About Kurzweil Music Systems

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.

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Paul McCartney with a Kurzweil synthesizer on “Saturday Night Live”

December 11, 2010

Kurzweil synthesizer SNL McCartney

Paul McCartney and his band perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with a Kurzweil synthesizer on stage, aired on December 11, 2010. Season 36, episode 9. Paul Rudd hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Paul McCartney.

Also see:
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” official website
Video of Paul McCartney’s “Saturday Night Live” performance on Hulu

Kurzweil PC3K8 keyboard in The Who’s 2010 Super Bowl halftime show

February 8, 2010

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A Kurzweil PC3K8 keyboard is featured live on stage with Roger Daltrey and The Who at the Super Bowl’s halftime show on February 7, 2010.

Kurzweil Music Systems | New Kurzweil PC3K combines game-changing technology with K series sample library

March 17, 2010

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Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — December, 2009 | KMS Staff

Kurzweil Music Systems proudly announces the release of the PC3K keyboard, expanding the PC3 line to include key new features along with backwards compatibility with the legendary K Series product line.

In addition to all of the innovative features that made the PC3 a major success, the PC3K features 128 MB of non-volatile user sample memory. Utilizing a breakthrough in sample flash technology, the PC3K allows user samples to… read more

Ray Kurzweil receives National Association of Music Merchants Lifetime Achievement Award

January 23, 2012

Ray Kurzweil and Joe Lamond, CEO of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), on stage at the NAMM Breakfast of Champions, January 19, 2012 in Anaheim, CA. (credit: NAMM/David Livingston)

At the 2012 NAMM show on January 19, 2012, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) President and CEO Joe Lamond presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ray Kurzweil — best selling author, inventor and futurist in fields such as optical character recognition, text to speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments.

Lamond also presented NAMM’s Music for Life Award to Stevie Wonder, honoring him for his “brilliant… read more

ABC | Justin Bieber on a Kurzweil piano performing at Times Square 2012 ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

January 5, 2012

Justin Bieber on Kurzweil piano

Source: ABC

Kurzweil PC3 synthesizer featured at White House

August 13, 2009

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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.

click here to watch the video from MSNBC

Kurzweil Music Systems | Kurzweil PC3K plays starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera

March 18, 2010

Kurzweil in Phantom of the Opera

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

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Kurzweil Music Systems | The Kurzweil Music story: It all started with Ray

January 25, 2012

Kurzweil keyboard Ray Kurzweil with Stevie Wonder

The story of Stevie Wonder’s technical challenge to Ray Kurzweil that ultimately motivates the inception of Kurzweil Music Systems.

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YouTube channel especially for PC3x enthusiasts

August 13, 2009

Kurzweil tutorials

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.

Kurzweil Music Systems | NAMM 2009: More choices, more sounds as KMS expands highly successful SP series line

August 13, 2009


Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 14, 2009

The two latest additions to Kurzweil’s SP family of stage pianos, the SP2XS and the SP3x, debuted at this year’s NAMM show in Anaheim CA.

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.

Kurzweil Music Systems | Ray Kurzweil on the PC3K and the legacy of Kurzweil products

November 17, 2010

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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

Kurzweil Music Systems | Keys to Success — Earth, Wind & Fire’s Myron McKinley

January 23, 2012

Kurzweil Music Myron McKinley Keys to Success

Source: Kurzweil Music Systems

Myron McKinley, musical director for Earth, Wind & Fire discusses his long history and appreciation of Kurzweil musical instruments. Myron explains his method of alternative use of the PC3 K Series slider controls.

Kurzweil Music Systems | Artist Lounge

August 13, 2009

kms artists lounge

Check out the Artist Lounge — profiles and links to professional musicians across the world who are on composing and performing with KMS products. | Click here to visit the Artist Lounge.

Keyboard | Keyboard magazine tours Kurzweil Music research and development lab

November 17, 2010

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Source: Keyboard — October 2010 | Stephen Fortner

Executive Editor for Keyboard, Stephen Fortner,  hosts a video tour of Kurzweil Music’s Boston-based research and development lab.

AVING TV | Live demo of PC3 synthesizer at NAMM 2009

August 14, 2009

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Source: AVING TV — January 30, 2009

Thanks to AVING TV for this great footage of KMS’ Dave Weiser doing a demo of the PC3 at the National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) 2009 conference. There is also a demo of the Young Chang piano YP275E.

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