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Kurzweil PC3A8 88 Key Performance Keyboard


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  • Model: KurzPCA8
  • Shipping Weight: 60lbs
  • Manufactured by: Kurzweil


Kurzweil PC3A8 88 Key Performance Keyboard

Start with the heritage of the venerable PC3, add KORE 64™ and the Artis® German D Grand Piano and you have the powerhouse, PC3A.

The PC3A8 is a  88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys, performance keyboard that features a sound set that is both broad and deep. The KORE 64 and the Artis German 9' Grand Piano expansion packs are built-in and together with the KB3 ToneReal Organs and a variety of synthesis engines, they deliver over 1,300 factory programs.

The keyboard is packed with physical controls, and can be set up in a variety of ways for live performance using up to sixteen independent zones. A complete set of effects is also available with the added ability to create complex effect routings, while a comprehensive sequencer is complimented by sixteen arpeggiators and sixteen "Riff" generators. MIDI In, Out, Thru, along with a USB to Host connector provide the means to interface with a computer or other hardware MIDI devices.

Artis® German 9' Grand Piano

German D Exp

The German D Grand Exp ROM  gives the PC3A8 with all new acoustic piano samples derived from the Artis® Stage Piano series.

Samples of amazing tone, realism, and expression fuel the V.A.S.T.® PC3 sound engine.

• Expertly sampled and voiced by our industry leading sound designers.
• 31 new piano programs and 16 Setups.

KORE 64™ Powered

pc3a kore 64

Factory Installed! Stunning Synths, Electric Guitars, Horns, Drums and Percussion to expand your sonic pallet in the PC3A. KORE 64™ ROM option represents a complete expansion and reimagining of the PC3 and PC3K's sonic potential (not for the PC3LE). Pushing the limits of V.A.S.T. synthesis for both realistic and experimental electronic sounds, KORE 64™ adds over 300 new programs, including stunning new Synths, Electric Guitars, Horns, Drums and Percussion. With KORE 64™ installed, the PC3/K built-in program library now totals over 1400 presets!

New Setups:

  • 50 new setups featuring the KORE 64™ sounds.
  • Over 200 new drum grooves in multiple styles.
  • New Dance and Hip Hop setups for triggering and controlling beats in real time.

New Synths:

  • New samples modeled after the Oberheim SEM, ARP Chroma, TX802, CZ1, and dozens of legacy waveforms from the K series.
  • Over 100 new synth programs.
  • Sounds for popular electronic music styles like House, Trance, Dubstep, Drum&Bass, Glitch, Electro Hip Hop, and more.
  • More real time controls, beat-synced modulations and envelope control transform sounds without hitting the edit button.
  • Atmospheric and cycling pads voiced for performing, producing, and scoring.

New Guitars:

  • New samples modeled after the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster.
  • Palm muted and sustained articulations playable in a picked or legato style.
  • Instant-shredder arpeggiator patterns, whammy bar effects, and realistic feedback emulations.
  • Preset sounds from Rock, Country, Rock-a-Billy, Metal, Funk, and more.

New Brass/Woodwinds:

  • New alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, and trombone samples.
  • New programs include solo instruments and custom sections with many combinations of the different instruments.
  • Articulate with pressure on several new programs.
  • Sections cover styles from Big Band, Soul, Funk, Latin, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock and more.

New Drums

  • Drums from Yamaha, Ludwig, Pearl, DW, Rogers, and Gretsch recorded as full kits.
  • Full cymbal arrays recorded with Zildjian, Paiste, and Sabian cymbals.
  • 72 new Drum Kits and 62 percussion instruments and templates.
  • 10 times the samples and 30 times the data of the existing PC3/PC3K Drums.
  • All drum kits have mixer functioning on the sliders to change the level the kick, snare, toms, hats, and percussion independently.
  • Unsurpassed realism and playability for sampled drums.
  • Full complement of Electronic and Processed Drum samples.
  • Scratches, hits and Industrial Sounds.
  • Wide variety of traditional and processed Percussion sounds.

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

pc3a KB3 Modeled after classic Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs. Featuring all the controls you want and more, including 9 realistic drawbars.

1300+ Factory Programs!

Artis programs A wealth of sounds from classic to modern. A serious collection starting with the Artis® German 9' Grand Piano, PC3 Series Vintage Electric Pianos, Clavinets, Synthesizers, rich and realistic String Sections and Orchestras, Guitars, Percussion and much more.

Powerful FX Engine

PC3A FX Hundreds of award-winning Reverbs, Delays, Choruses, Flangers, Phasers, Distortions, Rotary Amplifiers, Compressors and more available at your finger tips. Global Master EQ and Multiband Compressor built-in.


