Kurzweil PC3LE7Item ID: PC3LE7
76-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 PC3LE7 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 PC3LE7 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 PC3LE7 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 PC3LE7's synth leads grouped together. And just like the PC3's, the PC3LE7'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 PC3LE7 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 PC3LE7'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 PC3LE7'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 PC3LE7 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 PC3LE7'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 PC3LE7 also provides pristine audio on high-quality, hum-canceling stereo-balanced analog outputs, and onboard 24-bit/48kHz D/A conversion lets the PC3LE7 send out stereo S/PDIF as well.
Kurzweil PC3LE7 76-key Workstation Keyboard Features at a Glance:
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
by Doc from TNAfter the first unit I received being DOA and Sweetwater quickly replacing it, this keyboard is great. Locating the sound you want is easy, and the sounds are excellent. The feel of the keyboard is ve... read more [+]ry nice. close [-]
August 15, 2012
Music Background: Part-time pro.
Fantastic sounds! Flexible and easy to use.
by Tom Z from Cleveland, Ohio USAThis is my first Kurzweil keyboard purchase ever. Was looking for a workstation that had very good sounds and good editing.
February 21, 2012
Music Background: Performing Musician
The Piano sound is nice IMO. E. Pianos, Strings, Pads, Brass, Choirs,... read more [+] Guitars, Bass, Synth, (many other sounds) are all good!
The KB3 Organ Simulator is excellent! The Leslie Simulator is pretty good too. Organ distortion and overdrive are good.
It would have been nice if they would have put in 9 front-panel knobs instead of 5. This way you would have 9 knobs for the KB3 drawbars to use in real time instead of having to use the shift button to cycle through the other 4 knob functions.
The new VAST editing is great to have. I have used it a lot.
It would be nice to have full editing of the effects also. The FX has some basic settings you can adjust though.
The category buttons make it easy to access the sounds. Category buttons also make is quick and easy to edit names, save files, etc.
Quick Access mode allows you put your favorite sounds in your custom ten patch bank.
Creating splits or layers is very simple.
The semi-weighted action keyboard is pretty good. Good for playing Piano too.
The keyboard feels like it is well built. All metal case instead of plastic.
The Display is small and outdated IMO but I have no problem getting through the menus pretty quick to edit.
Kurzweil did a great job on this keyboard. The sounds are great! The Strings, Orchestral, and Brass are some of the very best I have heard on any keyboard or sampler!
I bought the Korg M3 Xpanded 73 key and didn't like the sounds so I sold it and bought the PC3LE7.
Also have the Yamaha Motif XS8 and some other keyboards. The PC3LE7 is a great addition to my setup. close [-]
Great sounding and Easy to Use (as deep as you want it to be)
by Daniel Marsalone from Santa Fe, NMThis keyboard has really blown me away. When it comes to keyboards, I like simple which is why in the past I've always just used a clonewheel or digital piano and an analog synth.
October 31, 2011
Music Background: Performing Musician
I wan... read more [+]ted one board that was versatile so I wouldn't have to lug around both the digital piano and organ plus I wanted the extra sounds, orchestral, strings, and synth pads etc. This board does is it.
First off, the rep on Kurzweils has been that they are complicated, but this one can be dead simple if you want it to be. You can easily just use it as a preset machine and be happy. At first the 1000+ patches seems overwhelming but a great feature on the board is the Quick Access mode which allows to put your most used and favorite sounds in your own 10 patch bank (you can setup multiple banks) which shows all patches and setups on the screen and just use the cursor of number pad to choose a sound. Really nice to have everything laid out on the screen at once. Also it is dead simple to create splits and layers, which you can also put in the bank.
Second, I wasn't sure how the keys would feel. I want a piano to feel like a piano and an organ to feel like an organ. The keys are buttery smooth and feel great works great for organ and synth and is surprisingly good for pianos. I love the key feel.
Now onto the sounds. The acoustic pianos are really good and sound great in a group. On solo piano gigs I go with my Kawai digital piano as I feel it is more expressive and the hammer action keys help in that type of setting. Hammond sounds. Excellent. The leslie sim is good but up the the sim in my Nord C1 clonewheel. But the pure organ sound is spot on and the distortion and overdrive effects are nice and warm (the Nord's distortion sounds harsh and digital). I don't use the leslie too much but if it were make or break maybe the Neo Ventilator would be the Rx. The Synth leads, pads, and basses are very good, the orchestral and strings are jaw droppingly good and the brass is pretty good as are the drums.
I just pretty much play the thing so I haven't fooled with the sequencer or tried making patches using the Virtual Analog part of the board so can't really comment there.
As I said it is really easy to use but super flexible, if you can think of setting up something a certain way in a setup (split/layer) or want to assign the knobs and pedals to different tasks, you can. Two or three times so far I wanted to do a certain thing and just looked in the manually and customized the controls to what I wanted. There is a lot of flexibility in the sounds, output levels, controls etc. If you try to read the manual, it all seems complicated and overwhelming but I basically only consult the manual when I want to figure out how to do a specific thing and try to keep things as simple as possible. close [-]
Great sounds, great keyboard but build quality is bad
by Rado Lesay from United StatesThis is really smart all in one portable gig keyboard with beautiful sounds mainly pianos, organs but also other instruments are very nice. However since I got it at the very beginning I had to exchan... read more [+]ge it because headaphone output didn't work. Then I got another one and that didn't make any sound. It turned out that it had been some contact on the board. After that was fixed it worked for about a yer with no problem. No one of the keys stopped playing. The reliability is really bad which is unfortunate as it would be great. But this makes me think that I will not buy Kurzweil again although I had been happy owner of the previous 88 versions, but this is not as good build. I don't recommend it if you need reliable keyboard. Get Roland or Yamaha and it will last close [-]
July 24, 2012
Music Background: Professional singer, Hobbyist Recording Engineer
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