Summary: Capable but unpretentious, the PC3LE7 offers a distinct alternative character to some of its Japanese workstation rivals.
Pros: Wide‑ranging, frequently high‑quality sound set, with no pointlessly gimmicky programs., Easy, quick and convenient to use, but with deep programmability when required., Onboard sequencer is more useful than you might think, driving Riff playback features., Durable build and a good keyboard action.
Cons: Acoustic and electric pianos are less good than on similarly priced stage pianos., Multitimbral ‘Setups’ only reference the Programs they contain — edit a Program and any Setup it’s included in changes too., The provision of just five real‑time knobs seems meagre — especially when there’s a drawbar organ generator on board.
Excerpt: Kurzweil’s Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology (VAST) synth engine has been around since the 90s and is the powerhouse behind the company’s phenomenal success in the workstation synthesizer (what they’re now calling ’performance controller’) market. VAST was radical at the time due to its ability to take a sound source – multi-sample, noise or waveform – and process it using a variety of synthesis techniques.