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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2018-09-25: RT @OliviaThai: #garyvee, I started college when I was 13, but I dropped out to pursue my music career. I still have family members that…

2018-09-24: RT @jhilboldt: Love it when the back line gets my Kurzweil PC 3x right! @KurzweilMusic @ArtistRelations https://t.co/AfLDQf2ccP

2018-09-19: Weird Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - accompanied by bandmates includi… https://t.co/nezW9ztxOw

2018-09-17: RT @jhilboldt: God I love this rig! @KurzweilMusic @ArtistRelations https://t.co/oHBf2zuGFA

2018-09-17: RT @ArtistRelations: Follow @audrey.bussanich On Instagram- Leaning some new tunes. Ya definitely learn a lot by recording yourself and lis…

2018-09-14: RT @lucadigennaro: My favorite part of "Newton's Law" from our fourth album BABEL. Will it be in the #VeryProgFestival 2018 @soulsecretband…

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2018-09-12: #Kurzweil #SP6. Experience more FX in your performance multis and external sequencing! Tweak away with dedicated k… https://t.co/o6wKn9gX6T

2018-09-06: RT @EuroUnitHR: Meet new @KurzweilMusic #stagepiano SP1 https://t.co/W8iuBcuoJB #kurzweil #piano #pianostore #musicstore #webshop #music #b…

2018-09-04: Demonstration of the #Kurzweil #Forte for our Russian speaking friends Glinki https://t.co/wOmxL3SPsz Learn more ab… https://t.co/f2nKeYNxQY

2018-09-04: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Firma @KurzweilMusic rozszerzyła ofertę przenośnych pianin cyfrowych o dwa nowe modele – KA-120 i KA-70. #kurzweil #piano #d…

2018-09-04: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording electric piano @KurzweilMusic @edrecordstudio https://t.co/ucXI3hkKtT

2018-08-30: #Kurzweil #Artis, #ArtisSE, #Forte, #ForteSE, #PC3, #PC3A, #PC3K and #SP6 owners - have an iPad? All iPad editors… https://t.co/bahTV27zEQ

2018-08-28: Enzo Messina playing with his #Kurzweil #Forte... while he speaks Italian, there is plenty of music to listen to in… https://t.co/2w2pniNdA9

2018-08-16: RT @EuroUnitHR: #white or #black? #small or #big? Everything from @KurzweilMusic is here https://t.co/uLuXPdG5VV #piano #digitalpiano #keyb…

2018-08-13: #Kurzweil #Forte owners - need a fast way to cook up a .wav/.aif sample into a playable program?… https://t.co/jZxVuT1oFr

2018-08-13: RT @edrecordstudio: Today recording: Nicola Gelo (composer) & Roberto Corlianò (pianist) @edrecordstudio https://t.co/Flf8jF28pi

2018-08-09: #Kurzweil #SP6 users - learn to select programs remotely via MIDI: https://t.co/6EsTuCKbDA https://t.co/FesRA2ghUB

2018-08-09: RT @MusicInsNews: Distributor @soundtechnology says that following the success of the @KurzweilMusic SP6 Stage Piano, the SP1, now shipping…

2018-08-06: RT @EuroUnitHR: From our @KurzweilMusic #offer here is SP6 #stagepiano --> https://t.co/J0eYYJLKQy 34th Annual #TEC Award nominee for music…