Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Performance Controller

Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Performance Controller

Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Performance Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 88 Keys
  • Fully Weighted Hammer Action
  • Velocity and Aftertouch Sensitivity
  • 850 Factory Presets
  • 256 Factory-Programmed MIDI Setups
  • 240 x 64 Angled, Back-Lit LCD Display
  • 128-Voice Polyphony
  • Includes AC Power Cord
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Kurzweil PC3K8 overview

  • 1Description

The PC3K8 from Kurzweil is an 88-key performance controller that features a fully weighted, hammer action keybed, and is loaded with a sound set that is both broad and deep, with no compromises on sound quality. The unit can also access the massive wealth of samples and programs developed over the past 18 years for the legendary K Series synthesizers.

Capable of loading .KRZ/25/26 sample files, WAVE and AIFF files, as well as most of the K Series programs and setups, the PC3K8 presents a whole world of choices to players. Additionally, users can fill the 128MB of built-in flash memory with their own signature samples. Sample files can be loaded via USB from a thumb-drive or directly from a computer.

User-samples do not "go away" when the keyboard is powered off. Once samples are loaded into the PC3K8's flash memory, there is zero load time for those samples when powering on the instrument. With advanced program, keymap, and sample editing features, the user is able to customize their sounds, allowing them 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 the sample start point in real-time.

The Dynamic V.A.S.T. synthesis engine provides up to 32 layers per program. This allows for emulations of real instruments to be extremely detailed and accurate, while the synthesized sounds can be large and complex. Users can now create and store their own DSP algorithms, with nearly limitless possibilities for routing. Kurzweil has also resurrected the VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer by having its synthesis engine built right into the new system.


Next generation, 88-key, fully weighted, hammer action, with velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keys, featuring a quick release spring, striking an ideal balance of playability between piano type parts and synthesizer/organ parts
240 x 64 angled, back-lit LCD with dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls
128-Voice polyphony, dynamically allocated with lightning fast performance
16 parts (one per MIDI channel) multitimbral
Dynamic VAST - powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algorithms and routing
VA1 Inside - anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil's VA1 concept synthesizer, 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 (loaded samples stay in memory even after power cycle)
In addition to loading all PC3 files, the PC3K8 can load both Wave and AIFF files - can also load legacy Kurzweil .K files** from the K2000, K2500 and K2600 keyboards, including support for importing the majority of K Series keymap, program and setup data 1
Over 850 stunning factory presets, many of which use 10 to 20 layers, featuring samples from the PC2 Base Sound, Orchestral, Classic Keys, General MIDI set, and the String Section ROM banks. Also, 64+ new KB3 programs
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
2048 locations for user-created preset programs, songs, and setups
Includes standard General MIDI
Single sound ROM expansion slot
Sequencer provides unlimited tracks (on import) with 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more. Controller chasing and a global "set song length" functions are also featured
16 insert effects distributed over 11 busses, 2 auxiliary sends, and 2 Master Effects (saved with each song and setup), featuring over 500 effects - reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, Leslie simulators, compressors, and more
User-controllable master EQ section and master compressor for quick adjustments during live performance or putting the final touches on your studio mix (these do not use up the insert effect resources)
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. Controller values can be "captured" and stored as part of a program
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
24-bit, stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz modes (externally clockable)
MIDI In, Out, and Thru (hardware switchable to copy of MIDI Out)
USB computer port allows for MIDI over USB and allows the PC3K to load and save data directly to and from a computer as well as perform OS updates
USB storage port supports USB thumb-drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks - can also be used for performing OS updates
Fitted with handsomely crafted wooden end-caps
UPC: 883793202710
In the Box
Kurzweil PC3K8 88-Key Performance Controller
  • AC Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Includes Free

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    • 1Description

    Kurzweil PC3K8 specs

    Keyboard 88-key, fully weighted, hammer action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity
    Polyphony 128 voices, dynamically allocated
    Multitimbral 16 parts
    Synthesis Method Dynamic VAST : With user programmable DSP algorithms and routing
    VA1 Inside: Anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil's VA1 concept synthesizer
    Presets Over 850
    User Memory 2048
    Effects 16 insert effects
    Over 500 presets
    Sequencer Unlimited tracks
    960 PPQ resolution
    Controllers 1 x Pitch wheel
    1 x Modulation wheel,
    9 x Sliders/drawbar controllers,
    10 x Front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable)
    3 x Switch pedal inputs
    2 x Continuous control pedal inputs
    1 x Super Ribbon input
    1 x Breath controller input
    Expansion Slots Single slot
    Sample RAM 128 MB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash ROM
    Inputs 1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
    Outputs 4 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS
    2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out, Thru
    1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
    Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS
    External Storage Supports USB thumb-drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks
    Display 240 x 64 angled, backlit LCD with dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls
    Power Requirements Internal AC power supply, selectable 120~240 VAC operation
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 54.3 x 14 x 4.3" / 138 x 35.5 x 11 cm
    Weight 54 lb / 24.5 kg
    Specialties Flash ROM upgradeable via USB or thumb-drive
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    Package Weight 74.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 72.0 x 29.0 x 12.0"

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