Kurzweil PC3A8 Review & Best Price

The Kurzweil PC3A8 Key Stage Piano is the most astonishing stage piano of slim and dependability

The Kurzweil PC3A8 is the most valuable and popular stage piano widely used as a compact style digital piano.
Being the 88 Key digital piano. The Kurzweil PC3A8 Stage Keyboard is one of the most best state-of-the-art stage digital piano has full 88 note capability mixed with a is very portability.

Widely used in recording studios, stage, auditoriums, schools, churches, gigs, stages, studios, and etc. This dynamic digital piano is a high tech musical gadget that you can conveniently perform to impress the world..

“The Most Dynamic Compact Stage Keyboard/Digital Piano Ever”
The Kurzweil PC3A8 is on a stage with sophisticated audiences watching you perform with your hands moving graciously across the keys…
Even the sheer imagination of playing the Kurzweil PC3A8 excites most people.
You will be instantly attracted by Kurzweil PC3A8’s compactness and just by even imagining the how practical the Kurzweil PC3A8 can be. What if you actually play it? It would be a pure bliss!

Okay, now we all know the Kurzweil PC3A8 comes with an attractive slim/compact aesthetics…
But, the modern /slim design is actually not the only excellent thing about the Kurzweil PC3A8… There is way more to the Kurzweil PC3A8 than it’s design!

For example, the Kurzweil PC3A8 is modeled after classic Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs.
Featuring all the controls you want and more, including 9 realistic drawbars.

ALSO,

This amazing stage piano is actually designed to contain the most convenient controls.
You may just take it from me. But let me explain as well.
The Kurzweil PC3A8 features all the controls you want and more, including the Front Panel Master Compressor, The 3-Band Master EQ, Easy Access Controls, Sound/Favorites selection, Multis ….. and much more!

Priced at $3495, with many different controls, functions, exceptional sound chip, and the gig-friendly design, The Kurzweil PC3A8 would be the digital piano that can fulfill your dreams.

SOUND

The sound of the Kurzweil PC3A8 is recognized world-wide as one of the most purest sound producing digital piano.

The Kurzweil PC3A8 brings dynamically allocated 128 polyphony specifically designed for lightning fast performance.
The Kurzweil PC3A8 is also included with the KB3 ToneReal Organs just like the Forte.

Kurzweil PC3A8 however does not have a built-in speaker as a stage piano.
Thus, it is recommended that a high quality headphone or a high quality speaker be used.
What we can talk about is the sound chip of the Kurzweil PC3A8. The sound chip of the PC3A8 is known to be worlds best sampled and programmed sound since it features the best of the PC3K, KB3 ToneReal Organs and the KORE64 sounds.

Unleash the musician inside of you through the PC3K pack and the KORE64 collection in addition to the Japanese concert grand piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells, Crotales, new piano, Vintage Electric pianos, Clavinets, Sythesizers, rich and realistic String Selections, Orchestras, Guitars, Percussions and more.


TOUCH & ACTION

Kurzweil uses the Fatar TP40L action which is the best of the bestest action you can ever find on Kurzweil Pianos.
I will as go as far and say it’s the best action system of the stage pianos.
Fatar TP40L is an elite keyboard action system superior to even the Fatar TP9 or the TP8 system.

This Italian made keyboard action system is also known as the 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.

Pretty long name huh?

Fatar TP40L, or the A.K.A., 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 is really a self-explanatory action system.

In other words…

Kurzweil PC3A8 uses the Fatar TP40L, which has 88-notes and they are specially designed with full-weighted action keys that gives you a quick after-touch action responsiveness as you perform the piano.
The quick release spring recognize the different types of piano, organ and synthes come with variety of authentic action types at which will balance out your variables to enrich your playability..

In simpler words…

Kurzweil PC3A8 is recognized as one of the most fluid and softest of all digital piano actions out there.

FUNCTION

Kurzweil PC3A8 has many functions that can satisfy the users.

