4 79
Drawbar 5 12
Drawbar 6 13
Drawbar 7 22
Drawbar 8 23
Drawbar 9 25
Rotary Fast/Slow 64 (or 29)
Swell Pedal 11
Distortion Drive 1
Aux FX Wet/Dry 28
Leak Level +
Rotary Brake +
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off +
Chorus/Vibrato Select +
Chorus/Vibrato Depth +
Percussion On/Off +
Percussion Level +
Percussion Decay +
Percussion Pitch +
KeyClick On/Off +

Exception Notes:

  • Program #58 “D-Vox Organ” uses cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.
  • Program #59 “Far Draws” uses cc#1 to control vibrato amount. cc#29 enables a flute layer.

Question:
How can I create a layered keyboard Multi?

Answer:

Here is the basic flow for the creation of a layered Multi:

  1. Starting in Program Mode, select a Program for the primary layer – for ex below we have selected piano program #6 “Studio Grand 7ft”:

  2. Press the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons simultaneously to access the “SPLIT or LAYER” tool page.

  3. As needed, use the PREVIOUS -or- NEXT buttons to select “Layer” (as shown below), then press the ENTER button.

  4. On the “Layer” Page, Zone 2 is selected with a default “69 Adagio Tutti 8ves” Program selected for the layer. As needed, use the ALPHA WHEEL or CATEGORY buttons to select a different Program for the layer.

  5. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Mixer page (2/3) where you can adjust the Volume and Panning for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

  6. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Split Key Range page (3/3) where you can adjust the Low and High key boundaries for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

    TIP: to make selecting the desired key faster, highlight the field in question then press+hold ENTER and strike the desired piano key.

  7. Press the SAVE button to save your Split as a Multi:

  8. (OPTIONAL) To rename the Multi, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Name page (2/2). Use the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons to move the cursor to each character. Change the current character by using the ALPHA WHEEL, or use the keypad function of the CATEGORY buttons to type a character (full details on character entry can be found in the manual on pg 2-12).Press SAVE once and the desired name is input:

  9. Use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to designate the User ID # to save your Multi to (User ID range = 1025-2048).Press the SAVE button to finalize the saving of your Multi:

    Done.

  10. To later recall this Multi, press MULTI (if not already in Multi mode), then Press USER and use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 9 above.

    TIP: You can also opt to save this Multi as a Favorite
    for even quicker recall.


Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Multi, you may want to refine it further by EDITing the Multi directly. To start select your Multi, then press EDIT.

    • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Main page (1/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the Program selection. For ex., below we are changing our zone 2 sound to 219 MiniFunk:

      – Repeat for additional zones as needed.

      – Re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selection(s) made but maintaining all the other established parameter settings (split points, pedals, etc).

    • Transpose a Zone:

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Transpose/Bend page (4/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and ‘Xpose’ parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value – note Xpose is in semitones (ST). For ex., below we are transposing Zone 2 up one octave (12ST):

    • Setting Zone Volumes and Pans:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Mixer page (2/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value.Volume range = 0-127;Pan range = 0-127 (0=hard left / 64=center / 127=hard right):

    • Triggering external MIDI devices:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Channel page (10/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL to change the value.- The “Destination” for each zone can be set to either:
        • ‘LOCAL’ (for playing internal SP6 sounds).
        • ‘MIDI’ (for triggering external devices connected via MIDI cable).
        • ‘USB’ (for triggering software on your computer connected via USB cable).

      …or any combination of these 3 routing choices.

      For example, below we have set zone 1 to trigger an external MIDI device exclusively while zones 2-4 trigger locally and externally, both via MIDI and USB-MIDI.

    • KB3 Programs in Multi Mode:Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time as determined by the KB3 Channel parameter (KB3 Chan). As needed press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Common page (11/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired channel to use for playing KB3 programs – the default is channel 1:

      When a KB3 program is properly selected (meaning the Zone channel # matches the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name:

      When a KB3 program is improperly selected (meaning the Zone channel # does NOT match the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name is now missing – in such a case you will hear the last valid non-KB3 program sounding:

      As you can only play ONE KB3 program at a time, this means you CANNOT have two KB3-generated organs playing simultaneously. So in order to create any sort of dual-manual B3 Multi this means either:

      1) Using one of the two non-KB3 B3-style presets as your second organ: #53 “VAST-ly Organ” -or- #54 “VAST Bars” (these are VAST/sample-generated B3s and thus not bound by the same constrains as KB3);

      -OR-

      2) Trigger an external module or VI as your secondary B3 (using the techniques detailed above on triggering external MIDI devices).

(Further details can be found starting on pg 2-7 of the SP6 Musician’s Guide).

Question:
How can I create a split keyboard Multi?

Answer:

Here is the basic flow for the creation of a split Multi:

  1. Starting in Program Mode, select a Program for the right hand of the Split – for ex below we have selected piano program #6 “Studio Grand 7ft”:

  2. Press the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons simultaneously to access the “SPLIT or LAYER” tool page.

  3. If not already selected, use the PREVIOUS -or- NEXT buttons to select “Split” (as shown below), then press the ENTER button.

  4. On the “Split” Page, Zone 2 is selected with a default “212 P-Bass” Program selected for the left hand of the Split. As needed, use the ALPHA WHEEL or CATEGORY buttons to select a different Program for the left hand of the Split.

  5. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Mixer page (2/3) where you can adjust the Volume and Panning for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

  6. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Split Key Range page (3/3) where you can adjust the Low and High key boundaries for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

    TIP: to make selecting the desired key faster, highlight the field in question then press+hold ENTER and strike the desired piano key.

