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      Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Production Station (110314432)
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The pinnacle that bridges Kurzweil's past successes and present innovations.

The PC3K, already loaded up with the many impressive features and sounds of the PC3, allows users to tap into the massive wealth of samples and programs developed for Kurzweil's legendary K Series over the past two decades. Capable of loading .KRZ/25/26 sample files, WAVE and AIFF files, as well as most of the K Series programs and setups, the PC3K presents a whole new world of choices to players, and once again underscores Kurzweil's commitment to the concept of non-obsolescence by design. You can choose to delve into the extensive libraries of existing K Series samples or decide to fill the PC3K's flash memory with your own signature samples. In either case, you'll have the most powerful version of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T technology ever developed at your fingertips to help sculpt your sounds and attain a level of detail and expressiveness truly worthy of your music. Sample files can be loaded via USB from a thumb-drive or directly from a computer.

Esto Immortalis~ "Let it be lasting, immortal" (Latin)
User samples that do not "go away" when a keyboard is powered off - this is a feature that's been requested by keyboardists since the introduction of digital sampling in the early '80s. Clearly demonstrating the virtue of enduring quality, the PC3K offers 128 megabytes of user sample memory and compatibility with K Series files, while also taking an enormous leap forward by allowing user samples to remain intact while power is off. Once samples are loaded into the PC3K's flash memory, there is zero load time for those samples when powering on the instrument.

Advanced program, keymap and sample editing features allow you to customize your sounds with surgical precision. You're able to map any sample to any key, tune individual samples, change the start, alt start, loop point and end point of samples and even assign a controller to adjust sample start point in real-time.

Light Years Ahead
Under the hood of the PC3X is simply the most powerful synthesis engine ever created by Kurzweil. Dynamic V.A.S.T. picks up where the K series left off. Having up to 32 layers per program means that emulations of real instruments can be extremely detailed and accurate, while the synthesized sounds can be extraordinarily large and complex.

Expanding upon Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. architecture, the PC3X's new architecture delivers more power and flexibility combined with unprecedented ease of use. Users can now create and store their own DSP algorithms, with nearly limitless possibilities for routing.

In another huge development, Kurzweil has resurrected the VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer, having built it's synthesis engine right into the new system. Hear the VA-1's power-shaped, anti-aliasing oscillators (including supersaw, triplesaw, and hard sync oscillators) combined with a newer, larger set of V.A.S.T. filters (like the classic-style 4pole low pass w/ resonance) and non-linear processors and you'll understand why the internet is buzzing about this feature.

It's The Sound
The PC3 Series's advanced synthesis architecture, along with its painstakingly-edited sample ROM, allowed us to create a sound set that is both broad and deep, with no compromises on sound quality. Referred to by some in the music industry as "the solid gold Swiss army knife", the PC3 line has become well known for having covered all the bases when it comes to presets. Whether it's the famous Kurzweil grand piano, the wide array of deadly-accurate vintage keys emulations, KB3 Mode, VA virtual analog sounds or the hundreds of world-class orchestral and string section programs, the PC3K provides over 900 presets that let you know that it does everything and does it well.

Plug And Play
Saving, loading and updating the OS are all made easy on the PC3K with the inclusion of both USB Host and Device ports. You can save your user programs, setups and songs to a USB thumb-drive or directly to a computer. Samples and OS updates can be loaded from a thumb-drive or directly from your computer, and of course the PC3K sends and receives MIDI over USB.

Finishing Touch
In a nod to the design of classic synths and keyboard instruments from years past, the PC3K, the top of Kurzweil's PC3 line, has been fitted with handsomely crafted wooden end-caps, adding an element of luxury and refinement that beautifully complements the awesome technology at the heart of every Kurzweil keyboard.

Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Production Station Features:

  • Next generation, 88-note, fully weighted hammer-action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys, featuring a quick release spring
    240 x 64 angled, backlit LCD w/ dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls
    128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning fast performance
    16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
    Powerful dynamic VAST synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algorithms and routing
    Anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil's VA1 concept synth, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds
    Cascade Mode lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program - up to 32 consecutive layers deep!
    128MB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash ROM
    Can load PC3, Wave, and AIFF , and legacy Kurzweil .K files
    Over 850 Stunning new factory presets, many of which use 10-20 layers
    256 factory programmed MIDI setups. Up to 2048 user programmable MIDI setups, each with 16 independent zones, effects, triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and arpeggiator settings. Dozens of user-editable patterns for both pitch and velocity.
    Standard General MIDI
    2048 locations for user created preset programs, songs and setups
    One Sound ROM Expansion Slot
    Sequencer with unlimited tracks (on import); 960 PPQ resolution
    Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more
    6 insert effects distributed over 11 busses, two auxiliary sends and two Master Effects (saved with each song and setup); featuring over 500 award-winning effects
    User controllable master EQ section and compressor for quick adjustments during live performance or studio mixing
    Controllers include pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 9 front panel sliders/drawbar controllers, 10 front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable), 3 switch pedal input, 2 continuous control pedal inputs, mono pressure, Super Ribbon input, breath controller input
    16 full-featured independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play order, velocity, duration, tempo, and sync functions as well as pre-recorded beats and musical phrases
    16 unique "Riff" generators, used for triggering MIDI sequenced phrases, beats, or complete multi-track arrangements from notes on the keyboard and/or any on-board physical controller
    Four 1/4" balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
    Rear panel 1/4" headphone output
    24-bit, stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192-kHz modes
    MIDI In, Out, and Thru
    USB Computer Port allows MIDI over USB (Also lets you load and save data directly to and from a computer as well as perform free OS updates)
    Supports USB thumb-drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks (Can also be used for performing free OS updates)
    Sustain pedal sold separately



Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Production Station Specifications:

  • Height: 4.33" (11.00 cm)
    Depth: 13.98" (35.50 cm)
    Length: 54.33" (138 cm)
    Weight: 54 lb. (24.50 kg)
    Power: Internal AC power supply
    Selectable 120/240V AC operation


Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Production Station

90 days parts and labor warranty on pro series and refurbs.
One year warranty on refurb home series.
3 year parts/2 year labor warranty on Mark home series.

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  • Absolutely gorgeous sound, feel, and quality

    As reviewed by Robert DeFosse on 10/26/2011

    This is the best 88 key Synth/Keyboard there is and I've tried them all as I prepared to make my purchase. I was toggling between the Nord Stage2 88 key and the Kurzweil, but I'm glad I chose the Kurz...it simply has the best sounds of all of them including the Yamahas and the Rolands. While the Nords tend to be more user friendly for musicians, and the Kurzweil's tend to be more techie formated, once you actually do what they suggest: READ the manual and spend time learning how to navigate the controls, you will unleash a powerful and beautiful sounding, feeling AND operating machine. This is top of the line, full bore professional grade. Lucious sounds, lots of presets, lots of options, downloadable additions to what is already packed in the unit...man, it is fantastic. The keys feel like a Steinway in piano mode, and a B3 in organ mode. I have mine in my studio and connected in stereo (using QSC speakers)and am still learning before I take it to gigs. love love love it !!!!!

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  • A Beauty and A Beast

    As reviewed by Jeff Morbit on 5/9/2011

    The Kurzweil PC3K8 is one heck of a sweet board with tons of natural sounding instruments with very deep editing and layering capabilities. I have wanted a Kurzweil since the first time I touched one back around 1989 and experienced the quality of its natural instrument sounds. Twenty-some odd years later and I finally own one, it was well worth the wait. The Fully weighted keys feel great. I have yet to be able to dive deep into editing sounds and adding layers and effects, I have onlyhad the board for one week, but I am looking forward to it with the PC software that is available for free with the keyboard purchase from a link on their website. The latest OS update added many sounds and drum kits that I believe are from the PC3LE line. The board is a beast in both it's powerful features and it's weight (a whopping 54 lbs, 73 pounds - board and packaging when shipped.) OS updates are made easy via a direct to PC USB connection and/or a USB thumb drive. Midi Data can also be saved to a computer in the same manner (a very useful feature that helped influence my decision to wait for the PC3K8) or over standard MIDI connections. The keys, strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments are fantastic, a nice welcome to the sounds on my Korg N364 workstation and Korg MS 2000 Analog Modeling Synth. I will update after I have had time to read the Users Manual, (an actual bound user manual to hold in your hands), and play with the board for awhile. Thanks to Mitch, Kevin (GM), and Buzz from the Colorado Blvd store in Denver for the great customer service and assistance.

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