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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2017-10-23: Ann Shaw session, Sail to… — with Mark Davis and #Kurzweil at Steakhouse Recording Studios in NoHo. https://t.co/gtKHw9ewc6

2017-10-20: #Kurzweil #SP6 Organ demos - take a listen: https://t.co/dHoAOWNmJf

2017-10-19: The @SynthExpo Brooklyn Synth Expo is fast approaching (10/28, 10/29) - https://t.co/PLZaJwQsoz come see Kurzweil: https://t.co/OTmtLe3XYc

2017-10-17: #Kurzweil SP6 "Bright EP" - https://t.co/6Py0opv29S

2017-10-16: Long time #Kurzweil users & keyboard legends Debbie Shair and Darian Sahanaja playing w/ Brian Wilson (Beach Boys). https://t.co/Yfscysaex5

2017-10-16: RT @ageofaudio: #Backstage #professional #synthesizers @KurzweilMusic @nordkeyboards #Yamaha @ageofaudio https://t.co/PfTUoI0Ikm

2017-10-12: #Kurzweil #SP6 Audio Demos! https://t.co/5O7VuXhcvi

2017-10-11: Kurzweil at the Music China 2017 in Shanghai - https://t.co/O9CqlLsalU

2017-10-10: Expomusic tradeshow in Brazil @feiraexpomusic. @habromusic is the #Kurzweil distributor in Brazil. https://t.co/e8htsCVhqv

2017-10-06: RT @MasterpieceAero: A new favorite: 11 UprightPiano by @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/luAvgwyc8L on #SoundCloud

2017-10-05: #Kurzweil #ForteSE - new VST/AU PlugSE software - control the ForteSE from your DAW channel strip - free download -… https://t.co/YIovPzSWkI

2017-10-04: #Kurzweil - a popular choices in music academies all over the world, like in Eliette's Music Academy, New Zealand: https://t.co/sXVD5j2gZu

2017-10-03: Find additional sounds, tools or other Kurzweil users like you at the #Kurzweil community https://t.co/1qSIhf56sm https://t.co/H9ZJeKxWZD

2017-09-28: #Kurzweil will be at the 4th Brooklyn @SynthExpo thanks to American Music & Sound https://t.co/O6u4CVAM9P https://t.co/CAD4iJvM07

2017-09-26: The Lincoln Alumni Association (NOLA) donated a #Kurzweil #Forte to their elementary school for the arts - awesome!… https://t.co/FHLUzgkZbU

2017-09-26: Hot off the press!! #Kurzweil #SP6 manuals posted: https://t.co/vdL2IKhW7A https://t.co/vSgbkoWL3c

2017-09-25: RT @charlyconga: One more from Chicago at @ElioErraez Sabor a Cafe! https://t.co/b4wFTThRwY

2017-09-20: RT @sonicstate: New Kurzweil Stage Piano: SP6 has a fully-weighted, velocity-sensitive keyboard https://t.co/eJq0syr0NA @KurzweilMusic http…

2017-09-18: RT @EM_Magazine: User-friendly @KurzweilMusic SP6 stage piano features powerful processing & intuitive interface. $1295 MAP https://t.co/s2…

2017-09-18: RT @KeyboardMag: Coming soon from @KurzweilMusic is the new SP6 Stage Piano. https://t.co/beUQxd2LnC https://t.co/SotefiAzFw