posted 26 May 2013
The "PC2 Manager" is a nice little free program that uses a computer to
add/manage/edit sounds for your Kurzweil PC2/2x. It includes some free
sounds as well. It was available until some weeks ago on the
Sonikmatter website, but now Sonikmatter has shut down for good -- no
matter, click on the link below to download it (you may have to
right-click on it and choose "save as").
- PC2 Manager (freeware for non-commercial use)
- KFM Sounds
- Kurzdaddy Vintage EPs (free)
- GM Sounds (free)
- Manuals/User's Guides (free)
I recently used
PC2 Manager on our PC2 at church. As I recall, a USB MIDI cable
will NOT work to communicate with the synth -- you need the old 15-pin
port style MIDI
connector. I had to drag my daughter's old Windows ME desktop out
of retirement to do the job! I believe it's not the operating
system that matters but that port connector. If you have a USB
MIDI cable and it works for you, great -- let me know!! But
if not, you probably need to get the old-style connector from e-bay and
get a card or borrow an old computer. There should be plenty
around! It's a free download so it can't hurt to try.
There's a great synthesis program on it.
forget to upgrade your PC2 to the latest operating system. We had
version 1.x and it only had sounds in Bank 1, plus the K3B
soundbank. Flashing the operating system gave us a ton more
sounds in Bank 6 and more K3B sounds for free, not quite doubling the
number of sounds, plus fixing the annoying "Low Battery" message glitch
in OS 1.x. It's not hard to do -- but if Bank 6 has sounds in it
already on your unit, you're probably OK as is.
Kurzweil has a great download page for the PC2/PC2X with manuals, the updates, and even a download of vintage pianos (the "Kurzdaddy" set at the bottom)!
also sells a download of sounds for the "user" bank for about
$25. It's called "KFM" because it uses FM synthesis. You can
find out more here.
I actually got the DLN sounds, plus the sounds that come bundled with
PC Manager, plus the Kurzdaddy vintage sounds to all fit in our PC2
User Bank. Also, PC Manager allowed me to put them in a logical
order, so I was able to move the sounds around so they work with the
corresponding presets on the keyboard. In other words, I moved
most of the electric piano sounds to slots #17-32 so when the player
presses E.Piano 1 or E. Piano 2, he gets the electric piano sounds, the
same for the "Pads," "Bass," "Strings," and other buttons. It
isn't perfect, but it's pretty good and makes it easier for the
player. It took a little figuring out how to move sounds around
with the program but they all fit in the user bank. Some of the
free sounds didn't work for me for some reason (e.g., the Mellotron
flutes ), but most did, so I'm happy. All this to say -- you CAN do it.
Finally -- if
you have more links, downloads, or tips to share, let me know so I can
post them here to share with everyone. Thanks!
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P.S. -- Here's an addtionl link on Creating PC2 Manager files for Orchestral & VintageKeys ROMs