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Seesaw Movement

The VPC1 is equipped with Kawai's RM3 Grand II action, featuring their trademark wooden keys and smooth, consistent movement. The VPC1 incorporates additional grand piano keyboard characteristics, such as graded hammer weighting, ivory-like key surfaces, let-off simulation, and bass note counterweights. The VPC1 features Kawai's celebrated wooden-key keyboard action technology, giving your virtual with the expression and performance of a real one. There are no knobs, buttons, or displays featured on the VPC1, only 88 real wooden keys and a beautiful wide surface for your laptop, mouse, or synth. The VPC1 features Kawai's celebrated wooden-key keyboard action technology, giving your virtual with the expression and performance of a real one. There are no knobs, buttons, or displays featured on the VPC1, only 88 real wooden keys and a beautiful wide surface for your laptop, mouse, or synth.

The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action adopts many of the characteristics of a grand piano keyboard action.
Perhaps the most distinctive of these characteristics is the familiar ‘seesaw’ movement of the key.
Click the front of the key to see the RM3 Grand II action in motion.

Feature Close-up

Roll the mouse over the hotspots below to see the various features of the VPC1's RM3 Grand II keyboard action, then click the mouse button to read about each point in greater detail.

Let-off Simulation

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Let-off simulation recreates the subtle 'notch' sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very gently. Experienced pianists use this slight resistance to aid their control during pianissimo passages.

Grade-weighted Hammers

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Weights attached to the action’s hammers are graded in size and weight from bass to treble. This feature replicates the characteristics of an acoustic piano action, whereby larger (heavier) hammers are used for bass notes and smaller (lighter) hammers are used for treble notes.

Triple-sensor Detection

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How

Unlike most other MIDI controllers, the VPC1's keyboard action features triple-sensor key detection. This allows for greater repetition speed and smoother expression when playing legato passages.

Capstan Screw

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The capstan screw transfers the rising and falling movements of the rear of the key to the action parts situated above.
As with a grand piano action, this screw allows the height and position of each hammer jack to be precisely regulated.

Staggered Balance Pins

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The balance pins act as pivot points for each key, allowing the familiar ‘seesaw’ movement associated with an acoustic piano keyboard action.
As with an acoustic piano, the black key balance pins are offset slightly to ensure their weighting is consistent with that of the white keys.

Real Wooden Keys

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All eighty-eight of the VPC1’s black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood – the same material that acoustic piano keys have used for centuries.

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Ivory Touch Key Surfaces

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The VPC1's luxurious key surfaces possess a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery. This is thanks to Ivory Touch - a finely textured material that intelligently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control.

Counterweights

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Complementing the grade-weighted hammers, additional counterweights are placed at the front of the bass keys to lighten their heavier touch during pianissimo passages.
This is another characteristic borrowed from the venerable acoustic piano keyboard action.

Guide Pin

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As the name suggests, this brass pin ‘guides’ the front of the key when pressed, allowing a smooth up and down movement.
The guide hole at the front of each key is lined with red felt, helping to restrict side-to-side wobble while also reducing vibration noise.

Cushioned Keybed

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The cushioned keybed helps to dampen action noise, and ensures that the VPC1’s wooden keys come to a reassuring stop, rather than a jarring halt.
This distinctively coloured green cushioning is the same material as that found in Kawai’s grand pianos.

Triple-sensor Key Detection

The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II keyboard action features Kawai’s new triple-sensor key detection system,
allowing your favourite virtual piano to be played with even greater expression and realism.

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  • 2-Sensor
  • 3-Sensor

Conventional 2-sensor MIDI controllers often suffer from limited key respon-siveness, making trills and legato passages difficult to play naturally.

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The VPC1's third sensor improves responsiveness when repeatedly striking the same key, allowing trills and legato passages to be played more naturally.

Wooden Keys

Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced in Kawai digital pianos over 25 years ago. Yet despite the countless improvements to acoustic and digital piano action technologies in recent years, engineers still recognise that wood remains the best material for the keyboard.

Unlike plastics and most other man-made substances, wood possesses unique characteristics that allow it to absorb a degree of movement energy and flex slightly when compressed. This means that when pressing one of the VPC1's wooden keys it reaches the cushioned felt keybed with a natural, reassuring stop, rather than a jarring, noisy halt.

Finally, wooden keys are inherently special. The look, feel, and even the smell of wooden keys furnish the VPC1 with an organic quality that helps the player to feel an even closer connection with their favourite virtual piano.

Ivory Touch

The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action features the same Ivory Touch key surfaces as Kawai’s highly respected digital pianos, with a natural matte finish that looks and feels just like the real thing.

This finely textured material also absorbs surface moisture and oils to assist playing control, ensuring your fingers remain firmly on the keys throughout even the most blistering runs.