Kawai MP11 88-key Professional Stage Piano

88-key Stage Piano with Weighted, Ivory Touch Wooden-key Action, 40 Voices, Reverb, Effects, Onboard Song Recorder, and Triple-pedal Unit
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A Superb Stage Piano and Controller

Ready to step up to a serious stage piano? The Kawai MP11 fits the bill. Its 88-note Grand Feel wooden-key weighted action feels like the real deal, and its 40 onboard Harmonic Imaging XL sounds are simply stunning. The MP11's uncannily realistic action incorporates triple sensors and let-off, while the keys' Ivory Touch surfaces reinforce the illusion. With its pitch and mod wheels, expression pedal jack, MIDI, USB, and onboard recorder, the MP11 also makes a superb master controller for your stage or studio rig. Incredible feel, sound, and versatility - have it all with the Kawai MP11.

Kawai MP11 88-key Stage Piano Features at a Glance:
  • Grand Feel wooden-key action gives you the feel of a real acoustic piano
  • Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound
  • Kawai quality and knowhow runs deep
Grand Feel wooden-key action gives you the feel of a real acoustic piano

Kawai developed their Grand Feel used in the MP11 to capture the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. With its triple sensors and let-off, this action gives you a smooth, natural piano playing experience. Just as acoustic piano hammers are heavier in the bass and get lighter as you move up towards the treble end of the keyboard, Grand Feel action is graded for each playing range. This fastidious attention to detail gives you maximum stability when playing fortissimo passages, while giving you the delicate pianissimo control you need.

Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound

Sit down at the Kawai MP11 and play. The stunning piano sound you hear is none other than the meticulously sampled sound of a hand-crafted Kawai concert grand piano, with all 88 keys painstakingly recorded and faithfully reproduced using Kawai's Harmonic Imaging XL technology. This proprietary process accurately re-creates the immense dynamic range of the grand piano, giving you a truly impressive measure of expressiveness, from ppp to fff. If this were the only sound onboard the MP11, it would be a fabulous value, but there's a total of 40 amazing sounds, including 12 concert, jazz, and pop grand piano sounds, tasty vintage electric pianos, and more. And to customize your sounds, there are six reverbs and 129 effects, all tweakable.

Kawai quality and knowhow runs deep

Kawai is held in the highest regard among the serious keyboardists here at Sweetwater, and for good reason. The company has been crafting fine pianos since 1927, and they pour their considerable knowledge and experience into every digital piano they produce. Loaded with sophisticated innovations such as Kawai's Grand Feel wooden-key weighted action and Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-key piano sampling, it's little wonder that the MP11 plays and sounds like a "real" piano. A real fine one, at that.

Kawai MP11 88-key Stage Piano Features at a Glance:
  • Grand Feel (GF) wooden-key weighted action with let-off, triple sensors and Ivory Touch surfaces
  • Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-key piano sampling
  • Pitch and mod wheels; expression pedal input
  • 40 Voices, including 12 concert, jazz, and pop grand piano sounds
  • Vintage EP sounds with amp simulations
  • Six reverbs and 129 effects, all tweakable
  • Virtual Technician lets you customize virtually every element of the piano
  • 208 User Memories; USB Recorder: MP3 and WAV audio plus MIDI
  • Triple Pedal Assembly included: Damper, Sostenuto, and Soft
  • MIDI in/out/thru; USB to host
The Kawai MP11 is a superb stage piano and a great controller!

Additional Media

MP11 88-key Professional Stage Piano User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Weighted with Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Presets 40
Polyphony 256 Notes
Effects Yes
Sequencer 10-song
Audio Inputs TRS
Audio Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x TS
Pedal Inputs 1 x Triple Pedal Unit, 1 x Expression
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Height 7.25"
Width 54.333"
Depth 18"
Weight 71.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MP11

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

What a spread of opinions

This is a fantastic instrument. Period. Action is outstanding. No question. I own one since December 2015 and played it with AKG 702 reference headphones from Beyerdynamics. The piano sounds didn't really convince me that much in the beginning after having access to a multitude of real uprights and concert grands. But ... last week I decided to end my headphone times and get some real speakers: A pair of Genelec 8030Bs reference monitors combined with a Genelec 7050B subwoofer (for those really low tones and fat piano body resonances). Man, was I blown away! I just closed my eyes .. and there it was. I just coundn't believe what I had been missing all these months. Besides the lack of the vibrations from the missing strings you just can't get much closer to the real thing. I'm just happy.
5/5

The digital standard others weigh against!

