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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2018-12-13: #Kurzweil is distributed in India by Pro Musicals https://t.co/6Fw94kisxS https://t.co/BMhZGjL5gC

2018-12-12: Today #Synthesizers Clinic Kurzweil Music Systems by Andrés Blanco at VIRTUAL Estudio-Estudio de Grabacion. Let's g… https://t.co/3jI3eElIuv

2018-12-11: If you own a #Kurzweil #SP6, #ForteSE or #Forte and you like to be part of our magnificent Beta Tester group, pleas… https://t.co/DG0UpCPJYu

2018-12-10: RT @BpmRincon: @KurzweilMusic Nos alegra informaros que ya tenemos en B.P.M. representación de KURZWEIL con el KP-70, y más que llegarán.…

2018-12-10: RT @ValenciaMusical: Nuevos KURZWEIL PORTABLE SERIES. Reserva el tuyo en Valencia Musical: https://t.co/Ku9LC9mLt2 @KurzweilMusic #kurzwei…

2018-12-10: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano: Martina Limosani & @KurzweilMusic PC3x @edrecordstudio https://t.co/EWjTHfNPzB

2018-12-07: Be sure to check out the ever-growing #Kurzweil community - many great 3rd party devs and other helpful resources… https://t.co/3jtzgW5SVo

2018-12-07: Tobias Kopietz playing some custom David Weiser's piano sounds on the #Kurzweil #Forte. https://t.co/TAYlmTgcvI

2018-12-05: Great sounds for your #Kurzweil #Forte or #PC3K in this new Pulse III library from Barb and Co. Stéphane Garganigo… https://t.co/C9wuLY85tI

2018-12-05: Check out this Instagram video by #Kurzweil artist @kashyapiyengar jamming on his PC3K8: https://t.co/h7l4eq3Mpz

2018-12-04: Tobias "HammondToby" Kopietz @hammondtobyofficial celebrates Xmas on his #Kurzweil #Forte - nice arrangement: https://t.co/IaLDd1KJ14

2018-11-30: #Kurzweil artist @olivia.thai and her #SP6 https://t.co/VH2wnX4cLq

2018-11-29: Classic #TBT from 2001, Alicia Keys playing Fallin' live on Leno with a #Kurzweil PC88: https://t.co/VzsFi51uA2

2018-11-28: For those of you who understand Italian, a nice presentation of the #Forte connected to the computer editor by… https://t.co/XFh8NcAo89

2018-11-26: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano @edrecordstudio PC3x @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/kSpSp09Tcv

2018-11-21: The #Kurzweil K250, released in 1984, was the beginning of a new era. This is a brand new review done by SynthMania… https://t.co/k8FaXI9e4f

2018-11-19: RT @NeilPattonMusic: Office for the evening: Rehearsal for One Hope Lane County city-wide Thanksgiving Worship service this Sunday. I love…

2018-11-15: #Kurzweil artist @hannahonthekeys https://t.co/M8ouPYXIua

2018-11-15: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano @edrecordstudio: Mariangela Visconte & PC3x @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/y3LLoGtT8Z

2018-11-14: #Kurzweil artist Frank Lucas adding another Kurzweil axe to his arsenal. https://t.co/zuXKmVn28K Learn more about… https://t.co/fLGJ29JomD