Kurzweil PC4 Overview

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The Kurzweil PC4 88-Key Performance Controller and Studio Workstation Synthesizer features fully weighted, hammer action keys that provide you with a piano-like feel. Utilizing FlashPlay technology and 2 GB of instrument samples, it features over 1000 hand-selected factory presets organized into 13 categories. Some sample sounds include: optimized German D and Japanese C7 pianos, triple-strike piano, 73 electric pianos, clavinets, harpsichords, organs, celeste, bowed and hit crotales, vector synthesis waveforms, and more. This keyboard controller is suitable for live stage, theater, and studio applications.

The PC4 allows you to construct sonic combinations via the Multi mode setup, offering 16 zones of MIDI controller capabilities. There is a 16-track sequencer, 16 riff generators, arpeggiator, and live 1/4″ and 3.5mm audio inputs to plug in and jam along with your favorite music. Other features include: front-panel master transport controls, FX engine and string resonance, 6-operator FM engine, 36 programmable physical controllers, a widescreen color display, and easy-access transpose controls. The PC4 88-Key Performance Controller provides everything you need to explore, create, record, and perform for beginner, intermediate, or professional musicians.

256 Voices of V.A.S.T. Polyphony

More polyphony from the V.A.S.T. engine than any product in Kurzweil history.

2 Gigabytes of Factory Sounds

Over 1000 hand-selected factory presets organized into 13 categories of programs (piano, E. piano, clav, organ, strings, pad, synth, brass/wind, ensemble, hybrid, guitar/bass, drum/perc, misc) and featuring an optimized German 9′ and vintage Japanese 7′ concert grand pianos.

FlashPlay Technology

FlashPlay provides the PC4 with lots of horse power. It features 2 GB sample content with zero-loading time and ultrafast performance.

2 Gigabytes User Sample Memory

Load up to 2 GB of your own custom samples into non-volatile flash memory. Supported sample formats include: .WAV, .AIF (up to 16-bit / 96 kHz) and Kurzweil formats (.P3K, .KRZ, .K25, and .K26).

V.A.S.T. Editing

Deep native editing? Look no further. The PC4 grants full access to Kurzweil’s legendary Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology directly from the front panel. With 32 layers per program, each offering its own signal path and a host of modular DSP tools, the PC4 offers a wealth of sound creation and modification.

6-Operator FM Engine

The 6-Operator FM Engine is equipped with the ability to load original FM SysEx files.

CC Sequencers

Add sonic animation to sounds via the 16 simultaneous MIDI CC step sequencers for modulation sequencing.

KB3 ToneReal Organs

Modeled after classic organs, a full compliment of tonewheel controls are immediately accessible including 9 realistic drawbars, rotary speed, chorus/vibrato, brake, percussion, and more.

Powerful FX Engine

Award-winning reverbs, delays, choruses, flangers, phasers, distortions, rotary amplifiers, compressors, and more are fully editable from the user interface. The PC4 also offers a global master FX section featuring 3-band EQ and compression.

K.S.R. Kurzweil String Resonance

Piano string resonance modeling for enhanced acoustic piano performance

16-Zone Multi Controller Mode

Construct massive sonic combinations via Kurzweil’s renowned Multi mode (aka setup mode) offering 16-zones of unparalleled MIDI controller capabilities.

16-Track Sequencer

The PC4 features a 16-track internal sequencer to record/edit/mix/produce your own tracks in the box. Import MIDI (.mid) files as well as Kurzweil PC3-family songs.

16 Simultaneous RIFF Generators

Trigger and manipulate up to 16 simultaneous MIDI sequences on the fly. Select from an internal library of patterns or record/import your own.

16 Simultaneous Note Arpeggiators

Activate up to 16 independent Arps (1 per Program, 16 per Multi) and discover the updated Step Sequencer environment.

Live Audio Input with FX

Plug in and jam along with your favorite music player via a pair of 1/4″ (L/R) and/or 3.5mm audio inputs. The input bus sports its own dedicated real-time FX. Sweeten backing tracks for live performance and internally mix the signal with the PC4’s own output.

Front-Panel Master Transport Controls

Use the buttons in the transport section to control recording and playback of the on-board 16-track sequencer.

36 Programmable Physical Controllers

This keyboard features 9 sliders, 9 knobs, 10 switches, 2 wheels, 2 switch pedal inputs (a sustain pedal is included which supports half damper for pianos), 2 continuous control pedal inputs, aftertouch, and ribbon controller input (sold separately).

Easy Access Transpose Controls

Dedicated -/+ transpose controls conveniently located right above the LED backlit pitch/modulation wheels (LED lights can be disabled).

Widescreen Color Display

Navigate the PC4 with a 4.3″ widescreen color LCD display.

Categorized Sound Selection

Easy category and Program/Multi selection featuring customizable category defaults.


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