Kurzweil pc3 K8 Pack de sintetizador Workstation + kore64 tarjeta de extensión ROM + pc2srib controlador de cinta negro
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- TECLADO SINTETIZADOR PROFESIONAL Versión del PC-3 con 128 Mb de memoria Rom recargable, no volátil. Samplers quedan en memoria tras apagar el aparato. Compatibilidad con muestras Wave, Aiff y la mayoría de formatos anteriores Kurzweil. 256 setups predefinidos.
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Teclado sintetizador profesional.
Versión del PC-3 con 128 Mb de memoria Rom recargable, no volátil. Samplers quedan en memoria tras apagar el aparato. Compatibilidad con muestras Wave, Aiff y la mayoría de formatos anteriores Kurzweil. 256 setups predefinidos.
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For starters, the Programs that come stock in the board are of higher overall quality than any other manufacturer, hands down. While other companies may give you hundreds if not thousands of sounds, if 80% of them are unusable, it's both a waste of time and space to include them. With the PC3, roughly 80% of the Programs are such high quality that they are readily usable in most circumstances. Some of the ePianos for instance are so well modeled, I sometimes find myself looking under the keybed for the squeaky key only to find that it's been programmed in that way. Those programs that are a bit over the top, or not coming through clear enough are easy to tweak. Harpsichord release a little too loud for you? Fixed and saved over the original slot in under 20 seconds. Don't like your saved program? Just delete it and the Factory Program is right there where you left it.
Speaking of Programs, Kurzweil has one of the better sounding acoustic pianos on the market. Their ePianos are among the best of the best, and their B3 emulation has evolved through numerous OS updates to finally rival Nord. Strings and orchestral instruments are at the top of the heap, with the exception of horns and guitars which are only average. There are no ethnic type instruments to speak of though some of that may be changing with their upcoming ROM addition. Their Virtual Analog synths are in the top 80% though you won't find a lot of cheesy programming there, mostly bread and butter type sounds. There is a large community of users found at Sonikmatter and Mastering VAST websites that have hundreds of free programs uploaded by individuals. Some of these surpass the excellent work done by the Kurzweil programmers. Importing new Programs or Setups is easy and painless, either through a USB connection to your computer or USB stick (xD card for the older PC3).
The FX engine is far and away the highest quality engine that I've yet to hear on a keyboard. No reason whatsoever to run the dry sounds through high end processors, they are already in the box. The latest Leslie emulation has caused some long time users to sell their Ventilators, it's that good.
I don't have any experience with the 61 or 76 key models, though the 88 weighted version has a very nice feel to it. It's a little more substantial than the PC2X (which I also own) and more akin to the Yamaha S90/Motif fully weighted keybeds.
I have found the learning curve in finding your way around the keyboard to be very simple, if you're just playing the various Factory Programs. Many people never need to go beyond this level. As far as delving into the inner architecture to adjust existing programs or creating your own, it really helps to have a solid background in analog synthesis. Without that, the learning curve can be somewhat steep, though it's laid out so clearly (for the most part) that bumping your way around without the manual can be quite rewarding.
As a Master Controller, no other keyboard comes close to what the PC3 can do, live or in an elaborate studio setting. You can assign the various 'Zones' to be separated or overlapped, transpose a zone independent of the other zones, send control information out to other keyboards or receive controller information, the list goes on and on. No wonder that Kurzweil is one of the most common keyboards to see in Broadway pits. And now with the sampling features found on the PC3K, importing samples from other sources is possible. And the sample RAM is non-volatile, so you won't have to load in samples every time you turn your machine on. And boot up time is a matter of 15-20 seconds, not 2+ minutes as found on competing keyboards.
The free software editor, while not completely bug free, will give you a clear look at the architecture of an entire program or setup on a large screen. This is a very good way to get your feet wet in the creation of new programs or the tweaking of existing ones.
There are more controller options on this keyboard than most. Three sustain pedal inputs (can be assigned any which way), two continuous controllers, breath input and best of all, an optional long ribbon can be purchased to address a variety of control.
Cons: Like many VA instruments, the quality of emulation is good, though not great. LFO's do not go up into the audio range, and even start sputtering before that. Envelopes are not as snappy as their analog counterparts, and lack of hundreds of knobs and sliders require memorizing what each button and slider does for each program. My Nord Lead 3 totally kicks Kurzweil's butt in this department, though it sounds much thinner and not as rich. And at 54 lbs. it's not something to carry under one arm. Some of the newer acoustic pianos by Korg or Roland are starting to surpass what the Kurzweil is capable of, as well as some of the software based pianos like Synthogy or Ivory. And finally, though bugs pop up from time to time, Kurzweil is more on top of bug fixes than any other company I've come across.
