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88 wooden keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces and RM3 Grand action with Let-off for more realistic playing.
Evolution, not revolution: that's the concept behind the new MP10 Professional Stage Piano. Kawai took its predecessor's great interface and compact form, updated the keyboard action and sound technology, then added a host of modern new features to sweeten the deal. The result is a flexible stage piano that's ideal for gigging, with a solid, reliable action and an impressive selection of sounds.
The MP10 features brand new acoustic and electric pianos that underscore a host of tonal improvements throughout the entire sound list. In addition to various sampled organ sounds, the MP10 now includes a tonewheel organ simulator, allowing you to dial-in your favorite drawbar positions, then switch on the new amp simulation and rotary speaker effects for that authentic vintage organ growl.
Whether you're in the studio or out on the road, the MP10 is more than capable of meeting the master keyboard needs of a professional stage performer. Split the entire keyboard into four independent zones, then assign each one to play internal sounds, trigger external MIDI devices, or control both simultaneously. Adjust the levels and parameters for all four zones using realtime knobs and faders. Then, once you've found the perfect mix for each song, store the entire panel setup to one of the 256 internal memories (or a USB stick) and you're ready for the gig.
So often stage pianos are let down by poorly designed keyboard actions prone to break downs. Not the MP10. Its Responsive Hammer action delivers a stunningly realistic piano playing experience, but it's also built to last. Structural reinforcements make RH the strongest, most rigid plastic action Kawai has ever developed, ensuring keys don't wobble around from side to side or crack under pressure when you're laying down the big chords. And, its Ivory Touch surface featured on this action as well, you can be confident that your fingers will remain firmly on the keys throughout even the most blistering runs.
MP acoustic piano sounds: the Kawai EX concert grand piano
The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by many professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instrument of its class. Hand-built by Kawai's distinguished Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a lengthy, meticulous process of regulation and refinement within a specially designed anechoic chamber. The completed EX piano then receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections before eventually taking its place in some of the world's most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls, and now your home.
The beautiful sound of the EX grand piano is at the heart of the new MP10, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, analyzed, and reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way—as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes—ensures that the rich, harmonic character of the original EX grand piano is preserved, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing one of the MP10's keys is a faithful representation of the acoustic source.
When playing the MP10, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects both the volume of the sound produced and the unique tonal character of each note. In order to gather a realistic acoustic portrait of the EX grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also captured at various different strengths ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo. The new MP10 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the dynamic range.
MP keyboard actions: inspired by eight decades of acoustic piano excellence
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the MP10's RM3 Grand keyboard action combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the world's finest concert grand pianos.
All 88 black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood which pivots smoothly on a central balance pin to replicate the familiar "seesaw" motion of an acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of each key triggers a grade-weighted hammer to play the note while additional counter-weights are also placed at the front of the bass keys, helping to lighten their heavier touch during pianissimo passages.
It is equipped with a finely textured Ivory Touch surface to absorb finger moisture and assist the playing control, while let-off simulation recreates the subtle 'notch' sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano.
New EPs, Tonewheel organs, and Vintage amplifier effects
Complementing its impressive variety of acoustic piano sounds, the MP10 also features a selection of brand new electric pianos. Classic tines, reeds, and clavs—each one lovingly sampled from original vintage instruments to ensure their distinctive characteristics (and occasional imperfections) are richly preserved.
The tonal character of an amplifier or speaker cabinet is an important component of any vintage electronic instrument. The MP10 therefore features an amp simulator function that helps to bring a feeling of analog warmth to the raw electric piano sound. It also offers a selection of 6 different amp/speaker cabinet types ranging from the crisp-clean Tweed Deluxe and classic Jazz Combo, to the crunchier growl of a British Blues or UK Class A. It allows direct access to the amplifier's drive and volume levels, in addition to dedicated Lo, Mid, and Hi tone controls. Simply select your favorite EP sound, crank up the amp drive, and dig-into vintage keyboard playing heaven.
Realtime parameter adjustments, direct panel control
Besides adjusting volumes for the individual MIDI and sound sections of the MP10, the intuitive panel layouts and solid, smooth faders featured on it provide direct control over mixing internal and external sound sources.
Further realtime adjustments are made possible using the instrument's four control knobs, with the MP10 allowing a variety of parameters to be freely assigned for each section. When playing acoustic piano sounds, for example, it may be desirable to have direct control over Virtual Technician parameters such as voicing and string resonance.
Then, when switching over to the electric pianos, you will undoubtedly appreciate having immediate access to the simulated amplifier's tone controls—momentarily boosting your mid-range in order to cut through the mix for a solo.
It's also possible to adjust the parameters of external devices by assigning MIDI control change messages to each knob. Thanks to the M10's thorough MIDI implementation and comprehensive panel controls, the MP10 is ideally suited to handle the role of master keyboard in a studio environment with assignable MMC buttons, allowing effortless integration with DAW software and hardware.
USB Connectivity, MP3/WAV Record and Playback
The MP10 is equipped with USB ports that not only allow it to be connected to a Mac or PC for MIDI use, but also to load and save data directly to USB memory devices. This 'USB to Device' functionality allows customized sounds, SETUP memories, and recorder songs stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for future gigs, or even exchanged with other MP owners online.
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, and SMF song data, allowing you to play along with professional backing tracks, or simply learn the chords or melody for a new piece.
It is even possible to record performances directly as MP3/WAV audio or SMF song files for emailing to band members, casual listening away from the keyboard, or further editing using an audio workstation. Furthermore, the MP10 also supports recording from external audio sources such as amped guitars or vocals using the instrument's convenient LINE IN jacks. Adjust the input level from a dedicated panel fader, select the preferred audio format, then press record—the MP takes care of the rest. Produce crystal-clear digital recordings of all your performances, without ever having to leave the keyboard.
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Comments about Kawai MP10 Professional Stage Piano:
I've played for 35 years and this feels and sound just like the real thing. Don't skimp on good quality speakers though. I bought studio monitors and placed them and ear level facing me as I play which provides good stereo imaging.
This keyboard makes it easy to blend piano, Fender Rhodes, Strings, etc. in the middle of the performance simply by adjusting the 4 individual sliders while you play to fade in/out each of the voices.
It is a beautiful sounding instrument, though a bit heavy. Also, I was able to record myself playing songs into the on-board memory, but was unable to convert them to .mp3 format as the manual suggest is possible. So, there is a bit of a software issue that needs to be worked out. I've had the instrument for almost 9 months and these are the only bad things I have to say.