Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller Keyboard, 88-Key

With 88 wooden keys and a 3-pedal unit included, this stunning controller feels like the real deal. Adjustable velocity curves give you true louds and softs.
A high-quality controller with a remarkable feel, look and build! The ultimate choice for virtual pianists, the VPC1 packages Kawai's superb RM3 Grand II wooden-key keyboard action into a professional MIDI controller. As acoustic piano makers, Kawai understands the importance of first-class touch. If you just want a superb action, some USB and MIDI connectors, and a beautifully designed, well-built cabinet, the VPC1 is for you!

There are no knobs to snap-off or faders getting in the way of your mouse - just a power switch, 88 real wooden keys, and an incredible concert grand playing experience. The graded-hammer action with counterbalancing, ivory touch, triple sensor detection and a 3-pedal assembly included, the VPC1 goes beyond what you think a controller keyboard is.

Great sound means nothing without control

The VPC1 is equipped with Kawai's RM3 Grand II action, featuring their trademark wooden keys and smooth, consistent movement. 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.

Flexible connectivity: USB + MIDI

Connecting the VPC1 to your PC or Mac requires just a single USB cable - that's all. The VPC1 can draw power from the computer's USB bus, reducing cable clutter by doing away with the need for an external AC adapter.

While read more the VPC1 has been developed primarily for controlling software pianos, standard MIDI jacks are also provided for connecting to hardware sound sources. The VPC1 can breathe life into your old synth or expander module that you just can't part with. It's even possible to control separate sound sources simultaneously, adjusting IN/OUT routing for USB and standard MIDI with the VPC Editor software.

Take Control: Grand Piano Pedals

Take full advantage of your virtual piano's unlooped sustain and stunning modeled resonances with the VPC1's included grand piano pedal controller. This sturdily-built unit supports half-damping, and is pre-configured to send the correct CC messages for damper, soft, and sostenuto events. One solid unit, three weighted pedals, and a great piano playing experience.

Clutter-free, Classic Grand Design

With its raised fall-board and curved wooden side arms, the VPC1 adopts a classic, grand piano-like appearance that inspires you to sit down and play. The design is simple, unobtrusive, yet smart and professional. There are no wheels, knobs, or faders bidding for your attention. The VPC1 has been developed for one thing and one thing only: to deliver the finest virtual piano playing experience.

Premium build-quality is widely considered a Kawai hallmark, with their popular MP stage pianos earning a reputation for their sturdy construction. Likewise, the VPC1's chassis is engineered from aluminum, with a reinforced keyboard base providing extra stability when laying down the big chords. And because the VPC1's wide top surface is completely clutter-free, it makes an excellent platform for your laptop, mouse, or favorite semi-weighted board.

Features:

- RM3II Wooden-Key, Graded-hammer Action w/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
- Editor software included
- 3-pedal assembly included
- Music Rack includedA high-quality controller with a remarkable feel, look and build! The ultimate choice for virtual pianists, the VPC1 packages Kawai's superb RM3 Grand II wooden-key keyboard action into a professional MIDI controller. As acoustic piano makers, Kawai understands the importance of first-class touch. If you just want a superb action, some USB and MIDI connectors, and a beautifully designed, well-built cabinet, the VPC1 is for you!

There are no knobs to snap-off or faders getting in the way of your mouse - just a power switch, 88 real wooden keys, and an incredible concert grand playing experience. The graded-hammer action with counterbalancing, ivory touch, triple sensor detection and a 3-pedal assembly included, the VPC1 goes beyond what you think a controller keyboard is.

Great sound means nothing without control

The VPC1 is equipped with Kawai's RM3 Grand II action, featuring their trademark wooden keys and smooth, consistent movement. 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.

Flexible connectivity: USB + MIDI

Connecting the VPC1 to your PC or Mac requires just a single USB cable - that's all. The VPC1 can draw power from the computer's USB bus, reducing cable clutter by doing away with the need for an external AC adapter.

While the VPC1 has been developed primarily for controlling software pianos, standard MIDI jacks are also provided for connecting to hardware sound sources. The VPC1 can breathe life into your old synth or expander module that you just can't part with. It's even possible to control separate sound sources simultaneously, adjusting IN/OUT routing for USB and standard MIDI with the VPC Editor software.

Take Control: Grand Piano Pedals

Take full advantage of your virtual piano's unlooped sustain and stunning modeled resonances with the VPC1's included grand piano pedal controller. This sturdily-built unit supports half-damping, and is pre-configured to send the correct CC messages for damper, soft, and sostenuto events. One solid unit, three weighted pedals, and a great piano playing experience.

