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Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller
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- Incredible RM3 Grand II keyboard action88 real wooden keys for an incredibly realistic touchFree from clutter, with a wide open surface for a laptop, mouse, or synthesizerUSB and MIDI connectivity for PC, MAC, or your favorite synthIncluded Kawai F-30 triple pedal controller for added realismVPC Editor software included for custom tweaks
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|Item Dimensions||16.75 x 54.33 x 7.33 inches||5.04 x 11.88 x 55.80 inches||50.25 x 11.00 x 3.50 inches||2.88 x 8.52 x 54.24 inches||38.00 x 7.75 x 2.75 inches|
|Item Weight||65.00 lbs||38.50 lbs||18.00 lbs||—||6.00 lbs|
The team at Kawai has developed a professional MIDI keyboard controller for virtual piano players. The VPC1 features Kawai's celebrated wooden-key keyboard action technology, giving your virtual with the expression and performance of a real one. There are no knobs, buttons, or displays featured on the VPC1, only 88 real wooden keys and a beautiful wide surface for your laptop, mouse, or synth. The keyboard action for serious pianists: RM3 Grand II delivers the most realistic playing experience ever found in a MIDI controller. The VPC1 connects to your PC or Mac using a single USB cable, or you can connect the VPC1 to your favorite synthesizer using MIDI connectivity, or better yet even control both simultaneously. For even more realism, you can take full advantage of your virtual piano's stunning resonances and unlooped sustain with the included Kawai F-30 triple pedal controller. Further customize the VPC1 with new touch curves, adjust individual key velocities, and setup preferred MIDI routing using the included VPC Editor software. This is the ultimate controller for the professional virtual piano player.Great sound means nothing without control.The keyboard action is the most important part of a controller. It doesn't matter how many gigabytes have been sampled, or how advanced the modelled resonances are - if the controller's action is sub-par, the virtual piano just won't feel satisfying to play.Fortunately, the VPC1 is equipped with Kawai's latest RM3 Grand II action, featuring our trademark wooden keys and smooth, consistent movement. Unlike other controllers, the VPC1 incorporates additional grand piano keyboard characteristics, such as graded hammer weighting, ivory-like key surfaces, let-off simulation, and bass note counterweights.These premium features combine to recreate the exceptional touch of a fine concert grand, allowing your favourite virtual pianos to finally feel as good as they sound.
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My main piano is a midrange full size upright, so I wanted something digital that could capture that feel and physical nuances of a real piano. While the VPC1 action is a little bit lighter than the rather heavy keys on my piano, they are equally as expressive, and just feel right. They don't feel like an imitation of piano, but rather feel like a different piano.
The touch curve mapping software that comes with the keyboard is also a really great addition. I'm still working at tweaking the settings to get exactly what I want, but thankfully it comes with multiple settings for the main sound libraries.
Another great side to the VPC1 is the surprisingly quiet action (although the pedal might need a little greasing). One of the main reasons for seeking out a keyboard like this was I wanted the ability to play and practice at any time without disturbing the neighbors who live below me, and this is perfect for that.
Onto the cons. The wooden top is slightly rounded. Its not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be, but its annoying enough that I had to work out a different solution for putting my laptop on top. Also, the keyboard comes with a little music stand that attaches to two small holes on the back. I appreciate the thought, but this thing is so far back that it makes reading music rather difficult. I ended up buying a magazine stand and putting it on top.
Lastly, not a con, but its worth noting that your midi controller is only as good as your sample library. If you do get such an amazing keyboard, make sure you get a good sample library. $200 will get you any of the top of the line ones (Synthogy Ivory II being my favorite), and they all come with stand alone players, so you don't have to buy something like Cubase if all you want is to play piano.