The Ultimate Controller
Ultra-realistic grand piano touch to complete your virtual piano experience. The professional MIDI controller developed for virtual piano players, featuring Kawai's celebrated wooden-key keyboard action technology.
Finally…The Search Is Over.
Answering the prayers of virtual piano musicians everywhere, the VPC1 packages Kawai's superb RM3 Grand II wooden-key keyboard action into a professional MIDI controller. As acoustic piano makers, we understand the importance of first-class touch, so kept things as uncomplicated as possible – a superb action, some USB and MIDI connectors, and a beautifully designed, well-built cabinet. 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.
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.
The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action adopts many of the characteristics of a grand piano keyboard action.
Perhaps the most distinctive of these characteristics is the familiar ‘seesaw’ movement of the key.
The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II keyboard action features Kawai’s new triple-sensor key detection system,
allowing your favourite virtual piano to be played with even greater expression and realism.
Conventional 2-sensor MIDI controllers often suffer from limited key respon-siveness, making trills and legato passages difficult to play naturally.
The Significance of Wooden Keys
Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced in Kawai digital pianos over 25 years ago. Yet despite the countless improvements to acoustic and digital piano action technologies in recent years, engineers still recognise that wood remains the best material for the keyboard.Unlike plastics and most other man-made substances, wood possesses unique characteristics that allow it to absorb a degree of movement energy and flex slightly when compressed. This means that when pressing one of the VPC1's wooden keys it reaches the cushioned felt keybed with a natural, reassuring stop, rather than a jarring, noisy halt.Finally, wooden keys are inherently special. The look, feel, and even the smell of wooden keys furnish the VPC1 with an organic quality that helps the player to feel an even closer connection with their favourite virtual piano.
The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action features the same Ivory Touch key surfaces as Kawai’s highly respected digital pianos, with a natural matte finish that looks and feels just like the real thing.
This finely textured material also absorbs surface moisture and oils to assist playing control, ensuring your fingers remain firmly on the keys throughout even the most blistering runs.
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 adaptor.
While the VPC1 has been developed primarily for controlling software pianos, standard MIDI jacks are also provided for connecting to hardware sound sources.
Perhaps there's an old synth or expander module that you just can't part with, or a semi-weighted board that sounds fantastic, but is let down by a flimsy action – the VPC1 can breathe new life into your existing setup.
It's even possible to control separate sound sources simultane-ously, 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 modelled 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.
No more mix-and-match sizes or polarity problems – just one solid unit, three reassuringly-weighted pedals, and a great piano playing experience.
The Perfect Connection: Professional Touch Curves
Experienced virtual piano players appreciate the value of a well balanced touch curve.
This plotted graph defines how key velocity corresponds to the instrument's volume and tonal character, influencing the player's connection with their piano.
The VPC1 features the same responsive touch curve from our highly respected MP10 stage piano, ensuring a superb playing experience – regardless of the application. However, for the ultimate piano connection, the VPC1 also includes preset touch curves for a selection of popular virtual piano packages. These curves have been lovingly prepared by Kawai's renowned keyboard engineering team and approved by the software developers themselves, ensuring your favourite virtual piano responds just like the real thing.
The VPC1 ships with five touch curves stored in memory, with additional presets accessible using the VPC editor software.
VPC Editor: Customise, Adjust, Tweak
The VPC1 is designed to play perfectly right out of the box. However, we appreciate that many virtual piano enthusiasts also love to customise, adjust, and tweak every aspect of their setup.
This is where the VPC Editor software comes in – a dedicated application to create and edit touch curves, adjust individual key velocities, and manage MIDI routing. All changes are stored directly to one of the VPC1's five onboard memories, allowing configurations to be recalled without software, or – if controlling standalone MIDI devices – even without a computer.