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Overview

  • Keyboard: 88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
  • Action: Responsive Hammer action with Let-off
  • Sound Source: Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
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      Great sounds, comprehensive features, and rock-solid action for the pro on the go.

      Evolution, not revolution: that's the concept behind the new MP6 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.

      As with its larger cousin, the MP6 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 MP6 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 MP6 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 MP6. 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, with the same Ivory Touch surfaces found on the MP10 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 MP6, 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 MPs' keys is a faithful representation of the acoustic source.

      When playing the piano, 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 MP6 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
      The MP6's RH action also features realistic key and hammer movement, with its rigid, springless design providing a smooth, natural, piano playing experience. As with the action of it's cousin, the MP10, the weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while structural reinforcements within the action assembly ensure greater stability during fortissimo and staccato 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 MP6 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 MP6 therefore features an amp simulator function that helps to bring a feeling of analog warmth to the raw electric piano sound. It allows direct access to the amplifier's drive and volume levels, in addition to dedicated Lo, Mid, and Hi tone controls. It also includes an authentic tonewheel organ simulator, allowing organ enthusiasts to adjust the position of all nine drawbars individually for greater control over their favorite classic tonewheel sounds.

      Realtime parameter adjustments, direct panel control
      Besides being able to balance the levels of all four zones on the MP6, 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. 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 M6's thorough MIDI implementation and comprehensive panel controls, the MP6 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 MP6 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.

      Features

      • Keyboard: 88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
      • Action: Responsive Hammer action with Let-off
      • Sound Source: Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
      • Zones: 4 x internal, 4 x external (MIDI)
      • No. of Sounds: 256 sounds
      • Polyphony: max. 192 notes
      • Effects:
      • 7 Reverb types
      • 23 Effect types
      • 1 Amp Simulator type (zone 1 only)
      • 3-band Equalizer with MID frequency adjust
      • Internal Recorder: 10 songs - approx. 90,000 note memory capacity
      • Metronome:
      • Click: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
      • Drum: 100 drum patterns
      • Internal Memory: 256 Setups, 256 Sounds
      • USB Functions:
      • Play Audio - MP3: 32kHz / 44.1kHz / 48kHz, Mono / Stereo, WAV: 32kHz / 44.1kHz / 48kHz, Mono / Stereo
      • Record Audio - MP3: 44.1kHz, 16-bit, Stereo, 192 kbit/s (fixed), WAV: 44.1kHz, 16-bit, Stereo, 1,411 kbit/s (uncompressed)
      • Load/Save: Setup, Sound, SMF, System Backup
      • Storage: USB memory, USB floppy disk drive
      • Display: 16 x 2 characters LCD
      • Jacks:
      • Output: 1/4" Output (L/MONO, R) Headphones
      • Input: -
      • MIDI: MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, MIDI THRU
      • USB: USB to Host, USB to Device
      • Foot Control: Damper, Expression, Foot Switch (assignable), Soft (assignable)
      • Power: AC inlet
      • Power Consumption: 25W
      • Dimensions: (WxDxH) 53-1⁄8" x 13-3⁄4" x 7-1⁄8" 1355mm x 347mm x 181mm
      • Weight: 47.4lb. (21.5kg)
      • Included Accessories:
      • F-10H single pedal
      • Music rack
      • Power cable

      The world is your stage. Make the MP6 your stage piano by ordering one today!

       
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      KawaiMP6 Professional Stage Piano
       
      4.2

      (based on 11 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (8)

      • 4 Stars

         

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      • 3 Stars

         

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      80%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (5)
      • Responsive / good action (5)
      • Touch sensitive keys (5)
      • Easy to use (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (4)
        • Accompaniment (3)
        • Learning (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        I just can't keep my hands off this piano/keyboard!

