I had a Kurzweil K2000 VP a long time ago. I think I bought it back in 1998. I loved it. I was easy to work with yet super deep if I wanted to do something beside scratching its surface. It had 24 true voices, 16 parts and I still remember the scent of the thing. It was a beast.
I remember it came with a manual thick as hell (as two printed manuals really) and the available manual in PDF format reveals that it was 530 pages in total. Never had the energy to read it all though but I sure got a lot out of it still.
I sold it to save space and since it was the VP, owning a K2000R didn’t really cut it. Sold that one too. I wanted the K2500. And roughly a year ago I got a used K2500R at almost mint condition for as little as €300. And for coffee money I got the memory upgraded to 128MB RAM – which is its maximum amount.
On to the more important thing now. The K2500R has a floppy drive. And SCSI connectors on the back. My MacBook Pro has neither.
I managed to get an old PC running which I had, for uncertain reasons, hidden in the basement. I also had a box there with floppies for the old K2000 VP – sounds and patches that I’d made myself. Some of them were stored on ZIP disks as well. After some more digging I also found an Iomega ZIP Drive. It had a parallel interface so the PC that I dug out can in rather handy. Remember to keep an old computer like that if you’re working with an old sampler, like the Kurzweil K2000, K2500 and K2600. I made backups of all the sounds to the PC and moved them via a USB stick to my Mac.
Now. To be able to move files from the Mac to the K2500R, without using the PC and floppies, I’ve started to investigate the possibility to install a card reader (CF or SD) in the K2500R. And there appears to be a couple of ways actually.
One could find an internal card reader with a SCSI connector.
One could find an internal card reader with an IDE connector and a SCSI to IDE bridge.
One could find an external card reader housed in a box with SCSI connectivity.
Or one could find a floppy emulator!
I read through all the pages of this thread over at Gearslutz thinking that someone must have done this before me.
When looking at photos of the CF card reader integration it appears that the CF card must be connected through the PCMCIA adapter instead of going into the CF slot directly and the reason for this seems to be that the PCMCIA slot is assigned with LUN 0.
I really fancy the Floppy Drive Emulator. Not sure whether it’d work in the K2500R but it might actually do. Check this out if you’ve got some time over. Datex appears to have an emulator as well.
Searching eBay for items shows that there’s a lot actually. If I had the space a nice little SCSI tower box with both CD-ROM, 9GB HDD and a card reader would suffice – really. But I’m after the sleek and tidy solution; an internal card reader that sits in the 3.5″ drive bay of the K2500R.