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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2017-03-28: Dio Lima showing the Take 6 sounds that are available, for free, at https://t.co/VFpyIEEuCL for PC3K/Forte/Forte SE https://t.co/KH601FAQ16

2017-03-27: Dave Weiser (https://t.co/wfs8NJtJaE) and the #Kurzweil #Forte https://t.co/zt5WKExQHR

2017-03-23: RT @AudreyBussanich: #Soul jams #keyboard by @KurzweilMusic #microphone by @Electro_Voice https://t.co/mHrESsQQql

2017-03-17: Nice! https://t.co/yM0uTTKBGA

2017-03-14: #Kurzweil artist @AudreyBussanich and her PC3K8 - https://t.co/8mXcgc1cxX https://t.co/R4pfn5gzDm

2017-03-13: RT @Jorgevinuesa10: Un poco de postureo, a última hora de la tarde... #lalaland #CityOfStars @LaLaLand @KurzweilMusic #bluespiano1974 https…

2017-03-13: #Kurzweil boards in action (w/ https://t.co/0lvwiuznI1) at Phantom of the Opera Japan! https://t.co/Rhur3ViZDf

2017-03-10: Feel good Fri - B3-lovers listen to #Kurzweil artist @oysterlovers https://t.co/EJd9o4Zc6S and his #PC3LE6 https://t.co/XWJjUJyhuM

2017-03-09: 26 years ago... #TBT https://t.co/sRBy6X7vl2

2017-03-06: Explore Effects Editing on the #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video: https://t.co/DjacxyUCee https://t.co/TrdsW1CXqv

2017-03-02: Quer conferir de perto as novidades da Kurzweil? Vem com a gente, amanhã às 15h30! https://t.co/UYiH2LJQur

2017-02-28: #Kurzweil Community https://t.co/1qSIhf56sm

2017-02-24: RT @soundenginecom: @KurzweilMusic New Libraries for Forte: https://t.co/Eeu56tclDd

2017-02-23: Now available for the #Kurzweil #PC3LE too!! https://t.co/lbbNxU034n https://t.co/Q0uHU2UJEU

2017-02-21: Nice performance on the #Kurzweil #KA90 https://t.co/3DnrDJ2P1n https://t.co/vlckOSR7yo https://t.co/1GKd3ahppV

2017-02-16: New #Kurzweil #Forte7/8 Desktop Controller App! Get it now: https://t.co/yJN4fPudsH https://t.co/4Igp7JC8vN

2017-02-16: New #Kurzweil #ForteSE Desktop Controller App! Get it now: https://t.co/XyE31yrgPg https://t.co/YuoitREyC4

2017-02-16: RT @bonstudio: Αρμόνια KP100 & KP110 από την KURZWEIL https://t.co/oZcSDIUBRv via @YouTube @KurzweilMusic #kurzweil #keyboards #bonstudio

2017-02-15: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8/SE owners - check out the latest free SoundBank- BPM/Synth/Strings: https://t.co/eBjUKou00v https://t.co/8NCkb0FWcB

2017-02-15: Les Miserables set-up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with their #Kurzweil #PC3K's. https://t.co/fEdEozrUI0