  1. Sound| Kurzweil PC3A8 has extensive and expressive sounds including award winning New German Grand Piano, all taken from the V.A.S.T. PC3 engine, KB3 ToneReal Organs and the KORE 64 expansion.
  2. Layer| With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play piano and string sound or piano and organ sound at the same time. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment. Kurzweil offers a quick layer option with easy access and adjustable relative volume.layered_final
  3. Split| You can play two different instrument sounds on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument sound. Kurzweil offers a quick split option with easy access and adjustable relative volume.split_final
  4. Presets & Programs | Kurzweil PC3A8 has over 1453 factory presets as well as 216 factory programmed MIDI setups that features up to 16 independent zones, effects, independent controller assignments, triggerable pattern-based “Riffs” and arpeggio.

    1300+ Factory Programs!

  5. Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments with this function.

    Easy Access Transpose Buttons– Convenient -/+ controls located right on-screen.

  6. Master FX Section | With the special powerful FX Engine, you have options of hundreds of Kurzweil’s award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more.

    Powerful FX Engine

  7. Other functions include 240 x 64 angled-backlit CCFL with front-panel brightness adjust screen, 29 Programmable Physical Controllers, Front Panel 3-Band Master EQ, MIDI Controller, USB connector that connects to PC/Mac/Flash Drive and more.

    29! Programmable Physical Controllers

OPTIONS

Options for Kurzweil PC3A8 include variety of x-stand and x-benches you can purchase separately.

WARRANTY

Warranty coverage of Kurzweil products are 2 year part and labor warranty plus parts warranty of 1 year. Totaling at 3 years of warranty.

FINISH

The Kurzweil PC3A8 comes out in only 1 color. Which is the black color.

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SPECIFICATION

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All specifications subject to change without notice.

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)
Display: 240 x 64 angled, backlit CCFL w/ dedicated back panel brightness and contrast controls.
Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated, lightning fast performance.
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel).
Architecture: Dynamic VAST: Powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algs and routing. More DSP power than even our K Series instruments.VA1 Inside: anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil’s VA1 concept synth, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds.Cascade Mode: lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program – up to 32 consecutive layers deep!
Sound ROM Expansion Slots: Includes KORE 64™ and the German D Grand EXP Piano built-in.
Desktop Editor: Mac and PC platforms
Factory Presets: 1453 Stunning Factory Presets.
Factory MIDI Setups: 216 factory programmed MIDI setups – featuring up to 16 independent zones, effects, independent controller assignments, triggerable pattern-based “Riffs” and arpeggiator settings.
File Compatibility: Loads from:-PC3K: All objects except samples.-PC3LE: All objects.-K2 Series: The majority of Setups, Programs, and Keymaps (no sample loading; see the manual for details).
General MIDI: Standard.
User Memory: 16,000 locations for user objects.
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 a global “set song length” functions are also featured.
Effects: 16 insert effects distributed over 11 busses, two auxiliary sends and two Master Effects (saved with each song and setup); featuring hundreds of our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, Leslie simulators, compressors, and more.
Master FX Section: User controllable master EQ section and master compressor for quick adjustments during live performance or putting the final touches on your studio mix. (These do not use up the insert effect resources.)
Controllers: Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 9 front panel sliders/drawbar controllers, 10 front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable), 3 switch pedal input, 2 continuous control pedal inputs, mono pressure, Super Ribbon input, breath controller input. Controller values can be “captured” and stored as part of a program.
Arpeggiator: 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.
Riffs: 16 unique “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.
Analog Outputs: Four 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs).
Headphones: 1 rear panel 1/4″ headphone output.
Digital Outputs: 24-bit, stereo S/PDIF featuring 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192-kHz modes.(externally clockable)
MIDI: In, Out, Thru (hardware switchable to copy of MIDI Out).
USB Computer Port: MIDI over USB. Also allows the PC3A 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.
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable, (4) self adhesive feet.
Height: (4.33″) (11.00 cm)
Depth: (13.98″) (35.50 cm)
Length: (54.33″) (138 cm)
Weight: (54 lb.) (24.50 kg)
Power: Internal AC power supply.Selectable 120/240V AC operation.

