PC88/mx Overview

Discontinued Model

Downloads and support materials maintained here as a courtesy to owners.


The PC88 is a self-contained portable keyboard that features quick and intuitive access to 64 (and optionally more) internal sounds derived from Kurzweil’s renowned ROM samples. It canproduce up to 32-note polyphony in full stereo, and lets you layer as many as 4 sounds at once. Built-in reverb and chorus are also provided, and there’s a sophisticated on-board arpeggiator for composing, performing, or just fooling around.

Thirty-two versatile MIDI Setups are provided to let you start making great music immediately.You can also use these Setups as templates, or create new Setups from the Internal Voices.

Furthermore, the PC88 is a high-quality MIDI keyboard controller, with 88-key weighted action, adjustable velocity and pressure (aftertouch) curves, two programmable on-boardwheels, four sliders, three buttons, and jacks for two footswitches and four continuous control pedals. Data on four independent MIDI channels can be sent simultaneously, using four different “zones”, each of which has its own key range — which can overlap with any others —and its own controller definitions, as well as the ability to be muted or soloed instantly. Other features allow merging and remapping of incoming MIDI data (listening on all 16 channels), and the ability to go instantaneously from one complex setup to another.

Finally, the PC88 is a versatile multitimbral instrument that can be used to complement any MIDI setup. With the optional plug-in VGM (Voice/GM expansion) board, the PC88 becomes a top-of-the-line General MIDI instrument, for use in education, multimedia production, games, and other exciting applications. In addition to expanding the PC88’s complement ofsounds to match the General MIDI spec, the VGM board adds 12 sets of drum and percussion sounds, and doubles the PC88’s maximum polyphony to 64 notes.

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2015-04-17: @KurzweilMusic http://t.co/8WCXEL79eG

2015-04-17: WeiserSound releases the #Kurzweil PC3/PC3K GigPack Soundset! http://t.co/E9EdSl2qyk

2015-04-13: RT @audiofanzinefr: Test du Kurzweil Forte "Kurzweil, ça va Forte" http://t.co/NrPrLIYDJS @KurzweilMusic

2015-04-09: RT @TheTrioofOZ: @Spectrasonics @moogmusicinc @KurzweilMusic @RachelZmusic world of sound... http://t.co/OFuVbRFWaK

2015-04-09: RT @Hannahholbrook: Hangin' with @KurzweilMusic Here's a taste of one of my ragtime compositions on the new #Forte stage #piano! http://t.…

2015-04-01: The latest version of the #Kurzweil #Forte™ Musician's Guide is available now in both PDF and E-Book formats: http://t.co/HJLtN3UBqg

2015-03-25: Check out the #Kurzweil #ArtisSE in this video clip from muzykuj: http://t.co/gVZYCEXpF4

2015-03-16: #Kurzweil #PC3K Update v2.40 Released! http://t.co/KFYcEEFYyx

2015-03-11: The #Kurzweil #PC3A is now available in 88, 76 and 61 note models: http://t.co/kJ4nxsgoPv

2015-03-04: Check out another awesome submission to December's Forte® Video Contest from Kaffimusic! http://t.co/ky44r8YV2a

2015-03-02: Here's another of our favorite submissions from this year's Forte Video Contest: Jeffery Bousfield's "Funk Groove" https://t.co/tmPbfkbC5d

2015-02-20: Rich Spina (Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone) enter the Kurzweil Artist Lounge: http://t.co/xYdLmevfyR

2015-02-16: RT @therealnickgang: @KurzweilMusic @hipogrito you see the #PC3K on stage with McCartney's band right now? #SNL40

2015-02-12: Please congratulate the #Kurzweil #Forte Video Contest Winners! http://t.co/zs8lUH3b1Z

2015-02-11: Congrats! to our good friend @alyankovic (w/ #RubénValtierra on keys) for winning Best Comedy Album at The GRAMMYs: http://t.co/Xr7UvZCpfL

2015-02-10: @KurzweilMusic Here's Ray Kurzweil receiving his Technical Grammy® Award from producer Mike Clink: http://t.co/szjZ8O07Uw

2015-02-09: Ray #Kurzweil’s music-tech breakthroughs: the inside story: http://t.co/2Z5DcJrk3x

2015-02-06: Ray #Kurzweil honored this Sunday with the 2015 Technical #Grammy® Award Congratulations Ray! http://t.co/yButNHCJW5

2015-02-02: #Kurzweil #Forte Desktop Editor Released! http://t.co/HJLtN4ccyk

2015-02-02: #Kurzweil #Forte 1.21 Update Released! http://t.co/HJLtN4ccyk