Fantastic sounds, reliable performance, musical expressiveness, ease of use; these are the things we believe are essential to the design of an affordable keyboard instrument. Kurzweil's PC3LE8 combines the amazing sound quality and performance control features of our enormously successful PC3 with a new streamlined, intelligent user interface, providing an interactive experience that is bound to inspire creativity.
Under the hood, the PC3LE features the same groundbreaking chip
technology that has made the PC3 the most talked about keyboard in
recent years. All of the PC3's 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, plus nearly 200 new programs
developed specifically for the LE; over 1050 programs in all. We've
improved the method for navigating through such a massive sound set;
programs in the LE can be viewed and selected with a new set of
Category buttons. Select "Leads" and you'll see a list of all the synth
leads in the machine, grouped together. Same goes for the other 20
categories, everything from Synth Bass to Mallets to Guitars.
These programs take advantage of our V.A.S.T. synthesis engine, using
pristine samples paired with detailed programming of literally hundreds
of synth and effects parameters. Whether it's the rosin of a bowed
string instrument, the resonant harmonics of a piano's damper pedal, or
the thumps and squeaks of an electromechanical keyboard, we've done our
homework and provided a level of detail and realism that can only be
found in a Kurzweil. Which means you can focus on the important
business of making music.
The PC3LE8 comes equipped with over 700 onboard effects chains from
which to choose, all with real-time controllers already assigned to
relevant parameters. With world class reverbs that decay into complete
silence, warm, classic sounding phasers, flangers and choruses, and
burning, saturated distortions, you'll have everything you need to make
your music sound like a polished, finished product from the outset. The
PC3LE8's architecture provides up to 10 insert effects, which can be
distributed among 10 channels, with available auxiliary effects as well.
In the PC3, we introduced the "INFO" feature, a soft button-press that
allows the user to see which controllers have been assigned to
parameters within a program. For the LE, we've taken this to the next
level, with an interactive user interface that communicates directly
with you whenever you move a real-time controller. Turn a knob, hit a
button or move a wheel and the LE's screen will display the controller,
its real-time value and the parameter being affected. An example would
be moving the modwheel on an organ program - you would see the
following: "Modwheel 79 Distortion Drive". This system never breaks
down - you can change effect chains freely and all of this info remains
intact, updated to reflect the new chain you've selected. Also, this
info is transferred seamlessly to Setup Mode - you can see whatever
controllers have been assigned to programs used in any zone of a setup.
Customizing Your Sound...
We wanted to give users the quickest, simplest possible way to adjust
the PC3LE's sounds to suit individual tastes and needs. In any given
program or effects chain, select relevant parameters have been
pre-assigned real-time controllers for easy access. Move a controller
and hit the SAVE button - no menus, no pages - and you get one touch
Also, we understand that flexibility is important when it comes to
customizing your sound. Don't want filter frequency control on a knob?
Prefer to have it assigned to the modwheel? No problem. The PARAMETERS
page allows you to re-assign any controller to any available parameter.
You can save your custom sounds to the user bank, with over 2000 ID
For those who wish to dig a bit deeper, the PC3LE (with OS v2) now
gives users full access to its V.A.S.T. engine, which includes a large
arsenal of powerful sound-shaping tools. Hundreds of parameters can be
tweaked, routed and assigned to controllers. With a wide array of
samples, rich sounding VA oscillators and up to 32 layers per program,
the sonic possibilities are nearly endless.
A Different Drummer...
With the PC3LE8, we're introducing a new set of dynamic physical
controllers - 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads that can be used
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, we've
included a set of over 100 new drum programs, with acoustic brush kits,
slammin' rock kits and a number of heavily effected techno/electronic
kits, in addition to the 24 existing kits from the PC3. Just as we put
a great deal of effort into making sure that our keyboard action feels
just right, the drum pads were implemented with precision and care,
with utmost attention given to how they feel when played. After all,
this is a musical instrument and not just a piece of technology.