        I'm aware that for more money I could be playing a stage piano with a little more realistic sound and feel but for the price of the MP6, I can have 90% or more...Read complete review

        I'm aware that for more money I could be playing a stage piano with a little more realistic sound and feel but for the price of the MP6, I can have 90% or more of the most expensive pianos.
        Since 1989 I've lugged around and gigged with a Korg SG1D and at 70lbs it was a chore. The Korg was state of the art then and you saw them on concert stages worldwide.
        The MP6 actually feels like piano keys with its Ivory Touch keyboard which is also adjustable for touch. I prefer and use the Heavy setting which is between the normal and the heaviest weight.
        I will no longer have to haul around a full rack of ancillary sound modules and a MIDI patchbay because the Kawai has so many useable sounds right out of the box. I have a Hammond XK3c that I gig with and a 1961 B3 that stays at home. I'm happy enough with the Kawai's Drawbar Organ sounds that I intend to use it as my lower manual instead of investing in the lower manual for the Hammond. The sounds are that good and I've been playing a B3's since 1970 and can tell the difference between the real deal and the clones. However, it is getting more difficult especially if you're playing through a real Leslie speaker.
        I'm so glad I bought this product. It's built like a tank and although it weighs around 45lbs, it's a major improvement in portability.
        I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not road worthy

        Good sounding piano, but not road worthy. Has been in the shop twice for repairs on key pad...Can't wait to sell it.

        Good sounding piano, but not road worthy. Has been in the shop twice for repairs on key pad...Can't wait to sell it.

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        1.0

        Not road worthy

        By Antman

        from Boston

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not road worthy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

            Good sounding piano, but not road worthy. Has been in the shop twice for repairs on key pad...Can't wait to sell it.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great value piano for the quality

            By Garrett R

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good value
            • Great Looks
            • Realistic Action
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Tone Variety
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

              I have had this piano for two years now, and couldn't be happier with the quality and value. The action is superb for the price--there is a very satisfying weight to the keys, and a very reasonable repeat speed for fast players.

              This is a good piano for those just getting into the "wonkery" of electric keyboards. You can customize just enough of the keyboard's responses without needing a separate computer to do it. For those who just want to play, though, there are at least 10 standard piano sounds that are easily distinguishable and fun to test against each other.

              A few notes: you need to buy quality speakers to go with this piano. I have Alesis M1 520 Active monitors, and they are extremely crisp and tight. They are more than capable of filling up a medium-size room, and the keyboard itself works with them seamlessly.

              More notes: while the case is extremely sharp looking and would, in my opinion, add to a room, it seems to gather more dust than the surrounding furniture. I keep it covered at all times when I'm not using it.

              Be sure to purchase a sturdy stand for it. I got an On-Stage Keyboard Platform Stand, and while not disappointed with it for the price, wouldn't go any less sturdy for the size and weight of the MP6--especially if you are a spirited player.

              Overall, this is well worth the asking price (and more!), and I would highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who wants a piano-replacement that has computer and MP3 interface functionality, tone modulation functionality, but realistic action and piano sound.

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              5.0

              Excellent quality for the price.

              By R2P2

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Concerts

                Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                The sounds are great and I love the simulated ivory feel of the keys. Zones and split keyboard functions are easy to use, good for quick sound changes on stage.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great digital stage piano

                By Dave G.

                from Sandwich, Ma.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Instructions

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                I bought the MP6 after looking at many digital piano options, maybe 15 brands and or models. You can get better ones but pay much more. The MP 6 is above it's price point in quality overall by comparison, I believe. It's very adjustable for tone and EQ with very good action, as well as interface options. Win, win. It sits next to my grand piano, the wife more than once has come in to look and see which one I was playing. The MP6 piano is very adjustable to tone, I have it matching up reasonbly well to my grand piano's tonal quality.

                As to the manual, everything is there, you have to dig a bit. They could smooth that out which is really minor.

