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Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller

MPN: VPC1

What's In the Box?

From Manufacturer

  • VPC1
  • USB Cable
  • AC Power Adaptor
  • F-30 Triple Pedal
  • Music Rest

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List Price: $2,149.00

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A virtual piano controller from a real piano company

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.

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Main Features

  • 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 - Windows & Mac OS X (10.8+)*
  • Attractive piano-like chassis design, detachable music rest
  • High quality aluminium, steel, and wood construction

At the heart of 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.

*The officially supported requirements for the VPC Editor under Mac OS are OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and newer. It is still possible to run the 'VPCEditor.app' application under the 64-bit variants of OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and OS X 10.7 (Lion), however these platforms are not officially supported by Kawai.


RM3 Grand II Wooden-Key Keyboard Action


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. Virtual piano software developers are invited to join the 'Approved Touch Curve' program, and collaborate with Kawai to ensure that VPC1 owners can enjoy the most realistic, responsive playing experience with their latest package.


Approved Touch Curves


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: a detachable 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.


VPC1 with Laptop

Manufacturer Kawai
Condition New
Controller Type Keyboard
Number of Keys 88
Weighted Keys Yes
Key Action RM3 Grand II with graded hammer weighting, Ivory Touch key surfaces, and let-off
Controllers
Control Inputs Soft
Damper/Sostenuto
(Triple Pedal Included)
MIDI In, Out; USB
Compatible Devices Mac/PC
Bus Power Yes
Width 54 1/3"
Depth 16 3/4"
Height 7 1/3"
Product Weight 65 lbs
Unique Features Preset Touch Curves: Normal, Ivory, Pianoteq, Galaxy, Alicias Keys
5 memories (for use with VPC Editor software - Windows only)
USB bus power or AC adaptor

FREIGHT DELIVERY

Due to the weight and size, this order will be required to ship via truck (freight). The following business day, after your order leaves our facility, you will receive an email from Kraft Music, with tracking information relating to your shipment. Once the shipment is checked in at your local hub, the trucking company will call you to schedule a delivery appointment. Delivery will not be attempted until an appointment is scheduled with you. You will need to be present when the shipment is delivered. Deliveries take place on weekdays (Monday - Friday), during regular business hours. The trucking company will schedule a specific day and a window of time with you.

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The PREMIUM Delivery option means the freight company will deliver to your home or office and place the packages in your “room of choice”. This method of delivery includes up to (2) flights of stairs.

 

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Please test your item before getting it fully assembled. For example, with digital pianos, unpack the keyboard portion, power it on and test all the keys. It is very rare that these items arrive with defects, but it is still a good idea to test it before spending time getting it fully assembled. Use caution when unpacking your purchase from its box, as some needed parts and pieces may be packed in and amongst the packing material. Be sure to save the carton and all packing materials, in case of a needed return. Do not write on the box and do not discard!

KAWAI LIMITED 1-YEAR LABOR / 3-YEARS PARTS WARRANTY: Thank you for purchasing a KAWAI digital piano. KAWAI products are designed and manufactured to provide a high level of defect-free performance. KAWAI AMERICA CORPORATION ("KAWAI") is proud of the workmanship that goes into its products. KAWAI sells its products through a network of authorized dealers and is pleased to offer you, the Original Owner, the following Limited Warranty which applies only to products that have been (1) directly purchased from KAWAI's authorized dealers in the United States and Canada (the "Warranted Area") and (2) used exclusively in the Warranted Area. KAWAI will not warrant any product purchased outside of the United States or Canada. KAWAI suggests that you read this Limited Warranty document thoroughly and contact your authorized KAWAI dealer or KAWAI Technical Services if you have any questions. Customers should retain their store receipt or purchase statement as proof of the date of purchase. Please contact Kawai's Technical Services Division if you have any questions or concerns, or to request a copy of your new warranty. Click here for more warranty details.

THIS WARRANTY COVERS MP STAGE PIANO MODELS AND PR-1 AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIALS FOR 3 YEARS AND WORKMANSHIP FOR 1 YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.Click here to visit the Warranty portion of the Kawai website.

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