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#2256910 - 04/04/14 07:54 PM Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.03) software updates
Kawai James Offline
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Good morning folks,

Kawai Japan has recently issued software updates for the new MP11 and MP7 stage pianos.

These updates (v1.06 and v1.03 respectively) add individual 88-key tuning and volume adjustment, damper pedal calibration, and a new 'Fixed' EFX switching mode. There are also improvements to the Pure Major/Minor temperaments, SysEx handling, and a number of other display/operation tweaks. Crucially, these updates also fix a MIDI recorder bug when using 'Panel' playback mode.

In addition, the MP11 update includes improvements to the Key-off Effect, Amp Drive, and Damper Noise parameters (which were already present with the initial MP7 software), along with tweaked SETUP+/SETUP- behaviour. Finally, there is also a fix to the Dynamics setting which could occasionally influence the selected touch curve.

The full MP11 and MP7 changelogs are listed below.

MP11 changelog:
Quote:
V1.06 (March 2014)
- Added: 88 Key Volume function to SYSTEM menu, allowing volume adjustments for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : KeyVolume
- Added: 88 Key Stretch Tuning function to SYSTEM menu, allowing stretch tuning for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : Stretch
- Added: Right Pedal Calibration function to SYSTEM menu, for calibration of other manufacturer’s damper pedals.
[SYSTEM] --> Pedal (page 1/3 or 2/3) --> [R.P.CAL] (F4 button)
- Added: EffSW Mode = "Fixed" to SYSTEM menu, allowing sounds to be changed without affecting current EFX settings.
[SYSTEM] --> Utility (page 1/3) --> EffSW Mode
- Improved: Pure temperament (Maj/min) adjusted.
- Improved: Key Off Effect setting adjusted to improve the sound.
- Improved: Amp Drive setting adjusted.
- Improved: Damper Noise volume is adjusted.
- Improved: The name of the Rotary effect’s ‘Vib&Cho’ type is changed to ‘+Vib/Cho’.
- Improved: Pedal Setup+/Setup– functionality to ‘jump’ banks when incrementing/decrementing SETUP memory.
The first memory of the next bank is selected after reaching the last memory of the current bank. E.g.
SETUP+: A-6 --> A-7 --> A-8 --> B-1 --> B-2 --> B-3
SETUP–: B-3 --> B-2 --> B-1 --> A-8 --> A-7 --> A-6
- Improved: Received Sys-EX Parameter Send messages now also change knob assigned parameters in real-time.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.
- Fixed: Some cases of sound settings not recording correctly when using the MIDI Recorder in Panel Play mode.
- Fixed: Plural Sounding notes of the same key number received via MIDI are all truncated by one Note Off message.
- Fixed: The Dynamics setting would occasionally not change correctly, influencing the selected touch curve.

V1.03 (October 2013)
- First production version.


MP7 changelog:
Quote:
V1.03 (May 2014)
- Fixed: The 'Quick Compare' function did not work correctly.

V1.02 (March 2014)
- Added: 88 Key Volume function to SYSTEM menu, allowing volume adjustments for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : KeyVolume
- Added: 88 Key Stretch Tuning function to SYSTEM menu, allowing stretch tuning for individually keys.
[SYSTEM] --> UserEdit : Stretch
- Added: Right Pedal Calibration function to SYSTEM menu, for calibration of other manufacturer’s damper pedals.
[SYSTEM] --> Pedal (page 1/3 or 2/3) --> [R.P.CAL] (F4 button)
- Added: EffSW Mode = "Fixed" to SYSTEM menu, allowing sounds to be changed without affecting current EFX settings.
[SYSTEM] --> Utility (page 1/3) --> EffSW Mode
- Improved: Pure temperament (Maj/min) adjusted.
- Improved: Received Sys-EX Parameter Send messages now also change knob assigned parameters in real-time.
- Improved: Various other operation/display improvements.
- Fixed: Some cases of sound settings not recording correctly when using the MIDI Recorder in Panel Play mode.

V1.00 (January 2014)
- First production version.


These software updates and update instructions can be downloaded directly from Kawai Japan at the the following URL:

http://www.kawai.co.jp/worldwide/support/updates.html

MP11 and MP7 owners are encouraged to update their instruments to use this latest software version. We also recommend that users backup any custom settings, SOUNDs, SETUPs, etc. before applying the update.

