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Kurzweil MarkPro ONEi : A Digital Piano Like No Other!

Published: Thu January 08, 2009  News Feed

The latest in electronic instrument chip technology has been in development for several years at Kurzweil R&D in Waltham, MA. This newest sound chip is used in the MarkPro Series, creating a powerful digital piano unlike any other.

Kurzweil Mark One

Bring the Kurzweil sound to your home!

For a few decades now, Kurzweil keyboards have been used by some of the world's top artists, including Duran Duran, New Order, Van Halen, Alicia Keys, Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Stevie Wonder and U2.

After a 1982 meeting with Stevie Wonder, in which the latter lamented the divide in capabilities and qualities between electronic synthesizers and traditional musical instruments, Kurzweil was inspired to create a new generation of music synthesizers capable of accurately duplicating the sounds of real instruments. Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in the same year, and in 1984, the Kurzweil K250 was unveiled.

The machine was capable of imitating a number of instruments, and in tests musicians were unable to discern the difference between the Kurzweil K250 on piano mode from a normal grand piano.[2] The recording and mixing abilities of the machine, coupled with its abilities to imitate different instruments made it possible for a single user to compose and play an entire orchestral piece.

Stevie Wonder Rick Wright

Stevie Wonder (left) and Rick Wright of Pink Floyd, lovin' their Kurzweils.

With the MarkPro ONEi, you can bring the classic Kurzweil sound to your home! Years of research and analysis have gone into the original acoustic sampling creating a chip that could play and express a majestic and deep stereo sound and provide plentiful polyphony for any home.

Featuring 88 Note fully weighted hammer action with velocity sensitive adjustable keys, the MarkPro ONEi is a digital piano of great lineage. With a sound engine derived from our 2007 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award winning SP2X Controller, the MarkPro ONEi offers an array of performance features and superb sounds.

Features:

Expressive Sounds

The MarkPro ONEi boasts 64 incredible sounds (with latest O/S installed), including our acclaimed Triple-Strike Stereo Grand Piano, our new lush Stereo Strings, multi-strike Classic Electric Pianos (both Fender Rhodes(TM) and Wurlitzer(TM)), FM Electric Piano, Harpsichord, Brass Sections, Organs, Pads, Mallets, Guitars, Basses, Drums, Percussion, and Voices (featuring Kurzweil's outstanding Take 6 vocal samples).

20 Auto Drum Sets
20 preprogrammed drum patterns giving the user and variety of styles to play along with.

64 Voice Polyphony
64 note polyphony ensures that notes will continue sounding even under high demand performance situations.

USB Interface With Complete MIDI Functionality
The MarkPro ONEi is a full 16 channel multi-timbral device. Built-in MIDI in/out ports provide a convenient means of connecting to external MIDI devices, such as a computer sequencer, where all 16 channels can be accessed independently. In addition, the MarkPro ONEi supports MIDI system exclusive dumps for back-up and restore of song data and global settings.

Song Recorder
The MarkPro ONEi Recorder offers one Song memory comprised of a single track. One of the biggest advantages in the MarkPro ONEi recorder is that not only does it record your individual solo performances, but it also records any layered and split sound combinations together into each track and even remembers real-time sound changes.

Built-in 15 Watt Stereo Sound System
The MarkPro ONEi has is its own custom 15-watt/channel power amplifier and matched two-way, high efficiency speaker sound system, featuring new dual 6.5" full range drivers, optimized for the MarkPro ONEi cabinetry.

 
 
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