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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Ricardo a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
The sounds in this are great excepting the guitars which are IMHO only soso (but then who can get really good guitars from a synth?) - I'll also add here it comes without a 80s style fast 'string' sound as a programme but it isn't that hard to tweak one of the many more realistic string sounds to that.

I picked it as an additional sound source for an electronic organ, so my only disappointment with it relates solely to it in that role. Having to have MIDI in AUTO mode in order to have the flexibility of SETUPS is for my useage a little bit of a pain. I wish that it could be programmable to ignore certain incoming MIDI channels whilst still in SETUP mode then it would be perfect.

That aside its very good - although I have found that with a KB3 mode voice triggered by one manual, and sounds with slow decays triggered by the pedals and other manual the polyphony can be 'eaten' to the point of hearing 'gliches' as they disappear - I hasten to add this does not happen when not using KB3 - which Kurzweil does warn take a lot of polyphony out of the unit (without checking I think it takes 48 out of the 64).

From my limited dipping into the editing I think I would disagree with the poster who said "limited editing available" to me it seems like there is a lot there some of it is not particularly straightforward though and editing it will probably benefit from the non Kurzweil supplied but available software editor - I cannot say this with confidence as events have conspired until now to keep my rack away from computer since I found out about the editor.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-28-2009 at 06:21
Mario Ochoa a part-time user from USA writes:
For the working musi fundamental sounds: Acoustic and electric pianoscian this is it!!!Great, strings, pads and horns. Split zones and effects are great tools as well. You just need a light weight midi controller and the Kurzweil PC2R that's it, gets the job done. Customer support(I did not know how to store my own sounds) was very helpful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-03-2006 at 09:21
Cole a professional user from United States writes:
This thing ROCKS! I've been living from MicroPiano to MicroPiano for the past 8 years or so, watching them eventually turn to dust in my rack, because nothing else has come close to delivering a natural piano sound in widely varying live and studio environments (with the exception of the odd Steinway)(...which I can't seem to fit in my rack...). I've shelled out for nearly every alleged "holy grail" piano source along the way, including most recently the decent-enough-for-recording-but-lousy-live Roland SRX-11 expansion board. I don't know how I let the PC2R slip past my radar when it came out, because this is the one! I'm sure there are software instruments out there that will rival it, but I'm strictly hardware, and guess what? Daddy's got a new hammer! The other sounds on this thing are quite satisfactory for the most part, particularly some of the electric pianos, which may knock my Korg N1R out of the rack (we'll see...), but MAN THESE PIANOS ARE SWEET!!! KB3 Mode is interesting, I'll have to tweak on it a bit more, but I like physical drawbars. I bought the PC2R specifically on the strength of the piano patches alone, and I am satisfied. Paid 500 bucks, a steal! Leave it to Kurzweil to offer the only sane hardware alternative to their own MicroPiano.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-03-2005 at 05:20
Michael Kearney a professional user from US writes:
Sounds *GREAT*. Limited editing available. Good selection of straight-ahead most-called-for sounds; ideal for working musician.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-2004 at 13:30
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