After updating the system software, you may also wish to download the latest MP11/MP7 owner's manual PDFs (which explain the new 'User Key Volume' and 'User Stretch Tune' features), also from Kawai Japan's support pages:

http://www.kawai.co.jp/worldwide/support/manuals.html

That's all for now - please feel free to post your feedback in this thread.

Cheers,
James
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#2257074 - 04/05/14 08:25 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
puff Offline
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Crikey those are esoteric functions!

Why would anyone need or want to adjust the volume and temprament of individual notes on a digital?

Im not complaining just intrigued.

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#2257079 - 04/05/14 08:42 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: puff]
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Originally Posted By: puff

Crikey those are esoteric functions!

Why would anyone need or want to adjust the volume and temprament of individual notes on a digital?

Im not complaining just intrigued.


If you play with string players, equal temperament will sound out of tune to them, so perhaps some adjustments this way would help. Adjusting volume of an individual note is a bit tougher to imagine being used except for if there's an issue with the DP down the road when it's old and certain notes are sounding louder than others (I've heard of this happen before), but I doubt building in something in anticipation of a defect is their goal. wink I'm curious to hear what other uses this could have.
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#2257226 - 04/05/14 03:09 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Puff

Crikey those are esoteric functions!

Why would anyone need or want to adjust the volume and temprament of individual notes on a digital?

Im not complaining just intrigued.


Originally Posted By: Morodiene
If you play with string players, equal temperament will sound out of tune to them, so perhaps some adjustments this way would help. Adjusting volume of an individual note is a bit tougher to imagine being used except for if there's an issue with the DP down the road when it's old and certain notes are sounding louder than others (I've heard of this happen before), but I doubt building in something in anticipation of a defect is their goal. wink I'm curious to hear what other uses this could have.


I can say from experience that Individual note volume (we at Roland offer it too) is a great feature to have. I can't tell you how many tech support calls I've taken over the years where an end user SWEARS up and down that "That _ Key is WAY louder than the ones next to it" when really it's pretty well balanced. They can fix that themselves now. Note that it not only affects volume, but timbre (on ours it does for sure, James can confirm it does on the MP11 and MP7 as well)

One of the other advantages to this is the COMPLETE customization of the piano. Per Note stretch tunings and note volume customization is just another tool in the kit that allows the user to change their pianos to be exactly what they want.

I think these are great additions by Kawai.

Jay
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#2257449 - 04/06/14 01:17 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
Gumbysgroove Offline
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Registered: 09/23/13
Posts: 11
Loc: NJ , USA
Hello Mate, thanks for the heads up. Will update ASAP. Individual adjustment seems close to the adjustment I have been menu searching for. Looking if an adjustment is possible (in menu)for voicing ( Needling the hammer felt cushion to yield a certain sound,(mellow or brighter)). Any thoughts, Thanks

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#2257561 - 04/06/14 09:37 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Gumbysgroove]
puff Offline
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Loc: oxford UK

Yes, I have some thoughts.

But I allready said I would keep Quiet. grin

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#2257856 - 04/06/14 08:41 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: puff]
Kawai James Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9088
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: puff
Crikey those are esoteric functions!

Why would anyone need or want to adjust the volume and temprament of individual notes on a digital?


As Morodiene and Jay explained, some users appreciate the flexibility of being able to adjust the volume and tuning of individual notes.

Moreover, this brings the MP11 and MP7 in line with other HI-XL equipped Kawai DPs (CA95/CA65 and CS10/CS7) which offer the same functionality.

Kind regards,
James
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#2259969 - 04/10/14 08:45 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
puff Offline
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Registered: 11/03/05
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Loc: oxford UK

So what I'd like to know is if the individual note volume adjustment is global or can you save it into a sound or setup as with the Virtual Technician and most other parameters.

If so then I think it could be very usefull. (Ducks...)

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#2259986 - 04/10/14 09:39 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
Kawai James Offline
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Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Hi puff, good question - thanks for bringing it up.

The new 88-key volume/tuning function is set in the SYSTEM menu, to one of five User memories. These memories can then be selected in the EDIT menu, allowing different 88-key volume/tuning settings to be stored to SOUND/SETUP memories.

In addition, after editing the 88-key volume/tuning, the relevant User memory will be selected automatically, as with with the User Touch Curve and User Temperament adjustment functions.

These explanation points will be added to the MP11/MP7 owner's manual (PDF) in the near future.

