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.

News

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2019-02-21: Don't miss the great #Forte videos by Valentin Zopp, courtesy of Kurzweil distributor Sound Service, like this one… https://t.co/gwwHMveobQ

2019-02-21: RT @cadamesofficial: We had a great rehearsal and we look forward to seeing you all at our next shows! @tocaperc @KurzweilMusic @RegalTipSt…

2019-02-19: RT @audiofanzinefr: Un nouveau kit de batterie électronique Kurzweil pour débutants https://t.co/xfJHIyzvZB @KurzweilMusic

2019-02-11: #Kurzweil is hiring! https://t.co/ifL4ZmKuVZ https://t.co/mEIDsFXgct

2019-02-07: More info on the upcoming #Forte v4: https://t.co/ZkSDGWKdW5

2019-02-06: Meet fellow Kurzweil users at Facebook User Groups: SP6: https://t.co/Oa5GplOyvE Forte: https://t.co/a3Ly7Nmiaw PC3… https://t.co/6YOETHhFSw

2019-02-05: RT @uptone_pl: Firma @KurzweilMusic zapowiada kolejną, dużą aktualizację v4.00 dla instrumentów serii #Forte. Będzie ona oczywiście bezpłat…

2019-02-02: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano: #martinalimosani & @KurzweilMusic PC3x @edrecordstudio https://t.co/C14zaXtfrr

2019-02-01: The #Kurzweil #Forte ready for the next Abel Pintos show. Learn more about the upcoming V4 update for the Forte at… https://t.co/jC8q8oHLUg

2019-01-31: It's so awesome to see #Kurzweil keyboards once again on an Elton John tour. But this Farewell Yellow Brick Road to… https://t.co/wNydYlTCus

2019-01-30: Check out this #Kurzweil $Forte V4 demonstration at the #NAMMShow by Chris Martirano for Sound on Sound Magazine… https://t.co/ZL17DgIlYd

2019-01-28: #Kurzweil artist Audrey Bussanich @AudreyBussanich at NAMM: https://t.co/LaXlDCY0Mc https://t.co/8mXcgc1cxX https://t.co/clpCUS8tsk

2019-01-27: RT @jhilboldt: the Golden Nugett has a house PC3X love it! @KurzweilMusic #kurzweil https://t.co/cOQOp7exQK

2019-01-25: See this Instagram photo by @olivia.thai https://t.co/RVcPxf4Urq

2019-01-25: See this Instagram photo by @kashyapiyengar https://t.co/6vMKD6PoNC

2019-01-25: Come see #Kurzweil artist Olivia Thai @OliviaThai live @NAMMShow https://t.co/KDNJS7XPT4 https://t.co/fvOP3AnQX0 https://t.co/US7Bk64KBx

2019-01-25: #Kurzweil artist Kashyap Iyengar playing at the Kurzweil booth @NAMMShow https://t.co/uSzyM223ed… https://t.co/Q8jpbtwzmY

2019-01-25: RT @audiofanzinefr: #NAMM NAMM 2019 Bientôt de la synthèse FM dans le Kurzweil Forte https://t.co/h0Z5ba4dIW @KurzweilMusic

2019-01-24: #Kurzweil is proud to announce to upcoming v4 release of the #Forte https://t.co/lfJ0aQXgcr https://t.co/WaZGI6vhJh

2019-01-23: Looking 4ward to tomorrow? Come see#Kurzweil at the @NAMMShow tomorrow in Anaheim, California. All the details at… https://t.co/PdePByDZiX