Everything Else You'd Expect...
Complimenting the LE's new features are a few old familiar Kurzweil
favorites; Setup Mode, Quick Access Mode and Song Mode, all taken
directly from the PC3.
Setup Mode enables the LE to act as a powerful MIDI controller as well
as providing 16 simultaneous, independent, fully programmable
arpeggiators, with factory and user-programmable patterns. On top of
that, each setup can have up to 16 simultaneous Riffs - sequences that
can be triggered by buttons, drum pads or notes on the keyboard. While
Setup Mode, with up to 16 zones each with its own program, is still as
powerful as ever, we've added a Split/Layer button to make the creation
of simple setups quick and easy.
Quick Access Mode allows you to create custom banks of 10 sounds that
can be accessed by a single button-press. And Song Mode delivers a
full-featured 16 track sequencer with all of the powerful editing
features that you'd find in a high end workstation - event editing,
swing, controller scaling, input quantize, input filter, and chasing
controls. User memory provides over 1000 ID slots each for your own QA
banks, Setups and Songs.
Saving, loading and updating the OS are all made easy on the LE with
the inclusion of both USB Host and Device ports. You can save your user
programs, setups and songs to a USB thumb-drive or directly to a
computer. OS updates can be loaded from a thumb-drive or directly from
your computer, and of course the LE sends and receives MIDI over USB.
Standard MIDI jacks are also included for In, Out and Thru. For audio,
the PC3LE8 features high-quality, hum-canceling, stereo balanced analog
outputs, with 24-bit DACs as well as a 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital
output at 48K.
|| 88-note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity and
aftertouch sensitive keys. (Fatar TP40L)
|| 240 x 64 backlit LED w/ dedicated back panel contrast
|| 64 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning
|| 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
|Full PC3 Synth Engine and V.A.S.T. Editing (new in O/S
|| Powerful new synthesis engine, with user programmable
and routing. More DSP power than even our K Series instruments.
|| anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP
Kurzweil's VA1 prototype synth, capable of delivering authentic analog
emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds.
|| lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any
within a program - up to 32 consecutive layers deep!
|| (New in O/S V2) - Mac and PC platforms (available for
purchase from SoundTower)
|| 1061; the majority of the PC3 sound set is included
(download full "object list" here).
|| 256 factory programmed MIDI setups. - featuring up to
16 independent zones, effects, independent controller assignments,
triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and arpeggiator settings.
|| 16,000 locations for user objects.
|| 16 tracks; 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions
event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller
scaling and more. Controller chasing and quick "set song loop point"
functions are also included
|| 10 insert effects
distributed over 10 busses, two auxiliary sends; featuring over 500 of
our award winning preset FX chains - reverbs, delays, chorus, flange,
phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and
more (FX editing limited to chain selection and wet/dry mix).
|| Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 5 front panel knobs (15
with a 3-tiered shift button), 7 front panel switches (12 virtual
switches with a 2-tiered shift button), 2 switch pedal inputs, 1
continuous control pedal input and mono pressure. Controller values can
be "captured" and stored as part of a program. In addition to all of
these, the PC3LE also features 8 backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads
that can be used to trigger sounds, sequences, chords and arpeggiations
|| 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
simultaneous "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)
|| Two 1/4" balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
|| 1 rear panel 1/4" headphone output
|| 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF at 48K (internal clock)
|| In, Out, Thru
|| MIDI over USB. Also allows the PC3LE to load/save
data directly to and from a Mac/PC as well as perform OS updates.
|USB Storage Port:
|| Supports USB thumb-drives for loading/saving user data
as well as performing OS updates.
|FREE OS Updates:
|| Flash ROM upgradeable via direct-USB or thumb-drive
|| (5.00") (12.70 cm)
|| (14.50") (36.83 cm)
|| (56.48") (143.41 cm)
|| (54.15 lb.) (24.56 kg)