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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2019-04-23: The #Kurzweil #Forte®. Stage Piano + Synthesizer + Workstation. The most advanced keyboard to ever bear the Kurzwe… https://t.co/L0Fq0Qar3n

2019-04-22: Great cover by Bordy Csogor of Something Just Like This using a #Kurzweil #PC3LE. https://t.co/FehCROyzFd "I'm usin… https://t.co/b1yZmNHG6x

2019-04-17: Go and see the great #Kurzweil artist Rubén Valtierra on the "Strings Attached - the 2019 tour" with Weird Al.… https://t.co/llTG9LYPyx

2019-04-16: Check out this quick review and photo gallery of the #Kurzweil #PC4 from https://t.co/Vg9h8rDdqF at… https://t.co/Mfpxgd765s

2019-04-16: There are lots of Third Party libraries for your #Kurzweil keyboards like this https://t.co/zTVKzXfVfT Vocal Chops.… https://t.co/R8uvTbWkWn

2019-04-12: Check out #Kurzweil artist Jim Alfredson @b3groover artist lounge page at https://t.co/lNBwYKZYwt https://t.co/YQMwL2vK9Z

2019-04-10: More videos of the #Kurzweil #PC4 from #Musikesse2019. This one courtesy of https://t.co/13FHWa386Q… https://t.co/wud6ytPpeW

2019-04-09: Another #Kurzweil #PC4 demo from #musikmesse2019 Synth Pads! https://t.co/HjdXk0kSJq -courtesy of https://t.co/VQbYi0vcsX

2019-04-08: RT @morayonkeys: Here it is! A behind look behind the keyboards at The One And The Many, as performed by @thatjoepayne. Lots of cool tricks…

2019-04-05: Check out this Kurzweil #PC4 demo live from #musikmesse2019 - courtesy of https://t.co/VQbYi0vcsX https://t.co/Kjxy9e3eKd

2019-04-04: RT @synthanatomy: @KurzweilMusic's All New PC4 Keyboard features A FM engine, sequencers & more: https://t.co/BEJISBYgLT #kurzweil #keyboar…

2019-04-04: RT @ua_piano_shop: Новая рабочая станция от компании @KurzweilMusic PC4 со встроенным FM-движком: https://t.co/27zT3AzxK3 https://t.co/yhXP…

2019-04-03: Come see #Kurzweil and the new #PC4 @ #Muzikmesse - 2 days left! https://t.co/2LNCokWHia

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2019-04-02: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Trochę więcej informacji na temat @KurzweilMusic #PC4 #Kurzweil https://t.co/4lxF9j2vkF

2019-04-02: RT @audiofanzinefr: #Musikmesse Kurzweil au Musikmesse avec le PC4 https://t.co/cpPlg52Uh0 @KurzweilMusic

2019-04-01: Introducing the new #Kurzweil #PC4 https://t.co/FRwgchdl4x https://t.co/KxkpXLoqF3

2019-04-01: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano: @edgardocaputo & @KurzweilMusic PC3x @edrecordstudio https://t.co/ihdpIIPxs0

2019-03-29: Sing out loud with us!!! Don't miss #Kurzweil at #MusikMesse2019 next week in Frankfurt, Germany. Ohhhhh, oh, oh,… https://t.co/15DFEsAvvU

2019-03-28: #Kurzweil artist and keyboard dealer David Weiser (https://t.co/7esORqFYVJ) showing how you can get any iconic clas… https://t.co/T8llvu7tjb