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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2017-11-22: RT @uptone_pl: Kolejna dawka szkoleń. Tym razem prezentujemy Wam jeden z materiałów video od @KurzweilMusic dotyczący instrumentu #SP6 ht…

2017-11-21: #Kurzweil #ForteSE update 2.03 now available! https://t.co/RrJZN4XZTI https://t.co/AnNMgMYIDo

2017-11-20: Jim Alfredson demonstrating the Forte 7 with an original composition called "Mecha Funk". Featuring Kevin Depree (S… https://t.co/jK1NVqloDM

2017-11-16: RT @soundtechnology: New @KurzweilMusic SP6 88 note Stage Piano now shipping in the UK priced at just £949 inc VAT https://t.co/SKfGCisuYu…

2017-11-16: #Kurzweil #SP6 OS Update v1.04 Released: https://t.co/vdL2IKhW7A https://t.co/ockNEyzYDE

2017-11-14: Classic Keyboards YouTube channel demoing some #Kurzweil #Forte pianos - https://t.co/WpRJUJBByM

2017-11-13: The latest generation of #Kurzweil digital pianos, the CUP310 + CUP320, feat. our new High Definition Japanese and… https://t.co/BgULHV3Bus

2017-11-10: RT @lucadigennaro: Say cheese, @KurzweilMusic and @moogmusicinc (and the unknown noise-absorbing panels manufacturer too) https://t.co/RRv3…

2017-11-08: RT @Pro_Audio_Mag: @KurzweilMusic stellt mit dem SP6 ein neues Stage Piano vor: https://t.co/4qxHDpCjho https://t.co/kRh2UlanoQ

2017-11-07: RT @lucadigennaro: Look up to see a giant boy You've just become his brand new toy @KurzweilMusic #kurzweil #pc3k8 #keyboards #keyboard #mu…

2017-11-06: Own a #Kurzweil #Forte or #Forte SE? Want to be part of our beta tester community? email - forte_beta@ycrdi.com o… https://t.co/YxYWbfvaDI

2017-11-03: RT @LuiggySantiago: nice @KurzweilMusic PC3K8 with my #bigsky great keyboard and controller, great reverb experience!#tourlife #touringmusi…

2017-11-02: RT @AudreyBussanich: PC3K8. We go practically everywhere together. @KurzweilMusic @ArtistRelations https://t.co/UE7pqaYG2s

2017-11-01: Learn to use the #Kurzweil #SP6 controller knobs in this quick tip tutorial: https://t.co/hOzwxQaOb7

2017-10-31: #Kurzweil SP6 users - need to backup your custom data? https://t.co/02uYe7wUCN https://t.co/LKM5WVqjKk

2017-10-30: Very nice #Kurzweil #Forte demo video by Jim Alfredson @b3groover for https://t.co/AtkMT5H43S https://t.co/AeucErfmN0

2017-10-27: Read about the #Kurzweil #Forte 7 in @synthexpert https://t.co/k50a3bzVla https://t.co/UNfUnVmUeJ

2017-10-27: The @SynthExpo Brooklyn Synth Expo is this weekend! (10/28, 10/29) - https://t.co/PLZaJwQsoz come see what… https://t.co/hzSnHmiTuX

2017-10-26: #TBT A bit of history in a great story about the #Kurzweil VA-1 by Stephen Fortner https://t.co/jo1TJMhtNb https://t.co/0igG26h4yt

2017-10-25: #FatsDomino - RIP - we owe ya - https://t.co/9sCg3X8kNu