Technics KN8000

Jul 24, 2014

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I'm in discussion with some programmers and hardware manufacturers about a massive new project relating to the KN7000 at the moment. I'm calling it KN8000 for fun but there's also more than an air of seriousness behind that title.

Resurrecting the KN7000

I know there's been a lot of talk over the years about Technics resurrecting the KN7000, manufacturing a KN8000 or resuming production of keyboards and musical instruments but that's not going to happen. Keyboards such as the Yamaha Tyros 5 and other new arranger keyboards are more and more reliant on, or connected to, computers, the Internet and software.

The future lies in that direction doesn't it? But the ease of use and the 'flavour' or character of the older hardware keyboards (and we're all Technics fans here, so let's say Technics Keyboards) seems to be lost somewhere in the mix.

So, without giving too much away, let's say our project has three components or possibilities:

  1. A computer programme specifically to work with the Technics KN7000. Running on your computer in parallel with the KN7000
  2. A computer simulation of the Technics KN7000, with additional features. Working on any MIDI keyboard and computer, giving the KN7000 features plus more to new users (or virtually replacing your KN7000!)
  3. A computer simulation of the Technics KN8000 (with your suggested features). A MIDI keyboard, supported with additional special hardware and a computer.

KN8000 Touchscreen

I'm going to help you visualise some of these in the near future by publishing some photos of my own setup, which is a KN7000 supported by a 23" touchscreen computer (which is about the size of two pages of music).

My touchscreen replaces the need for paper music and sits above my KN7000 where you would expect the music rest to be. It also runs my virtual instruments, allowing me to play thousands of the best quality sounds available directly from the KN7000, through its sound system.

KN8000 Features

Let your imagination run wild for a moment, and forget abut economic viability because as we all know, anything is possible...

  • Which of the above three options would be of interest to you?
  • What features of the KN7000 would you like to add to or change?


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Mike (Admin)

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I started playing Technics instruments in my early teens and I've owned several models of their organs and keyboards. As a former professional organist and keyboard player I have played most of the models that I haven't owned, so I'm pretty familiar with most Technics organs and keyboards.


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