Kawai VPC 1
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Kawai VPC 1

VPC 1, Other MIDI Keyboard from Kawai.

David Studhalter 10/04/2017

Kawai VPC 1 : David Studhalter's user review

"VPC1 is an excellent choice for MIDI only Piano simulation, not general midi keyboard use "
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Value For Money : Correct Audience: Advanced Users
I use the VPC1 exclusively with Pianoteq, running on an ordinary laptop, with an M-Audio interface and 2 KRK Rokit 6" powered speakers. I use USB only, no power to the keyboard, although it does come with an external power supply.

This keyboard has no onboard sound at all. It is purely intended as a PIANO keyboard, for use with simulated electronic piano sounds via MIDI. Some other keyboard instruments can also work, such as harpsichord, etc., but it is not suitable for stage piano use.

The instrument is heavy and bulky. A little hard to move around for performances.

The action is excellent. Feels exactly like a grand piano, with a fairly heavy touch, but not to the point where it's tiring to play, at least not for me, although I've seen reviews that faulted it on this point. It is well made. I've used mine almost daily for two years and it seems no different than when brand new.

The velocity curve default on my software is pretty standard, which is to say it is not idiosyncratic or unusual. The output is very sensitive, from a whisper pianissimo to as loud as you can play captured in seemingly infinite gradation. It defaults to 1 = silent (0 is note off), so it can emulate a piano almost perfectly.

It has three pedals as an included accessory, and has a sostenuto function, so you really can play it just like the grand pianos emulations.

Overall, it is expensive but probably the best choice out there for under $2000 US for a MIDI piano controller with no extraneous nonsense.