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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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Anonymous Nice idea! A virtual Technics Keyboard Emulation would be interesting for me. The only arranger software I know is Band In A Box. Though I must say, software will never replace a good keyboard or synthesizer.
For all the (few) KN7000 owners the 1st chose might be interesting, for the rest of us the emulation of it might be more practicable. Please keep on working on it!!!
Posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM
Anonymous software konverter sequencer kn7000 ke mp3 player
Posted on September 01, 2014 at 5:43 AM
admin You can do this already.

Use the Technics Audio Recorder software available here:

http://technicskn7000.com/about/software/...

This will record kn7000 on your PC via USB in WAV format when you play the kn7000 sequencer.

It is easy to convert from WAV to MP3. There are many free programs to do it.
Posted on September 01, 2014 at 8:04 PM
Anonymous technics kn whether the product will be developed again. but the factory was already no longer production, whether Technics KN8000 be launched
Posted on September 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM
Anonymous whether technics kn 8000 will be produced again.
Posted on October 02, 2014 at 2:23 PM
Anonymous Option 2 Midi keyboard to computer with possibly a hardware addon.
Posted on November 03, 2014 at 3:53 AM
Anonymous Waiting for software, there is sequencer KN7000 player for windows pc, so many song in my SD card could enable to play in PC like a Midi player with 16 chanel that can edited,transpose and etc. Thank you ...
Posted on November 04, 2014 at 11:17 PM
etwo4788 Just want to thank you for all you do to keep the 7K and it's popularity up
and running.

Elizabeth aka E2/etwo
Posted on April 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM
admin Thanks Elizabeth I'm so pleased that you're enjoying the websites and it is such a pleasure getting to know everyone!
Posted on April 11, 2015 at 5:29 PM
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