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KURZWEIL UNVEILS NEXT GENERATION V.A.S.T. SYNTHESIS IN UPCOMING PC3x
20th December '07

Every synthesizer enthusiast will be aware of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. synthesis technology and its reputation for extraordinary power and sound quality.   Kurzweil is now set to unveil its next generation 'Dynamic V.A.S.T.' synthesis in the upcoming PC3x Performance Controller Keyboard at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim.  

The new PC3x is the ultimate performance controller keyboard with a collection of stunning sounds combined with comprehensive real-time controller functions.  Inside, the PC3x features brand new cutting edge chip technology in the form of Kurzweil's custom-designed lightning fast MARA DSP chip.   Running on these chips the PC3X features the next generation of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. synthesis architecture, known as Dynamic V.A.S.T.

Dynamic V.A.S.T. is simply the most powerful synthesis engine ever created by Kurzweil and picks up where the K series left off.  The new architecture delivers more power and flexibility combined with unprecedented ease of use.  Having up to 32 layers per program means that emulations of real instruments can be extremely detailed and accurate, while the synthesized sounds can be extraordinarily large and complex. 

In addition users can now create and store their own DSP algorithms, with nearly limitless possibilities for routing.  Every layer in a program can be routed through the DSP of any other layer, in series or blended together, with up to 32 layers. This "Cascade Mode" is  the same concept as Triple Mode on our K26 series, without the 3 layer limit. You can run your sound through literally dozens of filters (which can all move independently in real-time) in addition to Kurzweil's signature DSP processors like Shaper, Wrap and Distortion, allowing for some truly dazzling results. 

In another huge development, Kurzweil have resurrected the Kurzweil VA-1 Virtual Analog Synthesizer, having built its synthesis engine right into the new system. Hear the VA-1's power-shaped, anti-aliasing oscillators combined with a newer, larger set of V.A.S.T. filters and non-linear processors and you'll understand why Kurzweil is set once again to be at the forefront of synthesizer technology.

Further features of the PC3x include:

  • Newly designed 88 note fully-weighted hammer action keyboard
  • 128 Voice polyphony, dynamically allocated
  • USB Compatibility
  • Unlimited track 1536 PPQ sequencer
  • 300 effects, 16 insert effects locations, 11 busses
  • 4 full-featured independent arpeggiators
  • KB3 Organ Mode
  • xD Card Memory Slot
  • Four 24-bit D/A balanced analogue outputs
  • 24-bit S/PDIF stereo digital output with both 48kHz and 96kHz modes

Full details will be announced at the Winter NAMM exhibition with international shipping set to begin at the end of January 2008.  The PC3x will retail at just £1799 inc VAT (TBC).  

 

Every synthesizer enthusiast will be aware of Kurzweil's V.A.S.T. synthesis technology and its reputation for extraordinary power and sound quality. Kurzweil is now set to unveil its next generation 'Dynamic V.A.S.T.' synthesis in the upcoming PC3x Performance Controller Keyboard at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. a:1:Not Processed at this time a:1:Not Processed at this time