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Kurzweil Forte Review & Best Price

The Kurzweil Forte 88 Key Stage Piano is the most astonishing stage piano of and dependability.

The Kurzweil Forte is the most valuable and popular stage piano widely used by hobbyists, professionals, pianists, and performers.

Try it for yourself. Imagine it!
The Kurzweil Forte is on a stage with sophisticated audiences watching you perform with your hands moving graciously across the keys…
Even the sheer imagination of playing the Kurzweil Forte excites most people.
You will be instantly attracted by it’s meticulous design just by even thinking of the Kurzweil Forte. What if you play it? It would be a pure bliss!

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

Okay, now we all know the Kurzweil Forte comes with an attractive aesthetics…
But, the modern /slim design is actually not the only excellent thing about the Kurzweil Forte… There is way more to the Kurzweil Forte than it’s design!

For example, the Kurzweil Forte is modeled after classic Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs.
Featuring all the controls you want and more, including 9 realistic drawbars. With the latest OS , KB3 is now Polyphony Free*, no longer using any of the Forte’s 128 voices.

ALSO,

This amazing stage piano is actually designed to contain the most convenient controls.
You may just take it from me. But let me explain as well.
The Kurzweil Forte features all the controls you want and more, including the Front Panel Master Compressor, The 3-Band Master EQ, Easy Access Controls, Sound/Favorites selection, Multis ….. and much more!

Priced at $3995.00, with many different controls, functions, exceptional sound chip, and the world’s most realistic action system, The Kurzweil Forte would be the digital piano that can fulfill your dreams.

SOUND

Flash Play is a Patented technology that takes the waiting time to ZERO and makes loading fast and instant!

The most amazing thing about the Kurzweil Forte’s sound is that it contains 16 GB of new sounds! 16 Gigabytes!!
This is supported by the Patented FlashPlay technology to provide fast, instant loading time with zero amount of waiting time.

The sound of the Kurzweil Forte is recognized world-wide as one of the most purest sound producing digital piano.
The Kurzweil Forte brings dynamically allocated 128 polyphony.
Also, the Kurzweil Forte’s KB3 is Polyphony Free, this means it doesn’t even need to use any of the Forte’s 128 voices.
This is an awesome tech used by Kurzweil that deserves a well pronounced accolades.

Kurzweil Forte however does not have a built-in speaker as a stage piano.
Thus, it is recommended that a high quality headphone or a high quality speaker be used.
What we can talk about is the sound chip of the Kurzweil Forte. The sound chip of the Forte is known to be worlds best sampled and programmed sound since it features the best of the PC3K, KB3 ToneReal Organs and the KORE64 sounds.

Unleash the musician inside of you through the PC3K pack and the KORE64 collection in addition to the Japanese concert grand piano,Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells, Crotales, new piano, Vintage Electric pianos, Clavinets, Sythesizers, rich and realistic String Selections, Orchestras, Guitars, Percussions and more.


TOUCH & ACTION

Kurzweil uses the Fatar TP/40L action which is the best action you can ever find on Kurzweil Pianos.
This is also known as the 88 note fully-weighted Italian hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys.

Fatar TP/40L, or the A.K.A., 88 note fully-weighted Italian hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys.

In other words…

Kurzweil Forte uses the Fatar TP/40L, the Italian made keys which has 88 notes and they are specially designed with fully-weighted action keys that gives you a realistic, heavier and thicker action.
The velocity sensitive keys recognize the strength at which key is pressed and the keyboard will react with one of the greatest responsiveness the after touch effect gives more comfort to the players enriching the performance…

In simpler words…

Kurzweil Forte is the master of all digital piano actions out there.

FUNCTION

Kurzweil Forte has many functions that can satisfy the users.