I bought the pc376 last year and a few months ago I upgraded to the pc3k8.
Here's my two cents:
a) I needed a very powerful masterkeyboard/controller, and boy I got it.
I currently drive 10 synths from the pc3k, some of them vintage, each of them with its own idiosincracies, bugs, peculiarities, and the pc3's keys, sliders, buttons, pedals, ribbon and breath controller can work at the same time, taking care of disparate hardware.
This is the first time I don't have to insert a computer plus various boxes to my master for driving such a complex setup.
NO masterkeyboard currently on sale could give me the same performance on 16 zones. I had used a vintage oberheim mc2000 and 3000, but they have far less flexibility as far as software is concerned, no breath, no ribbon, and less then stellar aftertouch. The rest of the keys on offer seem t be concerned with pure pianist only, or with computer geeks.
The spartan LCD interface is usable, readable, its soft-buttons are easier to use than any touch screen, setting a zone takes 5 seconds, 30 if it includes complex midi controllers.
The whole panel can be reconfigured.
The keys are solid [I am enticed by the possibility of changing the keybed with a more pianistic fatar: this can be done, and pc3's software can adapt), aftertouch is probably the best I got on a fully weighted keyboard.
so: 88 keys? plenty of controls? Nice looking? reliable?
If the pc3k8 didn't produce any sound on itself, and was just a masterkeyboard, I'd have bought it for more or less 1500 euros.
b) I don't use romplers or workstation and don't like them, but when I chose the pc3k I needed some good electric piano emulation.
Well, I had no remorse in ditching the advanced rompler I was using at the time and I consolidated everything rhodes-related to the pc3k, using the internal rom samples and some samples I loaded (including wha and phase pedals, whic I now simulate using internal effects).
So there, I got within my master what I had got from a 1500 euros rompler fully loaded with custom samples.
c) I better stop here, because at this point my pc3k just paid itself.
Everything else (VAST synthesis, hammond emulation, very good strings, usable brass/winds); I use little, so I won't discuss that.
Fact is, I didn't pay for them. I paid a fair pricce for a very good master and stage piano, got a utility rompler and a modular VA for free.
Is it good? Yes, very. Is it great? In my opinion, yes. I'm sure that their next generation line of professional top tier keyboards will be be even better. But this is pretty impressive as is. If you've researched this keyboard, then you know that it has a thumb drive for updating, adding sounds, saving your work, etc... Also, it can load various file types including older K series as well as WAV and others. So it is very flexible, expandable, and can be made to do just about anything. It's internal synthesis tools are vast but for a guy like me that uses it mainly for live performance, much of it's sound creation capability will probably go untouched because most of the sounds inside are awesome. Very usable. And what I like about this compared to the PC2X is the way some of the sounds really "pop" in comparison. The piano, for example...I like the NYC Jazz patch the best for its bite and clarity....seems to have a much better response across the whole board and comes through the mix much more fluidly than the PC2X. I've read a LOT of people trashing Kurzweil for not updating their piano. But that's simply not true. They have. The difference in the way it cuts through a mix across the keyboard is noticable with smoother, more resonant, "present" sound, as well as the bonus of twice the polyphony of the PC2X, making playing it much more like a real piano.
The best part for me is the 16 completely editable zones with 128 note polyphony. For those who sequence heavily, they may need to add polyphony, which is available as an add-on. For me, 128 note polyphony is a nice step up from the 64 I was used to with the PC2X and has been more than enough for live performance, even in set-ups with many layers. There is a learning curve here, and there are certain aspects of it that get frustrating at times. But most everything is only a click or two away. Once you get the drift of how to navigate and where things are, creating entire set-ups with multiple zones with varying paramaters is very easy and quite intuitive. I'm digging it.
There are too many orchestral sounds here for my taste. There are literally hundreds of orchestral sounds ....strings...horns...flutes...reeds.....impressive but overkill, imo. I don't need the added congestion of 50 other string programs that sound similar to so many others, for example. Also, adding or changing effects is not as easy as it was in the PC2X. But it's all there, ready to be found and utilized.
The organs are phenomenal, but again, is there TOO MANY of them? Like the other sound categories, the organs are dispersed throughout the 1000+ programs, so finding/comparing them all is a chore unto itself. And using them (the organs) in set-ups can be tricky based on midi channel assignments. The organs here are choice. There are MANY good ones. The Electric Pianos are numerous too (too many) with many excellent ones.
