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Kurzweil PC3LE6 61-key Synthesizer Workstation Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from Chelmsford, MA May 4, 2012Music Background:
    Weekend Warrior for nearly 50 years.

    Quite Possibly The "Swiss Army Knife" Of Keyboards?

    I 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 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.

  • from sIMI vALLEY, cA. April 16, 2012Music Background:
    cOVER AND ORIGINAL BAND MUSICIAN

    Classic Rock Keyboardists Dream

    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 sWEETWATER). 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.)

    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!!!!!

  • from WI, USA October 5, 2010Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Kurzweil PC3LE6

    This 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 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?

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