I can't say enough about this piano. It's isn't a synth, so there are limited sounds, but all the sounds are usable. The buttons and menu functionality is streamlined and easy. As so many have said correctly, nobody does real piano action like Kawai. The wooden key bed is phenomenal! It plays like a dream. It is a beast, and portability is in the eye of the beholder! My only snag is that even at this level I can detect that the sound is (slightly) inferior to a good acoustic. True of any digital. I plan to get Ivory II New York D as it will make an incredible controller. Together I believe it would fool a pro blindfolded!
Music background: Gigging for years
5/5

A Pianist's Keyboard

I spent a lot of time researching before deciding on the MP11. I live in the sticks and didn't have access to an MP11 to try out. The local music store is a Yamaha dealer, so I did play some of those in the $500 - $2000 price range, though none met my standards. As a piano player, I wanted a solid, realistic action as well as some decent midi capabilities. After months of researching, it came down to the MP11, VPC1, or the Roland RD800. Though I didn't have an RD800 to try, I had played the RD700 many times before, and knew that it was a solid contender. I eventually dropped the VPC1 from the running because of it's lack of midi - not to mention no onboard sounds: I would have to boot up a computer every time. I finally decided on the MP11 as it was the most popular choice among pianists (second to the VPC1). There was a brief moment of panic when it arrived: one corner of the box had been damaged during transit. I was relieved to find that aside from a tiny scratch, there was no real damage to speak of. As to the MP11... It's been wonderful. Practicing on it, it's easy to forget I'm playing an electric keyboard and not an acoustic - perhaps due to the real piano action assembly. Sometimes I'll change up the piano sound by using Ivory or True Key's Steinway or AcousticSamples wonderful Kawai Ex-Pro. I used to play those same libraries on the P120, and never felt anything special. Now it's a better match-up -- playing feels more organic and fluid. Even if I eventually get a nice acoustic grand piano, the MP11 will always be an important part of my home studio. It's that much fun to play!
5/5

Exactly what I was looking for

I love this keyboard. I don't have to play downstairs and disturb the family on my baby grand anymore. This piano feels great and sounds wonderful. I struggled with the sound at first but once I tweaked it a bit, it sounded awesome. Its tweakability is phenomenal. I can't believe anyone would give this thing a bad review. I have 3 keyboards sitting In my studio unused now. This is my go to piano. I prefer practicing classical and ragtime on this thing to the baby grand downstairs. The action is clean and perfectly even which my other piano doesn't do. I also use this in my studio for recording etc.. I highly recommend it!
Music background: Song Writer, live musician, and classical enthusiast
5/5

Incredible Digital Grand Piano

I recently purchased an MP11 in late October 2014 to continue my studies as a classical pianist based on the “Grand Feel” of the keybed and the harmonic imaging XL of the Kawai EX Concert Piano. I was also looking at several studio monitors to pair with the MP11 that would accurately reproduce the full sonic capabilities of the instrument. With the help of Adam Briggs, my awesome Sweetwater engineer, I finally decided to go with the Focal Alpha 80s. I would highly recommend the MP11 coupled with the Focal Alpha 80s for a digital piano that can outperform many of the higher quality acoustic pianos that are on the market today! My piano teacher who is a Russian trained classical performance musician stopped by the other day to check out the MP11. She started to play a Schubert piece and seemed lost in her playing. I asked her if every thing was OK. She stopped said that she had a flashback to when she played her teacher's Steinway concert grand which she thought she was playing again. The touch of the keybed for achieving pianissimo, and the full dynamic sound of the MP 11 was better than any acoustic piano she had played on in years. She thought that it even sounded better than her own grand piano! She was amazed that a digital piano could sound and feel so good to play. Today, I also discovered a 12 Foot Grand on Bank H, selection 2 (H-2) in the "SETUP" section of the MP11. I thought the regular concert grand under the "PIANO" section selection Concert – 1 was extremely good. The 12 Foot Grand has even more dynamic range and string resonance than the Concert – 1 selection. Another great feature of the Kawai MP11 is that the manufacturer continues to upgrade the performance of the instrument using software upgrades. The latest V1.10 just came out on January 22, 2015.
Music background: Classical Pianist, Keyboardist
See also: Electric Pianos, Kawai, Kawai Digital Pianos