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

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2017-08-23: @iloveshelmusic - Stronger Than My Fears, (extract): https://t.co/1rqUCE2iRz - w/ Kurz Artist Hannah Holbrook- https://t.co/RKp4QeY4sW

2017-08-21: RT @KeyboardMag: Look what's coming Fall 2017 from @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/71AtrMTGAv https://t.co/RpajC3d1sP

2017-08-21: RT @audiofanzinefr: Un nouveau piano de scène chez Kurzweil https://t.co/UA2nkH3kxU @KurzweilMusic

2017-08-21: RT @audiofadermag: News dell'ultima ora => @KurzweilMusic presenta il nuovo stage piano SP6! Ecco le prime info https://t.co/YEv3fDHwmb #pr…

2017-08-21: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Szczegółowe informacje na temat nowego pianina scenicznego @KurzweilMusic #SP6: https://t.co/cAGRj3FEI1

2017-08-18: Introducing the new #Kurzweil #SP6 Stage Piano: https://t.co/MRo8h90K55 https://t.co/rI1PuobDYF

2017-08-15: @reggyhopkins For any tech support, please contact us directly: https://t.co/Z4TjjGa1jy

2017-08-08: #Kurzweil #Forte #ForteSE owners - have you checked out all the free SoundBanks lately? https://t.co/eBjUKou00v https://t.co/uC9nnCQbln

2017-08-04: @JukeboxtheGhost on tour with a #Kurzweil SP4-8... and they have a new album in the oven! Check them out!!! https://t.co/AfE0WHCrXt

2017-08-04: RT @BoyKatindig: Still feelin' the ole' Kurzweil😎👍🏽🎹 @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/l5Gvcpfhtd

2017-07-31: Last week Richard Wright would have been 74 years old. Somebody sent us this picture of him in remembrance: https://t.co/8ACHq0DWmb

2017-07-28: Discover the Kurzweil Community and get in touch with other users or 3rd Party developers: https://t.co/1qSIhf56sm https://t.co/Kor0OszpBr

2017-07-14: #Kurzweil PC3/K/A users - get the most out of your instruments - don't overlook the 'starter' video tutorial series: https://t.co/gABqbu7Amo

2017-07-13: #TBT Travel WAAAAY back to #Kurzweil Music Systems circa 1991! #K2000love https://t.co/sRBy6X7vl2

2017-07-12: #Kurzweil #ForteSE owners - learn the ins/outs of transposing in real-time: https://t.co/wa5QKJqyhs https://t.co/jMzOrQ3v2a

2017-07-10: RT @AudreyBussanich: Show 7/15 @stargazersnews w/ @iloveshelmusic! Song by me & @Hannahholbrook 🎹@KurzweilMusic 🎤@Electro_Voice https://t.…

2017-06-30: #Kurzweil #ForteSE owners - need more than 4 zones? 'Advanced' mode is here to help: https://t.co/L3KpCL5XON https://t.co/OeCmqK1eFr

2017-06-27: #Kurzweil #Forte 7/8 owners - learn the ins/outs of transposing in real-time: https://t.co/I7tHUrxmqe https://t.co/diSCpuKG5E

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