Clutter-free, Classic Grand Design

With its raised fall-board and curved wooden side arms, the VPC1 adopts a classic, grand piano-like appearance that inspires you to sit down and play. The design is simple, unobtrusive, yet smart and professional. There are no wheels, knobs, or faders bidding for your attention. The VPC1 has been developed for one thing and one thing only: to deliver the finest virtual piano playing experience.

Premium build-quality is widely considered a Kawai hallmark, with their popular MP stage pianos earning a reputation for their sturdy construction. Likewise, the VPC1's chassis is engineered from aluminum, with a reinforced keyboard base providing extra stability when laying down the big chords. And because the VPC1's wide top surface is completely clutter-free, it makes an excellent platform for your laptop, mouse, or favorite semi-weighted board.

Features:

- RM3II Wooden-Key, Graded-hammer Action w/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
- Editor software included
- 3-pedal assembly included
- Music Rack included
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- Keyboard: 88 Wooden-Keys, Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
- Action: RM3 Grand II Graded-hammer w/counterbalancing, Let-Off, Triple Sensor Key Detection
- Touch Curves: Normal, Ivory, Pianoteq, Galaxy, Alicia's Keys
- Internal Memory: 5 Memories (for use with VPC Editor Software)
- F-30 Pedal: Damper w/ Half-damper, Sostenuto, Soft
- Connections: Pedal jack, MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host ("B" type), Power supply connector
- Power Supply: USB Bus powered (via USB port), DC 12 VAC adaptor
- Included Accessories: F-30 Triple-Pedal, USB Cable, AC Power Adaptor. Power Cord, Music Rack, Owner's Manual
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 54 1/3 x 17 3/4 x 7 1/3 inches
- Weight: 65 lbs.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 87 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 58 x 23 x 11 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KAW VPC1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-631-1771
(6 ratings)
Submitted January 4, 2018 by David J in Mount Vernon, IL
"My dream MIDI piano controller, might as well have a concert grand in my home studio thanks to Kawai!"
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I still am having trouble wrapping my head around the feeling of the key action on the VPC1. I took a chance and just ordered it without trying it out (as there is no where within reasonable driving distance around here that I would find one sat up to try out at a music store). I have played pianos ranging in price from 2000 dollars up to 200,000 dollars (the crazy expensive piano was a special edition Steinway at a piano store in Virginia beach, if they knew a person could actually play, had heard them before, they allowed them to go and try that piano, I didn't like the key action which was crazy considering the price tag). When I was 14 (am 38) and living near Minneapolis Minnesota, I was taking Suzuki Piano at MacPhale in Minneapolis. After Horowitz died, his Steinway with ivory keys was taken to various music conservatories. Each teacher got about 14 minutes to do a recital with their best students. I actually got to play his Steinway! About 2 years ago there was a Yamaha store near St. Louis that isn't open anymore. On display there was a 9 ft Yamaha concert grand that had a 60,000 dollar price tag, the key action was smooth as butter. The VPC1 synthetic ivory feels very close to the keys on Horowitz's Steinway, and the key action, I can't tell a difference between the VPC1 and that 9 ft concert grand at the Yamaha store I tried. So basically in my studio at home, I might as well have a full concert grand when the VPC1 read more is paired with the piano software that has become nearly a dime a dozen at this point (EastWest, Native Instruments, Air, etc). If you are a pianist who has been playing most of their life like I have, just get the VPC1 if you want an 88 key midi controller for playing piano parts, especially if you are going to be playing classical music. I honestly feel as though I can practice classical music on the VPC1. I have had many digital pianos and 88 key controllers. Korg Triton Prox, Korg SP200, some Yamaha digital piano (can't remember the model name) I bought dirt cheap when I was stationed in Japan (and that digital piano felt amazing also but sold it before I got out of the Navy as I didn't want to deal with moving it), Roland HP1900G. I also tried a digital grand piano that felt amazing as well but had a 20,000 dollar price tag. Have played Kawai pianos for most of my life (many teachers have had them as well as Steinway). After trying that digital grand I fell in love with Kawai. The VPC1 feels the same as that digital grand, much lower price point. Thank you Kawai.

Musical Background:
Played piano 35 years, Suzuki piano 15 years, Bass guitar 22 years, Bassoon 22 years, Violin 7 years (when I was a child)

Musical Style:
Rock, Metal, Classical, Pop, EDM, Acid Jazz, and Hip Hop.
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