The Complete K2000 > The Official Brian Cowell Collection

The Official Brian Cowell Collection
for the K2000/K2vx/K2500

Specials Demos QA Bank Collection
Setups Program Themes
Leftovers Previews Comments

 

 

I released these programs to the public because of the lack of programming done as a whole with the K2000. By this I mean that using the K2000 as a sampler has taken hold over the amount of flexibility and high quality sounds that can be programmed from using just the onboard standard roms. The K2000 stands above all other keyboards. In fact, users of other samplers should see the K2000 as a standard source to sample for themselves! I hope that these sounds spark creativity into your music and give fresh approaches for greater ideas.

Brian Cowell
March 1997
Sweetwater Soundware


NOTE: These Programs use no RAM Samples and will run on any Kurzweil K-series instrument. They are in the Techno, Ambient, and Dance music styles.

The following files are broken down into five different groups. A ZIP file can be found containing all the programs along with links to the individual KRZ files.

There is a readme.txt file that replicates this page.

 

SPECIALS

Complete Specials archive: b_c_spcl.zip ( kb)

Members of the user K2000 User's Group will notice some variations of ideas that members of this group came up with and donated to the net. Good work fellas.....

Enjoy my versions of some of their Programs as well as ideas of my own. There are 100 Programs here.....

 

Files:
B_C_SPC1.KRZ
B_C_SPC2.KRZ

DEMOS

Complete Demos archive: b_c_demo.zip ( kb)

Contains 100 Programs and were just more ideas that I had. I hope you find some of them useful........

Files: # of Pgm Style
X-DEMO1.KRZ 50 Techno, Dance sounds
X-DEMO2.KRZ 50 Techno, Dance sounds

QA BANK COLLECTIONS 1 through 4:

Complete QA Banksarchive: b_c_qarm.zip ( kb)

These were created to replace Programs 1 through 199 with a particular style of music by loading in new Programs. For instance, if your music is more into "TECHNO & DANCE", then you would load into the machine these new Programs and Quick Access Banks of this style of music.

This makes finding sounds of this particular style easier without having to sift through sounds that aren't relevant. But as always, my idea of "TECHNO & DANCE" sounds may be different than somebody else's so I encourage you to play with the setup till you get it right.

How do I load the sounds?

First make sure that everything you want to keep is SAVED as this will clean out your machine of existing sounds you have loaded into RAM. Now do the following........

1. Press Load, Select File (ie. QAROM2.KRZ)
2. Press OK
3. Move down the menu to Everything then press Overwrt.
4. The screen asks if you want to continue, press "Yes"
5. Asks if you are sure, press "Yes".
6. Now try the Programs and check out the Quick Access Banks.

What are the disadvantages?

It uses a lot of P-RAM that would be used by the sequencer. And, of course, the Setups are no longer correct as they are accessing different Programs than those in the original Factory Presets.

 

Files and Set:
QAROM1.KRZ
## ALTERNATIVE 1 ##
QAROM2.KRZ
## TECHNO & DANCE ##
QAROM3.KRZ
## AMBIENT ##
QAROM4.KRZ
## ALTERNATIVE 2 ##
NOTE:
Use these Programs to replace the Factory Programs and QA Banks 1 to 199. Load a QA file as Everything Overwrite. If you do not want to Overwrite your existing Programs or QA Banks, load them to an empty Bank like 200 and up.

SETUPS

Complete Setups archive: b_c_setp.zip ( kb)

These setup files are all programmed and created by Brian Cowell for use by Kurzweil K-series users.

