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Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller Keyboard, 88-Key

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.

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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 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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Submitted June 5, 2015 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Russell was right"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I was willing to settle for a dedicated piano controller in the $1,000 price range, although my budget was really about $500. I was not thrilled with the $1,000 model but spoke with Russell in sales, who reviewed my prior purchases and advised that I consider the VPC1 instead. After careful research I came to the conclusion that he was correct. The payment plan at zZounds helped me to buy the controller more affordably and my follow up conversations with reps at Kawai assured me that I was on the right track. There must be better piano controllers manufactured, but the VPC1 is the best I have been fortunate to play. The Kawai company experience in the field of acoustic piano actions, simplicity of design, solid build quality, value of hardware and software feature set, manufacturer product support and most of all, enjoyment of playing a well engineered instrument all lead me to say; Russell was right. Definitely consider getting one if you enjoy playing acoustic piano and are in the market for a quality instrument. You will thank me later.
Musical Background:
Anybody ever heard of Minnie Pearl ?
Musical Style:
original
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Submitted August 18, 2015 by J D in Boston, MA
"Great Action"
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So I bought this keyboard for the action and I'm happy to report it is awesome. The hammer action and feel of the keys are superb and for me its work every penny spent. My only criticism: It would be nice if there was a joy stick for pitch bending and tremolo. I use the VPC1 with my Kronos X for midi and PIanoteq 5 for virutal realms. PS-The system asked for a rating on Sound but the VPC1 makes no sound
Musical Background:
Home recording
Musical Style:
Jazz, blues, classical,
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Submitted June 17, 2014 by Dean S in Abbotsford, BC
"Wicked Awesome"
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I was skeptical, but now I am a believer. Beautifully crafted, wonderful touch. Works beautifully with Ivory II. Great addition to my home studio. Maybe I would take it out if I were 20 years younger, but it weighs over 60 lbs.
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Professional, 30+ years
Musical Style:
Jazz, Ballroom, World
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Submitted February 28, 2015 by Christopher Pederson in Brainerd, MN
"Kawai VPC"
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I was sent a kawai VPC and it arrived damaged. Kawai seems to have not provided the correct packaging with these units, because they sent me another on and it also was damaged. They have since changed the shipping method to freight, so I might give it one more try. Also, Zounds were incredible as far as customer support. I had the second keyboard for about a month and was able to send it back. They were really supportive and generous in their service. Other than that, the VPC keyboard is amazing. Touch is otherworldly soft. It sort of opened up a new world for me with my Kontakt VI's. Hope Kawai can get this shipping sorted out. Thanks
Musical Background:
Keyboards and drums
Musical Style:
Classical
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Submitted May 4, 2014 by Craig K in Ottawa, ON
"Kawai VPC 1 controller review"
Closest thing to the real deal I have played yet. I had the MP 9000 previously so I knew what I might expect and was not disappointed in spades.
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