AWA PROII ACTION
The Kawai MP8II features the critically acclaimed AWA PROII action – simply the finest keyboard action in the world. In addition to using real wooden keys, the AWA PROII design incorporates many grand piano action characteristics, such as contrasting hammer weights – appropriately graded for each playing range, bass key counter-balancing and correctly located pivot points. By emulating both the weight and movement of our grand piano actions, the Kawai AWA PROII delivers an unmatched feel and response that satisfies the demands of even the most discerning pianist.
As a MIDI master keyboard, the MP8II fulfills the requirements of a professional stage performer, whether in the studio or on tour. The 88 key keyboard can be divided into four independent zones, with each zone able to play either internal voices, trigger external MIDI devices, or control both simultaneously, for a maximum playback of 8 sounds. Separate fader sliders allow the levels for each zone to be controlled intuitively, in real-time, with a variety of additional functions and assignments available at the touch of a button, from one of the 256 programmable setups to further assist live performance.
The authentic sound of KAWAI stage pianos begins with the world renowned KAWAI EX Concert grand piano. Placed inside an anechoic chamber, free of audio reflections, the rich sound of this world class instrument is meticulously analyzed and recorded by our Master Piano Artisans. The acoustic portrait of each note is later transformed into a precise three dimensional digital representation, employing KAWAI’s proprietary Harmonic Imaging™ technology. This unique process faithfully reproduces the broad dynamic range of the original grand piano, while also providing the source for a rich selection of additional high-quality instrument sounds.
Studio quality reverb, and professional digital effects, including distortion, pedal wah, and variable-speed rotary speaker simulation, can be individually applied to each zone, and precisely adjusted in real-time using four analogue control knobs. In addition, this area also provides direct access to a four-band graphic equalizer and advanced tone control envelope parameters, and even allows Continuous Controller information to be transmitted to an external MIDI device. With powerful features such as these, KAWAI is understandably gaining a reputation as the instruments of choice among professional stage artists.