  7. Press the SAVE button to save your Split as a Multi:

  8. (OPTIONAL) To rename the Multi, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Name page (2/2). Use the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons to move the cursor to each character. Change the current character by using the ALPHA WHEEL, or use the keypad function of the CATEGORY buttons to type a character (full details on character entry can be found in the manual on pg 2-12).Press SAVE once and the desired name is input:

  9. Use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to designate the User ID # to save your Multi to (User ID range = 1025-2048).Press the SAVE button to finalize the saving of your Multi:

    Done.

  10. To later recall this Multi, press MULTI (if not already in Multi mode), then Press USER and use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 9 above.

    TIP: You can also opt to save this Multi as a Favorite
    for even quicker recall.


Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Multi, you may want to refine it further by EDITing the Multi directly. To start select your Multi, then press EDIT.

    • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Main page (1/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the Program selection. For ex., below we are changing our bass sound to 219 MiniFunk:

      – Repeat for additional zones as needed.

      – Re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selection(s) made but maintaining all the other established parameter settings (split points, pedals, etc).

 

    • Transpose a Zone:

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Transpose/Bend page (4/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and ‘Xpose’ parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value – note Xpose is in semitones (ST). For ex., below we are transposing Zone 2 up one octave (12ST):

 

    • Setting Zone Volumes and Pans:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Mixer page (2/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value.Volume range = 0-127;Pan range = 0-127 (0=hard left / 64=center / 127=hard right):

 

    • Triggering external MIDI devices:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Channel page (10/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL to change the value.- The “Destination” for each zone can be set to either:
        • ‘LOCAL’ (for playing internal SP6 sounds).
        • ‘MIDI’ (for triggering external devices connected via MIDI cable).
        • ‘USB’ (for triggering software on your computer connected via USB cable).

      …or any combination of these 3 routing choices.

      For example, below we have set zone 1 to trigger an external MIDI device exclusively while zones 2-4 trigger locally and externally, both via MIDI and USB-MIDI.

 

    • KB3 Programs in Multi Mode:Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time as determined by the KB3 Channel parameter (KB3 Chan). As needed press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Common page (11/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired channel to use for playing KB3 programs – the default is channel 1:

      When a KB3 program is properly selected (meaning the Zone channel # matches the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name:

      When a KB3 program is improperly selected (meaning the Zone channel # does NOT match the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name is now missing – in such a case you will hear the last valid non-KB3 program sounding:

      As you can only play ONE KB3 program at a time, this means you CANNOT have two KB3-generated organs playing simultaneously. So in order to create any sort of dual-manual B3 Multi this means either:

      1) Using one of the two non-KB3 B3-style presets as your second organ: #53 “VAST-ly Organ” -or- #54 “VAST Bars” (these are VAST/sample-generated B3s and thus not bound by the same constrains as KB3);

      -OR-

      2) Trigger an external module or VI as your secondary B3 (using the techniques detailed above on triggering external MIDI devices).

 

(Further details can be found starting on pg 2-7 of the SP6 Musician’s Guide).

Question:
How does the SP6’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Take a tour of the SP6 favorite bank and learn how to save your own programs/multis for quick access. This tutorial also covers a handy trick that will bring 20 programs directly to your fingertips.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
How can I select Multis via MIDI?

Answer:

To select Multis via MIDI you need to go into the Global mode and set the “Local Chan” (Local Channel) to match the one channel you are wanting to send program changes on to the SP6.

    1. Press GLOBAL

 

    1. Using the Previous/- and Next/+ button select the “Local Chan” parameter:

 

    1. Using the data wheel or numeric keypad, set it to the desired channel – for. ex here we chose channel 16:

    2. Press MULTI to exit the Global mode and enter Multi mode.

 

  1. To now select any given Multi via MIDI, send a Bank LSB (cc32) and Program change (value = 0-127) on the channel chosen above in step 3. The table below shows the MIDI Bank (column 1) and Program Change (column 2) values needed to select any given SP6 Multi (column 4) via MIDI:
    Values Sent To SP6 SP4 Multi Selected
    MIDI Bank #
    (cc#32 value)
    Program Change SP6 Bank ID Range
    (screen #)
    0 1-127 Factory 1-127
    1 0-2 Factory 128-130
    1 125-127 Factory 253-255
    2 0 Factory 256
    8 1-127 User 1025-1151
    9 0-127 User 1152-1279
    10 0-127 User 1280-1407
    11 0-127 User 1408-1535
    12 0-127 User 1536-1663
    13 0-127 User 1664-1791
    14 0-127 User 1792-1919
    15 0-127 User 1920-2047
    16 0 User 2048

NOTES:

Read. pg. 6-3 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide for details on using the Local Channel.

Question:
How can adjust the wet/dry amount of the Reverb or Delay per Multi zone?

Answer:

Here are the steps:

  1. Select the desired Multi. For our example we are selecting factory Multi #8 EP & E-Bass:

  2. Press EDIT:

  3. Press the Page Down button three times (3x) to select the ‘Controllers’ page (9/11):

  4. Use the data knob to set the “Ctl” field to “Delay” or “Reverb”** – whichever you wish to adjust – in our example below we have chosen to adjust the “Reverb”:

    **Tip: short cut to select a controller – with the “Ctl” field highlighted, press+hold ENTER then twist the desired knob (remember there are 3 rows so SHIFT accordingly first to choose the correct knob)

  5. Press the +/Next button to select the “Value” field. Then use the data wheel to choose the desired “Value” (range 0-127):This sets the initial master Reverb send level for the entire Multi. In our example below we are setting this value to “7”.

