The classic K certainly stood out from samplers of the time, while the K, , and have maintained a dignified presence at the top end of the market with their multifarious upgrades and add-ons. Despite its name, the Micro Piano also offered some nice organs and strings, making it a fine source of quality sounds, and although it was only monotimbral, it did have generous for the time note polyphony. Not surprisingly, it had a lot of fans and sold well over the ensuing years. Instead of the black casing of its predecessor, the new model has a brushed aluminium finish, and the build quality is sturdy, well up to what we expect from Kurzweil. Three LEDs cover program, channel and global, and a dot-matrix display shows operating status and parameter settings.
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The classic K certainly stood out from samplers of the time, while the K, , and have maintained a dignified presence at the top end of the market with their multifarious upgrades and add-ons.
Despite its name, the Micro Piano also offered some nice organs and strings, making it a fine source of quality sounds, and although it was only monotimbral, it did have generous for the time note polyphony.
Not surprisingly, it had a lot of fans and sold well over the ensuing years. Instead of the black casing of its predecessor, the new model has a brushed aluminium finish, and the build quality is sturdy, well up to what we expect from Kurzweil.
Three LEDs cover program, channel and global, and a dot-matrix display shows operating status and parameter settings. The unit is still powered by an external PSU, though. There are two basic ways of setting up the Micro Ensemble: you either do it via MIDI of which more in a moment , or via the front panel. This latter selection method involves pressing the Mode Select button so that the channel LED is lit, and selecting the channel itself via the data knob. You then press the Mode Select button twice to select Program mode, and use the Bank button and Data knob to select your sound.
As already mentioned, the ME1 has sounds, and for the purposes of front-panel sound selection, these are organised into 16 banks of 16, accessed by choosing a bank from A-P and then the sound number from that bank. As explained in the main text below, 16 banks of 16 sounds are available via the front panel.
They comprise: Bank A: Classical pianos. Bank B: Rock pianos and piano pads. Bank C: Rhodes and electric-piano sounds. Bank D: Wurlitzer and FM pianos. Bank E: Electric grands and pads. Bank F: Clavinets, harpsichords, accordions, celestes and calliope sounds. Bank G: Organs. Bank H: Brass and saxes. Bank I: Strings. Bank K: Synth leads and basses. Bank L: Synth pads and textures. Bank M: Guitars.
Bank O: Drumkits. Bank P: Percussion. When accessed via MIDI, the sounds are instead organised into two banks of sounds, accessed via MIDI Controller 0 and 32 messages with a second value of 0 or 6 to access the bank. The ME1 also responds to many generic MIDI controllers, such as those for mod wheel and breath controller, but irritatingly, the effects of these vary considerably from patch to patch, and yet are not explained in the manual.
Another potential source of problems is that there seems to be no way of switching off unwanted MIDI channels if you want to use the Micro Ensemble together with another multitimbral unit. Sounds Interesting These criticisms aside, what is the ME1 like to play? The attention to detail really shows; for example, one of the acoustic pianos has just the right level of hammer clunk, and many of the Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos have a space and depth to them that made them sound, to me, even better than the originals.
Some of electric piano sounds gradually distort as you play them louder, implying that care has been taken when velocity switching the samples, and this is also apparent on the basses, which offer for example velocity-switched slap and pull sounds on the same note. The organs, however, are rather polite.
What you get is a reasonable range of organ sounds that will blend nicely in any mix, but most lack the swirl of a Leslie cabinet. There are many good sounds to play with and explore, but here is a selection of my personal favourites.
Very effective. Very realistic. The synth leads and pads are a mixed bunch, from nice Moog emulations to pads that exhibit almost Wavestation-like movement, and could be excellent for soundtracks and ambient material. The guitar and bass sounds are particularly realistic, with the string mapped to the correct octaves below the B string, and unisons thereafter, while the lead sounds are nicely grungy. The drums are excellent throughout. This makes drum and cymbal rolls easier to program in real time, and thereby more realistic.
Many of the drum kits and percussion sounds can be altered via the mod wheel, which controls pitch, envelope or sustain depending on the patch, and you can have hard or soft mallet attacks for the marimbas. Some sounds are even programmed so that the mod wheel applies octave pitch-bends to certain of the layers that make up the sound, or so that the wheel controls the balance of the different layers in the patch.
Mentioning the layers used in some sounds brings me to my final point, which is that the available polyphony of 32 notes is soon eaten up by sounds of this type. One other feature inherited from the Micro Piano allows you to sustain a sound, change patches, and play the new sound without cutting off the previous one, and although this is handy, it also makes it easy to run out of polyphony in some situations.
The sounds exhibit no detectable artifacts, and for the performer the range of nuances and subtleties are second to none. The main problem is the manual, which seriously needs a rewrite to include, at the very least, the range of controllable parameters.
KURZWEIL MICROPIANO Manual
Organ, electric piano, and string pads. In addition, the Kurzweil MicroPiano features several built-in effects, including chorus and reverb. Greater than dB. A" weighted, Effects.
KURZWEIL MICRO ENSEMBLE Reference Manual
Nikogrel Good condition, obviously there are some cosmetic marks to the casing and works absolutely perfectly. The plug has been damaged; or B. So he has not done a lot of competitors. Several curves are offered for miccropiano MicroPiano. User reviews: Kurzweil MicroPiano — Audiofanzine To mount mciropiano MicroPiano to a half-rack adapter, you must use the screws supplied. All other products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. The front panel looks pretty good and clear especially for the age.