  1. Sound| Kurzweil Forte has extensive and expressive sounds including award winning New German Grand Piano, all taken from the PC3, KB3 ToneReal Organs and the KORE 64 expansion.
  2. Layer| With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play piano and string sound or piano and organ sound at the same time. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment. Kurzweil offers a quick layer option with easy access and adjustable relative volume.layered_final
  3. Split| You can play two different instrument sounds on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument sound. Kurzweil offers a quick split option with easy access and adjustable relative volume.split_final
  4. Programs & Multies | Kurzweil Forte has over 322 factory programs as well as 1024 user programs. 186 factory-craft multies that features up to 4 independent zones: Split/Layer, extensive MIDI control, individual zone volume and mute control. You can also add in 1024 user multis as well.
  5. Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments with this function.
  6. FX Engine | With the special powerful FX Engine, you have options of over 1000 complex effect chains, incorporated into programs featuring our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more. There are total of 32 total FX units.

    Powerful FX Engine

  7. Other functions include 480×272 pixel color LCD with front-panel brightness adjust screen, 23 Programmable Physical Controllers, Front Panel 3-Band Master EQ, MIDI Controller, USB connector that connects to PC/Mac/Flash Drive and more.

    23 Programmable Physical controllers

Options

Options for Kurzweil Forte include variety of x-stand and x-benches you can purchase separately.

WARRANTY

Warranty coverage of Kurzweil products are 2 year part and labor warranty plus parts warranty of 1 year. Totaling at 3 years of warranty.

FINISH

The Kurzweil Forte comes out in only 1 color. Which is the black color.

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SPECIFICATION

****Trouble seeing the specification table on your gadget? Here is the original specifications pagehttp://kurzweil.com/product/forte/specs/

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Keyboard: 88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys (Fatar TP/40L)
Display: 480×272 pixel color LCD with front-panel brightness adjust
Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
KB3 is Polyphony Free*, not using any of the Forte’s 128 voices.
(*does not apply to Vox/Farfisa programs)
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume (up to 4 zones)
Factory Programs: 322 Stunning factory Programs featuring the all new vintage Japanese and German Grands, new Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells and Crotales along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 and KORE 64™ expansion
User Programs: 1024
Factory Multis: 186 Factory-crafted Multis – featuring up to 4 independent zones
User Multis: 1024
General MIDI: No
Master EQ/Compressor Section: Front-panel 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and on/off switch
Front-panel single-knob master compressor with separate on/off bypass switch
Effects: • Over 1000 complex effect chains, incorporated into programs featuring our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more
• 32 total FX units
(editing of FXChains requires use of the Desktop Editor)
Controllers: 1 pitch wheel
1 modulation wheel
9 front panel sliders (w/ LED ladders)
9 switches (assignable/zone mutes/KB3 control)
1 variation switch
1 tap tempo switch
2 transpose switches
*3 switch pedal inputs (1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
2 continuous control pedal inputs
monopressure (aftertouch)(*supports half-damper for pianos / half-damper pedal sold separately)
Analog Outputs: • Four (2 pairs) 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
Automatic mono switching on both pairs.
• +21dBu maximum output
• 50Ω balanced source impedance
Audio Inputs: One stereo 1/8″ back-panel input for connecting your favorite MP3 player or other audio source for accompaniment playback
Headphones: • 1 front panel 1/4″ headphone output
• 130mW into 32 ohm headphones
MIDI: In, Thru, Out (w/ Thru/Out switch)
USB: • Two USB ports (one A port / one B port)
• Complete MIDI functionality over USB
• User program/multi file transfer to/from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
• Operating System updates from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
Software Editors: External editors for Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS devices (coming soon)
FREE OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or Flash Drive
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable, (4) self adhesive feet
Height: (5.5″) (14cm)
Depth: (15.5″) (39.5cm)
Length: (54.5″) (138.5cm)
Weight: (48 lb.) (21.8 kg)
Power: Internal Power Supply, free voltage 100-240VAC 50/60Hz, 20W max

 

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Review – Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide: Best Digital Piano between $1000-$1500 (Casio PX860, Yamaha YDP142, Roland F130R, Kawai KDP90)

In this digital piano review, I’d like to introduce some of the bestselling home digital piano models today within the price range $1,000-$1,500. I am not going to tell you whether I like a specific piano or not, because I believe the final decision is always up to you.

