The Kurzweil PC4 SE – Performance Controller
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A new member of the family. The PC4 SE, Kurzweil’s newest and most affordable performance controller, brings the amazing sound quality and many of the performance control features of our enormously successful PC4, within reach of more musicians than ever before.


256 Voices of V.A.S.T. Polyphony!

Serious polyphony horsepower from our acclaimed V.A.S.T. engine!

2 Gigabytes of Factory Sounds!

1500 hand-crafted factory presets organized into 10 categories featuring our optimized German 9 ft. and vintage Japanese 7 ft. concert grand pianos (with “KSR” – Kurzweil String Resonance). Also included are a wide selection of sounds from the K2700, PC4 and PC3 Series as well as the KORE 64™ expansion.

Patented FlashPlay® Technology

Flash-Play® provides the PC4 SE with a staggering amount of horse-power; 2 GB sample content with zero-loading time, and ultrafast performance.

6-Operator FM Engine

6 Operator FM Engine with the ability to load original FM SysEx files.

CC Sequencers

Add sonic animation to your sounds via 5 simultaneous MIDI CC Step Sequencers for modulation sequencing.

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

Modeled after classic tonewheel organs, KB3 mode offers control over 9 drawbars, rotary speed, chorus/vibrato, brake, percussion and more.

Powerful FX Engine

Awesome FX Chains featuring award-winning reverbs, delays, choruses, flangers, phasers, distortions, rotary speakers, compressors and more. The PC4 SE also offers a global Master FX section featuring 3-band EQ and Compression.

K.S.R. – Kurzweil String Resonance

Piano string resonance modeling for enhanced acoustic piano performance!


88-Note Hammer-Action Keyboard

The PC4 SE features a Real Piano Hammer Action (RPHA), 88-key, fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive, adjustable keys.

5-Zone Multi Controller Mode

With 5 zones of unparalleled MIDI controller capabilities, create your own sonic split/layer combinations using Kurzweil’s renowned Multi mode.

Quick Splits/Layers

Dedicated Split and Layer buttons provide on the fly split and layer combinations.

16-Track Sequencer

Record/edit/mix/produce your own tracks – all in the box with the PC4 SE 16-track internal sequencer. Import MIDI (.mid) files as well as Kurzweil PC3/PC4/Forte-family songs.

5 Simultaneous RIFF Generators

Trigger and manipulate up to 5 simultaneous MIDI sequences on the fly. Select from an internal library of patterns or record/import your own!

5 Simultaneous Arpeggiators

Looking for a pulse? Activate up to 5 independent Arps (1 per program, 5 per Multi) and discover the ‘Step Sequencer’ environment!


Front Panel Master Transport Controls

Use the TRANSPORT section to control recording and playback of the on-board 16-track sequencer.

23 Programmable Physical Controllers

5 sliders, 5 knobs, 6 buttons, 2 wheels, 2 switch pedal* dual inputs (which support half-damper for pianos) and 1 continuous control pedal input

*1 sustain/switch pedal is included; half-damper pedal sold separately

Easy Access Transpose Controls

Dedicated -/+ transpose controls conveniently located right above the pitch/modulation wheels.


Widescreen Color Display

Navigate the PC4 SE with a 4.3” 480×272 widescreen color LCD display with adjustable brightness.

Categorized Sound Selection

Easy Category and Program/Multi selection featuring customizable category defaults.

Pick Your Favorites

Easily store and recall your most needed 250 Programs/Multis via 5 dedicated Favorites buttons, organized into 50 banks. Each entry conveniently displays the Favorite’s name and type (Program or Multi).

Quick Tips

Full-time on-screen help tips are displayed at the bottom of every page showing you how to use the currently selected page or parameter.


All specifications subject to change without notice.

RPHA: Real Piano Hammer Action / 88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive adjustable keys
Display: 480 x 272 pixel high resolution color LCD with adjustable brightness
Polyphony: 256 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Architecture: Dynamic VAST: Powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algs and routing*
6-Operator FM Engine*
VA1 Inside: anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil’s VA1 concept synth, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds.*
Cascade Mode: lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program – up to 32 consecutive layers deep!*
(*editable via the external desktop editing software)
Factory Programs: 1500+
User Programs: 4000+
Factory Multis: 700+ – featuring up to 5 independent zones
User Multis: 4000+
General MIDI: No
Kurzweil String Resonance: Yes
Master EQ/Compressor: Yes
Effects: Over 1000 complex effect chains, incorporated into programs featuring our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more
32 total FX units
Controllers: 1 pitch wheel
1 modulation wheel
5 sliders
5 knobs
6 buttons
1 EQ on/off switch
Tap tempo button
2 transpose switches
Arp controls
CC sequencer on/off switch
Transport controls
2 switch pedal inputs each supporting single or dual switch pedal or single half damper pedal (1 switch/sustain pedal is included; half-damper pedals sold separately)
1 continuous control pedal input
Sequencer: 16 Tracks; 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more.
MIDI CC Step Sequencers: 5 simultaneous
RIFFs: 5 per Multi
Arpeggiators: 1-per Program, 5-per Multi
System Sample Rate: 48kHz
Analog Outputs: 2  1/4″ balanced TRS analog (32-bit DACs)
Automatic mono switching on main outs
+21dBu maximum output
50Ω balanced source impedance
Headphones: 1 back panel 1/4″ headphone output
130mW into 32 ohm headphones
MIDI: In, Out
USB: Two USB ports (one A port / one B port)
Complete MIDI functionality over USB and can act as a host for other USB MIDI controllers
User program/multi file backup via USB drive
Operating System updates via USB drive
Software Editors: External editors for Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS devices
FREE OS Updates: OS updates via USB
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable
Height: 6.5″ (16.51 cm)
Depth: 14.75″ (37.46 cm)
Length: 51.25″ (130.18 cm)
Weight: 27.5 lb (12.48 kg)
Power: External 15VDC 2.5A Power Supply



PC4SE Overview
Courtesy of Session Music (Germany)


User Manuals

PC4 SE Getting Started Guide – 3 MB
Quick Start Guide (rev 001)

PC4 SE Getting Started Guide – 406 KB
Quick Start Guide (rev 001) – .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices​

PC4 SE Musician’s Guide – 4 MB
Primary owner’s manual (rev 001)

PC4 SE Musician’s Guide – 4 MB
Primary owner’s manual (rev 001)- .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices​

PC4SE Program and Multi List – 73KB
Excel spreadsheet listing all factory programs/multis

OS Updates

PC4-SE_v1.01_Update – 7 MB
Contains: OS 4.40.36024, Obj 1.01.3, Installation Instructions, Release Notes

Software Editors

PC4SE_SoundEditor (Mac) – 21 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE desktop editing software for the Mac
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE_SoundEditor (PC) – 7 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE desktop editing software for the PC
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE – iPad Editor
(links to App Store store for download)
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE_Controller (Mac) – 18 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE Desktop Controller software for the Mac
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE_Controller (PC) – 8 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE Desktop Controller software for the PC
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE_PlugSE (Mac) – 26 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE Plug-in for the Mac
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)

PC4SE_PlugSE (PC) – 9 MB
v1.00 of the PC4SE Plug-in for the PC
Requires the latest PC4SE OS update (link above)



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