Kawai MP 11 SE review: Sometimes I find myself very lucky, cause I get the opportunity to test and give valuable feedback on new musical instruments.
I was quite hyped when I first heard the launch of Kawai MP 11 SE model in mid 2017 and at the beginning of 2018 luckily I got my hands on the stage piano for more than 10 days. And below is my feedback / experience with the digital piano so lets find out was is worth the wait ?
Kawai MP 11 stage piano has been designed and built to fulfill the highest demands of professional players.
The touch and tone of the MP11 is simply superb and are much much better than the predecessor Kawai MP 7 SE.
Each and every note of the Kawai MP11 is sampled from their flagship EX grand piano. Those samples are extra-long so they capture 120 % more and provide quite rich and high quality sound.
Kawai MP 11 SE is a perfect stage piano and is centered around professionals for sure.
MP 11 gives a tough competition to Yamaha CP 73 and 98 digital piano but cost a bit more than them. No Doubt Kawai MP 11 SE is one of a kind digital stage piano for classical pianist and it delivers what it promises.
Now, lets take a closer look at what MP 11 SE has to offer to us.
The awesome keys of Kawai MP11
The key action of Kawai MP11 has a triple sensor in it. So it can recognize the touch of the keys through the stroke when you hit the bottom.
This great combination of multi sampling every single note and triple sensor provides a smooth transition during your play without hindering in between.
As I said earlier that the key action of MP11 is remarkably realistic and to provide the best experience and feel Kawai has implemented long wooden key stick (as long as of grand pianos).
It has the longest pivot point as compared to any other digital pianos in the market. (as of 2014)
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Like of grand pianos the counterweight is at the back end of the keys on the same position where the hammer is on a real grand piano.
The Wood keys, ivory field key tops simply reflects that Kawai has done their best to make it the most resemblance feel to grand pianos.
Why You Should Consider Kawai MP 11 SE Over Regular Acoustic Pianos
Check The Wonderful Sound of Kawai MP11 in the above video
As you know that grand pianos needs a technician to tune it and voice it.
They setup the board according to your wish like adjusting hammer harder or software for a brighter or darker tone.
But on MP11 you does not need any technician to adjust these settings.
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You can also fine-tune strings and bring in mechanical noises that you experience on a real grand piano, like the sounds that hammer makes or the sounds that pedals make.
These are the thing you can incorporate into the sound of your MP11 from right on the board.
What Kawai MP 11 offers and What makes it stand of the rest
MP11 has 12 built-in pianos sounds and most of them are of grand pianos.
These custom designed piano sounds are for specific types of music like pop, jazz, classical like dark piano or bright piano, upright piano, monophonic piano.
The preset samples is ready to go with just a push of a button.
In addition to the acoustic piano sound you are also going to get some electro mechanical pianos, reed pianos and Kawai’s original grand piano sounds.
In addition to the global EQ you are going to find a variety of hundred different effects built into the MP11.
One feature I like the most is the built in amplifier simulation. Beyond Piano sound the other sounds it offers are of strings, pads, mallet instrument and some bass sounds.
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It also allows you to split the piano and can add layers too.
For splitting the keyboard you just have to select the split point and it’s done.
You can control the volume of your split or your layer independently of each voice with the onboard sliders.
Now coming to body. The built quality of the Kawai MP11 is excellent. The body is crafted of metal chassis, wood end caps which are reinforced underneath MP11. It is built like a tank and feel like an authentic grand piano.
Even the built in recorders offer so much option that lots of pianos fails to deliver.
The built in recorder is an audio recorder and MIDI recorder. You can record your music in different extensions like WAV or mp3.
MP11 can also be used as MIDI controller. The killer MIDI controller is simply perfect for your home or studio stage setup.
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With the 88 grand piano key action, the pitch, the mod wheel, 4 zones for MIDI (MIDI in/out and through on the back panel as well as MIDI over USB) you can transmit MIDI data over both, the MIDI ports and USB simultaneously, which is quite cool.
Another notable feature is that you can save your settings of split, layers, MIDI settings and other stuff in one of the 96 memory locations.
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MP11 is not only has your standard quarter-inch output on the left and right but also offers balanced XLR outputs. SO you don’t need your DI box any longer. You can directly export the music into your mixer thanks to the XLR outputs.
MP11 also features 2 quarter inch input. It also has a slider on the top of the keyboard to control the volume of that input.
MP11 comes with heavy duty triple pedal unit which you can connect to the back of the instrument. There’s also an input for an expression pedal which can be assigned for a variety of purposes including volume control.
Kawai MP-11 SE Alternate
Its Hard to find the alternate option for MP-11 SE But According to us The Best Alternative Of Kawai MP-11 SE is Kawai ES 8, Yamaha P 515 and Yamaha CP 73 and Yamaha CP 88 Stage Piano. The Prices are Far Down so don't forget to check The,. (Kawai ES 8 Review, Yamaha CP 73 and CP 88 Stage Piano Review)
My Experience With Kawai MP 11 Digital Keyboard
Kawai MP11 is a remarkable instrument and close to none. MP11 SE offers so much variety to mix and play that only sky is the limit.
But, if you are looking for affordable pianos than you should check here. The Kawai MP11 price is a bit high but is still a perfect replacement for any grand piano in this range.
I have been playing keyboard instruments my whole life long and have put my hands on wide varieties of them. Whether it’s a digital piano or an acoustic piano or an organ I have played it all.
I also own a real acoustic grand piano and I can say for sure that playing MP11 gives me about as close of an experience as to playing a real grand piano as possible.
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