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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-15 > KURZWEIL Artis 7


Live performers need hands-on control as well as great sounds. Hollin Jones finds out if Kurzweil’s Artis 7 can do the business…

Kurzweil has been in the business of making keyboard workstations and stage performance instruments almost as long as anyone, and its products have graced countless stages around the world. While once it focused mostly on the top end of the market, these days it also makes keyboards that are more accessible to players whose budgets aren’t up there with those of a professional. The Artis 7 is a 76-key stage piano that’s designed to appeal to a wide range of users, from keen amateurs all the way through to gigging professionals.

Stage pianos aren’t often lightweight, and despite being a 76-rather than a full 88-key model, the Artis 7 feels solid to carry. The silver finish is quite unusual and works well, even if the top panel feels a little uninspiring to look at and the sliders and buttons could arguably feel a little higher in quality. Around the back of the box, you’ll find the ins and outs – which are a little more spartan than you might get on a workstation, though this is of course a stage piano, so there’s a stereo jack audio out and headphones, but no multitrack outputs and no XLR connections. A mini audio jack input enables you to connect an external source, such as an iPod, and there’s 1x1 MIDI in and out for external gear.

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