Seekers of acoustic piano sounds, classic keyboards, and realistic organ timbres will want to check out Kurzweil's PC2R ($1,295). The 1U module contains 256 programs, including a triple-strike (sampled at three velocities) stereo grand piano, new stereo strings, and a variety of multistrike classic keyboards and organs. You also get Kurzweil's KB-3 tone wheel organ models for realistic drawbar organ sounds.
The PC2R is 64-voice polyphonic, with an option for 128-voice expansion (waveform ROM is also expandable). You can layer and split voices, and the splits can have overlapping zones with individual MIDI control assignments.
The module also includes two stereo effects processors, which offer flexible routing and a host of algorithms, including reverb, delay, chorus, flange, filters, and distortion. In addition, the PC2R features four real-time performance knobs that replicate the functions of the sliders found on the module.
The PC2R has two 11/44-inch balanced TRS analog audio outputs. Although the digital outputs are on RCA coaxial jacks, you can select either S/PDIF or AES/EBU format through software. The digital outputs yield 24-bit, 48 kHz audio with a signal-to-noise ratio of >117 dB. Kurzweil Music Systems/Young Chang; tel. (800) 421-9846 or (253) 589-3200; fax (253) 983-8206; Web www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com.