    If content with the setting, press Save (step 8 below) and you are done. That level will be recalled next time you select this Multi.

  6. (optional) If, on the other hand, you desire slightly different effect levels per zone, use the “Scale” parameter to tailor a given zone’s FX amount. The Scale parameter is multiplied against the fixed “Value” setting above.For instance, zones set to 100% scale will have the full value as set by the “Value” parameter above. Zones set to 0% scale will have no effect. Zones set to 50% scale will have half the amount, and so on. In our example below we are scaling zone 2 (the bass) to 84%, so it will have slightly less reverb applied than our EP in Zone 1:

    Note, there will be a slight pause and message displayed (“Reexpanding Multi”) when adjusting the scale. Following, the newly chosen value will take effect.

  7. As needed, go back to step 4 and repeat to adjust the Delay and/or zones Zones.
  8. Press Save when done to store to a User location.

(For further details see manual pg 5-8 and onward).

Question:
How can I set up a metronome for keyboard practice?

Answer:

Technically, the SP6 does not have a dedicated metronome however you can construct a Multi where one zone triggers a percussion sound (like a hi hat or clave for example) using the Arpgeggiator to serve as a practice click.

Here are the steps:

  1. In Program mode, select a drum kit – for ex. here we selected program #233 – then press EDIT:

  2. Press the Channel/Page UP button to select the Arpeggiator page and set the Latch mode to ‘AutoHold’ and Beats to “1/4”:

  3. Press the Arp On/Off button to activate the Arp:

  4. Press SAVE, then press the Channel/Page UP button to access the program renaming screen. Using the alphanumeric keypad and Previous/Next buttons rename the program “Click”.

  5. Press SAVE again to confirm, saving this edited program to a free user ID slot. For ex., here we saved our “Click” program to ID#1025:

  6. Now select the program you wish to use for practice – for example here we selected program #1 Dyn 9ft Grand:

  7. Press the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons simultaneously to access the “SPLIT or LAYER” tool page.

  8. If not already selected, use the PREVIOUS -or- NEXT buttons to select “Split” (as shown below), then press the ENTER button.

  9. Using common selection methods, select the newly created “Click” program (from step 5 above) as the program for zone 2:

  10. Press SAVE to store the Split Multi to any free user ID. Ignore the Multi name for now. We will rename it later.

  11. With the newly created split multi now selected on screen, press EDIT then press the Channel/Page UP button to select the ‘Key/Velocity’ page (3/11). On this page set the key range for zone 1 (the piano) to A#0 – to – G9. Set the key range for zone 2 (the ‘Click’) to C-1 – to – A0. This will limit the click sound to the lowest note on the keyboard (something you would not realistically play anyway). This will be the trigger key for the metronome:

    Shortcut: to enter a note value, highlight the desired field, press+hold ENTER then physically strike the desired note on the piano keyboard.

  12. Press the Channel/Page UP button to select the ‘Transpose/Bend’ page (4/11). On this page set the Xpose (Transpose) for zone 2 (Click) to +84ST. This makes striking key A0 actually sound A7 (7 octaves above) where a clave sample resides. Of course you can chose any percussion sound you prefer. Just experiment with various transpose values.

  13. Press the Channel/Page UP button to select the ‘FX’ page (5/11). On this page set the FX for zone 2 (Click) to “N”. (ie No)

  14. Press the Channel/Page UP button to select the ‘Buttons’ page (6/11). On this page set the Arp for zone 1 to “No”.

  15. Press the Arp On/Off button to activate the Arp:

  16. Press SAVE, then press the Channel/Page UP button to access the Multi renaming screen. Using the alphanumeric keypad and Previous/Next buttons rename the Multi “Piano Practice” or similar.

  17. Press SAVE again to confirm, saving this Multi to a free user ID slot. For ex., here we saved our “Piano Practice” Multi to ID#1025:


Usage Tips:

When you first select this Multi, strike the lowest note on the keyboard (A0) to start the metronome.
Stop and/or restart the metronome by pressing the Zone 2 mute button.
Control the volume of the click using the Zone 2 volume knob
(be sure you have Shift Row 1 selected).
Adjust the tempo using the Tap Tempo button and/or by editing the Multi.

Program Mode

Question:
What are the basic functions of the SP6 knob controllers?

Answer:

Explore the real-time controls on Kurzweil’s new SP6 keyboard. The SP6 features 12 pre-assigned parameter controls for each factory program. This tutorial demonstrates the SP6’s standardized controllers as well as how to assign new parameters to user-assignable controls.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
On the SP6, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the SP6 MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

(*Note: the SP6 Type B USB port does not provide bus power.)

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 23 accessible KB3 parameters and any associated, default MIDI CC numbers. Note all parameter CC’s are customizable per program. Those marked with a “+” have no factory default CC but can be manually assigned, per program, as needed.


