Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano ControllerItem ID: VPC1
88-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Wooden-key, Graded-hammer Action; Music Rack, and Triple-pedal Unit
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The Virtual Piano ControllerKawai's VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller gives you the feel of the real deal. If you're a pianist who uses virtual piano software, you've likely been disappointed with your choices in 88-key weighted controllers. The VPC1 is for you. The VPC1 sports Kawai's superb RM3 Grand II keyboard action with wooden long keys and moisture-absorbent Ivory Touch key surfaces, grade-weighted hammers, bass key counterweights, realistic seesaw movement with staggered balance pins, triple-sensor key detection, and let-off simulation. A triple-pedal unit completes the illusion. Achieve an astonishingly authentic virtual piano playing experience with the Kawai VPC1.
Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller at a Glance:
Finally, a controller that actually feels like a piano
Over the past several years, in lockstep with the constant advances in computing power, virtual piano software has become stunningly good - and an alluring option, even for serious pianists. So what's holding you back? The feel and response of available 88-key weighted MIDI controllers. Kawai - a company synonymous with fine acoustic and digital pianos - is out to change that. Their VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller is designed to do one thing: give you a virtual piano playing experience that's indistinguishable from playing a real grand piano.
VPC1 plus virtual piano software equals the real deal
The Kawai VPC1 is all about playing feel, and Kawai is a world-class expert in this area. To give you that real-deal feel, they've equipped the VPC1 with 88 real-wood long keys with moisture-absorbent Ivory Touch key surfaces, grade-weighted hammers, bass key counterweights, realistic seesaw movement with staggered balance pins, triple-sensor key detection, and let-off simulation. There's a lot of technology under the hood, much of it borrowed straight from Kawai's acclaimed acoustic piano actions. The proof is in the playing.
Just the essentials, in an elegant piano-like package
To reinforce the "real piano" illusion, Kawai has created the VPC1 in the image and likeness of, well, a real piano. There are no wheels, knobs, sliders - or anything else to distract you. The flat, deep top deck is perfect for your laptop, mouse, or coffee mug (careful, now!), and the included music rack is ideal for fleshing out scores. The elegant VPC1 gives you USB and traditional MIDI I/O, customized touch curves for popular virtual piano software, and comes with Kawai's F-30 triple-pedal unit, which supports half-damping, and is pre-configured to send the correct CC messages for damper, soft, and sostenuto events.
Kawai VPC1 88-key USB MIDI Virtual Piano Controller Features:
Get real-deal feel from your virtual pianos with the Kawai VPC1!
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Kathy, Wilmington, NC
Reviewsbased on 1 review
The best-feeling, most pure piano controller there is.
by Simon from Scottsdale, AZI bought this sight unseen, as I couldn't imagine any dealer I'd have access to would ever have one. So I was a little nervous when it arrived - not quite buyer's remorse, but worried that I might. Wi... read more [+]thin five minutes, all I could think was "I am going to spend SO many hours sitting in front of this thing."
March 22, 2013
Music Background: Previously game composer, these days happy but serious amateur
The feel of the keys is the best I've ever experienced in a digital piano. Real wooden, weighted keys! And _fast_, too. It looks great, minimalist and refined. Not full of knobs and faders, simply as "pure" as a piano controller could possibly be.
This is a pure controller, with no in-built sounds, so you need a good software piano. While I had a few software pianos (mainly the ones included with Native Instruments Komplete) I wanted to try one of the four that the VPC1 includes custom "touch curves" for - I ended up trying, then buying Pianoteq Stage, and the add-on Bluethner pack. I'd never tried a modeled piano before, and have been thoroughly impressed with it. Definitely recommended to try with this.
Be aware that it doesn't have a mod wheel, nor pitch bend. Fair enough; it's a piano controller. I have a few orchestral sample libraries that use mod wheel for dynamics, so when experimenting with them, I've just placed a small USB keyboard atop the VPC1, and used its mod wheel - and that works fine, though I've also experimented a little with using an iPad with the Lemur app, and I've had more fun with that, as I can create mod sweeps with inertia, etc. - if you're of a technical bent, try that. Having said that, I did get this intentionally as a piano controller, so most of the time I don't need - or want - a mod wheel.
The VPC1 is heavy; a good stand is a must. I'm using the K&M Omega stand, as it doesn't have annoying crossbars to whack your knees, and it's built very solidly, with a very discreet, minimal look that I think matches the VPC1 well. close [-]
Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller
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