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  • Classic Keys ROM Announced for Kurzweil's PC Series Controllers

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    Kurzweil Music Systems has announced the latest optional ROM block for the PC2 Series and PC1x performance controllers.

    The PCR2 Classic Keys features reproductions of "vintage" keyboard sounds, which over the years have become essential to the modern keyboardist. It contains samples of the following instruments: Hohner Clavinet (Treble Pickup Setting and Release Thump), Mellotron (Strings, Choir and Flute), ARP String Ensemble, Hohner Pianet, Yamaha CP-80 Electric Grand Piano (Soft and Hard Strikes), and RMI Electra-Piano (Piano, Harpsi and Accenter). Classic Keys also makes use of the PC base ROM samples, and includes new "vintage" Rhodes, Wurlitzer and KB3 programs.

    The PC2's synthesis engine provided a variety of powerful sound-sculpting tools, and the finishing touches were added with the PC2's effects engine, which utilizes the same technology as Kurzweil's KDFX (for the K2500/2600 keyboards) and the KSP8 processor. Effects pedals, speaker cabinets and recording techniques have all been replicated, giving the Classic Keys programs detail and realism.

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