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PC88 At a Glance
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|Bill Vincent (BillJV30@aol.com) writes:|
When I was looking for a new keyboard, I wanted two things. First, a real weighted key, piano-like keyboard, preferably with 88 keys. Second, a keyboard with killer General MIDI capability. I had $2,000 to spend on it, and I was fully prepared to get a keyboard controller for that price, but no sounds. I figured I'd buy a great GM module later.
Then I discovered the PC88 MX. I was completely, utterly blown away. Full weighted key action that rivals a real piano, 88 keys, Excellent internal sounds, and a full GM set for doing General MIDI composition. This keyboard was my dream come true!!
The PC88 has a pretty steep learning curve, because of all of the controller functionality. It's very flexible, but don't expect to master all of it's functions overnight.
Currently there are no software programs that are designed especially for the PC88. Hopefully third-party developers will eventually get on it. There is an instrument setup for the PC88 MX available for Cakewalk 3.0 for Windows, which is very handy when working in the Cakewalk environment.
I absolutely love this keyboard. I think it's one of the best instruments I've ever owned. It's not without it's drawbacks, but for the price it's an incredible product.
Comments About the Sounds:
The General MIDI sounds are the best I've come across. The acoustic piano sounds are excellent, what you'd expect from Kurzweil. All sounds are good, and some are outstanding.
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