Kurzweil SP4-8 Reviews3.8/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Richmond VA
January 30, 2013Music Background:
Road musician for 44 years
Kurzweil Sp4-8I 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!
from Kansas City, MO
November 13, 2012Music Background:
Player/performer; Instructor and Studio Musician
Kurzweil SP4-8 Is OK But.......I 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 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.
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!
from Boston, MA
April 25, 2012Music Background:
Classically trained composer
Does what I needI 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 trained pianist, I enjoy the resistance the Kurzweil gives.
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.
from West Linn, OR USA
August 24, 2012Music Background:
good value for the priceFor 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 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.