Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-Key Synthesizer Keyboard Workstation

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Keyboard: Fatar TP-8; 61-note semi-weighted action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys

Display: 240 x 64 backlit LCD w/ dedicated back panel contrast control

Polyphony: 64 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning fast performance

Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)

Architecture: PC3 sound engine, complete with anti-aliased VA oscillators and KB3 Mode. Important synth and effects parameters can be accessed and adjusted via the PC3LE6's front panel knobs and buttons - user settings can be captured and saved with a single button press. Supports loading PC3 programs

Factory Presets: PC3 sound set, including Base ROM, Orchestral, Classic Keys, String Section, General MIDI set and over 70 KB3 programs with total of over 800 programs

Factory MIDI Setups: 256 factory programmed MIDI setups. Up to 2560 user programmable MIDI setups, each with 16 independent zones, effects, triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and arpeggiator settings. Dozens of user-editable patterns for both pitch and velocity

General MIDI: Standard

User Memory: 2560 locations for user created preset programs, songs and setups

Sequencer: 16 tracks; 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more. Controller chasing and quick "set song loop point" functions are also included

Effects: 10 insert effects distributed over 10 busses, one auxiliary send; featuring over 500 award winning effects - reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more

Controllers: Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 5 front panel knobs (15 virtual knobs with a two-tiered shift button), 7 front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable), 2 switch pedal inputs, 1 continuous control pedal input and mono pressure. Controller values can be "captured" and stored as part of a program. In addition to all of these, the PCLE6 also features 8 backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads that can be used to trigger sounds, sequences, chords and arpeggiations

Arpeggiator: 16 full-featured independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play order, velocity, duration, tempo, and sync functions as well as pre-recorded beats and musical phrases

Riffs: 16 simultaneous "Riff" generators (used for triggering MIDI sequenced phrases, beats, or complete multi-track arrangments from notes on the keyboard and/or any on-board physical controller)

Analog Outputs: Two 1/4" balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)

Headphones: 1 rear panel 1/4" headphone output

Digital Outputs: 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF at 48K (internal clock)

MIDI: In, Out, Thru

USB: Host port for connecting a USB thumb-drive and a Device port that allows the PC3LE6 to load and save data directly to and from a computer, perform OS updates and send/receive MIDI over USB

FREE OS Updates: Flash ROM upgradeable via USB or thumb-drive

Dimensions
Height: (5.00") (12.70 cm)

Depth: (14.50") (36.83 cm)

Length: (41.50") (105.41 cm)

Weight: (31.00 lb.) (14.06 kg)

Automatic selection 90-250V AC operation

Power Supply:Internal AC Power Supply (Included)
Kurzweil Warranty ´╗┐Kurzweil products are warrantied for a period of one year.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-355-8052
(6 ratings)
Submitted October 14, 2010 by a customer from aol.com
"THE MOST INSPIRING & USEFUL WORKSTATION ON THE MARKET FOR THE PRICE!!"
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I probably won't be using my computer software,nor my Korg M3 for a long while,because this keyboard has so much of what I've been looking for and I need to spend some quality time with it.

Sound
The most impeccably authentic piano sounds I've ever heard on a hardware workstation..they're right up there with software! 90 percent of all of the sounds on this board are pure inspiration...the pads are lush & dreamy,the leads,pads & synth basses are unlike anything I've ever heard in a workstation synth....superb retro sounds that were so hard to find,up until now! Most of the sample-based sounds are excellent,but the electric guitars are pretty average.

Features
Came with a sustain pedal...sweet!The one touch save button for edited sounds and the onscreen feedback from the control knobs,are so damn cool!! PLEASE NOTE...THE COMPANY "SOUNDTOWER" IS COMING OUT WITH SOUND EDITOR SOFTWARE FOR DEEP EDITING. IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

Ease of Use
It's completely effortless to get truly inspiring sounds out of this synth & it has the most intuitive interface I've ever come across in a workstation,in this price range. There are only basic parameters for sound editing like a timbre filter,envelope,decay,sustain,attack..etc.,...but like I mentioned above,SoundTower is coming out with editing software for the LE-series.

Quality
The most rock solid keyboard to have ever come out of China-incredible!Smooth controls,superb semi-weighted full size keys and lightening fast on screen functioning...I have never seen anything like read more it before!

Value
One of the best overall values out there!

Manufacturer Support
I had a problem updating to the current OS because I was using AlZip to decompress the files,but Kurzweil support is very knowledgeable & eager to help & resolved my problem quickly. Be sure to uninstall your AlZip if you use it,because you need to install the current OS update,as the old factory OS is a bit unstable and the sequencer will lock up in the old version. The OS update installation is very simple,BUT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PRECISELY,in order for the update to work.

The Wow Factor
An absolutely beautiful keyboard on the outside,with amazingly fast & simple onscreen menus and the BEST layout of knobs & buttons I've ever seen in workstation!

Musical Background:
Veteran keyboard workstation composer & recording hobbyist.

Musical Style:
Various
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