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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2019-10-11: RT @mjmusicsrl: ❤️ #LaGringaEnElOpera Bruno Orgaz @KurzweilMusic https://t.co/3NY4NP9Gm6

2019-10-10: RT @RuinThrone: Mr. Mannucci on the keyboards at @powermetalquestfest 🇬🇧🔥🤘🏻 PH. @philipswhitehouse 📸 @kurzweilmusic . . #ruinthrone #ruin…

2019-10-08: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Firma @KurzweilMusic umieściła na swojej stronie internetowej informacje o dwóch nowych instrumentach typu stage piano – MPS…

2019-10-07: #Kurzweil debuts its Performance Controller keyboard, the #PC4 https://t.co/6MRRzNVmcK Get more info at… https://t.co/2d3iMBuXd6

2019-10-04: RT @soundtechnology: #SynthFest is fast approaching and we can't wait to show you some great products! Organised by @soundonsoundmag, witne…

2019-10-04: #Kurzweil artist Jim Alfredson @b3groover opening the brand new Kurzweil #PC4. https://t.co/xPYCPfpEfF Be awesome… https://t.co/AIrVNUIcZx

2019-10-02: Come see #Kurzweil at the #SynthFest UK thanks to Sound Technology. https://t.co/uGC5rJglOF https://t.co/YiEiRc9zkj

2019-09-26: Check out this great review of our new #Kurzweil #PC4 by Better Music. https://t.co/7m2ursKy0W Order your PC4 now… https://t.co/IDOcDpYzD1

2019-09-26: Own a #Kurzweil #PC4? Join the PC4 Beta tester group. Send an email to pc4_beta@ycrdi.com Test updates and new… https://t.co/9141bO4GXa

2019-09-25: The #Kurzweil #PC4 reaches the Ukraine. https://t.co/ZFefEY2zd2 Learn more about the new PC4 at https://t.co/4hPbKQAcSo

2019-09-20: Check out the video demos that Jim Alfredson @b3groover has done for #Kurzweil dealer and personality David Weiser.… https://t.co/V6r03yWITI

2019-09-18: @kraftmusic with Chris Martirano will be doing a LIVE STREAM #Kurzweil #PC4 presentation today at 4 PM CT. You can… https://t.co/l2eoZgoLUz

2019-09-13: The new #Kurzweil #PC4 is reaching Kurzweil distributors all over the world. If you have bought one we welcome you… https://t.co/FPXLoVrV6M

2019-09-05: #Kurzweil artist and guru David Weiser showing us the 3 Kurzweil keyboards in the pit of the Anastasia musical in T… https://t.co/udztJcGJk4

2019-08-21: We have an immediate need for an Embedded Software Engineer at our digital piano and professional keyboard musical… https://t.co/PndRb1errP

2019-08-19: If you OWN a #Kurzweil #PC4 you can join the users beta testing group now. For more information please send an emai… https://t.co/p8lDBBxOay

2019-08-15: Jon Anderson, from Yes, touring this summer with a #Kurzweil #Forte, played by the great Michael Franklin: https://t.co/DlteSzkt7Z

2019-08-12: Need Support? Please contact support@kurzweil.com https://t.co/aJcpAIc9vA

2019-08-09: RT @MakingMusicMag: It's Amps and Live Sound month here at Making Music! Check out this interview from 2012 with Ray Kurzweil, the founder…

2019-08-05: Check out the #Kurzweil #PC4 at the recent SuperBooth: https://t.co/jnvqV1hpO1