What else? Well, I could go on and on about the quality sounds....the horns...strings....accordian...steel drums....guitars, synths...the piano!.....but I won't. I'll just say that while this keyboard has a couple drawbacks.... such as the way in which 1000 programs are dispersed throughout in no real good organized fashion (although they try to pretend they are since there are "groupings" along the way).... it is a fantastic keyboard for any keyboardist...live, studio, writing, etc... It is particularly useful for live performance where creating and using set-ups with multiple zones is fun and more or less a breeze. Quick Access mode is great, allowing you to store your set-ups and programs in a way that makes getting at them during performance quick and easy. Love it. Kurzweil has done it again, imo, with this board. They have taken keyboarding up a couple notches.
The Kurzweil has three capabilities that have made it the gold standard for Broadway for the last 20 years or so. First, you can lay out all your Setups in a list and advance from one to the next using the Switch 2 pedal. Second, you can hold a chord, either by hand or with the sustain pedal, and then advance to the next Setup, and the old sound will continue to play until you release it. Any new notes will play with the new Setup. Third, the Setups do not have to be consecutive. In other words, you can number them 300, 303, 306, etc., and the Kurzweil will skip over the empty slots. NO OTHER KEYBOARD I KNOW OF DOES THIS. This allows you to leave room in case you need to insert new Setups, for example if you inserted a repeat or new bars in a song.
Unless you have a software based system, such as Mainstage, the Kurzweil is your only choice for a show. No other keyboard comes close.
And if that's not enough, the sounds are fantastic, and infinitely malleable. Sound designers (of which I am not one) will appreciate the ability to modulate dozens of parameters with dozens of other parameters. I personally appreciate the ability to insert virtually any sound, whether I found it on the Internet or recorded it myself, in a keyboard setup. And you can record sequences, like special harp glisses, to a "Song" and trigger up to 16 of them from a single setup.
So although the Kurzweil is expensive, it's worth every penny, if you are doing a complicated show.
By now, you can guess that I do like the keyboard - otherwise, why would I have all three sizes (the X is 88 key weighted, the PC3 is 76 key lightly weighted, and the 361 is 61 synth type keys).
First thing is the combination of the realism of the approximately 900 factory patches and their usefulness in playing both solo and in a band. My 88 key spends most of its time in the studio, the 76 key is easier to carry around when gigging, and the 61 is left at my principal gig site (several times a week used). I do frequently gig with two keyboards (I did have a Nord Electro 3 for top board, but have sold it since getting the PC361 - at this point I prefer the Kurzweil for my Hammond/Leslie emulation to the Electro, mostly because the nine sliders give me the ability to easily use them as "drawbars" in playing.
Kurzweil's VAST system is not the easiest to learn to program; but I don't HAVE to do a lot of deep programming - the factory sounds with some modest modifications give me all that I need for the various types of music that I perform (contemporary Christian, gospel, oldies, blues, country, and rock); many of the factory patches are direct emulations of some of the most famous keyboard sounds of the past 30 years.
Others wonder why I don't use some other brand of board for the second gigging board - well, I can develop patches, effects, setups, songs (sequences), riffs, etc on ANY of the three boards, then simply save all of the user objects in a matter of a couple of minutes to a memory card, plug the card into each of the other PC3's - and I have all three boards synchronized so that the same button presses in the same areas do the same things. ANY modern workstation takes a bit of time to learn (some more than others, especially one very common company that requires a LOT of menu diving even just to select sounds). The Kurzweil PC3 is designed as a Performance Controller, with excellent MIDI control ability both of internal and external voices. Live performance is what I DO (no - building sequences and pressing "play" is NOT performance in my book).
Finally, out of all of my Kurzweil boards (which have included a SP88X, K2000VP, K2661, and the three PC3's) - they have all been highly reliable. They are well-built, out of aluminum metal - no pressboard bottoms, cheap plastic, or other stuff that won't hold up under the stress of frequent moving and use.
Kurzweil also has provided numerous software enhancements (my 3X came with OS version 0.9, and is now running 2.10), each of which has improved the functionality, added additional functions, improved existing functions and - these have been freely available at NO extra cost. So, I have better instruments now than when I first bought them (in all fairness, Nord also does this, although most of the larger companies do not).
I don't work for Kurzweil, I am just another satisfied customer who buys the product like other customers. They are a small company, but build products the old-fashioned way - quality, thought, and customer satisfaction count.