Drawing upon 90 years of acoustic piano craftsmanship, the MP11SE utilizes Kawai’s highly-regarded Grand Feel wooden-key keyboard action for an exceptionally realistic playing experience. Among today's stage pianos, the MP11 SE offers the most authentic action, the most realistic sound, and the most control. While others may claim to be the best, only one can be considered the most genuine that is why professional musicians choose the MP11SE by Kawai.
Kawai MP11SE Professional Digital Stage Piano Features
The best keyboard action available in a stage piano
- Stunning SK-EX, SK-5, and EX acoustic grand piano sounds
- GFP-3 triple pedal unit manufactured by Kawai
- Sturdy metal chassis with black polish wooden side arms
- Class-leading Grand Feel (GF) Wooden-Key Action with Let-off, Triple Sensor Detection and Ivory TouchKey Surfaces
- Strong selection of realistic electric pianos and other sounds
- Wide variety of Virtual Technician sound editing parameters
- Intuitive panel with independent sound sections and effects
- Powerful 4-channel MIDI master controller functions
- 1/4" and XLR outputs, 1/4" inputs with Line In level fader
- Brand new GFP-3 triple pedal unit manufactured by Kawai.
- 88 Weighted Keys with Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
- Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) Action with Let-Off and Triple Key Detect
- Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)
- 88-Key Sampling
- 256 Voices (8 Categories)
- Digital Audio USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
As with a grand piano, all eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted from long pieces of wood, pivoting on a central balance
pin in a smooth, seesaw-like motion. The Grand Feel keys are longer than any other digital piano keyboard action, with the pivot
point distance extended to match that of a Kawai grand piano. When the front of a key is pressed down, the rear rises, throwing a
hammer which plays the note. These hammers are graded in size and weight, replicating the heavier bass and lighter treble notes
of an acoustic grand piano, while additional counter-weights embedded within the lower keys help to lighten their touch during
pianissimo passages. The Grand Feel keyboard action even reproduces the subtle let-off sensation felt when playing the keys of a
grand piano very softly, satisfying the expectations of even the most discerning pianists.
Finally, the Grand Feel keyboard action features Kawai’s Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material gently
absorbs moisture to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth, but not slippery.
PIANO section: The ultimate pianos for Concert, Pop, and Jazz
The MP11SE captures the beautiful sound of Kawai’s SK-EX, EX, and SK-5 acoustic grand pianos, with all 88 keys of these exceptional
instruments meticulously recorded, analysed and faithfully reproduced using proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ technology. This
unique process accurately recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, affording pianists an extraordinary
level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest, boldest fortissimo.
With separate categories for Concert, Pop, and Jazz playing, the MP11SE offers the finest selection of high quality acoustic piano
sounds ever compiled for a Kawai instrument, with a separate category devoted entirely to upright and mono pianos.
Moreover, Kawai’s unique Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of the selected acoustic piano sound to be
shaped at the touch of a button or the turn of a knob, with parameters to adjust voicing and regulation, string and damper
resonances, and subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises.
E.PIANO section: Vintage EPs, twin effects, and amp simulation
The MP11SE features a selection of incredible vintage electric piano sounds, each with their own distinctive characteristics. Enjoy
their natural, organic sound, or pass the signal through a wide variety of classic effects stomp boxes, before plugging into one of
the five classic amp and speaker cabinets – complete with realistic microphone character and position modelling.
SUB section: High quality strings, pads, basses and more
The MP11SE’s SUB section features high quality strings, pads, basses, and other useful sounds that are ideal for creating splits and
custom zones, layering with acoustic or electric pianos, or for playing individually, at the front of the mix. Additional Bell, Air, and
Voice layers bring greater depth to the sound, with flexible ADSR parameters and resonance/cut-off controls all adjustable directly
from the panel’s assignable control knobs.
MIDI OUT section: Four zone master keyboard controller
The MP11SE features a new, improved MIDI OUT section with four independent zones for controlling external devices, or
integrating into the studio as a master keyboard. Use the assignable panel knobs to send CC# to connected hardware, or the
recorder transport buttons to control a DAW without touching a mouse or leaving the piano. The MP11SE even includes LINE IN
jacks and a dedicated panel fader to adjust the level of connected devices, such as that old expander module or semi-weighted
synth that you just can’t live without, or a laptop running software instruments.
Intuitive operation, large LCD, real-time assignable control knobs
The MP11SE’s control panel is clearly arranged and easy to use, with related functions grouped together and placed where you’d
expect to find them. A large LCD display and four assignable control knobs, allow several parameters to be adjusted directly in
real-time, without getting lost in menus – concentrate on playing, rather than trying to remember which button does what.
208 Setup memories: enough for the busiest stage musician
The MP11SE allows every single customised sound, knob position, fader level, and adjustable parameter to be stored in memory as
a SETUP, and recalled at the touch of a button. With over 200 SETUP memories, the MP11SE is ideal for busy stage musicians who
like to plan several shows ahead, before going out on the road.
USB to Device functionality, with MP3/WAV/SMF file recording and playback
The MP11SE is equipped with USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use,
but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This ‘USB to Device’ feature allows customised sounds, SETUP
memories, and recorder songs stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for posterity.
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio or SMF MIDI files, allowing performing musicians to
play along with professional backing tracks, or simply learn the chords or melody for a new piece. It is even possible to save
performances directly as MP3, WAV, or SMF files for emailing to band members, casual listening away from the keyboard, or further
editing using an audio workstation.