Kawai MP7 88-key Stage Piano and Master Controller

88-key Stage Piano with Weighted, Responsive Hammer II Action, 256 Voices, Reverb, Effects, Onboard Song Recorder, Four Zones, USB, MIDI, and Damper Pedal Unit
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Incredible Value in a Masterful Stage Piano

Kawai's MP7 is a superb stage piano, with hundreds of amazing sounds, class-leading action, and outstanding real time control. Its 88-note Responsive Hammer II weighted action with let-off feels like the real deal, and its 256 onboard Harmonic Imaging XL sounds are simply stunning. Six reverbs and 129 effects, all tweakable, let you craft your patches to perfection. With four MIDI zones, pitch and mod wheels, expression pedal jack, USB, and an onboard recorder, the MP7 also makes a superb master controller for your stage or studio rig. Incredible feel, sound, and versatility - have it all with the Kawai MP7.

Kawai MP7 Stage Piano at a Glance:
  • Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound
  • An easily-accessible treasure trove of amazing sounds
  • The ideal master keyboard for your MIDI rig
  • Kawai quality and knowhow runs deep
Harmonic Imaging technology delivers stunning grand piano sound

Sit down at the Kawai MP7 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.

An easily-accessible treasure trove of amazing sounds

If pianos were the only sounds onboard the MP7, it would be a fabulous value, but there's a total of 256 amazing sounds, arranged logically in eight groups: Piano, E.Piano, Drawbar, Organ, Strings/Vocal, Brass/Wind X32, Pad/Synth, Bass/Guitar. With 32 sounds per category and the MP7's generous LCD display, you can get to what you need, quickly and intuitively. And to customize your sounds, there are six reverbs and 129 effects, all tweakable. The Kawai MP7 sports 256 notes of polyphony, so it can handle anything you conjure up.

The ideal master keyboard for your MIDI rig

You can connect to your Mac or PC via the MP7's USB port, and to your hardware synths via MIDI, controlling both simultaneously. The MP7 lets you control up to four MIDI channels at once - each with its own custom key ranges and assignable pedal and knob CCs. Four separately configurable zones let you easily layer and split the internal sounds. You can also tweak external MIDI devices in real time, or control them simultaneously. The four zones feature independent reverb and FX controls, while the Main zone sports two FX blocks and an amp simulator.

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 Responsive Hammer II weighted action and Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-key piano sampling, it's little wonder that the MP7 plays and sounds like a "real" piano. A real fine one, at that.

Kawai MP7 Stage Piano Features:
  • Responsive Hammer II weighted action with let-off
  • Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-key piano sampling
  • Pitch and mod wheels; expression pedal input
  • 256 Voices, arranged in eight groups
  • 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
  • Damper Pedal included
  • MIDI in/out/thru; USB to host
The Kawai MP7 is a superb stage piano and a great controller!

Additional Media

MP7 88-key Stage Piano and Master Controller User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Responsive Hammer II Weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Presets 256
Polyphony 256 Notes
Effects Yes
Sequencer 2-track, 10-song
Audio Inputs 2 x TRS
Audio Outputs 2 x TRS, 1 x Headphones
Pedal Inputs Damper/Sostenuto (for F-30), Soft (for F-30/FSW), Expression
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Height 6.75"
Width 53.33"
Depth 13.33"
Weight 46 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MP7

Customer Reviews

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Got to play this in worship from one of my friends, and it is unbelievable, absolutely UNBELIEVABLE. Everything felt so comfortable and just met all my needs
Music background: Music lead

Kawai MP7

I got my MP7 a few weeks back. I did not want to spend the big bucks on a Nord but was looking for a piano that is enjoyable to play, has good sounds, and is durable enough to take around to shows without breaking. This piano is everything I was looking for and more. The main concert grand sound is great and the keys have a very nice weighting and do not give me the tacky feeling most keyboards do. If anything, they are a little too realistic as my forearms get tired very quickly when playing fast sections. However, that is probably just me being out of shape and not a knock against the piano. It doesn't compare to the real thing, but for the money it comes very close. The best feature of this piano is the interface. There are so many controls right up front that it is never hard to find the sound you are looking for. The mixer section makes it easy to queue up 4 sounds and switch back and forth without even having to think. All the sounds are totally customizable and those controls are also very easy to find using the LCD display and the rotary encoders. They've also made it easy to hook up a laptop and use this as a midi controller, so you aren't limited to the built-in sounds. The biggest weak spot I can find is that the sounds other than the concert grand aren't anything special. They are passable and I can usually find something "close enough" by tweaking the sounds, but they sound very synthesized and lack warmth and character. This is however mitigated by the fact that you can easily use the keyboard as a controller for any VST on a laptop, and map those instruments to a channel on the mixer just like any of the built-in sounds. For this reason I did not deduct anything for my review, however if you are looking for a standalone keyboard this may not be the best for you. Personally, I use this as the main piano in my bedroom studio and the occasional gig. For that purpose I don't think there is any better value out there.
Music background: Mostly recreational piano player

