Kawai MP Series
The Professional MIDI controller that redefines the virtual piano playing experience.
Kawai proudly introduces the VPC1, featuring unparalleled keyboard action realism, impressive hardware/software flexibility, stunning piano-like design, and strong backing from the industry’s leading developers. The VPC1 is a professional MIDI keyboard controller developed especially for use with virtual piano software. This unique product – the first of its kind from any musical instrument manufacturer – draws upon Kawai’s 85 years of knowledge and experience crafting the world’s finest acoustic and digital pianos, to deliver the ultimate virtual piano experience for the home, studio, and stage.
- Ultra-realistic ‘RM3 Grand II’ wooden-key keyboard action
- Triple-pedal accessory (included)
- USB and standard MIDI IN/OUT connectivity
- Built-in ‘approved touch curve’ settings for popular virtual piano packages
- VPC Editor software
- ttractive piano-like chassis design, detachable music rest
- High quality aluminium, steel, and wood construction
At the heart for the VPC1 is Kawai’s latest ‘RM3 Grand II’ wooden-key keyboard action, which combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
All eighty-eight of the VPC1’s keys are crafted from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist playing control. Aside from these authentic materials, the class-leading VPC1 keyboard action boasts a number of additional acoustic piano-like characteristics, such as naturally smooth ‘seesaw’ key movement, staggered balance pins for black and white keys, grade-weighted hammers, bass key counter-weights, and let-off simulation. The ‘RM3 Grand II’ keyboard action also boasts a new triple-sensor key detection system, improving repetition speed and responsiveness, and allowing a greater range of expressive control from staccato to legato playing.
Complementing the VPC1’s ultra-realistic ‘RM3 Grand II’ keyboard action is the included F-30 triple pedal accessory. This sturdily-built unit recreates the functionality of the damper, sostenuto, and soft pedals of a grand piano, allowing discerning musicians to take full advantage of the unlooped sustain and stunning modelled resonances found in modern virtual piano packages.
The VPC1 connects to a Mac or PC using a single USB cable, drawing its power directly from the computer, and doing away with unnecessary power cables. Standard MIDI IN/OUT connectors are also provided, allowing the VPC1’s outstanding keyboard action to control hardware MIDI devices such as sound modules, workstations, or microsynths. It is even possible to combine both USB and standard MIDI communication, controlling software and hardware instruments simultaneously from the same keyboard.
Most MIDI keyboard controllers require a degree of customisation in order to perform effectively with different virtual piano packages. This typically takes the form of manual ‘touch curve’ adjustments and a considerable amount of trial and error.
However the VPC1 has been developed to offer a seamless ‘connection’ between piano keyboard and software sound ‘out of the box’, with Kawai partnering with leading virtual piano developers to establish the ‘Approved Touch Curve’ program. Under this initiative, Kawai’s experienced keyboard engineering team prepare custom touch curves that are optimised for the ‘RM3 Grand II’ keyboard action, then tested by the developers using their own VPC1 before receiving final approval. The VPC1 ships with ‘Approved Touch Curves’ for Ivory, Pianoteq, Galaxy, and Alicia’s Keys packages.
While the VPC1 is designed to offer an unrivalled ‘out of the box’ experience, Kawai also understands that many virtual pianists and software musicians enjoy customising every aspect of their setup. For these users, the VPC1 includes a dedicated software editor, providing greater control over touch curves, key velocity offsets, and advanced MIDI routing. Individual setups can be created for different scenarios, stored to one of the VPC1’s five memory presets, and recalled without a computer using a simple key assignment.
Clearly the VPC1 has been developed for one thing and one thing only: to deliver the finest virtual piano playing experience. This philosophy is reflected in the board’s design, with the VPC1 adopting a classic, smart, and professional appearance. There are no knobs, faders, or wheels to distract the virtual pianist from their performance, just a power button and eighty-eight smoothly finished black and white keys. And finally, serving as an elegant demonstration of Kawai’s rich acoustic piano heritage, the VPC1 also includes something that all other MIDI controllers overlook: an attachable music rest – allowing ambitious players to perform century-old masterpieces using the very latest software and hardware piano technology.
Kawai VPC1 – finally, a virtual piano controller from a real piano company.
- RM3 Grand II; 88 wooden keys with IvoryTouch key surface, key action with 3-sensor system and Let-Off simulation
- 3 Pedals, MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to HOST, AC adapter (DC IN 12V)
- 5 configurations can be saved inside the instrument (Presets: 1. Normal, 2. Ivory II, 3. Pianoteq, 4. Galaxy Vintage D, 5. Alicia's Keys)
- graphical interface, unlimited number of TouchCurves with unlimited points each, Touch Learn function, Velocity OffSet for every key, MIDI/USB Routing, MIDI Send channel, free pedal assignment
- Via USB bus or DC12V AC adapter
- Via USB: 1,0W ; with Ac adapter: 3,0W
- 138 x 42,5 x 18,5
- F-30 pedal unit with half-damper function, music rack, AC adapter, manual
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Kawai MP7SE Introduction
The new Kawai MP7 SE stage piano is a high-quality performance piano keyboard. The MP7SE not only offers superb acoustic and electronic piano tones, but also hundreds of great �other� sounds which make this the ideal versatile piano keyboard for use on stage or in the studio. Handy real-time controllers make for easy sound shaping, and the bright backlit 128 x 64 LCD display along with LED panel buttons mean you�ll find this keyboard easy to use even on the darkest of stages! You can even add the new Grand Feel GFP-3 triple pedal (additional cost) for a life-like grand piano experience.