Files:        
SETUP001.KRZ SETUP009.KRZ SETUP017.KRZ SETUP025.KRZ SETUP033.KRZ
SETUP002.KRZ SETUP010.KRZ SETUP018.KRZ SETUP026.KRZ SETUP034.KRZ
SETUP003.KRZ SETUP011.KRZ SETUP019.KRZ SETUP027.KRZ SETUP035.KRZ
SETUP004.KRZ SETUP012.KRZ SETUP020.KRZ SETUP028.KRZ SETUP036.KRZ
SETUP005.KRZ SETUP013.KRZ SETUP021.KRZ SETUP029.KRZ SETUP037.KRZ
SETUP006.KRZ SETUP014.KRZ SETUP022.KRZ SETUP030.KRZ  
SETUP007.KRZ SETUP015.KRZ SETUP023.KRZ SETUP031.KRZ  
SETUP008.KRZ SETUP016.KRZ SETUP024.KRZ SETUP032.KRZ  
 

PROGRAM

Complete Programs archive: b_c_prgm.zip ( kb)

There are 625 Programs that are contained within these files. They are all programmed and created by Brian Cowell for use by Kurzweil K-series users.

Files:        
XPROG001.KRZ XPROG004.KRZ XPROG007.KRZ XPROG010.KRZ XPROG013.KRZ
XPROG002.KRZ XPROG005.KRZ XPROG008.KRZ XPROG011.KRZ XPROG014.KRZ
XPROG003.KRZ XPROG006.KRZ XPROG009.KRZ XPROG012.KRZ  
 

THEMES

Complete Themes archive: b_c_them.zip ( kb)

Here are some new Setup's that will purtain to specific themes.

Horror '97
  Zombie's Rising Inspired from the John Carpenter film "The Fog".
  Dark Road A "building up tension" pad.
  Crystal Waters A reverb drowned, far away mysterios keyboard sound.
  Listen to Vox Another mystery sound using reverb and vocals.
  Stephen is King Created after being exposed to a lot of Stephen King films.
  Splash Keys Another deep mystery sound using reverb.
  Paranoia The "running from danger" sound used in horror films.
  Chilling Memory The "exploring the house" sound used in horror films.
  Shadow City Dark "downtown city" sound.
  Hammer House The title comes from those 70's films of the same name.
     
Science Fiction
  First Contact More CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND inspired rather than INDEPENDENCE DAY.
  Zero Gravity Floating type of pad.
 

Ripley's Escape

Inspired from the final moments of the power plant in ALIENS 2.
  Saturn's Winds Whispy rez pad.
  Asteroid (mW) Orbiting type of pad. MWheel activates asteroid beacon.
  Meteor Shower Peacefull pad for a peacefull planet interrupted by a meteor shower siren.
  Reverbal Moon Mysterious type pad.
  Memories of Green Blade Runner inspired sound. Originally a Vangelis song.
  Ceta Alpha IV Pad of a planets surface that is desolate.
  Space Shutle Created after watching astronauts floating from the space shuttle.

LEFTOVERS

Complete Leftovers archive: b_c_left.zip ( kb)

The Setups are complete but some of the Programs are "unworked" ideas. The ones that have MIDI in their name lock on to a MIDI Clock Sync (Tempo in Song Page). This is the last of the stuff laying around and are presented "as is". There might not be anything new to some users, but others might find something of use.

 

Files:
BC1SET97.KRZ
128 Programs and 56 Setups
BC2SET97.KRZ
50 Programs

PREVIEWS

For those of you looking for the "personal collection" previews...

Files:
FAIRLITE.KRZ - ( kb) SAVAGE.KRZ - ( kb) SPLASH.KRZ - ( kb)

COMMENTS

Why give so much away?

I've been asked this question so many times that you are also probably curious as to why all this is given away. Well for starters, how many other Programs and Setups are available for Kurzweil users on the net? Answer: literally NONE!

Well this to begin with absolutely amazes me as such a powerful machine should have a large user base. Other makers of machines have banks on the net but not the Kurzweil. I think the majority of us have been seduced by the Sampling Option and the optional RAM for Samples that we all added. We then lazily just Load in Samples of the lesser quality machines emulating their clever programming techniques. My opinion is that the VAST sound process is being wasted. At this time, I had many Programs that were just collecting dust in my studio. And the opinion I had was that somebody's trash will be somebody's treasure was the reason I passed on so many Programs.