Cheers,
James
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#2265688 - 04/23/14 03:32 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
Kawai James Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 9088
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
A quick bump to note that the MP11 and MP7 owner's manual PDFs have been updated, adding explanations for the new features introduced with the latest software.

http://www.kawai.co.jp/worldwide/support/manuals.html

Kind regards,
James
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#2265724 - 04/23/14 07:28 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 6
Please, add the individual key adjustement to CN-34 as some keys have a "metallic/higher pitch" sound (for example, F under central C or middle D) when pressed hard in the Concert Piano preset. That do not happen when using Mellow.

That feature would be very very nice.

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#2268979 - 04/30/14 04:55 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Another quick bump to draw attention to the v1.03 update for the MP7.

This minor update fixes an issue with the instrument's 'Quick Compare' function, as reported by Tritok. <-- Thank you!

Kind regards,
James
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#2269036 - 04/30/14 09:58 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Loc: Zurich
That has to break all records for speed of firmware deployment. I think the bug was reported this week. Well done Kawai.

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#2269085 - 04/30/14 12:39 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 8
Loc: Germany
I reported about the 'normal' touch curve being too heavy in one german forum. I wasn't able to play fff with it. Few hours later i got an email with a beta update which fixed the issue.
THAT was a record. Kudos to Kawai. I never experienced something like that before.
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#2271055 - 05/04/14 05:12 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: yonatan]
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I guess the flash drive needs to be formatted in Windows not OSX as these are Windows files and I'm just getting a wait message in the MP7 display. I probably need to buy a thumb drive and format it with my iMac booted into Windows 7 via Boot Camp.

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#2271089 - 05/04/14 06:32 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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If you buy a thumb drive and don't format it in anything, it's probably good to go.
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#2271232 - 05/05/14 01:24 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: fastlanephil]
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Originally Posted By: fastlanephil
I guess the flash drive needs to be formatted in Windows not OSX as these are Windows files and I'm just getting a wait message in the MP7 display. I probably need to buy a thumb drive and format it with my iMac booted into Windows 7 via Boot Camp.


You can format the thumb drive in Windows (FAT32) format also under OS X using the disk Utility.

Anyway the MP7 has its own Format command too, probably the best choice (?) ;-)
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#2294943 - 06/25/14 05:06 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Hi Everyone ! Does anybody know if a new official firmware will be released soon ? Which corrections , improvements , new functions ?

Thanks !


Edited by Tritok (06/25/14 05:06 PM)
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#2294991 - 06/25/14 07:29 PM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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The next software update MP11/MP7 are still in beta testing and will include bug fixes and operation improvements. We anticipate an official release in the next month or two.

Cheers,
James
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#2295180 - 06/26/14 04:45 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
The next software update MP11/MP7 are still in beta testing and will include bug fixes and operation improvements. We anticipate an official release in the next month or two.

Cheers,
James
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#2295187 - 06/26/14 06:03 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Kawai James,

The previous update brought some features of the MP11 up to the level already in the CA95/CS10. Does the opposite also hold true? In other words is there an effort to keep the MP11 and CA95/CS10 roughly in sync bug/feature wise?

Part of my evaluation process of MP11 vs CA95/CS10.

Thanks
Mark

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#2295202 - 06/26/14 07:42 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: markmarz]
Kawai James Offline
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Originally Posted By: markmarz
The previous update brought some features of the MP11 up to the level already in the CA95/CS10. Does the opposite also hold true? In other words is there an effort to keep the MP11 and CA95/CS10 roughly in sync bug/feature wise?


If a new feature is added to the MP11 that is considered suitable for the CA/CS models, I believe there is a case for adding the functionality.

I'm not sure there are too many piano-oriented MP11 features that aren't already implemented on the CA/CS models, however.

Which MP11 feature(s) were you referring to specifically?

Kind regards,
James
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#2295656 - 06/27/14 05:20 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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None in particular, thanks.

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#2295678 - 06/27/14 08:10 AM Re: Kawai MP11 (v1.06) and MP7 (v1.02) software updates [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
The next software update MP11/MP7 are still in beta testing and will include bug fixes and operation improvements. We anticipate an official release in the next month or two...

It might just be me, but one improvement I'd like to see is the reversal of the page up and down soft buttons under the LCD display... to me they don't work intuitively, as the left "Piano" button (down arrow) actually takes you up a page when editing parameters, and the 4th button (up arrow) takes you down a page...
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