See The MP7SE In-StoreBonners are stage piano specialists and we stock a wide range of the latest instruments from all the major manufacturers including Kawai, Roland, Yamaha, Nord and Korg. Come along to one of our stores to compare the MP7SE alongside other comparable models from alternative manufacturers. This ensures you are making the right decision when choosing your next stage / studio piano. We have branches in Surrey (Reigate) and Sussex (Eastbourne) where you can see a vast selection of keyboards and digital pianos. Call us to check current in-store availability of this model.
Kawai MP7-SE Keyboard ActionThe MP7-SE is fitted with the acclaimed RH3 Action. The RH3 keyboard features let-off (just like an acoustic grand), and has ivory touch key surfaces which make it a joy to play over prolonged periods of performance. The triple sensors capture every nuance of your performance, and the counterweights ensure the return of every note is fast and balanced.
The Sound of THREE Kawai Grand PianosKawai have packed the MP7SE with their very best piano samples. The flagship sound is that of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand. This powerful piano tone has enough body to cut through the mix when performing on stage, whilst still capable delivering a truly expressive performance when required. This is certainly one of the best piano samples in the current range of digital pianos from all the major manufacturers.
In addition to the SK-EX Concert Grand, there are samples from the studio sized SK5 grand which is ideal for popular music. The EX Concert Grand piano sound is also present � this tone has become a popular favourite with owners of Kawai digital pianos over the past few years and we�re pleased it has been included in the new MP7 SE model.
USB Audio Player / RecorderThe MP7SE allows recording of internal sounds to an external USB storage device (not included). It is also possible to playback pre-recorded files in .WAV or .MP3 formats.
256 Note PolyphonyThe 256-note polyphony of the Kawai MP7-SE means you�ll never suffer with notes dropping out � even when you�ve layered multiple sounds and using copious amounts of sustain pedal!
256 Sounds / 4 Zones & 256 User Memory SlotsThere are 256 different sounds in the MP7SE covering genres such as pianos, organs, clavs, strings, brass, synths, woodwind, orchestral and more. It�s possible to layer/split up to four voices together using the independent keyboard zones, or you can assign a zone to an external sound source such as a MIDI sound module or other keyboard which gives even more flexibility on stage.
Once you�ve set up your sounds, it is possible to store the complete keyboard setup to a user memory location. There are a total of 256 user memories for storing your own setups. These setups can be named and instantly recalled during a performance.
Tonewheel Organ SoundsIf you need quality tonewheel drawbar organ sounds, the MP7SE delivers in this department too. It�s possible to create your favourite classic organ tones using the on-screen drawbars. Add the rotary speaker effect and a little overdrive, and you have a convincing sound of a screaming Hammond organ!
Customise Your Own Piano Tones Using the Kawai Virtual TechnicianThe MP7SE includes Kawai�s Virtual Technician feature for creating your own unique piano tones. Alter characteristics of the core piano samples including damper resonance, individual note tuning, individual note voicing, hammer noise, string resonance and more. Save your own customised piano sounds to the internal memory for recall later.
Kawai 5 Year WarrantyThe MP7SE is supplied with a genuine five-year manufacturer�s warranty. This indicates the excellent build quality and confidence Kawai has in the MP7SE.
Beautifully DesignedThe MP7-SE is beautifully designed to not only look great, but inspire the player. High gloss polished ebony wooden end panels complete the overall high-end quality look and feel of this instrument.
Part Exchange Your Keyboard For A New MP7SEIf you would like to upgrade your existing keyboard to a new Kawai MP7-SE, the Bonners part exchange scheme might be perfect for you. We offer excellent prices for good quality, fully working second hand keyboards and digital pianos, and we can even collect your instrument for you. This means you could have a new MP7SE quicker than you thought! We offer excellent values for your existing gear and you can get a quick valuation by emailing us details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively call us on 01323 639335 to discuss your individual part exchange options.
On-Board Pro Quality Effects plus 4-Band EQThere are 140 editable effects in the MP7-SE including reverbs, chorus, delays, modulation effects and even an amp simulator to add a bit of �dirt� to your electric piano tones. The global 4-band EQ means you can adjust your overall tone to suit the environment in which you�re playing.
Simultaneous bidirectional MIDI & USB-MIDIIt is possible to stream MIDI data to external devices connected to both the traditional 5pin MIDI connectors and USB-MIDI socket at the same time. This means you could be triggering sounds from another MIDI equipped keyboard whilst simultaneously playing a VST softsynth from your laptop.
Pro Quality Inputs & OutputsThe MP7SE is equipped with 1/4" jack audio outputs, as well as stereo line in for mixing the playback of external devices through the MP7SE�s audio outputs. Headphone output is conveniently located, and there are traditional MIDI in/out/thru ports, as well as USB to host and device connectors.
Kawai MP7-SE Dimensions & Weight
- Depth 33.9cm
- Width 136.2cm
- Height 17.2cm
- Kawai MP7-SE Weight 22.5kg