I'm planning to get a used workstation around $1200-1500 and I heared a lot of praise about the Kurzweil PC3 series. What is especially surprising about them is the "16,000 locations for user objects." (the LE and K models) and "2,000 locations for user objects." (PC3 models) at their User Memory on the Kurz website.
Does it mean that they can store so many user patches, however complex they are? And can switch between them seamlessly with e.g. a foot pedal? It seems quite strange, since the Motif XF can store "only" 4x128, the Kronos around 1700-1700 programs and combis and the Fantom G around 1000?
One patch is one patch, no matter how complex it is. The "user objects" category spans all types of things that can be created by the user — at least patches, setups and V.A.S.T. algorithms. I only got my PC361 a month ago and I haven't gotten to the bottom of these things yet, though.
The PC3 can store up to 2048 of any single object, IIRC. Those can be of any complexity. That means you can store up to 2048 Setups, 2048 Effects Chains, 2048 Algorithms, 2048 Arpeggio note patterns, 2048 Arpeggio velocity patterns, 2048 Songs, and so on. I'm currently using about 150 of the Program slots, when I do a backup the resulting file is about 440kb (that includes some song data). The physical limit for storage is 64mb, the OS and factory presets take up about 12 mb or so. So yeah, there's a lot of space available for user stuff.
^ On my unit the Master/Objects section says "MaxUserObjects: 2000", and the "UserObjects:" counter above it seems to reflect the total number of all different types of objects I've created. Am I interpreting things wrong here?