Kurzweil SP4-8Item ID: SP4-8
88-key Stage Piano with 128 Sounds, Built-in Drum Patterns, and Large LCD Screen
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This Is One Serious Stage PianoWant a lightweight, great-sounding, easy-to-use stage piano? The Kurzweil SP4-8 gives you Kurzweil's world-class sonic mojo in an affordable, portable package, making available to a new generation of players the same soundset featured in Kurzweil's acclaimed PC3 line of professional keyboards. The SP4-8 won't break the bank - or your back. Weighing a svelte 39 pounds, the SP4-8's chassis leaves a small footprint - giving you the spotlight, instead of your keyboard. And Kurzweil's esteemed hammer-weighted action with velocity sensitive adjustable keys gives you the keyboard feel that has made Kurzweil stage pianos an industry-standard.
Whether onstage or in the studio, you need an instrument that places the crucial features precisely where you need them. The SP4-8's intelligently designed interface makes your life easier by doing just that. Create splits and layers (up to 4 zones) with the touch of a button, select presets and setups from easily accessible category and program buttons, and quickly adjust effects parameters - everything is laid out so you can focus on the important job of making music.
In spite of its affordability, the SP4-8 makes no compromises when it comes to sound. Loaded with 128 programs directly from Kurzweil's PC3 series, the SP4-8 delivers the creme de la creme in virtually every sound category. You get Kurzweil's holy-grail Triple Strike Grand Piano, classic electric pianos, lush strings and orchestral instruments, and top-notch basses, guitars, winds, brass, percussion and drum kits. All this sonic firepower elevates the SP4-8 to the top of the stage piano pantheon.
You get a selection of Kurzweil's signature KB3 organs - with all KB3 parameters accessible via external MIDI control. Further broadening your sonic palette, the SP4 can also load programs created on PC3 and PC3LE series keyboards (within the limits of the SP4's DSP resources), and Kurzweil will offer additional sounds for download on their website as they become available. With its 16-part multitimbral architecture, the SP4-8 is a powerful tool for composing and recording music in conjunction with your favorite DAW.
Effects? The SP4-8 features dozens of pro-quality effects ported straight from the PC3. From flawless concert hall reverbs and crisp delays to powerful distortion and amp simulation effects - the SP4-8 gives you sophisticated tools to add layers of depth and dimension to your music. The most relevant effects parameters are mapped to the SP's Timbre dial, so you can sculpt your sound without descending into menu purgatory.
The Kurzweil SP4-8 is satisfying to play, a breeze to transport - and its sounds are breathtaking. If you're in need of a serious professional stage piano, this one deserves your serious consideration.
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
by Steve Cantrell from Richmond VAI own 6 other keyboards, always impressed with the Kurzweil. After testing the Sp4-8, I had to have one. I use it on every gig!
January 30, 2013
Music Background: Road musician for 44 years
Kurzweil SP4-8 Is OK But.......
by Michael Gallagher from Kansas City, MOI recently purchased a SP4-8 after using a Kurzweil PC2X and a PC1SE for years. I really needed a 73 or 76 key hammer action keyboard that is multi-timbre and can split in at least 3 zones. But, just... read more [+] cannot afford the new Stage 2 76. The SP4-8 has a very good Fatar TP100 key bed that is a newer design. The Nord Electro 3 HP uses one too, but Nord made some aweful changes to it and I found ti too loose for my liking. It has all of the horns and whistles that you need to make your patches sound the very best, but not very user friendly to make those patches. However, Kurzweil has a fantastic Programming Editor Software Program that costs about $69 that makes everything setup in a very short time. I think it should have come with the keyboard for the price that is being asked for it. The acoustic pianos are OK but could have been a little better. The electric pianos are not the best that are available from the PC3X at all. However, you can switch out pianos from the editor online library and get what you want. I have layered two acoustic pianos and am very happy with the results. The Clavs are very good but need some added effects which are available with a lot of scrolling (you need that programming software to make it easy). The brass is very limited but good and of course the Kurzweil Orchestra patches are the best in the industry. I have already had a problem with the power supply connection and must switch out for a replacement piano. Seems that I have read somewhere that this is very common with these new SP series keyboards. It is built in China and not in Korea, so I have some concerns about how this will hold up because I work all the time. I bought the Kurzweil suggested case, but it is not the best fit unless you go buy some more foam.
November 13, 2012
Music Background: Player/performer; Instructor and Studio Musician
The keyboard is lighter than what I have been using, so I am happy with that. Also, the feel of the action is very good. Let me also say kudos for the KB3 Mode Organs and simulated Leslie Speaker Rotor effect - Excellent!! I think this will be a very good "giggin" keyboard for those that do need to use a full 88 keyboard. Only time will tell if these are going to hold up like the previous Kurzweil Pro Line Keyboards. I love the blue backlight on the LED screen - the screen itself could have been a little larger for editing use. The new wheels have a very solid feel and are probably much improved over past wheels used by Kurzweil. Generally, seems to be a very good working musician's keyboard. Go for it! close [-]
Does what I need
by Wes Fletcher from Boston, MAI had a Kurzweil PC2X before I bought this, which lasted me a good 12 years. For some reason, I have already preferred Kurzweil's "hammer action" to the much praised Yamaha ones. As a classically tr... read more [+]ained pianist, I enjoy the resistance the Kurzweil gives.
April 25, 2012
Music Background: Classically trained composer
As for the sounds? They are not stellar, but I am not happy with any piano samples out there, so I'm going with what feels best to me. It's hooked up to some sort of sample library most of the time anyway.
It's also a good deal lighter than my PC2X was, for which I am extremely pleased, since I do lug it do orchestra rehearsals on occasion. close [-]
good value for the price
by Dave Leslie from West Linn, OR USAFor the price this is a fine gig keyboard. The default piano sound is actually quite good. The keyboard feel isn't quite up to the Fantom X8 I use in the studio, but is convincing enough to make me ... read more [+]forget I'm not playing a real piano. The electric piano sounds that come with the rig aren't very good, but there are some much better ones available at the Kurzweil web site for download. All in all this meets my needs quite well. close [-]
August 24, 2012
Music Background: semi-pro musician
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