Kurzweil SP6 KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC#
Drawbar 1 71
Drawbar 2 72
Drawbar 3 73
Drawbar 4 79
Drawbar 5 12
Drawbar 6 13
Drawbar 7 22
Drawbar 8 23
Drawbar 9 25
Rotary Fast/Slow 64 (or 29)
Swell Pedal 11
Distortion Drive 1
Aux FX Wet/Dry 28
Leak Level +
Rotary Brake +
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off +
Chorus/Vibrato Select +
Chorus/Vibrato Depth +
Percussion On/Off +
Percussion Level +
Percussion Decay +
Percussion Pitch +
KeyClick On/Off +

Exception Notes:

  • Program #58 “D-Vox Organ” uses cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.
  • Program #59 “Far Draws” uses cc#1 to control vibrato amount. cc#29 enables a flute layer.

Question:
How can I create a layered keyboard Multi?

Answer:

Here is the basic flow for the creation of a layered Multi:

  1. Starting in Program Mode, select a Program for the primary layer – for ex below we have selected piano program #6 “Studio Grand 7ft”:

  2. Press the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons simultaneously to access the “SPLIT or LAYER” tool page.

  3. As needed, use the PREVIOUS -or- NEXT buttons to select “Layer” (as shown below), then press the ENTER button.

  4. On the “Layer” Page, Zone 2 is selected with a default “69 Adagio Tutti 8ves” Program selected for the layer. As needed, use the ALPHA WHEEL or CATEGORY buttons to select a different Program for the layer.

  5. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Mixer page (2/3) where you can adjust the Volume and Panning for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

  6. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Split Key Range page (3/3) where you can adjust the Low and High key boundaries for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

    TIP: to make selecting the desired key faster, highlight the field in question then press+hold ENTER and strike the desired piano key.

  7. Press the SAVE button to save your Split as a Multi:

  8. (OPTIONAL) To rename the Multi, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Name page (2/2). Use the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons to move the cursor to each character. Change the current character by using the ALPHA WHEEL, or use the keypad function of the CATEGORY buttons to type a character (full details on character entry can be found in the manual on pg 2-12).Press SAVE once and the desired name is input:

  9. Use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to designate the User ID # to save your Multi to (User ID range = 1025-2048).Press the SAVE button to finalize the saving of your Multi:

    Done.

  10. To later recall this Multi, press MULTI (if not already in Multi mode), then Press USER and use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 9 above.

    TIP: You can also opt to save this Multi as a Favorite
    for even quicker recall.


Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Multi, you may want to refine it further by EDITing the Multi directly. To start select your Multi, then press EDIT.

    • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Main page (1/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the Program selection. For ex., below we are changing our zone 2 sound to 219 MiniFunk:

      – Repeat for additional zones as needed.

      – Re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selection(s) made but maintaining all the other established parameter settings (split points, pedals, etc).

 

    • Transpose a Zone:

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Transpose/Bend page (4/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and ‘Xpose’ parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value – note Xpose is in semitones (ST). For ex., below we are transposing Zone 2 up one octave (12ST):

 

    • Setting Zone Volumes and Pans:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Mixer page (2/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value.Volume range = 0-127;Pan range = 0-127 (0=hard left / 64=center / 127=hard right):

 

    • Triggering external MIDI devices:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Channel page (10/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL to change the value.- The “Destination” for each zone can be set to either:
        • ‘LOCAL’ (for playing internal SP6 sounds).
        • ‘MIDI’ (for triggering external devices connected via MIDI cable).
        • ‘USB’ (for triggering software on your computer connected via USB cable).

      …or any combination of these 3 routing choices.

      For example, below we have set zone 1 to trigger an external MIDI device exclusively while zones 2-4 trigger locally and externally, both via MIDI and USB-MIDI.

 

    • KB3 Programs in Multi Mode:Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time as determined by the KB3 Channel parameter (KB3 Chan). As needed press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Common page (11/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired channel to use for playing KB3 programs – the default is channel 1:

      When a KB3 program is properly selected (meaning the Zone channel # matches the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name:

      When a KB3 program is improperly selected (meaning the Zone channel # does NOT match the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name is now missing – in such a case you will hear the last valid non-KB3 program sounding:

      As you can only play ONE KB3 program at a time, this means you CANNOT have two KB3-generated organs playing simultaneously. So in order to create any sort of dual-manual B3 Multi this means either:

      1) Using one of the two non-KB3 B3-style presets as your second organ: #53 “VAST-ly Organ” -or- #54 “VAST Bars” (these are VAST/sample-generated B3s and thus not bound by the same constrains as KB3);

      -OR-

      2) Trigger an external module or VI as your secondary B3 (using the techniques detailed above on triggering external MIDI devices).

 

(Further details can be found starting on pg 2-7 of the SP6 Musician’s Guide).

Question:
How can I create a split keyboard Multi?

Answer:

Here is the basic flow for the creation of a split Multi:

  1. Starting in Program Mode, select a Program for the right hand of the Split – for ex below we have selected piano program #6 “Studio Grand 7ft”:

  2. Press the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons simultaneously to access the “SPLIT or LAYER” tool page.

  3. If not already selected, use the PREVIOUS -or- NEXT buttons to select “Split” (as shown below), then press the ENTER button.

  4. On the “Split” Page, Zone 2 is selected with a default “212 P-Bass” Program selected for the left hand of the Split. As needed, use the ALPHA WHEEL or CATEGORY buttons to select a different Program for the left hand of the Split.

  5. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Mixer page (2/3) where you can adjust the Volume and Panning for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

  6. (OPTIONAL) Press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Split Key Range page (3/3) where you can adjust the Low and High key boundaries for each zone. As needed, use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select each parameter, and the ALPHA WHEEL or NUMERIC buttons to change the values:

    TIP: to make selecting the desired key faster, highlight the field in question then press+hold ENTER and strike the desired piano key.