Setup Mode = Control Central

PC3A Setups Layer and split combinations to inspire. Setups give you the tools to take command of your live performances, featuring up to 16 independent zones, effects, controller assignments, triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and 16 arpeggiators!

29! Programmable Physical Controllers

PC3A Sliders 9 Sliders, 10 Switches, 2 Wheels, mono pressure, Super Ribbon input, breath controller input, 3 Switch Pedal Inputs, 2 Continuous Control Pedal Input.

(1 sustain/switch pedal is included).


  •  88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys
  • 240 x 64 angled, back-lit CCFL with dedicated back-panel brightness and contrast controls and easy-access transpose buttons located on screen
  • 128-Voice polyphony, dynamically allocated with fast performance
  • Sixteen-part multitimbral (one part per MIDI channel)
  • Built-in KORE 64 and the German D Grand EXP Piano expansion packs
  • KB3 ToneReal Organs modeled after classic Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs and featuring all the necessary hardware controls, including nine drawbars
  • Over 1,300 factory programs including PC3-Series vintage electric pianos, clavinets, synthesizers, realistic string sections and orchestras, guitars, percussion, and more
  • Dynamic VAST synthesis engine, with user-programmable DSP algorithms and routing
  • VA1 Inside - anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from the VA1 concept synthesizer, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as complex new sounds
  • Cascade Mode - lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program, up to thirty-two consecutive layers deep
  • FX engine includes reverbs, delays, choruses, flangers, phasers, distortions, rotary amplifiers, compressors and more, along with global master EQ and multi-band compressor
  • Setup Mode provides control over live performance featuring up to sixteen independent zones, effects, controller assignments, triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and sixteen arpeggiators
  • Twenty-nine programmable physical controllers
  • Sequencer with unlimited tracks (on import), extensive editing functions and 960 PPQ resolution
  • Organize and bookmark the sound catalog and recall selections with a single button press
  • Four independent 1/4" TRS balanced analog outputs
  • 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF output featuring 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz modes (externally clock-able)
  • MIDI In, Out and Thru
  • USB computer port allows for MIDI over USB, load and save data directly to and from a computer, as well as perform OS updates
  • USB storage port supports USB thumb drives for loading and storing samples, programs, setups, songs and QA banks - can also be used for performing OS updates


Keyboard  88-note, fully-weighted hammer-action, with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys, featuring a quick release spring, striking an ideal balance of playability between piano type parts and synth/organ parts.
(Fatar TP40L)
Polyphony 128 voices, dynamically allocated
Multitimbral 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Architecture Dynamic VAST
Synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algorithms and routing
VA1 Inside
Anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing for authentic analog emulations and complex sounds
Cascade Mode
Route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program, up to 32 consecutive layers deep
Presets 1,453
User Memory 16,000 locations for user objects
Expansion Slots Includes KORE 64 and the German D Grand EXP Piano (built-in)
Effects 16 insert effects distributed over 11 buses, 2 auxiliary sends and 2 master effects (saved with each song and setup)
Sequencer Unlimited tracks (on import)
960 PPQ resolution
Song-editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more
Controller-chasing and global "set song length" functions
Controllers 1 x Pitch wheel
1 x Modulation wheel
9 x Sliders/drawbar controllers
10 x Front-panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable)
3 x Switch-pedal inputs
2 x Continuous-control pedal inputs
1 x Super-Ribbon input
1 x Breath-controller input
Mono pressure
MIDI 216 factory-programmed MIDI setups including up to 16 independent zones, effects, independent controller assignments, triggerable pattern-based "Riffs" and arpeggiator settings
Standard General MIDI
Arpeggiator 16 independent arpeggiators with multiple latch modes, selectable play order, velocity, duration, tempo, and sync functions as well as pre-recorded beats and musical phrases
Riffs 16 "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
Connections 4 x 1/4" TRS phone Out (24-bit DACs)
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
3 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In, Out, Thru
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF Out (24-bit stereo, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz modes and externally clockable)
External Storage Supports USB thumb drives for loading/saving user data as well as performing OS updates
USB computer port - load/save data directly to and from a Mac/Windows computer as well as perform OS updates
File Compatibility Loads
PC3K: All objects except samples
PC3LE: All objects
K2 Series: Majority of setups, programs, and keymaps (no sample loading)
Display 240 x 64 angled, back-lit CCFL with dedicated back-panel brightness and contrast controls
Power Requirements 120~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz for internal AC power supply
Dimensions (L x H x D) 54.3 x 14.0 x 4.3" (1380 x 355 x 110 mm)
Weight 54 lb (24.5 kg)

UPC: 883793203410

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