Reviews and Problems with Kurzweil PC3K8 88 Note Performance Controller and V.A.S.T Workstation with 128 MB Sample Ram Keyboard, Hammer Action Keys
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The best keyboard I have owned!!
bill jones, amazon.com
18 January 2012
Summary: I own the PC3x and it is the best keyboard I have ever owned. I am always on the look out for new gear and recently tried the Korg Kronos at guitar center looking to add to my collection. I was shocked that even though The PC3x has been out a few years it still seems light years ahead of the Korg in sound quality.
Had been searching for the ultimate keyboard for me, I found it in the PC3!
4 January 2012
Summary: I started in music by playing organ in the 80's and a few years ago got back into it again after some time off by playing keyboard. I had several different boards from various companies but nothing sounded right to me they were always lacking something and couldn't cut it and got bored with them.
Huge masterkeyboard, comes with a free modular synth
3 January 2012
Summary: I have not been a longtime Kurzweil user. 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.
Summary: I have owned a PC3 88 key (earlier version of this) for the past three years. When I first got mine I had some problems with quality control - primarily due to the weight of the keyboard and poor shipping/handling. Kurzweil bent over backwards to make this right for me. I originally purchased a "B" stock keyboard but due to the initial problem, Kurzweil replaced it with a brand new one. The new one also had problems so they replaced it again.
Summary: I recently purchased a PC3K6 (same as the PC3K8 but with 61 keys instead of 88) after being a long term Kurzweil fan (K2500xs, K2600r, K2661). I bought the synth as it had the ability to take the legacy sounds from my K2661 and lift it to a higher plane with the added power of the PC3K6. This board is simply the best you can get for the money - the only limit is your own sonic imagination.
Summary: I'm a long time Kurzweil user, though I also own keyboards by Roland, Yamaha, Nord etc. Kurzweil has always been at the top of the heap in terms of sounds, feel, and use as a Master Controller. 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.
Summary: I don't own a PC3K. However, I have owned a PC3X since March, 2008 (one of the first 65 shipped to the US), liked it well enough to buy a PC3 for gigging eleven months later, and added the PC361 to the group about two months ago. Since the PC3K IS the PC3 with added features, my review should still be useful.
Summary: i finally got the chance to upgrade from a virus ti2 to the pc3k8 and i love it, the limit really only is your imagination and skill, and with the sampling flash ram it really is in a different league to any other board out there. 128 meg seems a little lacking compared to some other systems but is enough for some decent multisamples ( i have sampled and imported my favourite 'atmosphere' and fm8 vst presets into it so i dont have to boot up my pc anymore) thats worth...
An Angry Bird's take: Worth it if the deal includes a programmer.
Samuel Chell, amazon.com
10 January 2011
Summary: As testified by the proliferating, confusing number of Kurzweil keyboards based on the still-recent PC3 (soon after its release there were several modified, or PC-"lite" versions in addition to Kurzweil's use of PC sounds in its supposedly more "performance-oriented" SP series), Kurzweil keyboards continue to represent the steepest learning curve of any professional digital keyboard.