You might heard someone saying “this piano has bright sound,” or “this one has warmer sound. The sound of digital piano also varies, and I don’t believe I should say “oh, this is a better sounding digital piano than the other one.” So I want to leave these final decisions for you, and I believe the decision-making factors (such as sound, touches) have a lot to do with personal preference, not with such value-laden words as “good,” “better,” or “worse.” You are the person who is going to play the piano all the time, not the person who talks or about it, and this includes me. I will just tell you about some facts about best selling models, and I want you to be the final judge.

Casio PX860                               Kawai KDP90

px850   kawai-KDP-90-875x875

Yamaha Arius YDP142                Roland F130R

ydp142      roland_f120sb

The digital pianos that I am going to introduce today are Casio Privia Digital Piano PX860, Yamaha Arius Digital Piano YDP142, (this is the newer version of YDP141) Roland Slim Digital Piano F130R, and Kawai KDP90. First, let’s have a look at the comparison chart.

Amplifier (Speaker Output) Keyboard Sensitivity Keyboard Touch Price
Casio PX860 20W + 20W 3 Sensitivity Levels Weighted scaled hammer action $1099
Yamaha YDP142 6W + 6W 3 Sensitivity Levels Graded Hammer Standard $1099
Roland F130R 12 W + 12W 5 Sensitivity Levels Escapement $1299
Kawai KDP90 13W + 13W 6 Sensitivity Levels Advanced Hammer Action $1149

These four features (amplifier volume, keyboard sensitivity, keyboard touch, and price) are probably what you have to care when shopping for digital pianos. Speaker output volume level (amplifier) are conducive for better sound; Keyboard sensitivity and keyboard touches are related to “feel” of touches. Casio PX860 and YDP142 have only 3 sensitivty levels, so they might be able to limit the expression of players; this means that even if you want to play your piano at very little volume (like pianissimo level), those two pianos cannot express it because it will just let you play at medium volume(mezzo piano)! Kawai KDP90, however, will enable you to express from very little volume like ppp (pianissimo) to the loudest one like fff (fortissimo) because it has 6 sensitivity levels. Regarding touches of each piano, Roland F130R has the most outstanding touch, because it actually employs “escapement,” which grand acoustic pianos use. Casio PX860, Roland YDP142, and Kawai KDP90 have all similar “weighted” action in different names.

If you care about the realistic touch for education go for Roland F130R. If you want the best piano sound, choose Kawai KDP90. (It uses the renowned synthesizer sound chip from Harmonic Imaging™) If you are the person who believes in brand reliability, buy Yamaha YDP142. Or if you are on a budget, Casio PX860 is a great choice. Like I said, the final decision is always up to you. The following table explains the brand strength of each manufacturers.

Brand Strength

Roland Most Realistic Representation of Acoustic Piano Touch
Kawai Best Sound Technology (The renowned Harmonic Imaging™)
Yamaha Brand Reliability (They also manufacture acoustic pianos)
Casio Affordable Price

The following table is a comparison chart. This is based on our customer’s review.

Bestselling Home Digital Piano Model Comparison Chart [Price Range $1000-$1500]

Pros Cons
Yamaha YDP-142 ($1099) Affordable Price
Brand Reliability;Yamaha also manufactures acoustic pianos and speakers
Bench Included
Weak Control Panel
Casio PX-860($1099) Affordable Price
256 Polyphony
Ivory Key Top
Bench Not Included
No Regular Size Pedals
Roland F-130R($1299) Most Realistic Representation of Acoustic Piano Touch
Best reputation for digital musical instruments
Sleek Design; Modern Looking
Bench Not Included
No Regular Size Pedals
Kawai KDP90($1149) Best Sound System
Bench Included
88 Tones & Versatile Control Panel
Only 1 color available (Rosewood)

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