Kurzweil Announces New PC3 Controller & SP2 Stage Piano

Kurzweil has announced the PC3, a brand new synthesizer/workstation, and the next generation of their SP Stage Piano Series, the SP2.


With a new look on the outside, and Kurzweil’s latest chip technology under its hood, the 88-note PC3 delivers 128 voices of incredible sound quality along with a host of powerful, easy to use features. The PC3 is Kurzweil’s ultimate performance controller keyboard, with a large collection of sounds combined with comprehensive real-time controller functions.

• Keyboard: Next generation, 88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys, featuring a quick release spring, striking an ideal balance of playability between piano type parts and synth/organ parts.
• Display: 240 x 64 angled, backlit LCD w/ dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls.
• Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning fast performance.
• Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel).
• Factory Presets: 832 Factory Programs- Includes complete PC2 Base Sound ROM, the Orchestral, Classic • Keys, General MIDI set, 64 KB3 programs PLUS new String Section ROM Bank.
• Factory MIDI Setups: 96 factory programmed MIDI setups. 128 user programmable MIDI setups, each with 8 independent zones, effects and arpeggiator settings.
• General MIDI: standard.
• User Memory: 128 locations for user created preset programs. 128 locations for user created MIDI Setups.
• Sound ROM Expansion Slots: 2
• Effects : 12 insert effects plus two auxiliary sends; featuring over 300 of our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, Leslie simulators, compressors, and more.
Global EQ: User controllable master EQ section for quick adjustments during live performance.
Controllers: Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 9 front panel sliders/drawbar controllers, 2 front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable), 3 switch pedal input, 2 continuous control pedal inputs, mono pressure, Super Ribbon input, breath controller input.
• Arpeggiator: 4 full-featured independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play order, velocity, duration, tempo, and sync functions as well as hundreds of pre-recorded beats and musical phrases.
• Analog Outputs: Four 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (48kHz, 24-bit DACs)
• Headphones: Rear panel 1/4″ headphone output
• Digital Outputs: 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz modes. Syncable to external clock.
• MIDI: In, Out, Thru (hardware switchable to copy of MIDI Out).
• USB: Complete MIDI functionality over USB, including data storage and OS updates
• Flash Memory Port: Store and load programs, OS updates, and sequences.
• Free OS Updates: Flash ROM upgradeable via USB or flash memory card.

In addition to the Triple Strike Grand Piano, the PC3 features hundreds of new sounds; basses, drums, guitars, and synths suited for every style and taste, along with a collection of flawless vintage keyboard emulations, KB3 Mode and over 250 orchestral and string section programs. For good measure they included a 16-track sequencer and more effects processing power than the KSP8 processor, making the PC3 a full blown music production workstation. Add in USB, a flash card port, a newly designed keyboard action, and a new intuitive user interface, and you’ve got the next generation of Kurzweil instruments.


The SP2 delivers the Kurzweil sound, with all of its detail and refinement, in a digital stage piano which is both professional and easy to use. Using the next generation of Kurzweil technology, the SP2 provides some of Kurzweil’s best sounds; pianos, EPs, strings, pads, mallets and voices, all available at the touch of a button.

• Keyboard: 88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action, with velocity sensitive adjustable keys
• Display: 7-segment 3-digit LED
• Polyphony: 64 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
• Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
• Factory Presets: 64 Programs
• Factory Presets: 64 Programs
• MIDI Setups: 16 user setup locations with 4 programmable zones for splits and layers
• Effects: Dual Processors (A & B) offering: 58 Reverbs, 6 Delays, 10 Choruses, 6 Flangers, 3 Phasors, 4 Shapers, 2 Enhancers, 8 Filtered Effects, 4 Distortions, 1 Mono>Stereo, 3 Wide Stereo, 4 Compressors, 2 Panners, 7 Rotarys, Stereo Tremolo, and 44 combination effects chains utilizing Kurzweil1s unique Laserverb
• Metronome: Yes
• Drum Grooves: 64 pre-programmed patterns
• Controllers: Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 4 front panel knobs, 1 master volume slider, 1 dual-switch pedal input, 1 continuous control pedal input
• Analog Outputs: Two 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
• Headphones: Front panel 1/4″ headphone output
• MIDI: In, Out, Thru
• USB: Complete MIDI functionality over USB, including data storage and OS updates
• Free OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or over MIDI

The SP2 also has the Triple Strike Grand Piano sound, as well as a powerful synth engine to bring the samples to life. The result is an instrument which not only sounds like, but feels like a real piano.

The Kurzweil PC3 will retail for $2999 and be available sometime this Summer. The Kurzweil SP2 will retail for $1249 and be available sometime this Spring. More information on the Kurzweil PC3 and SP2.

Author: FutureMusic

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