Kurzweil PC3K6 Performance Controller Workstation Keyboard


  • Next generation, 61-key, lightly-weighted synth action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys, featuring a quick release spring, striking an ideal balance of playability between piano type parts and synthesizer/organ parts
  • 240 x 64 angled, back-lit LCD with dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls
  • 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated with lightning fast performance
  • 16 parts (one per MIDI channel) multitimbral
  • Dynamic VAST – powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algorithms and routing
  • VA1 Inside – anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil’s VA1 concept synthesizer, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds
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Product Description

The PC3K6 from Kurzweil is an 61-key performance controller that features a lightly-weighted synth action keybed, and is loaded with a sound set that is both broad and deep, with no compromises on sound quality. The unit can also access the massive wealth of samples and programs developed over the past 18 years for the legendary K Series synthesizers. Capable of loading .KRZ/25/26 sample files, WAVE and AIFF files, as well as most of the K Series programs and setups, the PC3K8 presents a whole new world of choices to players. Additionally, users can fill the 128MB of built-in flash memory with their own signature samples. Sample files can be loaded via USB from a thumb-drive or directly from a computer.

User-samples do not “go away” when the keyboard is powered off. Once samples are loaded into the PC3K6’s flash memory, there is zero load time for those samples when powering on the instrument. With advanced program, keymap and sample editing features, the user is able to customize their sounds, allowing them to map any sample to any key, tune individual samples, change the start, alt start, loop point and end point of samples, and even assign a controller to adjust sample start point in real-time.

The Dynamic V.A.S.T. synthesis engine provides up to 32 layers per program. This allows for emulations of real instruments to be extremely detailed and accurate, while the synthesized sounds can be large and complex. Users can now create and store their own DSP algorithms, with nearly limitless possibilities for routing. Kurzweil has also resurrected the VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer by having its synthesis engine built right into the new system.


  • Cascade Mode – lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program, up to 32 consecutive layers deep
  • 128MB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash ROM (loaded samples stay in memory even after power cycle)
  • In addition to loading all PC3 files, the PC3K8 can load both Wave and AIFF files – can also load legacy Kurzweil .K files** from the K2000, K2500 and K2600 keyboards, including support for importing the majority of K Series keymap, program and setup data 1
  • Over 850 stunning factory presets, many of which use 10 to 20 layers, featuring samples from the PC2 Base Sound ROM, the Orchestral, Classic Keys, General MIDI set, plus a new String Section ROM Bank. Also, 64+ new KB3 programs
  • 256 factory programmed MIDI setups. Up to 2048 user programmable MIDI setups, each with 16 independent zones, effects, triggerable pattern-based “Riffs” and arpeggiator settings. Dozens of user-editable patterns for both pitch and velocity
  • 2048 locations for user created preset programs, songs and setups
  • Includes standard General MIDI
  • Single sound ROM expansion slot
  • Sequencer provides unlimited tracks (on import) with 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more. Controller chasing and a global “set song length” functions are also featured
  • 16 insert effects distributed over 11 busses, 2 auxiliary sends and 2 Master Effects (saved with each song and setup), featuring over 500 of our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, Leslie simulators, compressors, and more
  • User controllable master EQ section and master compressor for quick adjustments during live performance or putting the final touches on your studio mix (these do not use up the insert effect resources)
  • Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 9 front panel sliders/drawbar controllers, 10 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. Controller values can be “captured” and stored as part of a program
  • 16 full-featured independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play order, velocity, duration, tempo, and sync functions as well as pre-recorded beats and musical phrases
  • 16 unique “Riff” generators, used for triggering MIDI sequenced phrases, beats, or complete multi-track arrangements from notes on the keyboard and/or any on-board physical controller
  • 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz modes (externally clock-able)
  • MIDI In, Out and Thru (hardware switchable to copy of MIDI Out)
  • USB computer port allows for MIDI over USB. Also allows the PC3K to load and save data directly to and from a computer as well as perform OS updates
  • USB storage port supports USB thumb-drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks – can also be used for performing OS updates
  • Fitted with handsomely crafted wooden end-caps


Keyboard 61-key,lightly-weighted synth action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity
Polyphony 128 voices, dynamically allocated
Multitimbral 16 parts
Synthesis Method Dynamic VAST - with user programmable DSP algorithms and routing VA1 Inside - anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil's VA1 concept synthesizer
Presets Over 850
User Memory 2048
Effects 16 insert effects Over 500 presets
Sequencer Unlimited tracks 960 PPQ resolution
Controllers 1 x Pitch wheel 1 x Modulation wheel, 9 x Sliders/drawbar controllers, 10 x Front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable) 3 x Switch pedal inputs 2 x Continuous control pedal inputs 1 x Super Ribbon input 1 x Breath controller input
Expansion Slots Single slot
Sample RAM 128MB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash ROM
Inputs 1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
Outputs 4 x 1/4" TRS phone 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out, Thru 1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS phone
External Storage Supports USB thumb-drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks
Display 240 x 64 angled, back-lit LCD with dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls
Power Requirements Internal AC power supply, selectable 120~240VAC operation
Dimensions (WxDxH) 39.37 x 13.98 x 4.84" (100 x 35.5 x 12.3 cm)
Specialties Flash ROM upgradeable via USB or thumb-drive

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