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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2014-09-16: 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.…

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

2014-08-26: #Kurzweil #Forte Stage Piano - Demonstration Video by Christian Pearl: http://t.co/EY98rl6Mun

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2014-08-20: Compare Rhodes vs #Kurzweil #Forte : http://t.co/blp6faiBQF

2014-08-15: #Kurzweil #SP4 Series - Selecting Setups via MIDI: http://t.co/tPUxGxvdJW

2014-08-15: #Kurzweil #Artis - Select Programs via MIDI: http://t.co/abjZI7vQlr

2014-08-15: RT @BacklineSupport: @KurzweilMusic #kurzweil-Pc3k8 #kurweil-Pc361 @RioRomamx @daniperripiano en #FeriaDeReyesApaseoElAlto2014 http://t.co/…

2014-08-14: #Kurzweil #SP4 Series - Advance Through Your Setups with a Foot-Switch Pedal: http://t.co/5tjeJTtBhy

2014-08-14: #Kurzweil #SP4 Series - Control Setup Zone Mutes with a Foot-Switch Pedal: http://t.co/tdK5QyPk3r

2014-08-13: #Kurzweil #SP4 - Using a Foot-Switch Pedal to Advance Programs in a Setup http://t.co/6KnGRr8gkV

2014-08-08: #Kurzweil #Forte Stage Piano Demo @Kraft Music - YouTube http://t.co/oM6bHrzUKr

2014-08-07: RT @CodyGarrett: Setting up my awesome new keyboard - the Kurzweil Artis!! @KurzweilMusic @ArtistRelations @DaddarioandCo @FrozenApe http:/…