Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller (Midi Controller) [HM2477]

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  • Supplied with 5 years (60 months at 'your home' guarantee)

  • Latest Grand Feel III wooden-key keyboard action

  • Ebony & Ivory Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights

  • SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling

  • Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo

  • Powerful, high-fidelity 6-speaker output system with diffusers

  • Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio with aptX support

  • Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock

  • MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB

  • Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism

  • Attractive, modern cabinet with 6-position adjustable music rest


Keyboard Spec



  • 88 wooden keys

  • Grade-weighted hammers

  • Ivory Touch white key surfaces

  • Ebony Touch black key surfaces

  • Let-off simulation

  • Triple sensor key detection

  • 88-key Graded counterweights


Pedal System Spec



  • Damper (with half-pedal support)

  • Soft (with half-pedal support)

  • Sostenuto


Piano Sound



  • 88-key multi-channel sampling

  • SK-EX recording

  • 8-key stereo sampling

  • SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording

  • 256 note maximum polyphony


Piano Resonance



  • Damper Resonance

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Aliquot Resonance

  • Harmonic Imaging XL: Acoustic Rendering

  • Damper Resonance

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance


Virtual Technician



  • Touch Curve

  • Voicing

  • Damper Resonance

  • Damper Noise

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance

  • Key-off Effect

  • Fall-back Noise

  • Hammer Noise

  • Hammer Delay

  • Topboard Simulation

  • Decay Time

  • Release Time

  • Minimum Touch

  • Stretch Tuning

  • Temperament

  • Temperament Key

  • Key Volume

  • Half-Pedal Adjust

  • Soft Pedal Depth


Sounds, Effects and Other



  • SK-EX Rendering: 10 rendering characters

  • Harmonic Imaging: 66 voices

  • Reverb SK-EX Rendering: 10 rendering characters

  • Harmonic Imaging: 90 voices

  • Brilliance Yes

  • Other Effects 24 types

  • Speakers 13 cm x 2 (Onkyo woofers)

  • (8 x 12) cm x 2 (Onkyo top speakers, with diffusers)

  • 5 cm x 2 (tweeters)

  • Output Power 100 W (50 W x 2)

  • Headphone Enhancements Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier

  • Spatial Headphone Sound

  • Headphone Type

  • Headphone Amplifier

  • Display 5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)

  • Key Cover Sliding type

  • Music Rest Collapsible type (6 angle adjustability)

  • Dimensions Width 145 cm (57)

  • Depth 47 cm (18")

  • Height 94 cm (37") [music rest flat]

  • Weight 76 kg (167 lbs.)

  • 79 kg (174 lbs

  • Basic Functions Dual

  • Split

  • Four Hands

  • Transpose

  • Tuning

  • Internal Songs Sound Demo 37 songs

  • Piano Music 29/42 songs

  • Concert Magic 176 songs

  • Lesson Songs Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)

  • Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)

  • Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)

  • Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)

  • J.S. Bach: Inventionen

  • Sonatinen Album 1

  • Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)

  • Chopin Etudes (Opus 10

  • )
  • Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A

  • Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B

  • Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A

  • Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B

  • Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1

  • Internal Recorder Total Memory approximately 90,000 notes

  • No.of Songs 10 songs

  • Parts 2 parts

  • Metronome Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8

  • Drum Rhythms 100 patterns

  • Bluetooth *Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)

  • Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant

  • Bluetooth Audio with aptX support

  • USB Audio Recorder Record/Playback MP3

  • WAV

  • SMF

  • Other Functions Overdubbing

  • Line In recording

  • App Functions TBC

  • Connector Jacks Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks

  • MIDI MIDI IN, MIDI OUT

  • Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]

  • Line In 1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced]

  • USB to Host Yes

  • USB to Device Yes

  • Power Consumption 55 W

  • PowerPower cable

  • Bench Fixed-height or height-adjustable bench *

  • Headphones Headphone hook

  • Sheet Music Classical Piano Collection *

  • Classical Lesson Scores *

  • Finger Exercises

  • Others Warranty Card *

  • Owner’s Manual

  • Internal Song Lists

Product Description
Details

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 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 andexperience crafting the world’s finest acoustic and digital pianos, to deliver the ultimate virtual piano experience for the home, studio, and stage. 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 Attractive 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.

Additional Information
Additional Information
Manufacturer Kawai
SKU HM2477
UNSPC Code 60131001 - Pianos