  7. Press the SAVE button to save your Split as a Multi:

  8. (OPTIONAL) To rename the Multi, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up button to navigate to the Name page (2/2). Use the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons to move the cursor to each character. Change the current character by using the ALPHA WHEEL, or use the keypad function of the CATEGORY buttons to type a character (full details on character entry can be found in the manual on pg 2-12).Press SAVE once and the desired name is input:

  9. Use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to designate the User ID # to save your Multi to (User ID range = 1025-2048).Press the SAVE button to finalize the saving of your Multi:

    Done.

  10. To later recall this Multi, press MULTI (if not already in Multi mode), then Press USER and use the PREVIOUS / NEXT buttons, the ALPHA WHEEL and/or NUMERIC buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 9 above.

    TIP: You can also opt to save this Multi as a Favorite
    for even quicker recall.


Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Multi, you may want to refine it further by EDITing the Multi directly. To start select your Multi, then press EDIT.

    • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Main page (1/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the Program selection. For ex., below we are changing our bass sound to 219 MiniFunk:

      – Repeat for additional zones as needed.

      – Re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selection(s) made but maintaining all the other established parameter settings (split points, pedals, etc).

 

    • Transpose a Zone:

      – As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Transpose/Bend page (4/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and ‘Xpose’ parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value – note Xpose is in semitones (ST). For ex., below we are transposing Zone 2 up one octave (12ST):

 

    • Setting Zone Volumes and Pans:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Mixer page (2/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL and/or keypad to change the value.Volume range = 0-127;Pan range = 0-127 (0=hard left / 64=center / 127=hard right):

 

    • Triggering external MIDI devices:As needed, press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Channel page (10/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired zone and parameter field, then use the ALPHA WHEEL to change the value.- The “Destination” for each zone can be set to either:
        • ‘LOCAL’ (for playing internal SP6 sounds).
        • ‘MIDI’ (for triggering external devices connected via MIDI cable).
        • ‘USB’ (for triggering software on your computer connected via USB cable).

      …or any combination of these 3 routing choices.

      For example, below we have set zone 1 to trigger an external MIDI device exclusively while zones 2-4 trigger locally and externally, both via MIDI and USB-MIDI.

 

    • KB3 Programs in Multi Mode:Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time as determined by the KB3 Channel parameter (KB3 Chan). As needed press the CHANNEL/PAGE up or down buttons to navigate to the Common page (11/11). Use the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons to select the desired channel to use for playing KB3 programs – the default is channel 1:

      When a KB3 program is properly selected (meaning the Zone channel # matches the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name:

      When a KB3 program is improperly selected (meaning the Zone channel # does NOT match the designated KB3 Chan) it will appear as follows on the Main page – note the [KB3] icon between the Zone # and Program name is now missing – in such a case you will hear the last valid non-KB3 program sounding:

      As you can only play ONE KB3 program at a time, this means you CANNOT have two KB3-generated organs playing simultaneously. So in order to create any sort of dual-manual B3 Multi this means either:

      1) Using one of the two non-KB3 B3-style presets as your second organ: #53 “VAST-ly Organ” -or- #54 “VAST Bars” (these are VAST/sample-generated B3s and thus not bound by the same constrains as KB3);

      -OR-

      2) Trigger an external module or VI as your secondary B3 (using the techniques detailed above on triggering external MIDI devices).

 

(Further details can be found starting on pg 2-7 of the SP6 Musician’s Guide).

Question:
How does the SP6’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Take a tour of the SP6 favorite bank and learn how to save your own programs/multis for quick access. This tutorial also covers a handy trick that will bring 20 programs directly to your fingertips.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
What are some of the possibilities for customizing the SP6 factory presets?

Answer:

Watch, in real-time, how to customize SP6 programs. Transform factory programs directly from the front panel! Learn about available parameters, how to change knob assignments and how to modify the arpeggiator in this tutorial.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
I am using the SP6 with a DAW or external controller and need to understand what combination of MIDI Bank and Program change messages to send to the SP6 to call up the sounds I need.

Answer:

Here is what the SP6 needs to receive when using Bank and Program changes to select Programs via MIDI:

    1. by default*, the SP6 uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(Bank Mode: Ctl 0/32 – as set in the Global menu)

 

  1. following the Bank message, a standard Program Change is used value= 0-127 to select the desired program from within the designated bank.

The table below shows the MIDI Bank (column 1) and Program Change (column 2) values needed to select any given SP6 Program (column 4) via MIDI. Note all MIDI banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To SP6 SP6 Program Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32 value)
Program Change SP6 Bank ID Range
(screen #)
0 0-127 Factory 0-127
1 0-127 Factory 128-255
7 125-127 Factory 1021-1023
8 0 Factory 1024
8 1-127 User 1025-1152
9 0-127 User 1153-1279
10 0-127 User 1280-1407
11 0-127 User 1408-1535
12 0-127 User 1536-1663
13 0-127 User 1664-1791
14 0-127 User 1792-1919
15 0-127 User 1920-2047
16 0 User 2048

Examples:

Ex.1: You want program “218 Smooth Mooger” to be called up on ch 1:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), on ch. 1 you send:

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
Program Change = 90

i.e. Program #218 is the 90th program in MIDI Bank 1
( 218 – (1×128) = 90 )

Ex. 2:You want to call up a Program you have saved in User Bank, ID #1700, on ch 3:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), on ch. 3 you send:

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 13
Program Change = 36

i.e. Program #1700 is the 36th program in MIDI Bank 13
( 1700 – (13×128) = 36)

Troubleshooting

Question:
Why does the headphone output on my SP6 sound like it is in mono?

