K2 Series Compatibility

Load legacy .K2 Series Programs/Setups* from the legendary K2 Series keyboards (*K2000 Setups cannot be loaded).

PC3K8 Overview

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The PC3 introduced the world to a new generation of ground-breaking Kurzweil technology, having a synthesis architecture that remains unparalleled in depth and flexibility, combined with a staggering amount of effects processing power. The PC3 sound set, which encompasses everything from the traditional to the cutting edge, has been widely acknowledged as second to none.

And now the PC3's successor has arrived. The Kurzweil PC3K is the pinnacle of our PC3 line, bridging the gap between Kurzweil's past successes and present innovations.


An Old Friend

The PC3K, already loaded up with the many impressive features and sounds of the PC3, allows users to tap into the massive wealth of samples and programs developed for our legendary K Series over the past two decades. Capable of loading .KRZ/25/26 sample files, WAVE and AIFF files, as well as most of the K Series programs and setups, the PC3K presents a whole new world of choices to players, and once again underscores our commitment to the concept of non-obsolescence by design. You can choose to delve into the extensive libraries of existing K Series samples or decide to fill the PC3K's flash memory with your own signature samples. In either case, you'll have the most powerful version of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T technology ever developed at your fingertips to help sculpt your sounds and attain a level of detail and expressiveness truly worthy of your music. Sample files can be loaded via USB from a thumb-drive or directly from a computer.


Esto Immortalis

~ "Let it be lasting, immortal" (Latin)

User samples that do not "go away" when a keyboard is powered off - this is a feature that's been requested by keyboardists since the introduction of digital sampling in the early '80s. Clearly demonstrating the virtue of enduring quality, the PC3K offers 128 megabytes of user sample memory and compatibility with K Series files, while also taking an enormous leap forward by allowing user samples to remain intact while power is off. Once samples are loaded into the PC3K's flash memory, there is zero load time for those samples when powering on the instrument.

Advanced program, keymap and sample editing features allow you to customize your sounds with surgical precision. You're able to map any sample to any key, tune individual samples, change the start, alt start, loop point and end point of samples and even assign a controller to adjust sample start point in real-time.


Light Years Ahead

Under the hood of the PC3K is simply the most powerful synthesis engine ever created by Kurzweil. Dynamic V.A.S.T. picks up where the K series left off. Having up to 32 layers per program means that emulations of real instruments can be extremely detailed and accurate, while the synthesized sounds can be extraordinarily large and complex.

Expanding upon our V.A.S.T. architecture, the PC3K's new architecture delivers more power and flexibility combined with unprecedented ease of use. Users can now create and store their own DSP algorithms, with nearly limitless possibilities for routing.

In another huge development, we've resurrected the VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer, having built its synthesis engine right into the new system. Hear the VA-1's power-shaped, anti-aliasing oscillators (including supersaw, triplesaw, and hard sync oscillators) combined with a newer, larger set of V.A.S.T. filters (like the classic-style 4pole low pass w/ resonance) and non-linear processors and you'll understand why the internet is buzzing about this feature.


It's The Sound

The PC3 Series' advanced synthesis architecture, along with its painstakingly-edited sample ROM, allowed us to create a sound set that is both broad and deep, with no compromises on sound quality. Referred to by some in the music industry as "the solid gold Swiss army knife", the PC3 line has become well known for having covered all the bases when it comes to presets. Whether it's the famous Kurzweil grand piano, the wide array of deadly-accurate vintage keys emulations, KB3 Mode, VA virtual analog sounds or the hundreds of world-class orchestral and string section programs, the PC3K provides over 900 presets that let you know that it does everything and does it well.


Plug And Play

Saving, loading and updating the OS are all made easy on the PC3K with the inclusion of both USB Host and Device ports. You can save your user programs, setups and songs to a USB thumb-drive or directly to a computer. Samples and OS updates can be loaded from a thumb-drive or directly from your computer, and of course the PC3K sends and receives MIDI over USB.


Finishing Touch

In a nod to the design of classic synths and keyboard instruments from years past, the PC3K, the top of our PC3 line, has been fitted with handsomely crafted wooden end-caps, adding an element of luxury and refinement that beautifully complements the awesome technology at the heart of every Kurzweil keyboard.


All specifications subject to change without notice.

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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

2018-01-29: RT @audiofanzinefr: #NAMM Bientôt une v3 pour le Kurzweil Forte https://t.co/oNW5IL4opa @KurzweilMusic

2018-01-26: RT @Muzyk_FCM: Na targach @NAMMShow 2018 odwiedziliśmy też stoisko @KurzweilMusic , na którym zobaczyć można https://t.co/uJT0p9KFYn. piani…

2018-01-25: RT @KeyboardMag: Live from @NAMM 2018 and there’s more big news from @KurzweilMusic! https://t.co/N6iJH9ZN90