Kurzweil PC3K8 88 note Workstation Synthesizer
The Kurzweil PC3K8, 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 the 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 PC3K8 presents a whole new world of choices to players, and once again underscores Kurzweil's commitment to the concept of non-obsolescence by design.
- Full compatability with K2x series keyboards
- 128Mb Flash RAM stores your samples at all times
- VA.1 Virtual Analog synth built-in
- KB3 Tonewheel organ emulation
- MIDI Controller. 16 user-configurable zones with 29 customisable MIDI controllers PER zone
- KDFX. 16 insert effects / 2 auxiliary sends / Global Master FX
- 32-Layer Architecture. Sound Programs can be up to 32 layers deep, with each layer supporting its own DSP tools.
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You can choose to delve into the extensive libraries of existing K Series samples or decide to fill the PC3K8'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.
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 PC3K8 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 PC3K8'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 PC3K8 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 the V.A.S.T. architecture, the PC3K8'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, Kurzweil have resurrected the VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer, having built it's 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's advanced synthesis architecture, along with its painstakingly-edited sample ROM, allowed Kurzweil 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 analogue sounds or the hundreds of world-class orchestral and string section programs, the PC3K8 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 PC3K8 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 PC3K8 sends and receives MIDI over USB.
In a nod to the design of classic synths and keyboard instruments from years past, the PC3K8, the top of the 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.
• 138 (W) x 35.5 (D) x 11 (H) cm
• 54.33 (W) x 13.98 (D) x 4.33 (H) inches
• 24.50 Kgs / 54 lb.