Jan 26

Here is something that caught my attention from Namm 2013, it is a keyboard from Kawai, just a controller keyboard with no sounds but it has a fab hammer action. The guy from Kawai demonstrating explains (and other keyboard manufactures should take note) that when a key is struck it is weight plus motion that equals feel. In other words as well as the weight you need to have the correct mechanical movement. Ok so the problem here then is how much does this weigh?

As I have said in other Blogs, it is all about compromise. Yes you can have the best keyboard action which is clearly what you have here with Kawai’s RM3 Grand2 action but normally this adds significant weight. As this is only a controller keyboard, although it is not lightweight, it only weighs 29.5kg (65lbs) – for an 88 ivory keybed that is pretty good.

Main Features

Ultra-realistic ‘RM3 Grand II’ wooden-key keyboard action
Triple-pedal accessory (included)
USB and standard MIDI IN/OUT connectivity
Built-in ‘approved touch curve’ settings for popular virtual piano packages
VPC Editor software
Attractive piano-like chassis design, detachable music rest
High quality aluminium, steel, and wood construction
Preset Touch Curves: Normal, Ivory, Pianoteq, Galaxy, Alicia’s Keys
5 memories (for use with VPC Editor software – Windows only)

At the heart of 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.

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