Kurzweil Forte 88-key Synthesizer and Stage Piano

90
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90 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$4,999
Kurzweil Forte 88-key Synthesizer and Stage Piano

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 20+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Kurzweii Forte sports 16GB of sounds- ranging from Japanese concert pianos, electronic pianos such as Rhodes and Wurlitzers, as well as orchestral percussion.

Its highlight feature is its patented flash-play technology which allows you to load sounds instantly from its sound library in real-time. In addition to that, it has organ modelling section, editable FX engine and 16 arpeggiators.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88, fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Effects: Over 1000 complex effect chains,, 32 total FX units
  • Sequencer: 16-Track recorder
  • Other Controllers: 1 x Pitch wheel, 1 x Modulation wheel, 9 x Front panel sliders (w/ LED ladders), 9 x Switches (assignable/zone mutes/KB3 control), 1 x Variation switch,
    1 x tap tempo switch, 2 x transpose switches, *3 x switch pedal inputs (1 switch/sustain pedal is included, 2 x continuous control pedal inputs monopressure
  • Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/8" back-panel input (with FX)
  • Audio Outputs: 4 x 1/4" balanced TRS analog
  • Other Connectivity MIDI In/Thru/Out
  • Dimension: 54.5" x 5.5" x 15.5"
  • Weight: 48 lb

Pros

Aside from its piano patches, the Forte's synthesizer and effects engine were commended by a lot of reviewers since it offers quality synths and effects respectively.

A very intuitive layout is presented with its large color display that offers an organized and well-structured interface when it comes to accessing settings. Its buttons and sliders make it easy for users to edit and customize sounds, especially during live performances.

In his Sound on Sound review, Gordon Reid mentioned that its control panel "offers robust controls, clear on–screen menus, ‘live’ on–screen display of which parameter you’re adjusting when you grab a physical control, and many other welcome touches."

Many users also mentioned that it was easy to upgrade with the latest software updates, which improve its functionality.

Cons

There are no consistently reported negatives by owners.

Overall

This is exceptional for those who are looking for a stage piano that offers great quality piano samples as well as synthesizer patches.