PC2 Overview

Discontinued Model
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Following on the design of our award winning PC88, the PC2 features outstanding sound and impressive master controller capabilities. Our new Easy Split & Layer feature makes it fast and easy to create quick layers and splits. The PC2 series comes in both the PC2 76 note and PC2X 88 note keyboards. A rack version, the PC2R, is also available.

Outstanding New Sounds

The PC2 features many incredible new sounds not found on any previous Kurzweil models, including a triple strike stereo grand piano, our new lush stereo strings, newly recorded multi-strike classic electric pianos (both Fender Rhodes(TM) and Wurlitzer(TM)), brass sections, drums, percussion, voices (featuring Kurzweil's outstanding Take 6 vocal samples), and more. It also features Kurzweil's KB-3 modeled tone wheel organ mode, g iving you ultra-realistic tone wheel organ programs. Orchestral Sounds include String Sections, Solo Strings, Woodwinds, Orchestral Brass, Jazz Brass, O rchestral Ensembles, Choir, Organ, Harp, Nylon String Guitar, Orchestral Percussion, and Ethnic Percussion. Additional sound include mallet percussion, guitar, bass, Clavinet(TM), harpsichord, synth sounds, and more.

The PC2 comes with 400 fantastic sounding preset programs (256 regular programs, 128 Orchestral ROM programs, and 16 KB3 programs). All programs can be edited, allowing for changes to timbre, envelopes, and LFOs. They can then be stored to any of the 256 user locations (128 for regular programs and 128 for KB3 programs). And with 64 voices of polyphony, expandable to 128 voices, you'll never run out of polyphony for playing all of the marvelous sounds.

The Orchestral ROM block comes with 2 banks of 128 programs. Our own unique programs are installed in the Flash ROM. A General MIDI bank is also available, which can be loaded into the User bank. Or, if desired, you can install the GM bank of sounds as presets into the Flash ROM, and then load our unique bank of sounds into the User bank.

Up to 4 programs can be layered/split to create full, rich, and expressive sounds and combinations called setups. The PC2 ships with 32 great sounding setups with room for 128 user created setups as well. It's easy and quick to make sophisticated setups with layered and split sounds.

Beyond the wealth of built-in factory progams, the PC2 has room for an additional expansion ROM block, the Classic Keys ROM, which adds 128 fantastic new preset programs and 32 new preset Setups into ROM memory.

Fantastic Effects

The PC2 includes dual effects processors which feature preset effects of the same quality as found in our highly regarded KDFX for the K2500/K2600 series instruments. A multiple bus architecture allows separate send levels per MIDI channel for an effect level, and a reverb level. Effects include reverb, chorus, delays, distortion, rotary, phasor, flanging, dynamics processing, and much more.

Control At Your Fingertips

The PC2 will make a great master controller for your entire studio or performing rig. A PC2 MIDI Setup can have up to 4 zones, transmitting on up to 4 different MIDI channels. A large number of physical controllers can be programmed on a per zone basis, allowing you to send any MIDI controller message on any zone. Physical controllers include: 4 sliders, two wheels, 3 footswitch pedal inputs, 2- CC pedal inputs, a Breath Controller input, 600 mm Ribbon Input (for use with Kurzweil's Ribbon Controller), Mono-pressure, and 5 programmable panel switches. Each zone can be set to play the PC2's own sounds, or an external MIDI device, or both. Of course, you can set the note range for each zone to create splits and layers, as well as customizing velocity response per zone. All controllers can be scaled both positively and negatively and can have offset values as well as entry and exit values to set their 'state' upon program or setup selection.

The built in arpeggiator can be synced to an external MIDI clock and many different latch modes and play orders. This flexibility allows for the creation of endless varieties of arpeggios and percussion patterns.

High Quality Audio Output

The PC2 gives you pristine quality audio, with both balanced analog (24-bit DACs) and digital audio outputs. Digital audio is sent at a rate of 48kHz. It can be switched between Pro (AES/EBU) and Consumer (S/PDIF) formats and can be switched between 16, 18, 20, and 24 bit resolution.

News

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2014-12-16: #Kurzweil #Forte 1.20 Update Released! http://t.co/HJLtN4ccyk

2014-12-04: #Kurzweil #Forte - Deleting User Programs/Multis - http://t.co/9X8yPAauxv

2014-12-04: #Kurzweil #Forte - Select Programs via MIDI - http://t.co/dbIS18Ucn1

2014-12-02: #Kurzweil #Artis OS 1.21 Released http://t.co/j0ORKfWfTQ

2014-12-02: #Kurzweil artist @Hannahholbrook is touring the Northeast on a PC3K8 starting Dec 3rd! http://t.co/TdSwwEe4gP

2014-12-01: Kurzweil Forte® Video Contest | Kurzweil- Deadline EXTENDED! http://t.co/MkhjMIdvvw

2014-11-19: RT @audiofanzinefr: Kurweil présente le PC3A8 http://t.co/mYDWK4R4sk @KurzweilMusic

2014-11-17: Introducing the NEW #Kurzweil #ArtisSE Stage Piano: http://t.co/f5P9qmalYD

2014-11-10: #Kurzweil #Forte reviewed | KeyboardMag http://t.co/rCH5dIlxXT

2014-11-10: Introducing the #Kurzweil #PC3A8: http://t.co/9EL8LGgIsa

2014-11-03: Introducing the new #Kurzweil #Artis7! http://t.co/qsr8BBZU1o

2014-10-31: Review: #Kurzweil #Forte : AskAudio Magazine http://t.co/md7uGFF2bI

2014-10-30: Check out the new #PC3K Epic Grand from K-Sounds: http://t.co/WbTprPRwD5

2014-10-21: Win a #Kurzweil keyboard! Enter the #Forte® Video Contest! http://t.co/aMa7bDN8qw

2014-10-14: #Kurzweil #Forte demo by Martin Morgenstern (Sound Service/Germany) http://t.co/X3cJFpH5uG

2014-10-09: #Kurzweil #Forte nominated for 2014 NAMM Tec Award! http://t.co/XdTTmMhfv8

2014-10-03: Bob Malone performs "I Know He's Your Husband" on the #Kurzweil #Forte http://t.co/Kbxt9fH3vU

2014-09-29: RT @CodyGarrett: Playing the amazing sounding/feeling Artis tonight. I'm so spoiled by the awesome team at @KurzweilMusic http://t.co/GgIS5…

2014-09-26: #HannahHolbrook (#SHEL) performs "Tango on a Tightrope" on the #Kurzweil #Forte http://t.co/htRn4ZFKvd

2014-09-24: #Kurzweil #Forte owners - Learn to assign piano sustain to KB3 Programs http://t.co/wTknC5dExf