Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-Key Workstation

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Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-key Workstation
61-key Workstation with 64-note Polyphony, the PC3 Sound Engine, 16-track Sequencer, and Over 800 Programs

A Fantastic Workstation with Stellar Sounds from the PC3!
The PC3LE6 from Kurzweil offers Kurzweil's legendary combination of fantastic sounds, rock-steady performance, musical expressiveness, and ease of use in a supremely affordable instrument that breaks the price/performance barrier. Kurzweil streamlined the popular PC3 with a new user interface, providing an interactive experience will inspire creativity. Like with any pro-level keyboard, sound quality and feel are crucial, and the PC3LE6 has both in spades. The keybed is a Fatar TP-8, semi-weighted with velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keys. The sound engines of the PC3 is the driving force behind the PC3LE6.

Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-key Workstation at a Glance:

  • Legendary Kurzweil Sound
  • Effects
  • Customizing Your Sound
  • Drum pads
  • Past-favorite Features Return
  • Connectivity

    Legendary Kurzweil Sound
    Under the hood, the PC3LE6 features the same groundbreaking chip technology that powered the popular PC3. 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 analog synths, KB3 organs, realistic basses, drums, guitars, percussion and horns, General MIDI, plus nearly 200 new programs developed specifically for the LE - over 1050 programs in all. Programs can be viewed and selected with a set of Category buttons. Select "Leads" and you'll see a list of all the synth leads in the machine, grouped together, and so forth. These programs take advantage of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. synthesis engine, using pristine samples paired with detailed programming of literally hundreds of synth and effects parameters.

    Effects
    The PC3LE6 comes equipped with over 700 onboard effects chains, all with real-time controllers already assigned to relevant parameters. With 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 PC3LE6's architecture provides up to 10 insert effects, which can be distributed among 10 channels, with an available auxiliary effect as well.

    Customizing Your Sound
    Kurzweil gives users the quickest, easiest possible way to adjust sounds to suit individual tastes and needs. In any given program or effects chain, the relevant parameters, the ones that you'd want to tweak and adjust, have been assigned real-time controllers. Move a controller and hit the Save button - no menus, no pages with endless parameters - and you get one touch sound customization. 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.

    Drum pads
    The PC3LE6 boasts 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, Kurzweil included a set of over 100 new drum programs, with acoustic brush kits, rock kits, and a number of heavily effected techno/electronic kits, in addition to the 24 existing kits from the PC3.

    Past-favorite Features Return
    Complimenting the LE's new features are a few old familiar Kurzweil favorites; Setup Mode, Quick Access Mode and Song Mode, all taken directly from the PC3. Setup Mode enables the LE 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. And 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 quantize, input filter, and chasing controls. User memory provides over 1000 ID slots each for your own QA banks, Setups and Songs.

    Connectivity
    Saving, loading and updating the OS are all made easy on the LE 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 LE sends and receives MIDI over USB. Standard MIDI jacks are also included for In, Out and Thru. For audio, the PC3LE6 features high-quality, hum-canceling, stereo balanced analog outputs, with 24-bit DACs as well as a 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital output at 48K.

    Features:

  • 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 2048 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: 2048 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 of our 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 arrangements 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

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