If you’re anything like me, the first thing you’ll notice about the PC3 is that it won’t fit in your car boxed. Luckily, you’ll probably have it shipped to your house. So you can bypass this issue. However, once you do get it in the house, there’s a world at your fingertips.
The first thing I noticed when I powered up was the sheer number of sounds. You could spin the very handy jog wheel all day long. There are over 800 sounds in the PC3, and I was hard-pressed to find one that I thought sounded bad. Given, some are outside of my stylistic range, but nearly all of the sounds seemed useful. So, if I ever do venture outside of my comfort zone, the PC3 is ready.
The next thing I dived into was the synth programming of the PC3. All of the sounds, even the sampled ones, have synth parameters that can be edited. I could change envelopes, EQs, effects, anything. So, if the sound wasn’t quite “it” for me, I could change it to be what I wanted, assuming I was capable enough.
The last thing I want to point out is that the PC3 is DEEP. There are a ton of sounds, and even more parameters to be changed. Initially, I was really intimidated. However, once I figured out that there were so many good sounds right out of the box, I realized you only have to go as far as you’re comfortable. You could buy this and use the stock sounds and get your money’s worth. You could just tweak the parameters that you’re comfortable with to get some customization, or you can go to town, read up, and find out why they say VAST technology is the best in the business.
I found the PC3 to be a keyboard that will meet me where I’m at, and grow with me, which is exactly what I want out of a pro-level keyboard.