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MP 8

- The new generation of MP series -
MP8 - The Ultimate Professional Stage Piano !!
The closest approach to the concert grand piano combined with a defining studio controller
Finished in black metallic over an aluminum body with natural wood cheek blocks and having amazing 256 built-in sounds, the MP8 will stand out as a truly professional stage piano. 192-voice polyphony and sound simulating technology bring the MP8 closer to a real concert grand than ever. A combination of slider & knob controls has been developed for greater ease of use.
Its wooden keys and mechanical action makes the MP8:
The new standard in Professional Stage Pianos!!

MP 8 Top View

AWA Grand PRO ? the wooden key action
Kawai's AWA Grand PRO wooden-key action closely reproduces the characteristics of Kawai?s acclaimed EX Concert Grand Piano. The hammer weight is graded from top to bottom to replicate the dynamic weight curve of the EX Concert Grand Piano. Additionally, the bass keys are counter-balanced to create a more even static weight curve. This combination of graded weights and counterbalances gives the AWA Grand PRO action a remarkably realistic feel throughout the dynamic ranges.

Unique functions to support the live performance
Assignable functions like preventing the accidental pressing of buttons on the panel, controlling external sequencer, metronome and many other ON/OFF assignments assist you with your performance.

MP 8 Sound Select

Real sounds of acoustic piano with 192 note polyphony
Kawai set out to create the best possible piano sounds for the new MP8 and, using the Kawai proprietary process of Harmonic Imaging II, Kawai have been able to manipulate the sample data of the Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano?s harmonic structure with no less than 192 notes polyphony. In addition, there are operations that simulate the hammer regulation, the string resonance, the sound pedal resonance & reverberation when playing. Also the new accessory pedal, F-20, recognizes half-damper. In addition Kawai has refined the electric piano sounds to be compatible with any genre when performing on stage. MP8 has 8 categories with a total of 256 sounds.

Great Reverbs, Great Effects!!
MP8 has 7 reverbs and 20 kinds of standard effects built-in, which can be individually assigned to each of the 4 zones. The combination of the 4 control knobs, Effect button, EQ button, Tone Modify button and MIDI CC# button per zone on the control panel, allows you to give a much more live feeling to your performance.

MP 8 real time controls

Easy to handle on stage or in the studio
The MP8 has 4 zones. Each zone can individually play internal sounds, MIDI Out or BOTH. Zones can be freely split, layered and velocity switched to create stunning, personalised performances. You can save up to 256 of your favorite Setups. Also a USB port allows ease of communication with a computer during DTM.

MP 8

MP8 backside

F20 Double pedal with Half-Damper function

  • action
  • AWA Grand PRO with 88 weighted wooden keys
  • polyphony
  • 192 notes
  • sound source
  • Harmonic Imaging ® II technology
  • internal sounds
  • 256
  • setup memories
  • 256
  • reverb types
  • 7 types: Plate, reverb 1, reverb 2, Stage 1, Stage 2, Room 1, Room 2
  • effect types
  • individual for each zone: 20 types: Chorus, Flanger, Celeste, Ensemble, Delay 1-4, Auto pan 1-2, Tremolo 1-2, Phaser 1-2, Rotary 1-2, Auto Wah, Pedal Wah, Enhancer, Overdrive
  • display
  • 2 x 16 characters LCD with background light
  • controls
  • pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, master volume, zone volume (x4), zone edit selection (x4), zone on/off (x4), real time edit control (x4), control mode switch (x4), SW on/off, EFX on/off, reverb on/off, menu up, menu down, value up, value down, sound mode, setup mode, (system mode), sound /setup select (8x8x4), store, transpose, metronome
  • jacks
  • 6,3mm jacks for Line Out (L/Mono,R or 2xMono), XLR Outs with Ground Lift, headphone, damper/soft pedal, foot switch (assignable), expression (assignable), MIDI In/Out/Thru, USB, mains, power switch on/off
  • parameters for internal zones
  • sound, volume, zone hi, zone lo, velocity switch (Off, Soft, Loud), velocity switch level, velocity compression, velocity offset, damper (on/off), FSW (on/off), EXP (on/off), mod wheel (on/off), bender (on/off), bender range (0-7), pan, zone transpose (±36), Fine Tuning, Virtual Voicing (Mellow, Bright, Dynamic, Normal), Stretch Tuning, Temprament, FSW CC#, EXP CC#, Attack, Decay, Release, Cutoff, EQ
  • parameters for external MIDI zones
  • sound nr., volume, bank select (MSB/LSB), MIDI CH, zone hi, zone lo, velocity switch (Off, Soft, Loud), velocity switch level, velocity compression, velocity offset, damper (on/off), FSW (on/off), EXP (on/off), mod wheel (on/off), bender (on/off), bender range (0-12), pan, transpose (±36), Fine Tuning, Knobs A-D (on/off/CC#), TX Channel, TX Program, TX Bank, TX volume, Attack, Decay, Release, Cutoff
  • system parameters
  • Master Tuning, VolumeAction, line out Mode, Local on/off, system Channel, Touch Curve (Normal, Light, Light+, Heavy, Heavy+, USER), LCD Contrast, LED Brightness, MIDI Multi mode, RCV CH 1-16 Play/Mute, Dump, Reset
  • dimensions in mm
  • 1466 x 442 x 189 (WxDxH)
  • weight
  • 32 kg
  • accessories
  • F-20 double pedal with Half-damper function and music rack included

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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