Kurzweil PC3LE7 76 note Performance Controller Synthesizer (Ex-Display)
Fantastic sounds, reliable performance, musical expressiveness, ease of use. These are the things that are essential to the design of an affordable keyboard instrument. Kurzweil's PC3LE7 combines the amazing sound quality and performance control features of the enormously successful PC3 with a new streamlined, intelligent user interface, providing an interactive experience that is bound to inspire creativity.
- Over 1000 PC3-powered sounds to choose from
- 16 user-configurable zones with 41 customizable MIDI controllers PER zone!
- KDFX with 10 insert effects and 2 aux sends
- Drum Pad Triggers for notes, chords, RIFFs and arpeggiations with 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive pads
- The VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer, synthesis engine built right into the V.A.S.T. signal path
- Trigger MIDI phrases, beats, or even full multi-track songs via any built-in physical controller
- Easy O/S Updates installed via direct-USB connection to a computer and/or USB thumb-drive
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It's The Sound
Under the hood, the PC3LE7 features the same groundbreaking chip technology that has made the PC3 the most talked about keyboard in recent years. All of the PC3's sounds are included - the famous Kurzweil grand piano, vintage electric pianos, Clavinets and Mellotrons, dazzling Orchestral and Strings collections, stunning VA virtual analogue synths, KB3 organs, realistic basses, drums, guitars, percussion and horns, General MIDI, plus nearly 200 new programs developed specifically for the LE, a total of over 1050 programs in all. Kurzweil have improved the method for navigating through such a massive sound set, programs in the LE can be viewed and selected with a new set of Category buttons. Select 'Leads' and you'll see a list of all the synth leads in the machine, grouped together. Same goes for the other 20 categories, everything from Synth Bass to Mallets to Guitars.
These programs take advantage of the V.A.S.T. synthesis engine, using pristine samples paired with detailed programming of literally hundreds of synth and effects parameters. Whether it's the rosin of a bowed string instrument, the resonant harmonics of a piano's damper pedal, or the thumps and squeaks of an electromechanical keyboard, you'll find a level of detail and realism that can only be found in a Kurzweil. Which means you can focus on the important business of making music.
The PC3LE7 comes equipped with over 700 onboard effects chains from which to choose, all with real-time controllers already assigned to relevant parameters. With world class reverbs that decay into complete silence, warm, classic sounding phasers, flangers and choruses, and burning, saturated distortions, you'll have everything you need to make your music sound like a polished, finished product from the outset. The PC3LE7's architecture provides up to 10 insert effects, which can be distributed among 10 channels, with available auxiliary effects as well.
In the PC3, Kurzweil introduced the 'INFO' feature, a soft button-press that allows the user to see which controllers have been assigned to parameters within a program. For the PC3LE7, this has been taken to the next level, with an interactive user interface that communicates directly with you whenever you move a real-time controller. Turn a knob, hit a button or move a wheel and the screen will display the controller, its real-time value and the parameter being affected. An example would be moving the modwheel on an organ program - you would see the following: 'Modwheel 79 Distortion Drive'. This system never breaks down - you can change effect chains freely and all of this info remains intact, updated to reflect the new chain you've selected. Also, this info is transferred seamlessly to Setup Mode - you can see whatever controllers have been assigned to programs used in any zone of a setup.
Customising Your Sound
Prefer to spend your time playing over sound-programming? Think of the PC3LE7 as the preset-player version of the original PC3. All the sound, no deep programming necessary.
At the same time, Kurzweil have given users the quickest, simplest possible way to adjust the PC3LE7's sounds to suit individual tastes and needs. In any given program or effects chain, select relevant parameters have been pre-assigned real-time controllers for easy access. Move a controller and hit the SAVE button - no menus, no pages with endless parameters - and you get one touch sound customisation.
Flexibility is important when it comes to customising your sound. Don't want filter frequency control on a knob? Prefer to have it assigned to the modwheel? No problem. The PARAMETERS page allows you to re-assign any controller to any available* parameter. You can save your custom sounds to the user bank, with over 1000 ID slots.
*available parameters are predetermined and vary per program
A Different Drummer
With the PC3LE7, Kurzweil have introduced a new set of dynamic physical controllers - 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads that can be used to trigger sounds, sequences, chords and arpeggiations. Every program in the machine has a drum kit assigned to the pads, so you'll always have access to a rhythm track when you need it. As a bonus, there's a set of over 100 new drum programs, with acoustic brush kits, slammin' rock kits and a number of heavily effected techno/electronic kits, in addition to the 24 existing kits from the PC3. The drum pads have been implemented with precision and care, with utmost attention given to how they feel when played. After all, this is a musical instrument and not just a piece of technology.
Everything Else You'd Expect
Complimenting the LE's new features are a few old familiar Kurzweil favourites, Setup Mode, Quick Access Mode and Song Mode, all taken directly from the PC3.
Setup Mode enables the PC3LE7 to act as a powerful MIDI controller as well as providing 16 simultaneous, independent, fully programmable arpeggiators, with factory and user-programmable patterns. On top of that, each setup can have up to 16 simultaneous Riffs - sequences that can be triggered by buttons, drum pads or notes on the keyboard. While Setup Mode, with up to 16 zones each with its own program, is still as powerful as ever, we've added a Split/Layer button to make the creation of simple setups quick and easy.
Quick Access Mode allows you to create custom banks of 10 sounds that can be accessed by a single button-press. Song Mode delivers a full-featured 16 track sequencer with all of the powerful editing features that you'd find in a high end workstation - event editing, swing, controller scaling, input quantise, input filter, and chasing controls. User memory provides over 1000 ID slots each for your own QA banks, Setups and Songs.
Saving, loading and updating the OS are all made easy on the PC3LE7 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. OS updates can be loaded from a thumb-drive or directly from your computer, and of course the PC3LE7 sends and receives MIDI over USB. Standard MIDI jacks are also included for In, Out and Thru. For audio, the PC3LE7 features high-quality, hum-cancelling, stereo balanced analogue outputs, with 24-bit DACs as well as a 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital output at 48K.
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Condition Ex-display On demo in store No Brand Kurzweil Keyboard Type Synth Number of keys 76 Keyboard Action Semi-Weighted