Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano

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Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano

The most authentic keyboard, the most realistic sound, and the most articulate control. While others may claim to be ‘the best’, only one can be considered the most genuine.

Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano – the stage piano for music professionals who do not accept compromise.

THE SOUND OF A GRAND PIANO

Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano 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.

TRUE CHARACTER IN EVERY NOTE

The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the MP11, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.

Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the rich harmonic character of the EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the MP11’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

RICH, DYNAMIC & EXPRESSIVE

When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of the EX concert grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at various different volume levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.

The Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

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.

CHERISHED VINTAGE EPS

The E.PIANO section features a treasure trove of authentic tine, reed, and modern electric pianos. Warm, creamy, smooth, slick, dark, or gritty... whatever the style or sound, the MP11’s vintage EPs are guaranteed to get any player’s fingers moving. A couple of crunchy clavs are also provided to cover most funk needs, while the electric grand – lovingly sampled from Kawai’s own EP308, with all its imperfections – delivers that trademark striking pop sound.

INSPIRING SUBSIDIARY 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.

NEW AUDIO ENGINE

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.

“I’m very proud of the new DSP engine.”
Matsunaga-san, DSP Programmer

SKILFUL VIRTUAL TECHNICIAN

The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to meticulously tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.

The Kawai MP11 Professional Stage Piano's Virtual Technician parameters simulate these refinements digitally, allowing performers to shape various aspects of the acoustic piano sound’s character to suit their personal preferences. Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate subtle hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances – all in real-time.

Virtual Technician parameters are also available for electric pianos, allowing an instrument to sound worn and tired, or brand new and factory fresh.

FLEXIBLE SOUND EDITING

In addition to the various effects, reverb, amp simulator, and Virtual Technician parameters, the MP11 also provides a comprehensive range of sound editing controls. Direct access to resonance and cut-off, along with full DCF/DCA attack, decay, sustain, and release parameters allow stock sounds to be adjusted to taste.

Octave layering and detuning are useful for ‘thickening’ the sound, while additional vocal, bell, and air sample layers can be applied to add varying degrees of texture to the instrument’s core voices.

EFFECTIVE EQ

With the desired sounds selected and their characteristics adjusted, the final step is to tailor the overall audio content using equalisation. This important process can enhance particular qualities of a tone, reduce aspects that may be less pleasant, or remove specific frequencies altogether.

The MP11’s global EQ controls provide immediate access to a powerful four-band graphic equaliser, with two of the mid-range bands adjustable as a parametric EQ. Alterations are made directly from the panel using the instrument’s four control knobs, with fine-grain adjustments reflected in real-time via the large LCD display.

For touring performers, the MP11 also supports EQ Offsetting, which is explained in greater detail on the Features page.

Manufacture
Kawai

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