Kawai VPC1

Master Keyboard

  • 88 Key master keyboard in stage piano design
  • 88 Wooden keys with RM3 Grand II Hammer action
  • Key mechanism with 3-way sensor system
  • Pressure point simulation and IvoryTouch keys
  • Configurations: Normal, Ivory II, Pianoteq, Galaxy Vintag D, Alicia's Keys
  • Graphic interface
  • Any number of touch curves with any number of points
  • Touch learn function
  • Velocity off set for one key
  • MIDI/USB routing
  • MIDI send channel
  • Free pedal assignment (VPC editor compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8) connectors: 3-Way pedal
  • MIDI in/out
  • USB to host
  • Power supply via USB (1.0 W) or DC 12 V power cord (3.0 W)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1380 x 425 x 185 mm
  • Weight: 29.5 kg
  • Including F-30 triple pedal with half damper function, sheet music stand, power adaptor and manual

Further Information

Hammer Action Keys Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation No
Rotary Encoder 0
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 0
Display No
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Bus-Powered Yes

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Creative Spirit, 25.02.2020
Excellent product and excellent price for a great quality keyboard. I use it exclusively for composition, and sometimes for playing classical tunes just for fun.

its greatest quality is its touch, and the different nuances it allows to give to performance, as well as its manufacturing quality.

I have it since one year now, i produced several piano tracks for MusicScreen (royalty free music library), and some soundtracks for 3 short films. Most of the time, when i want a classical piano style, i use it with the ivory VST, specially with the Steinway D or the Bosendorfer. For jazz work i use the VPC with the Ravenscroft 275.

Inspiration is the most crucial element when it comes to composing and producing music, and after 20 years of making music, i realized how much the action of the piano keyboard can influence our creative process, and can help us capture inspiration when it's there.

This keyboard is really really very inspiring. when i unpacked it, i used the velocity curve provided for the ivory VST, and I was directly seduced.

I used few keyboards in the past: Korg ProX, Roland JV 90.. and the VPC1 is far above in terms of quality and fun.
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This is the one for me!
NickD, 07.04.2014
This was the keyboard ( instrument with Pianoteq 4) I have been waiting for!. When playing the upper keys there is 'just' enough room so as not to hit the back, this requires a good technique but not 'an issue!?! ( Mozart and Beethoven fingering here). The key surface(s) are a good and the weight, balance and speed are 'there'!!! The three sensors allow a 'no stress ornament and trill situation' for the perfectionist. This is my new 'instrument'. Thankyou Thomann and your team! ONE YEAR ON ...AND the keyboard is going strong with no failure to any of the keys at all. After my first review above I have settled down and can be more balanced here. There are small niggles that many uses have stated, the curve top is something that can be worked around using larger rubber risers for example, and the music rack is best replacing with a floor stand, the rack, even if it was made better is too low for sight reading anyway. But back to the keyboard, and this applies to ALL similar products(inc digital piano) the action does not become lighter when using the sustain pedal as on an acoustic, obvious point but be aware if you use the pedal as a comfort to make playing easier, it WILL NOT do that on this(or any)master keyboard. With that mind I would say the action is of average weight. Overall a very good product.
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Keys for pianists
-janne-, 18.06.2019
I bought the VPC1 for one specific reason only: the touch. As a classical pianist (hobbyist) I really need something that is close enough to a real piano that you can actually play the instrument the same way. Hammering a plastic synth probably just harms your technique. I've been happy playing and practicing classical piano for two years now with my VPC1.

Pros:
- The touch. Probably the best you can get (until Kawai comes up with improved version) and probably one of the only keyboards that comes even close to being helpful for practicing serious piano repertoire.
- price-feature-ratio. No "fancy extra features". Though somewhat expensive, you're only paying for the keys and with this product that's what you should be looking for anyway.

Cons:
- Weight. It weights a lot and a isn't really an option if you have to bring your own intrument to gigs.
- Lack of (midi) features. There's only the power button and since you have to connect it with a computer and a software instrument anyway, I would have expected even some buttons to control the software instruments (why settle for imitating regular piano experience when you could have more?). Some subtle buttons wouldn't even have harmed the "classical look".
- The curved top surface. This really annoys me since I like hoard sheet music and other stuff on grand pianos etc. and the curved surface really prevents this. Now you just have to find another solution for your laptop and extra stuff.

Conclusion: For pianists who really care for the touch only. You can get a cheap synth for the other stuff anyway.
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Top notch.
maeiou, 28.04.2020
First of all, it feels and weighs like a tank. It was a nightmare to get it up to my apartment.

The MIDI connectivity via the provided USB connection is great, with no perceived latency at around 6 ms. It is USB powered, so it consumes very little power.

The action of the keys is fantastic and pretty much the best you can get for the price, and even beats keyboards that cost twice its price in that regard. You're literally buying the action. Great product!
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