PC161 Overview

Discontinued Model
Downloads and support materials maintained here as a courtesy to owners.


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

Loading

2017-06-26: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8 owners - enjoy the latest free SoundBank - Legacy Pack 3: https://t.co/eBjUKou00v https://t.co/dPj2o6PDae

2017-06-23: Don't miss your chance to check out the #Kurzweil booth at @SweetwaterSound 's #GearFest!!! https://t.co/l0hJkqnwLP https://t.co/AMDZZPMVzi

2017-06-22: #TBT Travel in our wayback machine to see #Kurzweil Music System's beginnings: https://t.co/iicq3kmk9O

2017-06-16: Cats 2017 Korea tour and the #Kurzweil #PC3K! #weisersound https://t.co/1Jbq3873XL

2017-06-14: RT @AudreyBussanich: Listen to my EP Southern Side on #spotify https://t.co/nnkj4oZaNv @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/T45XEWD7fT

2017-06-14: If you are around Indiana, don't miss the Kurzweil demos at Sweetwater's #GearFest!!! https://t.co/l0hJkqnwLP https://t.co/L8MxvGMkFU

2017-06-12: Synthfest in Nantes, France. 3rd party developer, Stéphane Garganigo was there with his Kurzweil Forte: https://t.co/uAqm1JkuMD

2017-06-05: #Kurzweil #ArtisSE users - learn how to remotely control KB3 parameters via MIDI: https://t.co/2NABy0FR0w https://t.co/DqCRGPnmIJ

2017-06-02: RT @The_Atrium_DE: #KurzweilMusicSystems #vintage #goodoldtimes #Kurzweil #TheAtriumMusic #AnthemicPopRock https://t.co/WtrWHeMFSg @Kurzwei…

2017-05-30: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8/SE users - learn about Algs + Cascade Mode in this Quick Tip tutorial #4: https://t.co/GjSVxJyCQj

2017-05-25: #Kurzweil #Forte7 demo video from Kraft Music https://t.co/vcigg0iPwd - For more info: https://t.co/u516M8FBq8

2017-05-24: #Kurzweil Pro-Products Comparison Chart - help identify the model features important to you:… https://t.co/oh7zUBxnLc

2017-05-22: #Kurzweil community - for all support questions please contact us directly via the form selection here:… https://t.co/exLP7P7D7V

2017-05-18: @KansasBand touring the US, with a #Kurzweil #Forte and a #PC3K6. https://t.co/bI6ZnGOV0j https://t.co/0DZH4TTcUV

2017-05-17: Very interesting article about @BrianWilsonLive SMiLE: https://t.co/aoIlBBiErR

2017-05-10: Nice! https://t.co/OTX57LdY0H

2017-05-09: For those of you who speak Dutch.... a #Kurzweil #ForteSE demonstration: https://t.co/Y3Gt4yVWQg

2017-05-08: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8 owners - Make search your friend: https://t.co/RyL1HylTsg https://t.co/BDWeHeErIP

2017-05-04: @ForeignerMusic @GMA @GregRule Correction: thanks to @ForeignerMusic kbd tech @GregRule and kbdst Michael Bluestein. Great pics.

2017-05-04: @ForeignerMusic on @GMA with a #Kurzweil #PC3K8. Thanks to Foreigner keyboardist @GregRule ! https://t.co/BkTy5wAGcU