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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Product Review - Kurzweil PC3K8

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Kurzweil's latest workstation introduces enhancements — but doesn't mess with that Kurzweil sound.

Gordon Reid

Kurzweil PC3K8

There's something rather odd about Kurzweils. For one thing, they're far from ground-breaking. The VAST (Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology) engine that generates their initial sounds was unveiled in 1990 and, despite advances in each of the subsequent generations, it's clearly the same underlying system. Secondly, they're far from ground-breaking. For example, despite being described by Kurzweil as of "ample size” and enabling you to "view lots of information at one time”, the monochrome, non-touch-sensitive screen on the latest model offers a resolution of just 240 x 64 pixels, which was anachronistic before the end of the last millennium. And, let's face it, the 64MB ROMs, 64MB expansions and 128MB sample memories in the latest models hardly compete with the gigabytes offered elsewhere. So why do people like Kurzweils so much? The answer is, as always, their sound. Over the years, they have garnered a reputation for sounding bigger, warmer,

Published in SOS August 2013

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