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Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano

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The MP11's Grand Feel keyboard delivers one of the most authentic playing experience available in a stage piano. However, an incredible action counts...Click To Read More About This Product

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A pro piano with more under the hood.

The MP11's Grand Feel keyboard delivers one of the most authentic playing experience available in a stage piano. However, an incredible action counts for almost nothing if the sound quality doesn't measure up. Fortunately, superb sound is another area where the MP11 truly shines, with a hand­picked selection of premium voices to cover every stage pianist's needs.

Stunning acoustic pianos, cherished vintage EPs, and inspiring subsidiary voices - the three essential sound categories, organized as independent sections. The MP11 features more sample memory than any previous Kawai instrument, with a brand new digital signal processor providing the most realistic reverbs, resonances, and effects heard in a stage board.

The MP11's onboard sounds are organised into three independent sections: PIANO, E.PIANO, and SUB. Each sound section features a hardware volume fader, effects and reverb controls, and four distinctive voice categories, with tonal variations for each type.

Separating the core sounds in this way allows each section to be played and adjusted freely, almost as if it was a self-contained instrument. This unique approach simplifies the creation of layers, splits, and key ranges, while preventing effects and other settings applied to one section from accidentally influencing another.

The PIANO section showcases a variety of Concert, Studio, Jazz, Modern, and Pop grand piano sounds that are suitable for a wide range of musical periods and styles. A traditional upright is also provided for songs that evoke a feeling of nostalgia, or simply call for a slightly more intimate tonal character. And for playing in a live band setting, additional mono piano sounds ensure that the MP11 will cut through even the heaviest of mixes.

THE SOUND OF A GRAND PIANO
The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments within its class. Hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a meticulous regulation and refinement process within a specially designed anechoic chamber.

Following this lengthy crafting period, the completed EX concert grand piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections, before eventually taking centre stage in the world's most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.

Extra-long sampling
With expanded sound memory, the MP11 boasts the largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano . This ˜eXtra Long' standard of Harmonic Imaging technology extends the important attack portion of piano sounds by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument's organic tonal quality overall.

Other sounds
Complementing the MP11's stunning acoustic pianos and vintage EPs, the SUB section contains additional ˜bread and butter' sounds that add depth to the performance. Premium quality strings and soothing pads are ideally suited for layering, while the rich electric and acoustic bass sounds are perfect for left-hand splits. Finally, a choice selection of harpsichord and mallet voices complete the line-up, for those occasions that require a specific sound.

Expanded sound memory allows the MP11 to deliver the finest multi-layered, 88-key, extra-long samples available in any stage piano. However when combined with the instrument's brand new audio processor, sonic realism is elevated to another level. This advanced hardware is responsible for enriching the core sounds with subtle resonances that enhance playing authenticity, and reverbs that build depth and character.

The MP11's effects system has also been completely rewritten in order to take full advantage of this additional processing power. While most stage pianos offer a handful of effects and limited control, the MP provides over 100 effects (sorted by category), with a wide range of tweakable parameters. Effects can be applied to each sound section independently, with EPs afforded two separate effects blocks for greater flexibility.

Classic amp simulations
The tonal character of an amplifier or speaker cabinet is an important comp­onent of any vintage electrical instrument. The MP11 therefore includes an amp simulator within the E.PIANO section, helping to fatten the sound with nostalgic analogue warmth.

In addition to the five distinctive speaker cabinet types, the MP11's also provides extensive control over the amplifier's drive and volume levels, in addition to dedicated frequency and tone adjustments. It's even possible to select the kind of microphone used to mic the amp, along with axis positioning and ambiance levels. For vintage keyboard enthusiasts, the MP11's infinitely tweakable amp sim is icing on the EP cake.

FEATURES
Grand Feel (GF) wooden-key action with Let-off, Triple Sensors and Ivory-touch surfaces
Harmonic Imaging XL with 88-key piano sampling
40 Voices, including 12 Concert, Jazz and Pop Grand
Piano sounds
Vintage E. Piano sounds with amp simulations
6 Reverbs and 129 Effects, all customizable
Virtual Technician - customize virtually every element
of the piano
208 User Memories
USB Recorder - MP3 and WAV audio plus MIDI
Triple Pedal Assembly included - Damper, Sostenuto
and Soft
Sustain pedal sold separately

Order today and find out what piano manufacturing expertise can do when applied to a portable stage instrument.

SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard: 88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces

Action: Grand Feel (GF) with Let-off

Sound Source: Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-LX), 88-key sampling

No. of Sounds: 40 Voices (Piano x 12, E.Piano x 12, Sub x 16)

Polyphony: Max 256 notes

Keyboard Modes: Full Keyboard, Upper Split, Lower Split, Zone (adjustable split point / zone range)

Sections: INTERNAL: Piano, E.Piano, Sub
EXTERNAL: MIDI (Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4

Reverb: TYPES: 6 Types (Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral)
PARAMETERS: PreDelay, Reverb Time, Reverb Depth

Effects: TYPES: 129 Types (23 categories)
PARAMETERS:Up to 10 parameters, depending on effect type

Amp Simulator
(E.Piano Only): TYPES: 5 Types ( S. Case, M. Stack, J.Combo, F. Bass, L. Cabi)
PARAMETERS: Drive, Level, Amp EQ Mid, Amp EQ Hi, Mid Frequency, Mic type, Mic position, Ambience