                I have students who play keyboard, I'll use it for that as well as recording etc.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This keyboard is outstanding

                By Fairview123

                from Runnells, Iowa

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Concerts
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  This keyboard is an amazing instrument. The touch is wonderful. I think it preforms as well as keyboards costing much more. The layout and design make it very user friendly. It you are looking for keyboard that has the touch of an acoustic piano this is the one for you.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Keyboard

                  By Jasha

                  from Honolulu, HI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Speakers

                  Best Uses

                  • Chamber Music
                  • Concerts
                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  Great action and sound. Music stand back is constructed of sturdy round steel stock which makes it difficult to clip music to when used in a windy environment.

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is an amazing piano. Stop debating about it and just buy it.

                  By Christopher James Ward

                  from Philadelphia, Pa

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  This is an amazing instrument. I was debating back and forth between this model and the Roland FP-7F for weeks. I read everything I could find on both of these fantastic pianos and drove myself crazy trying to decide which one to buy. I finally chose the MP-6 for two reasons. The first being the action and width of the keys. From what I have read the MP-6 has a bit heavier action and a bit wider keys than the FP-7F. I like a heavier grand style action and this keybed responds wonderfully like a smooth heavy grand.The second reason that I chose the MP-6 was aesthetic. The MP-6 is gorgeous and looks much more sleek and refined than the body of the FP-7F.

                  Overall their both great pianos but I'm glad I chose the MP-6.
                  Pretty standard Digital Stage Piano fare with regards to features. Saving and exporting to USB/Thumbdrive is a nice feature, as well as have analog knobs for paremeter editing over other models digital buttons.
                  For the price this piano is built to last. I could see getting 8-10 years out of this thing.

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                  (2 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  What about the action?

                  By countin4

                  from USA

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  No matter how well-built or beautiful an instrument sounds, if it is not playable, it is worth nothing. This is how the Kawai MP6 was for me. With my hands and fingers it was not playable. I mean the action is heavy, slow and noisy. The keys pushed down with effort, rebounded slowly and made a "choop" sound in the process. My hands were tired after a 15-minute trial. I play a Baldwin acoustic piano every day and know what action should feel like. I was expecting much better from Kawai, a company that makes acoustic as well as digital pianos.
                  No matter how well built or how beautiful an instrument sounds, if it is not playable, it is worth nothing. This is how the Kawai MP6 was for me. For my hands and fingers it was not playable. I mean, the action is heavy, slow and noisy. The keys pushed down with effort, rebounded slowly and made a "choop" sound in the process. I expected much better from an acoustic piano company.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very pleased

                  By Matt Kaufman

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  Action is great, concert piano sounds terrific. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this instrument.
                  Very solid build quality.

                  The only complaint I have is that there's a small bit of plastic on the side of one key that makes a very slight sound when the key is pressed. It's extremely minor, though, and likely not hard to fix.

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                  (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I just can't keep my hands off this piano/keyboard!

                  Comments about Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano:

                  I'm aware that for more money I could be playing a stage piano with a little more realistic sound and feel but for the price of the MP6, I can have 90% or more of the most expensive pianos.
                  Since 1989 I've lugged around and gigged with a Korg SG1D and at 70lbs it was a chore. The Korg was state of the art then and you saw them on concert stages worldwide.
                  The MP6 actually feels like piano keys with its Ivory Touch keyboard which is also adjustable for touch. I prefer and use the Heavy setting which is between the normal and the heaviest weight.
                  I will no longer have to haul around a full rack of ancillary sound modules and a MIDI patchbay because the Kawai has so many useable sounds right out of the box. I have a Hammond XK3c that I gig with and a 1961 B3 that stays at home. I'm happy enough with the Kawai's Drawbar Organ sounds that I intend to use it as my lower manual instead of investing in the lower manual for the Hammond. The sounds are that good and I've been playing a B3's since 1970 and can tell the difference between the real deal and the clones. However, it is getting more difficult especially if you're playing through a real Leslie speaker.
                  I'm so glad I bought this product. It's built like a tank and although it weighs around 45lbs, it's a major improvement in portability.
                  I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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