January 5, 2012
Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in 1982 by Ray Kurzweil, who, at that time, had been working with Stevie Wonder on developing a reading machine for the blind. It was during their collaboration that the inspiration for a Kurzweil digital musical instrument was born.
In 1983 Kurzweil Music Systems (KMS) released the K250, which presented to the world the first successful attempt to realistically emulate the sound of a grand piano in a digital keyboard. Over the next 25+ years, KMS released in succession a series of digital keyboards that were considered to represent the pinnacle of music technology in their day, among them the K2000, the PC88x and K2500. As a testament to how far ahead of their time these instruments were, they are still commonly used and requested by high profile artists around the world.
The current offerings from KMS, which include the highly successful PC3 family, are used by some of the biggest names in the music industry: Andrew Lloyd Weber, Roger Waters, The Who, Earth Wind and Fire, The Boston Pops, Amanda Palmer, Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney, to name a few.
With a small R&D facility located 12 miles west of Boston, the KMS team still meets regularly with Ray Kurzweil, who now serves as a strategic consultant for the company. The full time staff includes hardware, software and sound engineers, most of whom are also professional or amateur musicians. KMS continues to build on its legacy as a major innovator in the music technology industry and moves forward today under the proven leadership of Hyundai Development Company.
The Kurzweil PC3 synthesizer was featured at The White House on stage with band Earth, Wind & Fire in a performance for President Barack Obama for the Governors’ Dinner, the first formal White House dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on February 22,2009.
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — December 2009
Love Never Dies, a continuation of the epic story of The Phantom of the Opera, will open in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in March of 2009, with Kurzweil’s new PC3K serving as a cornerstone of the musical production. Long a favorite of Broadway and stage productions worldwide, the Kurzweil K2600 had for years played a crucial role in both the
The story of Stevie Wonder’s technical challenge to Ray Kurzweil that ultimately motivates the inception of Kurzweil Music Systems.
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Video Source: Kurzweil Music Systems
YouTube channel “Kurzweil Tutorials” is a great resource for fans of the Kurzweil Music Systems state of the art PC3x synthesizer. Put together by a KMS enthusiast, the channel showcases a wide range of tutorials. A great channel to bookmark. Click here to check it out.
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 14, 2009
At the heart of every SP model is the famous Kurzweil Grand Piano sound. We started with the highest quality samples and then used a powerful synth engine behind the scenes to make them truly come to life as only Kurzweil could.
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — November 10, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil
Stevie Wonder was our first customer for the Kurzweil Reading Machine (the first print-to-speech reading machine) in 1976. We became friends and had many conversations about technology as applied to both disabilities and music.
In 1982, while giving me a tour of his new ‘Wonderland’ music studio, Stevie asked if it would be possible to build a bridge between the powerful control methods of computer music (in which a… read more
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — November 18, 2010 | KMS staff
Click here to view the new Kurzweil PC3K8 brochure, which opens as an Adobe pdf.
From the Kurzweil archives: Stevie Wonder playing the Kurzweil 250 in concert with George Michael and Diana Ross in 1988.
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — December 23, 2010
Kurzweil Music Systems is proud to announce the release of OS V2.0 for the PC3 line. Included are many new features and over 200 new presets, many of which are the result of direct input and feedback from our customers.
V2.0 demonstrates our continued focus on the concept of non-obsolescence by design and our commitment to our customers, which lasts long after a Kurzweil keyboard is purchased.
One… read more
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 20, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil
Stevie Wonder and I presented together at a VIP reception for music industry executives at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the big annual musical instrument convention and trade show in Anaheim on January 15.
I shared some anecdotes from my 33 year friendship with Stevie and 25 year history of Kurzweil Music.
Stevie shared his thoughts about the same history, said some gracious things, and sang… read more