Answer:

There have been two different headphone circuit designs employed in SP6 production.

Earlier units (sn# C9818J5N3850 and earlier – smaller number) featured a headphone circuit which employed Automatic Mono Sensing and delivered a “what you hear in the headphones is what the audience hears via the line outs” feature. In these earlier units, to hear the SP6 headphones in stereo, 1/4″ cables must be connected to the Left and Right Audio Out jacks, or (alternatively) a single balanced 1/4″ TRS cable (or simple plug adapter) can be connected to the Right Audio Out jack.

Later units (sn# C9818J5N3851 and later) do not employ Automatic Mono Sensing and the headphone circuit operates in stereo and independently of the audio line outputs.

The table below summarizes the switching behavior of the audio and headphone outputs in those earlier models:

LEFT/RIGHT AUDIO OUT HEADPHONES WILL SOUND
No connections Mono
Left (mono) jack only Mono
Right jack only (TRS plug) Stereo
Both Left & Right jack Stereo

Note: in all cases, using balanced 1/4″ TRS audio out connections will provide optimal dynamic range and
signal-to-noise ratio.

Question:
How can I restore my SP6 back to the factory defaults (hard reset)?

Answer:

Caution: Hard resetting will erase all user memory ! Need be, back up any custom programming before proceeding.

(Start with the SP6 powered up in normal operating modes)

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

 

    1. Press the CHANNEL / PAGE DOWN (∨) button, to the left of the display. You will see:

    2. Press ENTER. You will see:

    3. Press ENTER AGAIN:

The SP6 will flash a quick message (“Deleting User Objects”) and following it will reboot from the startup screen and will be completely reset back to factory defaults.

Basic Concepts & User Interface

Question:
What are the basic functions of the SP6 knob controllers?

Answer:

Explore the real-time controls on Kurzweil’s new SP6 keyboard. The SP6 features 12 pre-assigned parameter controls for each factory program. This tutorial demonstrates the SP6’s standardized controllers as well as how to assign new parameters to user-assignable controls.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
How does the SP6’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Take a tour of the SP6 favorite bank and learn how to save your own programs/multis for quick access. This tutorial also covers a handy trick that will bring 20 programs directly to your fingertips.

For more information on the SP6, download the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

Question:
Why does the headphone output on my SP6 sound like it is in mono?

Answer:

There have been two different headphone circuit designs employed in SP6 production.

Earlier units (sn# C9818J5N3850 and earlier – smaller number) featured a headphone circuit which employed Automatic Mono Sensing and delivered a “what you hear in the headphones is what the audience hears via the line outs” feature. In these earlier units, to hear the SP6 headphones in stereo, 1/4″ cables must be connected to the Left and Right Audio Out jacks, or (alternatively) a single balanced 1/4″ TRS cable (or simple plug adapter) can be connected to the Right Audio Out jack.

Later units (sn# C9818J5N3851 and later) do not employ Automatic Mono Sensing and the headphone circuit operates in stereo and independently of the audio line outputs.

The table below summarizes the switching behavior of the audio and headphone outputs in those earlier models:

LEFT/RIGHT AUDIO OUT HEADPHONES WILL SOUND
No connections Mono
Left (mono) jack only Mono
Right jack only (TRS plug) Stereo
Both Left & Right jack Stereo

Note: in all cases, using balanced 1/4″ TRS audio out connections will provide optimal dynamic range and
signal-to-noise ratio.

MIDI Controllers

Question:
On the SP6, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the SP6 MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

(*Note: the SP6 Type B USB port does not provide bus power.)

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 23 accessible KB3 parameters and any associated, default MIDI CC numbers. Note all parameter CC’s are customizable per program. Those marked with a “+” have no factory default CC but can be manually assigned, per program, as needed.


Kurzweil SP6 KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC#
Drawbar 1 71
Drawbar 2 72
Drawbar 3 73
Drawbar 4 79
Drawbar 5 12
Drawbar 6 13
Drawbar 7 22
Drawbar 8 23
Drawbar 9 25
Rotary Fast/Slow 64 (or 29)
Swell Pedal 11
Distortion Drive 1
Aux FX Wet/Dry 28
Leak Level +
Rotary Brake +
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off +
Chorus/Vibrato Select +
Chorus/Vibrato Depth +
Percussion On/Off +
Percussion Level +
Percussion Decay +
Percussion Pitch +
KeyClick On/Off +

Exception Notes:

  • Program #58 “D-Vox Organ” uses cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.
  • Program #59 “Far Draws” uses cc#1 to control vibrato amount. cc#29 enables a flute layer.

Question:
What pedals can I use with my Artis / Artis 7 / Artis SE / Forte SE / SP6?

Answer:

Single Switch Pedals

The instrument ships with one KP-1 Switch Pedal
however any standard foot switch pedal (with 1/4″ mono connection) will be compatible. Polarity is a non-issue as the instrument checks the pedal polarity on power up and calibrates itself accordingly. For this to work, be sure to plug the switch pedal in before turning on the instrument, and do not step on the pedal during the boot up process. Doing otherwise can lead to the pedal working in reverse or not at all. If that occurs, simply power down, be sure the pedal is fully connected, then power back up without touching the pedal.


