Church organist/concert pianist and piano Technician.
As a professional musician, I have owned several Kurzweil keyboards, a Pc88, a K2600, a PC3X and now, this Kurzweil Artis SE. What I liked about the first 3 boards I mentioned above is that those boards had a number where you could punch up a sound in a heartbeat. For me, as a blind person, that was absolutely fantastic, when I was performing I could change sounds in a second. Now, let's get to the Artis Se, I do really like that board however for me, it's not quite as easy to punch up a sound, granted I could put 6 favorites into the instrument and bring up a particular sound when needed. It has sounds some of the sounds of my PC3X and some new ones as well, some killer electric pianos, some nice brass as well as some new guitar sounds as well. Now, let's get to the organ, the classical organ sounds are _ok, but I'm quite disappointed in the KB organ sounds I played B3 for several years on the road with 3 leslies, and while I know it's hard to emulate the true B3, my Roland VR09 does a _heck of a lot better than this keyboard. The tweeter horn is not bad, but the trebble has a lot to be desired. In all honesty my Kb2600, which I no longer have, had the best B3 sound including the Leslie rotary effect. For that reason, when I go on the road with my band I will take the Kurzweil Artis Se as well as my Roland Vr09 or my Hammond Xk1. For my piano performances, I do really love my Kurzweil Artis for those. I still love my PC3X as well, after 8 years,however, it weighs 54 pounds Vs. 38 or so with the Artis. So, my final review of this is, It's a really nice keyboard, except in my oppinion, the Kb organs, and the disappearance of the number pad but with that said, if you are sighted, you'll have no problems maneuvering around the menus. My buddy )_Joe Copenhaver as usual, is always awesome to work with, I can't say enough good about Sweetwater. Mr. Surack? you run an absolutely _superb company! Keep up your wonderful business.