Kurzweil Music Systems
is a company that produces electronic musical instruments
for professionals and home users. Founded in 1982 by Raymond Kurzweil
, a developer of reading machines
for the blind
, the company made use of many of the technologies originally designed for reading machines
and adapted them to musical
purposes. They released their first instrument, the K250
in 1983, and have continued producing new instruments ever since.
The company was acquired by Young Chang
in 1990. Hyundai
acquired Young Chang in 2006 and in January 2007 has appointed Raymond Kurzweil as Chief Strategy Officer of Kurzweil Music Systems.
The company launched the K250 synthesizer/sampler in 1984: while limited by today's standards and quite expensive, it was considered to be the first really successful attempt to emulate the complex sound of a grand piano. This instrument was inspired by a bet between Ray Kurzweil and musician Stevie Wonder over whether a synthesizer could sound like a real piano. First issued as a very large and heavy keyboard, the electronics were also issued in a very large and heavy rackmount version, as the 250RMX (Rack Mount "Expander" -- the presumed intention being that one could drive via MIDI and sequencers one or more "expanders"). Additional sample ROMS were developed and issued for both models.
As opposed to using 'sample-based' or 'subtractive' synthesis, the K150 (a... Read More