Dual-Switch Pedal Inputs

The instrument supports connecting two switch pedals into each switch pedal input. You can connect a dual switch pedal with a single 1/4″ stereo plug (not sold by Kurzweil) or employ a “Y” adapter (stereo (M) to dual-mono (F)) to connect two standard/single pedals to each input jack.
Doing so would provide a total of four switch pedals. Again remember to make all switch-pedal connections with the instrument powered off.


Half-Damper Pedals

The instrument* also supports connecting half-damper pedals (sold separately) to either of the switch pedal inputs.

The Kurzweil KP-1H half-damper pedal is the recommended pedal and is available via any Kurzweil dealer.

In addition, there are several other manufacturers of half-damper pedals on the market. Not all are compatible or interchangeable.

KORG pedals are compatible with the Forte.

ROLAND and YAMAHA pedals are not compatible.

(*Note: Artis/Artis 7/Artis SE users: Half-damper is for MIDI output only. It does not effect internal sounds)


Continuous Controller Pedals (CC Pedal)

The instrument requires a CC Pedal with a TRS 1/4″ connector and 10k linear potentiometer, such as the Kurzweil CC-1 (sold separately). Most manufacturers EXCEPT Yamaha and Korg make pedals with the same specifications and should work. Yamaha and Korg pedals typically use an exponential potentiometer and therefore will not work correctly.

CC-1 Wiring Spec

The Control Pedal must be wired to a single stereo (TRS) 1/4″ plug as follows:

  • Wiper to tip connection of 1/4″ plug
  • Top end of resistance element to Ring connection
  • Bottom end of resistance to Sleeve connection

CCpedal_Wiring.gif

Product Comparisons

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 PC4 PC3A8
PC3A7
PC3A6
PC3K8

PC3K7
PC3K6

PC3LE8
PC3LE7
PC3LE6
SP6 SP1 SPS4- 8

SP4-8

SP4-7

Keybed ¹ 88 FW
76 FW
88 FW 88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

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
76 SW
Polyphony 128

KB3 is polyphony free
128 128 128 256 128 128 64 128 256 64
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
240 x 64
LCD
128 x 64
LCD
3 char LED 1×16 char
LCD
Wooden
End Caps
No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No
Flash Play™ 16 GB 2 GB No No 2 GB No No No 2 GB No No
Sample
Memory
3.3 GB 188 MB No No 2 GB No 128 MB No No No No
Piano ²
Samples
⋅GD
⋅JC7
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅TS
⋅GD* (sold separately)
TS ⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
GD* TS
String
Resonance
KSR ³ KSR ³ No No Yes No No No KSR ³ Yes No
Factory
Programs
322 512 256 256 1000+ 1453 1074 1061 256 16 128
Factory Setups/Multis 186 182 256 128 50+ 216 150 256 130 0 64
User
Programs
3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64
User
Setups/Multis
3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64
Setup/Multi
Zones
16 8 4 4 16 16 16 16 4 4 4
General MIDI No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
KORE 64®
⋅Programs
⋅Kmap/Smps
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sold Separately No
No
Some
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
V.A.S.T.
Editing
Yes Yes via Editor software via Editor software Yes Yes Yes Yes via Editor software No via Editor software
FM Engine Yes (v4) No No No Yes No No No No No No
FX Units 32 32 16 16 32 16 16 10 32 4 10
FX Editing Full Full Limited Limited Full Full Full Limited Limited Limited Limited
Master FX Comp + EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
Comp + EQ Comp + EQ Comp + EQ No No EQ No
Software
Editor
Free Free Free Free Free Free Free For sale Free 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) Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
All objects
(no samples)
All objects Most objects (no samples) Most Programs
(no samples)
No Most Programs (no samples)
Legacy K2
Compat. **
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
(includes K2 compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
No No No
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete Partial Partial Complete Complete Complete Complete
Surf-n-Select Sound Navigation Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Favorites /
QA Entries
990 10 10 6 990 25,600 25,600 25,600 5 5 No
Sequencer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
RIFFs 16 0 0 0 16 16 16 16 0 0 0
Arpeggiators 16 8 0 0 16 16 16 16 4 0 0
MIDI CC
Step Sequencer
16 (v4) 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 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
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
No USB-to-PC
Analog
Outputs
Main + Aux Main Main Main Main + Aux Main + Aux Main + Aux Main Main Main Main
Analog
Inputs
(MP3 input)
1/8″ with FX 1/8″ with FX 1/8″ 1/8″ (2) 1/4″
1/8″
with FX
No No No No (2) 1/4″ No
Digital Out No No No No No Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(no sync)
No No No
Aftertouch Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Programmable Sliders 9 (+LED ladders) 9 9 4 9 9 9 0 0 0 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 5 4 0 1
Programmable Buttons 10 11 6 2 10 10 10 7 1 0 0
CC Pedal inputs 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 3 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 3 3 2 2 (dual jack) 1 1 (dual jack)
Half-Damper *** Yes (pianos) Yes (pianos) MIDI only MIDI only Yes (pianos) No No No Yes (pianos) No No
Drum Pads 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Ribbon input No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Breath Controller input No No No No No Yes Yes 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.

** 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.

Storage Mode

Question:
How can I load a previously saved backup of all of my SP6 user data from a USB thumb/flash drive?

Answer:

Native SP6 files have an “.SP6” extension.

(To learn how to create a system-wide back up, please see this tutorial first: “Saving User Data to a USB Thumb/Flash Drive (Back Up)
“.)

