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Re: KAWAI MP7 THREAD
Kevin Keys #2285410 06/03/14 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Kevin Keys
I just ordered an MP7 from a place in California. I got a great deal!

I am really looking forward to playing this piano!!!!

I have been lusting after it for several months.


Congrats Kevin! Hope you have as much fun with it as I am having with mine smile


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Marko in Boston #2285792 06/04/14 04:44 PM
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Last week I brought my MP7 to a gig for the first time to replace my MP5. Best thing: our sound engineers were very impressed.


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Kawai MP7 setup exchange: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KawaiMP7/
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Marko in Boston #2285845 06/04/14 07:37 PM
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Good stuff. wink

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Marko in Boston #2286281 06/05/14 06:39 PM
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Thank you Musical Dan, PatrickBl, Kawai James.

I am very excited!

I haven't purchased a keyboard new since 2000!!!

(I bought a used cp33 a couple years ago)


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Marko in Boston #2286657 06/06/14 03:37 PM
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Great new MP7 Demo from Adam at Kraft:


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Marko in Boston #2286820 06/07/14 12:24 AM
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Good video from Adam, as always. Great find Marko!

I wish he'd delved a little deeper into the EFX/AMP settings though - this video gives the impression that there is only page of adjustable parameters.

A quick mention of the virtual tonewheel organ sim would have been nice too. wink

Apart from those minor niggles, it's a good overview of a very flexible board.

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James, Maybe it's time to call Sean O'Shea and have him do a couple informative demos; MP7 and MP11. He's seems pretty good with or without a script.


It would be great if Kawai had a Mike Martin kind of guy that conducts very thorough demos and web tutorials.

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Marko in Boston #2286891 06/07/14 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Marko in Boston
James, Maybe it's time to call Sean O'Shea and have him do a couple informative demos; MP7 and MP11. He's seems pretty good with or without a script.


Yes, I'd like to see Kawai America produce some video demos for the MP11 and MP7 too.

Originally Posted by Marko in Boston
It would be great if Kawai had a Mike Martin kind of guy that conducts very thorough demos and web tutorials.


To be honest, I'd like to have a stab at doing this myself - something like a video walk-through of the owner's manuals. Sure, I'm not much of a player, however I'd like to think I know my way around the MPs reasonably well to explain the functions. The difficult is making it look professional, with good lighting, multiple camera angles, mics, etc. I recall the Casio PX-5S (or was it the PX-3) clinic that Mike Martin did, where he was live streaming and had folks asking questions via twitter etc. Really superb job...something approaching half that quality for the MPs would be great, especially if we could also hook-up with the product developers and engineers to offer tips and advice etc.

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Wow James, that really would be great. We would all love to see you do some walkthroughs. I also think that would promote sales as well. I understand a lot goes into it to make it look profession. Maybe Kawai can invest a little money to get you started. Well worth pursuing.

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I'd second that. Something like that would be great.

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Yes, please Kawai. The Mike Martin sessions were one of the best things about owning a PX-5S.
Would love that kind of training on the MP7.

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This is one of my favorite reviews by Adam at Kraft. He seems truly excited about the instrument.

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Played a Roland FA08 at GC today. I know we shouldn't gear-bash, but seriously? Same price point as the MP7? I haven't even played an MP7 (though I played a CN24 with same action), just watched videos and listened to samples... Everything about the MP7 is so usable and constructive and CREATIVE. The Roland, I couldn't figure out how to get a single patch sound into it. When I tried, all I did was alter the favorite setting...?!? And what's with the Maschine wannabe pads? Will a little hologram Olivia Newton John and John Travolta come out and dance on top of it if I play some Bee Gees tunes.

The knobs? I'm gonna rotate six knobs every time I change a sound?

The Roland V-piano sound it's got on it is very nice, and the action is not bad but c'mon Roland, where are you? What are you making these days...?

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Originally Posted by rtistikdude
The Roland V-piano sound it's got on it is very nice, and the action is not bad but c'mon Roland, where are you? What are you making these days...?

There is no V-piano sound, it's the Supernatural (concert grand) piano


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Originally Posted by rtistikdude
Played a Roland FA08 at GC today. I know we shouldn't gear-bash, but seriously? Same price point as the MP7? I haven't even played an MP7 (though I played a CN24 with same action), just watched videos and listened to samples... Everything about the MP7 is so usable and constructive and CREATIVE. The Roland, I couldn't figure out how to get a single patch sound into it. When I tried, all I did was alter the favorite setting...?!? And what's with the Maschine wannabe pads? Will a little hologram Olivia Newton John and John Travolta come out and dance on top of it if I play some Bee Gees tunes.

The knobs? I'm gonna rotate six knobs every time I change a sound?

The Roland V-piano sound it's got on it is very nice, and the action is not bad but c'mon Roland, where are you? What are you making these days...?


With all do respect its almost like comparing apples to oranges. The FA08 is a workstation and the MP7 is a stage piano although loaded with many voices and editing features. I think a better comparison would be be the RD800 and MP7. However, like you say about price, the MP7 comes in under $700 compared to RD800 and same price as FA08. Amazing how Kawai hit that price point for the MP7. Well done Kawai! CP4, RD800, Artis, and NP2 should be worried shocked

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Marko in Boston #2287994 06/10/14 08:25 AM
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Yes, I agree with Marko. While there will inevitably be an overlap in features, the MP7 and FA08 are rather different instruments, and intended for different musical purposes.

Regarding pricing, the plastic-key MPs have always offered a good bang for the buck (that's not to say that the wooden-key MPs are overpriced), but the MP7 takes things to another level. As I believe I posted previously, a stage piano round-up in the latest German 'Keyboards' magazine ranked the MP7 above the latest Yamaha, Roland, and Kurzweil boards - and this was before price was taken into consideration.

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The MP7 is a good deal, if everything turns out to be OK.
I even would recommend to increase the price a bit, in order to invest it in quality control and salaries at the Indonesian factory.
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I'm finally getting some time to start a new project, using monitors instead of just playing my MP7 using headphones. I noticed that the A3 key or four octaves up from bottom A was making a clicking noise, especially noticeable when doing an arpeggio. I remembered watching a video about this issue with another DP which showed how they repaired it.

I resisted the temptation to get out my tool box and instead called Sweetwater and they are going to send me a new MP7 and also supply a prepaid label for the return shipping. So my MP7 will get a minor repair and find a new home. I'll always remember you.

Thank You Sweetwater!

I use the MP7 mostly for playing in notes using a DAW host but often I come up with my initial ideas playing the digital piano controller(MP7) and also layered with the string patch or other sounds for slower music. The quality of the piano and other patches is very important for supplying inspiration and the Kawai MP7 does just that.




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I just ordered some studio monitors for my MP7. The monitors have both XLR and balanced 1/4" audio inputs. I'm not an expert on the nuances of audio cables. Does anybody know what type of cables I need to use to go from the MP7 to the monitors? I've read up a bit on what balanced input means, but I'm still fuzzy on what is the best kind of cable to use, especially as it relates to "balanced". TIA...

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