The One You've Been Looking For

My wife is an elementary music, voice, and piano teacher. For the past several years she's been giving lessons on a cheap digital piano that she bought in college several years ago for her own practice time. I've been researching digital pianos for over a year now and played dozens of makes and models at different price points and finally decided to purchase a Kawai MP7… and boy am I glad I did! The first big question: “What’s the difference between the MP11 and the MP7?” Answer: Really only 2 major differences. The first is that the MP11 has wooden keys, the MP7 does not. The second is that the MP11 is geared toward someone who is ONLY interested in piano and organ sounds. The MP11 has 40 sounds while the MP7 has 256 sounds (pianos, organs, synths, strings, etc). *** TOUCH & FEEL *** In a word… AMAZING!!! The ivory feel keys took a minute to get used to, but once your fingers understand that they’re no longer touching cheap plastic, it’s heavenly. The fully weighted, graded hammer action keys are everything they’re supposed to be. I won’t go into detail about the mechanics, but you can close your eyes and almost think you’re playing an acoustic piano. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and research how the MP series action is designed. *** SOUNDS *** What is Kawai known for? It’s pianos. Does that surprise me? Not one bit. Kawai is a company that does one thing… make pianos! Everything they’ve learned about building acoustic pianos has been put into their digital pianos. I own several Native Instruments piano libraries and been very impressed with them… until now. The MP7 samples not only rival NI’s pianos, I think some of the Kawai sounds are BETTER! Hammer noise, damper noise, key let-off, sympathetic vibrations, lid positioning… it’s ALL there and customizable via knobs right on the center of the console! Even if this thing stopped at the pianos, it’d be worth it… but it doesn’t! The drawbar organ sounds are hands down the BEST reproductions I’ve heard. With a full range of virtual drawbars, you can achieve that perfect organ tone. The rotary and amp simulations are incredible and really bring the sounds to life. We’re talking HOURS of fun time here people! In this day and age, pretty much any mid to high end stage piano is going to have really nice E Piano sounds. The one thing (IMO) that really sets the Kawai apart from the others is the Amp Simulator. Again, to much information to go into detail about, but the short and sweet is that it’s TONS-O-FUN to play with… and sounds really nice too! This thing also comes loaded with all the other “stage piano” sounds you’d expect: strings, synths, pads, leads, horns, orchestra instruments, and just about anything else you might need in a live setting. The best part is they all sound really nice! My only gripe is that the acoustic guitar sounds are still too “piano” sounding. I own a couple of ultra-realistic acoustic sample libraries, so I know it can be done… digital piano manufactures just need to get with the program. *** USER INTERFACE *** I’m familiar with older Kawai pianos and the one thing that has always bugged me is their user interface. It’s clunky, difficult, and frustrating to navigate. Well not anymore! Kawai really stepped it up with the MP7. All sounds are organized into 8 clearly labeled banks. Each bank has 8 levels. Each level has 4 layers (A,B,C,D). What does this mean? ANY sound on the keyboard can be accessed by hitting no more than 3 buttons. Compared to other interfaces this is INCREDIBLE! No need to dig through tedious menus, or scroll through never-ending lists of sounds. The editable parameters of each sound are automatically called to the main display for live tweaking via the 4 knobs of the top of the board. It really doesn’t get any easier than that! *** WEIGHT *** Even though the MP7 is technically a “stage piano”, I certainly wouldn’t want to haul it around to gigs. It’s heavy duty, built extremely well, and I’m sure could handle the rigors of the road. I just wouldn’t want to purely because of the weight. It’s a big boy. I would say this thing is more at home in a church, school, or venue where it’s placement is semi-permanent. *** THE SHORT & SWEET *** The MP7 is a great sounding, wonderful feeling, easy to use stage piano. Built to last, and beautiful to look at. Worth every penny and then some! After a full year of demos, research and reading reviews, I’ve found the one.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer, Musician

Awesome Instrument

Plays like a great acoustic piano and can sound as great as your imagination would like. Inspires creativity and is simply a joy to play every time I sit behind it. I am very pleased to own this Kawai.
Music background: hobbyist

Kawai MP7 digital piano

This is the finest new digital piano under $2000 that I just bought recently. The Kawai MP7 is designed for people who want, what I consider to be, the best overall combination of excellent responsive piano key action, acoustic & electric piano sound realism, user interface, and additional useful features all rolled up into one portable piano. The Sweetwater sales staffs are excellent, specially TJ Bechill, I would like to recommend.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Electric Pianos, Kawai, Kawai Digital Pianos