Load Procedure:

    1. With the power on, insert a USB flash/thumb drive into the SP6 back-panel USB “STORAGE” port:

    2. On the SP6, press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

 

    1. Press the CHANNEL / PAGE UP (∧) button twice (2x), to the left of the display. You will see:

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will see:(If not already highlighted, press the PREVIOUS / – button to select the “Load” option.)

 

    1. Press ENTER to enter the Load menu. You will see:

 

    1. Press the NEXT / + button to select the “USB Device” option (aka USB thumb/flash drive). You will see::

    2. Press ENTER to access the inserted “USB Device”. You will see the file list on that drive in the SP6 display:

 

    1. Press the PREVIOUS / – or NEXT / + buttons (as needed) to navigate the list and highlight the intended file to load:Ex: Here we are selecting “MY_FILE3.SP6”

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will next see the load method menu.”All” = the entire file will be loaded, adding to whatever already resides in user memory.”Some” = allows you to load individual objects from within the file.”All-Ovwrte” = the entire file will be loaded, REPLACING whatever USER Multis/Programs already resides in user memory. This does not erase factory objects.(For full details on the various load methods, please see Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide)

 

    1. For our example here, we are restoring a backup file, as such we want to REPLACE the SP6’s current user memory with that stored in the selected file. So we will use the NEXT / + button (press 2x) to select “All-Ovwrte”:

 

  1. Press ENTER to invoke the Overwrite option. You will see the following warning prompt:

  2. Press ENTER one final time to begin loading the backup file (or EXIT if you changed your mind). You will see a “Loading…” message briefly displayed followed by “Objects loaded OK” when done.Following, you will return to the Storage mode screen. Press EXIT twice to return to Program mode.

For additional details on SP6 file management be sure to check out Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide
.

Notes:

  • Files must reside in the root directory of the thumb drive to be accessible to the SP6.
  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “ENTER” (step 7), the display will show the message “USB Device Not Connected.”.

Question:
How can I save (backup) all of my SP6 user data to USB thumb/flash drive?

Answer:

The SP6 can save all data from both User Banks (Program and Multi) into one file with an “.SP6” extension.

Backup Procedure:

    1. With the power on, insert a USB flash/thumb drive into the SP6 back-panel USB “STORAGE” port:

    2. On the SP6, press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

 

    1. Press the CHANNEL / PAGE UP (∧) button twice (2x), to the left of the display. You will see:

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will see:

 

    1. Press the NEXT / + button (as needed) to select the “Store” option. You will see:

 

    1. Press ENTER to access the Store menu. You will see that “ALL” is chosen by default (as in ‘save everything’ in user memory):

 

    1. Press ENTER again to select “All”. You will see:

 

    1. Press the NEXT / + button (as needed) to select “USB Device” as your storage medium:

 

    1. Press ENTER. You will next see the file naming prompt:

The default file name is “FILENAME”. You can use this as-is or (optional) rename your file. Using the Category/alphanumeric keypad and/or large data entry wheel, enter the desired characters. Use the Previous/- and Next/+ buttons to advance the cursor.

  1. Once you have the desired file name entered, press ENTER again.

    Your file will be saved to the USB thumb/flash drive. A brief “Storing…” message will be displayed while the file is saved. Once completed you will see “Objects Saved” displayed. Following, you will return to the Storage mode screen. Press EXIT twice to return to Program mode.

For additional details on SP6 file management be sure to check out Chpt. 6 in the SP6 Musician’s Guide.

For details on loading a back up file into the SP6 see “Loading a Data Back Up from a USB Thumb/Flash Drive“.

Notes:

  • Filenames must be 8 characters.
  • To insert a space before the selected character, press and hold the NEXT button. The selected character and all characters to the right will move one space to the right.
  • To delete the selected character, press and hold the PREVIOUS button. All the characters to the right of the selected character will move one space to the left.
  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “ENTER” (step 9), the display will show the message “USB Device Not Connected.”.
  • If a file already exists on your drive of the same name you are now saving you will be alerted and prompted to either rename the save in progress or replace the file on disk.

DOWNLOADS

User Manuals

SP6 Getting Started Guide – 1.7 MB​
Quick Start Guide (revB)
2017-09-26​

SP6 Musician’s Guide – 2.5 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revC)
2018-06-25​

SP6 Musician’s Guide – E-Book – 1.8 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revC) – .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices​
2018-06-25​

OS Updates

SP6_V150_Update- 6.6 MB
Contains: OS v4.28.33041, Obj v1.01.8, Installation Instructions, Release Notes
2020-05-05​

Software Editors

SP6 – Desktop Editor (Mac) – 10.4 MB
v2.54 of the SP6 desktop editing software for the Mac
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-03-29​

SP6 – Desktop Editor (PC) – 6.1 MB​
v2.54 of the SP6 desktop editing software for the PC
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-03-29

SP6 – Desktop Controller (Mac) – 13.0 MB
v1.04 of the SP6 desktop controller software for the Mac <br>
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-05-17​

SP6 – Desktop Controller (PC) – 6.8 MB
v1.04 of the SP6 desktop controller software for the PC <br>
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-05-17​

SP6 – iPad Editor – 35.9 MB
(links to App Store store for download)
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-05-22​

SP6 – PlugSE (Mac) – 17.6 MB
v1.0.9 of the SP6 Plug-in – (AU/VST) for the Mac
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-06-13​

SP6 – PlugSE (PC) – 7.2 MB
v1.0.9 of the SP6 Plug-in – (VST) for the PC
Requires the latest SP6 OS update (link above)
2018-06-13​

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