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.

News

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2017-01-17: Welcome @AudreyBussanich to Kurzweil's Artist Lounge + see her performing Sat. 21 at the @NAMMShow https://t.co/8mXcgc1cxX

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2017-01-15: RT @AudreyBussanich: See you at #NAMMshow, performing @KurzweilMusic booth A6464 1/21 at 1:30pm #music https://t.co/yuyA6J4VJ3

2017-01-12: RT @audiofanzinefr: #NAMM Piano numérique Kurzweil M130 https://t.co/tECt9RXnTG @KurzweilMusic

2017-01-12: Check our #Kurzweil #ArtisSE owner Arkadiusz Wilczek - Small Opus (orchestral) https://t.co/8vMlHz5SbF

2017-01-10: #Kurzweil boards seeing lots of Broadway action in 2016 @weisersound - https://t.co/IChVrAUK4q

2017-01-06: Connect with @Kurzweil @NAMMShow 2017: https://t.co/OnTHxVL2GJ https://t.co/88NVPOqr7I

2017-01-03: #Kurzweil #Forte update 2.03 released! https://t.co/yJN4fPudsH

2016-12-27: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8/ owners - check out the latest free SoundBank- Legacy Leads: https://t.co/eBjUKou00v https://t.co/yVG8Xn7RHJ

2016-12-15: Explore the new Step Sequencer in #Kurzweil #Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video : https://t.co/5E68QLLXXo

2016-12-15: RT @melodia_musik: @kurzweilmusic Kurzweil Forte 88 key Stage Piano.full size,16GB new sound hand selected German&vintage japanese... https…

2016-12-15: RT @melodia_musik: Melodiacs! Mau jadi keyboardist professional pakai ini @kurzweilmusic Kurzweil PC3LE8-88 key hammer action... https://t.…

2016-12-15: RT @melodia_musik: Melodiacs! Sudah cobain sound piano dan organnya dr @kurzweilmusic Kurzweil PC3A7 76 key workstation, satisying... https…

2016-12-12: #Kurzweil #Forte users learn how to route your favorite KB3 programs through an external rotary sim: https://t.co/doTjijZEkX

2016-12-12: RT @MysterianCN: @KurzweilMusic Great keyboard i ever used @Epica https://t.co/0czLQA0Heh

2016-12-09: RT @kylieodetta: First live performance with my new @KurzweilMusic keyboard this morning on Your Carolina! Honored to be a #Kurzweil sponso…

2016-12-06: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8 owners - check out the latest free SoundBank- Legacy Plus-Synth Basses: https://t.co/eBjUKou00v https://t.co/2INOioDWQl

2016-12-05: #Kurzweil #ForteSE owners - get the updated Musician's Guide (RevB) and delve deeper into the new features in V2: https://t.co/XyE31yrgPg

2016-11-29: @BenThornewill @JukeboxtheGhost enters #Kurzweil's Artist Lounge: https://t.co/Fvb4lYdsyW https://t.co/yZ82UqgPQJ

2016-11-29: RT @AudreyBussanich: brand new #keyboard off to our 1st gig together. Shout out to @KurzweilMusic and @ArtistRelations for hooking me up wi…