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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2018-02-22: #Kurzweil artist Frank Lucas with The Cyberiam. https://t.co/lO3UDDbf2n Learn more about the #Kurzweil #Forte https://t.co/3aTNlnqS5B

2018-02-22: RT @talcahuano74: Kurzweil MPG100 @KurzweilMusic #pianos #music #keyboard #kurzweil #talcahuano74 #talcahuano #musica #buenosaires . Vení y…

2018-02-21: See all new pics of the soon to be released #Kurzweil #SP1 - https://t.co/HHW0p2yFOm https://t.co/hzgnseticv

2018-02-21: Check out Chris Martirano's #Kurzweil #SP6 product demo at #NAMM2018 https://t.co/f8V7FXiwKD

2018-02-21: Check out Chris Martirano's #Kurzweil #SP1 product demo at #NAMM2018 https://t.co/PI4Bl3M6hg

2018-02-21: #Kurzweil artist #AudreyBussanich and her #PC3K8. https://t.co/6SLNEM0TkD Find out more about her in the Kurzweil A… https://t.co/tfMmXdiobJ

2018-02-20: Christian Martirano introducing the #Kurzweil #SP6 and #SP1 at #NAMM2018 - https://t.co/ilmsOYlD3s More info here… https://t.co/WAiBSjT59j

2018-02-16: #FlashbackFriday - travel back to the 80s in this fun #Kurzweil #Forte demo by Class of '84 https://t.co/a0mLdp8E6Y

2018-02-15: #Kurzweil is very proud of having our keyboards played in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals all over the world, night… https://t.co/547h7kwqX6

2018-02-14: RT @SweetwaterSound: #Demo: @KurzweilMusic SP6 88-key Stage Piano 🎹 ⬇️ https://t.co/D8YhAsYfnV

2018-02-13: #FrankLucas preparing his keyboards for The Cyberiam show. https://t.co/1iGQxFO2WD Learn more about the #Kurzweil… https://t.co/MLdXV4T9kT

2018-02-12: Very nice performance on a #Kurzweil #SP6. https://t.co/bcG3FInAh0 Learn more about the #SP6 here :https://t.co/fvOP3AnQX0

2018-02-09: #Kurzweil #CGP220, The Concert Grand Piano Experience. https://t.co/EqM5tnQpdB

2018-02-08: This is a pretty awesome lineup for @TheZombiesMusic ... and you can see @zombierodargent playing a #Kurzweil PC3X.… https://t.co/1aqGxqrjM1

2018-02-05: Jim Alfredson's rig with the #Kurzweil #Forte: https://t.co/UqHlFGInhn https://t.co/NSjfXW0oFk

2018-02-05: Own a #Kurzweil instrument? Got questions? Get answers: https://t.co/QIqKNu4jTi https://t.co/IgwFwhxclV

2018-02-01: https://t.co/UlrVS2JimO The great Nick Smith played at the #Kurzweil booth at #NAMM2018 and had some very nice word… https://t.co/jlmM2xvScT

2018-01-31: #Kurzweil is looking for a software engineer. All info here: https://t.co/KK3ArhkoLA https://t.co/wkyTs0MI5E

2018-01-29: Kim Bullard played a couple of #Kurzweil keyboards at the #GRAMMYs last night for #EltonJohn and #MileyCyrus perfor… https://t.co/RDsAuTfYbe

2018-01-29: NIce #KURZWEIL #SP6 demo by Synthcloud https://t.co/mvePJZKmc5