Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller – 88-key MIDI Keyboard Controller

92 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.
Kawai VPC1 Virtual Piano Controller - 88-key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action adopts many of the characteristics of a grand piano keyboard action while also working as a USB MIDI controller.

Key Features:

  • Keys: 88 wooden keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces and RM3 Grand II Graded hammer weighting + counterweights – Triple-sensor key detection – Let-off simulation. You can see an interactive demonstration of the key action here.
  • Zones: No.
  • Pads: No.
  • Controls: 3 grand piano pedals – Damper, Sostenuto and Soft.
  • Automap: No.
  • Power: USB bus powered (1.0 W) or .AC adapter powered (3.0 W) – both USB cable and power adapter are included.
  • Connectivity: 5 pin MIDI in & 5 pin MIDI out + USB MIDI
  • Dimensions: 54 ⅓” (W) x 16 ¾” (D) x 7 ⅓” (H).
  • Weight: 65 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: VPC Editor – this lets you edit touch curves, edit individual key velocities, and change MIDI routing with the settings stored in one of the VPC1s 5 internal memory slots.
  • Compatibility: VPC Editor runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Mac OS X 10.8+.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Audiofanzine David Studhalter 100/100
YouTube PianoManChuck 85/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


The following video review provides an excellent understanding of the Kawai VPC1:

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