Kurzweil PC3LE6Item ID: PC3LE6
61-key Workstation with 64-note Polyphony, PC3 Sound Engine, 16-track Sequencer, and over 800 Programs
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A Fantastic Workstation with Stellar Sounds from the PC3!The PC3LE6 from Kurzweil gives you Kurzweil's legendary combination of fantastic sounds, rock-steady performance, musical expressiveness, and ease of use, in a supremely affordable instrument that shatters the price/performance barrier. Kurzweil streamlined the popular PC3 with a new user interface that provides you with an interactive experience that will inspire your creativity. As with any pro-level keyboard, sound quality and feel are absolutely crucial, and the PC3LE6 has both, in spades. You'll love the feel of its Fatar TP-8 keybed, which gives you the control and response of semi-weighted action, velocity sensitivity, and aftertouch. And the PC3LE6 gets its vast selection of incredible sounds from the world-renowned PC3 synth engine!
All of the PC3's incredible 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… the list goes on and on. Plus, you get nearly 200 new programs developed specifically for the LE series, for a grand total of over 1050 programs. You can view and select programs by using a set of category buttons. For instance, if you select "Leads," you'll see a list of all the PC3LE6's synth leads grouped together. And just like the PC3's, the PC3LE6's programs take full 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.
To spice up your sound, the PC3LE6 comes equipped with over 700 onboard effects chains, all with real-time controllers already assigned to relevant parameters. Reverbs that decay into complete silence; warm, classic-sounding phasers; glistening flangers and choruses; and burning, saturated distortions all give your sound excitement and polish. The PC3LE6's architecture provides up to 10 insert effects, which can be distributed among 10 channels, as well as an available auxiliary effect.
You also get specially assigned controllers that let you tweak the PC3LE6's sounds on the fly. In any given program or effects chain, the parameters that you'd want to tweak and adjust have been assigned dedicated buttons. 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 to reassign the filter frequency to the mod wheel? No problem. The Parameters page makes it easy. Plus, you can save your custom sounds to the user bank, with over 1000 ID slots.
The PC3LE6 also boasts a new set of dynamic physical controllers: 8 backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads you can use 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 includes a set of over 100 new drum programs, with acoustic brush kits, rock kits, and a number of heavily effected techno/electronic kits, all in addition to the 24 existing kits from the PC3.
To make updating the PC3LE6's OS easy, Kurzweil gives it USB ports that allow you to load updates from either a thumb drive or your computer. And of course, the LE sends and receives MIDI over USB. You also get standard MIDI input, output, and throughput jacks for communication with other synth modules and MIDI-equipped gear. The PC3LE6 also provides pristine audio on high-quality, hum-canceling stereo-balanced analog outputs, and onboard 24-bit/48kHz D/A conversion lets the PC3LE6 send out stereo S/PDIF as well.
Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-key Workstation Keyboard Features at a Glance:
Get great sounds and amazing feel with Kurzweil's PC3LE6!
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
Quite Possibly The "Swiss Army Knife" Of Keyboards?
by Peter Previte from Chelmsford, MAI bought my PC3LE6 about a year ago from Sweetwater. I held off until now for giving a review because I wanted to have as much experience with it as possible beforehand. I've taken this keyboard to ... read more [+]well over 40 gigs now and, to sum it up, it is the most versatile keyboard I've ever owned because it does EVERYTHING so well. You name it... acoustic & electric pianos, clavs, strings, brass, orchestral, organs and even "synth" sounds. I have always found the exact sound that I needed for whatever purpose within this instrument. In addition, I find it to be very user friendly (once you've played with it for a while). The 8 drum pads are incredibly useful and they can be programmed to do so much more that just trigger drum sounds. I have used them mostly to instantly change instrument sounds on the fly and they can be illuminated to give you an instant "on/off" status - good stuff! I went with the 61 key version as stage space and weight was important to me. It's easy enough to adjust the keyboard up or down an octave as needed. As previously mentioned, the Kurzweil's sounds are as varied as they are fabulous. I'd like to give special mention to the keyboard's "Hammond B3 & Leslie" sound generated by it's KB3 sound engine and effects. VERY CONVINCING in stereo and even mono. The rotary speed can be toggled by the sustain pedal which is very handy. If something were (heaven forbid) to happen to my board, I wouldn't hesitate to replace it with another of the same make and model. If you can only bring one keyboard to a gig, this "Swiss Army Knife" could very well be your ticket. because it does e v e r y t h i n g so well. close [-]
May 4, 2012
Music Background: Weekend Warrior for nearly 50 years.
Classic Rock Keyboardists Dream
by kEVIN sHOBE from sIMI vALLEY, cA.pLAYING IN A CLASSIC ROCK BAND i NEEDED THE MOST VERSATILE KEYBOARD i COULD FIND. i COMPARED THE yAMAHA mox6, rOLAND jUNO gi, kORG m-50 AND THE pc3le AT A LOCAL MUSIC STORE (STILL BOUGHT IT FROM sWEET... read more [+]WATER). I FOUND THAT MOST OF THE SOUNDS i WAS LOOKING FOR WERE ALREADY PROGRAMMED INTO THE kURZWEIL, WHICH FOR ME, WAS GREAT. i'M NOT MUCH OF A PROGRAMMER AND i USUALLY BUY SYNTHS BASED ON PRESET SOUNDS AND HOW IT HELPS MY MUSIC ENDEAVORS. wHETHER IT BE ORIGINALS OR COVERS. (i WISH ONE OF THE MANUFACTURERS ACTUALLY MADE A KEYBOARD THAT WERE COMPLETELY LOADED WITH ALL THE KEYBOARD SOUNDS FROM THE DECADES OF HITS.)
April 16, 2012
Music Background: cOVER AND ORIGINAL BAND MUSICIAN
THE ONLY REASONS i DIDN'T GIVE IT 5 STARS IS THAT THERE IS A SLIGHT PAUSE GOING BETWEEN PATCHES AND SOME OF THE REAL LAYERED SOUNDS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH POLYPHONY. aLSO THE COST IS ABOUT $300.00 MORE THAN THE OTHER KEYBOARDS i AUDITIONED. oTHER THAN THAT, i CAN'T COMPLAIN.
bOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU'RE IN A CLASSIC ROCK COVER BAND, THERE IS NO BETTER KEYBOARD, period!!!!! close [-]
by JKomp316 from WI, USAThis is about as good as it gets for an entry level workstation. I actually bought the MO6 first but returned it for this instead. The effects section and keybed are much better on the Kurzweil. It... read more [+] loads 99% of the standard PC3 sound sets Ive downloaded. And does a convincing reproduction of On the Run by Pink Floyd. What more do you need? close [-]
October 5, 2010
Music Background: Hobbyist
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