Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller

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 Controller

Kawai'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
  • VPC1 plus virtual piano software equals the real deal
  • Just the essentials, in an elegant piano-like package
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:
  • RM3II wooden-key, graded-hammer action with counterbalancing
  • Let-off, Ivory Touch, and Triple-Sensor Detection
  • Simple plug-and-play operation
  • Clutter-free top with space for a laptop or MIDI device
  • Simultaneous USB and MIDI connectivity
  • Customized touch curves for top virtual piano software
  • USB bus powered; included 12V power adaptor
  • Editor software included (Windows only)
  • F-30 triple-pedal unit included
  • Music Rack included
Get real-deal feel from your virtual pianos with the Kawai VPC1!

Additional Media

VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys RM3II Wooden-key, Graded-hammer Action with Counterbalancing
Pedal Inputs 1 x Damper, 1 x Sustain, 1 x Soft (Includes Triple-pedal Unit)
MIDI I/O In/Out
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered, Power Supply (included)
Height 7.33"
Width 54.33"
Depth 16.75"
Weight 65 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VPC1

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

In response to another review: all acoustic pianos have unfinished black keys 1/2 way daown

Great action. Sits next to my Yamaha C6 grand for silent practice. Another reviewer stated it was unusual for the black keys not to be finished all the way down. All acoustic pianos share this characteristic. The action is different from my C6 acoustic grand but it is like many other acoustic pianos I have played. I use Pianoteq 5 as a software piano and a PlanB Piano shell as a stand for the keyboard.
Music background: Piano
5/5

Favorite!!!

Love the VPC-1! The action is great and editable. Best piano controller action out there. The simplicity of the layout is fantastic. Combined with the East West Bosendorfer, I'm more than satisfied.
Music background: Songwriter
5/5

Amazing feel!

Got the Kawai VPC1 to use with Finale on an iMac as well as Ivory 2 American Concert D software which I also got from Sweetwater. Both the KPC1 and Ivory 2 American Concert D are amazing! I have a real Kawai in my living room and it feels just like it; real wooden keys and action just like the real thing. The Kawai VC1 works great w my Finale software for creating music scores, etc.
Music background: Composer, Church Musician
5/5

best piano controller

This is the best piano controller I have. Great hammer action. I bought it for my children's piano lessons.
Music background: hobbyist
5/5

Best Piano Controller

I started my shopping by visiting a piano dealer (Roland, Kawai) and playing anything they had in store (acoustic and digital). I knew i wanted a digital one (no room for acoustic) but it provided me a lot of insight. Pretty quick I ended up always going back to the same one, Roland V-Piano Grand but no room and a bit pricy ($18,000) for me. From there I knew that I wanted the best piano key-bed I could find and I wanted modeling not sampling so no real incentive to pay for a sound module or integrated speakers. After a bit of experimenting and reading I decided on the VPC-1 / PianoTeq combination. I could not try the VPC-1 so it was a blind purchase but I didn't feel there was a lot of competition either. Well I'm definitely happy with my choice and it turned out to be everything I was hoping for. How does it stack against the V-Grand? The VPC-1 is definitely in the same league and the key feel is more a matter of preference than quality difference. The VPC-1 velocity curve is so easy to use and such a great feature. To me PianoTeq sounds even better as a modeling software and is a much more flexible option for evolution. For those that prefers sampling there is also plenty of great options (I mostly use NI). Last it comes down to the speakers. The V-Grand has great speakers for a d-piano (to me the biggest flaw of most of them). Well in my case I already had a Genelec 5.1 monitor system ($5K) in my home studio so it wins hands-down on the V-Grand. And if you're willing to spend some time setting up the 5.1 microphone feature of PianoTeq then sky is the limit. Do you need that much to make the VPC-1/PianoTeq sound great, probably not, but you need good monitors and adding a sub-woofer in the mix makes a world of difference in the bottom octave (a difference you can feel while you play). Now the V-Grand has a killer look... (I also consider the V-Piano but still twice the price with much less flexibility). Now on the flip side, not having a sound module also comes with some challenges. The main one if like me you're running a PC is the ASIO driver that cannot be shared with multiple applications (tried ASIO server and JACK but no silver bullet and too much latency). In a DAW setup (Sonar for me) I can do anything I want and it was easy. With other software it took me some time to figure out the right setup but it can be done. Not really a flaw but a consequence of this VPC-1/PianoTeq option to take in account. Finally, buy a great stand like the K&M Omega (w/ stacker option). I also added a Roland A-800Pro on top of my VPC-1 to add easy software controls and triggers. The A800 works well with Sonar but there is plenty of great options and the VPC-1 is very flexible in rerouting MIDI through its USB connection.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Controller Keyboards, Kawai, Kawai MIDI Controllers