PC161 Overview

Discontinued Model
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Affordable Excellence

Kurzweil introduced the first Performance Controller keyboard, the PC88, back in 1994, receiving both critical and public acclaim. Now the PC161, Kurzweil's most affordable and lightweight PC model, continues the tradition of excellence. With breathtaking sounds, superior effects and impressive controller capabilities, the PC161 delivers the power of Kurzweil's popular PC1X in a lightweight, elegant 61 note enclosure.

It's the Sound....

The end result is the famous Kurzweil sound, which has made the entire PC series a resounding success. The many samples are impressive; they have been tuned, looped, noise-reduced, and processed with a level of expertise and precision found nowhere else in the industry. These include the Triple-Strike Piano, countless drum and percussion kits, Take 6 vocals, and built-in Orchestral ROM expansion. For those looking for even more sound choices, Kurzweil's optional Classic Keys sound ROM expansion adds a world class set of stunningly realistic "vintage" sounds.

It's the Effects...

The final ingredient to the PC161's sound is its effects processor, using the same technology found in our award winning KSP8 processor and K26 Series keyboards. Stated simply, the effects section in the PC series sounds better than most stand-alone effects processors. Reverbs decay noiselessly into complete silence. The many chorus, phaser and flanger presets are full and rich. Transparent compressors, authentic rotary speaker emulations, and realistic distortion presets are ideal for "vintage" sounds. And of course there are the effects algorithms unique to Kurzweil, like shapers and Laserverb.

It's the Control...

The PC161 offers comprehensive MIDI control, with multiple overlapping zones, inputs for dual switch and CC pedals, and a bank of assignable switches and knobs. Intelligent MIDI implementation, a full featured arpeggiator, and optional Super Ribbon controller make the PC161 an ideal controller whether you're on stage, in the studio or on your desktop.

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2018-06-22: What a great @jamescordenbae #carpoolKareoke with #PaulMcCartney, and yes, sir Paul ends up playing a #Kurzweil… https://t.co/kKy3Tkc2hw

2018-06-22: Nuevo distribuidor de #Kurzweil en España. Si vives en España ya puedes comprar los últimos modelos de teclados de… https://t.co/cxJQZFJQ1g

2018-06-21: #Kurzweil #CUP320, The Authentic Piano Experience. Powered by Kurzweil's Flash-Play patented technology.… https://t.co/KUDL0DKgAx

2018-06-20: The Atrium (@The_Atrium_DE) performing at #Traumzeitfestival (@Dreamtime_DU) with a #Kurzweil #Forte. https://t.co/oDobG2J7dq

2018-06-19: RT @GlebKolyadin: A small excerpt from Kurzweil Artis (@KurzweilMusic) video review which we made together with @Trumpeterrr and music salo…

2018-06-15: RT @charlyconga: Here we go... https://t.co/KKadEKXbgh

2018-06-14: Hear All 77 Covers 'Weird Al' Played on 2018 Tour - w/ #Kurzweil artist Ruben Valtierra on the keys -… https://t.co/CfTHC3eJ25

2018-06-14: RT @albertotrullu: Some sounds inspired from old Jordan's Songs (when he used Kurzweil keyboards , especially Over the edge, maked with K2…

2018-06-13: #Kurzweil #SP6 owners - looking to integrate your SP6 and DAW? Check out the new PlugSE plug in:… https://t.co/SpyC4XlZq2

2018-06-13: New music from #Kurzweil artist Taylor Cullen @taylynncullen who always tours with her #PC3LE:… https://t.co/CQvPU8tDle

2018-06-13: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording keyboards @edrecordstudio https://t.co/kQkI7aNeAd

2018-06-13: RT @albertotrullu: Kurzweil Duo Forte &Pc3 on live set! great gig :) @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/PUxR5UTOxh

2018-06-08: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Firma @KurzweilMusic postanowiła rozszerzyć ofertę keyboardów o dwa nowe modele – KP200 i KP70. https://t.co/gnYicuoEAR

2018-06-08: One man band? Check out the new #Kurzweil KP-70 and KP-200 Portable Arrangers! https://t.co/wf20pkkTQS… https://t.co/HHKBOXUEUT

2018-06-07: Get the brand new #Kurzweil KP-1H Half-Damper pedal, compatible with the #Forte, #ForteSE, #SP6, #Artis and… https://t.co/cweEDoFD8i

2018-06-06: RT @Muzyk_FCM: W czerwcowym @Muzyk_FCM publikujemy m. in. wywiad z @GrumpyOldRick – klawiszowcem grupy YES, relację z targów @Superbooth_Bl…

2018-06-05: Rediscover the portability and amazing power of the#Kurzweil #Forte7. All the power of the #Forte with a 76 key, fu… https://t.co/e7JZmNOsen

2018-06-01: #Kurzweil #SP6 Users - need help creating split multis? https://t.co/ZIwkXR1wrB https://t.co/1e48y5gog0

2018-06-01: Great shot of Hannah Holbrook @Hannahholbrook with SHEL @iloveshelmusic and her #Kurzweil #PC3K8 in action! https://t.co/jzL6CFm3YA

2018-05-30: Olivia Thai @OliviaThai enters the #Kurzweil Artist Lounge: https://t.co/KDNJS8frhE https://t.co/HNY4idjZWR