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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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

2014-09-23: #Kurzweil #Forte - Loading User Data http://t.co/VKLBKCjwGe

2014-09-19: Synth Giants 03: #Kurzweil #Forte vs. Korg Kronos X vs. Yamaha Moxf8 - FIGHT! http://t.co/YiCazndykx

2014-09-18: Hit Space (Hungary) test drives the #Kurzweil #Forte Stage Piano: http://t.co/msAS4upb1a

2014-09-18: #Kurzweil PC3/K/LE/Xpro owners - Copying/Grabbing Song Tracks - The Basics: | http://t.co/hOOSx85U2L

2014-09-17: #Kurzweil #Forte owners - Learn how to back up your data: http://t.co/OSSnMLUpMF

2014-09-16: PC3K owner's check out Barb and Co Nylon Guitars soundset: http://t.co/DdnJnRM6AP

2014-09-16: RT @Drummiesyd: I liked a @YouTube video from @mididesigner http://t.co/xhcmHp5okg Stacey Lamont Sydnor Drum Solo with Myron McKinley Trio …

2014-09-15: Bob Malone performs "Chinese Algebra" on the #Kurzweil #Forte: http://t.co/vUZx8VoAay

2014-09-15: RT @pianomalone: At @KurzweilMusic in Boston today shooting demo video for their new keyboard. #kurzweil #bobmalone #piano #forte http://t.…

2014-09-10: Bob Malone w/ #Kurzweil #K2661 on stage with #JohnFogerty! Stayed tuned for videos of Bob's visit to R&D this summer! http://t.co/k7S9RwrlNT

2014-09-05: Think of a real piano... now play it - #Kurzweil #Forte http://t.co/bPLTQyDkUV

2014-09-04: Join the #Kurzweil #Forte Beta Program! - contact: forte_beta@ycrdi.com (must own a Forte to participate)

2014-08-28: #Kurzweil #FORTE Update V1.11 Released! http://t.co/HJLtN3UBqg