Virtual Technician: TOUCH CURVE: 6 Types (Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off), User 1 5
PARAMETERS:
Piano - Voicing, Stereo Width, String Resonance, Damper Resonance, Key-off Effect, Damper Noise, Hammer Delay, Fall-back Noise, Topboard, Brilliance
E.Piano / Sub - Key-off Noise, Key-off Delay
TEMPERAMENT & TUNING: 7 Types (Equal, Pure Major / Minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werkmeister, Kirnberger), User 1 2, Fine Tune, Stretch Tuning, Key of Temperament

EQ: 4-Band Equalizer (Low Gain, Mid1 Gain, Mid1 Q, Mid1 Freq., Mid2 Gain, Mid2 Q, Mid2 Freq., High Gain)

Recorder: INTERNAL: 10 Songs - approximately 90,000 note memory capacity - Transpose songs, Convert Song to Audio, Load SMF, Save SMF AUDIO: Play MP3, WAV, Save MP3 /WAV, Overdub, Record Gain

Metronome
> CLICK: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8,
9/8, 12/8
RHYTHM: 100 Drum Patterns

Internal Memories: SOUND: 40 Memories
SETUP: 208 Memories (8 memories x 26 banks)
POWERON: 1 Memory

USB Functions: SAVE / LOAD: One Sound, One Setup, SMF, All Sound, All Setup, All Backup
OTHERS: Delete, Rename, Format

Edit Menu: SOUND SECTIONS: 92 Parameters (Reverb, EFX / AMP, Sound, Tuning, Key Setup, Controllers, Knob Assign, Virtual Tech.)
MIDI ZONES: 62 Parameters (Channel / Program, SETUP, Transmit, MMC, Key Setup, Controllers, Knob Assign)

System Menu: 50 Parameters and Functions (Utility, Pedal, MIDI, Offset, User Edit, Reset)

Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight

Panel Controls: Volume, Line In, PIANO Volume, E.PIANO Volume, SUB Volume, Control Knobs A D (assignable), Pitch Bend, Modulation

Jacks: OUTPUT: 1/4" Line Out (L/MONO, R), XLR Out (L,R) with Ground Lift Switch, Headphones
INPUT: 1/4" Line In
MIDI & USB: MIDI In, MIDI Out, MIDI Thru, USB to Host, USB to Device
FOOT CONTROL: Damper / Soft,
Soft (for F-30), EXP
POWER: AC In

Power Consumption: 20 W

Dimensions: 54 1/3" (W) x 18" (D) x 7 ¼" (H)

Weight: 71.5 lbs (32.5 kg)

Included Accessories:
F-30 Triple Pedal Unit (with half-damper support), Music Rack, Power Cable,
Owner's Manual
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5.0

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Responsive / good action (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

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5.0

Well worth the price!

By Max

from Houston, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Classical Music
  • Home studio
  • Jazz
  • Practice Piano

Comments about Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano:

I have an old Estes Baby Grand Piano that I can't play frequently enough because I have a family. The MP11 piano was just what I needed for practicing and recording in my home studio. This keyboard feels fantastic and sounds great. It feels like a real piano and it's easy to forget you're playing a DP. I wasn't happy with the sound right out of the box but after tweaking I've been able to sit and play it for hours every day. The user interface is really simple and it's very easy to change the settings. It's also very easy to connect with this thing and forget I'm playing a digital piano. I spent several months testing all the DP's out there. The Yamaha CP4, Roland RD800 were nice but I couldn't get into the sound and quite frankly, they didn't feel like a piano- not like this. For the price, I haven't found a board that feels this good. The Nord is a great sounding board but the feel wasn't quite there and the price was prohibitive. The flexibility of this board for the price is unmatched. You can actually add or subtract string resonance, pedal noise, Hammer delay, and you can change the action etc. I mean how can you go wrong? You can make it do what you want it to do. There are plenty of useful sounds for my studio that I can use without taxing my computer CPU. It's an excellent controller for my DAW too. I love this thing! This piano is a beast though. It is heavy so if you don't have a stage crew, be forewarned. If the feel of a piano is what you're looking for, this is it. I contemplated getting the MP7 but I'm glad I didn't. In the end the feel was the most important thing to me.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Feels Just Like a Real Grand Piano

By D.J.K.

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Chamber Music
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • MIDI

Comments about Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano:

After months of researching high-end digital pianos, I ended up visiting a local music shop to try the Kawai MP11 because of the alleged "grand feel" keys. Let me tell you - these beautiful, wooden keys felt so incredible to play upon - I was in love. There is no comparison to the Roland and Yamaha digital pianos. The MP11 is so sensitive and responsive to every kind of playing style - from classical to rock to jazz. It even plays better than my upright Yamaha U1. The piano sounds are perfectly luscious; I recommend high quality monitors with the widest possible frequency range so you can experience all the rich lows and crystal clear highs. I've been practicing for hours, losing track of time because it feels and sounds so good to play on.

The only caveat is that this baby weighs 71 lb and requires a heavy duty case to protect it, putting the total weight to over 100 lb. You need to be physically fit to carry it any appreciable distance. Luckily I'm still young and do CrossFit but it still takes my breath away lugging it around.

 
5.0

Completely satisfied

By Max

from Virginia

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Chamber Music
  • Learning
  • MIDI

Comments about Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano:

I needed a digital piano to practice piano with headphones, but i wanted the keys to feel as close as possible to my acoustic piano. After much research, I ordered the MP11 sight unseen. I am blown away with the sounds and feel of the keys. Best music equipment purchase i have ever made and I have spent a lot of money on this hobby to date.

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