The Professional MIDI controller that redefines the virtual piano playing experience.
Kawai proudly introduces the VPC1, featuring unparalleled keyboard action realism, impressive hardware/software flexibility, stunning piano-like design, and strong backing from the industryﾒs leading developers. The VPC1 is a professional MIDI keyboard controller developed especially for use with virtual piano software. This unique product ﾖ the first of its kind from any musical instrument manufacturer ﾖ draws upon Kawaiﾒs 85 years of knowledge and experience crafting the worldﾒs finest acoustic and digital pianos, to deliver the ultimate virtual piano experience for the home, studio, and stage.
Ultra-realistic RM3 Grand IIﾒ wooden-key keyboard action
Triple-pedal accessory (included)
USB and standard MIDI IN/OUT connectivity
Built-in ﾑapproved touch curveﾒ settings for popular virtual piano packages
VPC Editor software
Attractive piano-like chassis design, detachable music rest
High quality aluminium, steel, and wood construction
At the heart for the VPC1 is Kawai's latest RM3 Grand II wooden-key keyboard action, which combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
All eighty-eight of the VPC1ﾒs keys are crafted from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist playing control. Aside from these authentic materials, the class-leading VPC1 keyboard action boasts a number of additional acoustic piano-like characteristics, such as naturally smooth ﾑseesawﾒ key movement, staggered balance pins for black and white keys, grade-weighted hammers, bass key counter-weights, and let-off simulation. The ﾑRM3 Grand IIﾒ keyboard action also boasts a new triple-sensor key detection system, improving repetition speed and responsiveness, and allowing a greater range of expressive control from staccato to legato playing.
Complementing the VPC1ﾒs ultra-realistic ﾑRM3 Grand IIﾒ keyboard action is the included F-30 triple pedal accessory. This sturdily-built unit recreates the functionality of the damper, sostenuto, and soft pedals of a grand piano, allowing discerning musicians to take full advantage of the unlooped sustain and stunning modelled resonances found in modern virtual piano packages.
The VPC1 connects to a Mac or PC using a single USB cable, drawing its power directly from the computer, and doing away with unnecessary power cables. Standard MIDI IN/OUT connectors are also provided, allowing the VPC1ﾒs outstanding keyboard action to control hardware MIDI devices such as sound modules, workstations, or microsynths. It is even possible to combine both USB and standard MIDI communication, controlling software and hardware instruments simultaneously from the same keyboard.
Most MIDI keyboard controllers require a degree of customisation in order to perform effectively with different virtual piano packages. This typically takes the form of manual ﾑtouch curveﾒ adjustments and a considerable amount of trial and error.
However the VPC1 has been developed to offer a seamless ﾑconnectionﾒ between piano keyboard and software sound ﾑout of the boxﾒ, with Kawai partnering with leading virtual piano developers to establish the ﾑApproved Touch Curveﾒ program. Under this initiative, Kawaiﾒs experienced keyboard engineering team prepare custom touch curves that are optimised for the ﾑRM3 Grand IIﾒ keyboard action, then tested by the developers using their own VPC1 before receiving final approval. The VPC1 ships with ﾑApproved Touch Curvesﾒ for Ivory, Pianoteq, Galaxy, and Aliciaﾒs Keys packages.
While the VPC1 is designed to offer an unrivalled ﾑout of the boxﾒ experience, Kawai also understands that many virtual pianists and software musicians enjoy customising every aspect of their setup. For these users, the VPC1 includes a dedicated software editor, providing greater control over touch curves, key velocity offsets, and advanced MIDI routing. Individual setups can be created for different scenarios, stored to one of the VPC1ﾒs five memory presets, and recalled without a computer using a simple key assignment.
Clearly the VPC1 has been developed for one thing and one thing only: to deliver the finest virtual piano playing experience. This philosophy is reflected in the boardﾒs design, with the VPC1 adopting a classic, smart, and professional appearance. There are no knobs, faders, or wheels to distract the virtual pianist from their performance, just a power button and eighty-eight smoothly finished black and white keys. And finally, serving as an elegant demonstration of Kawaiﾒs rich acoustic piano heritage, the VPC1 also includes something that all other MIDI controllers overlook: an attachable music rest ﾖ allowing ambitious players to perform century-old masterpieces using the very latest software and hardware piano technology.
Kawai VPC1 ﾖ finally, a virtual piano controller from a real piano company.