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#2328436 - Yesterday at 03:32 PM Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start?
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Registered: 10/29/13
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Hi everyone! I'm a Classical Pianist and I'm looking to buy an instrument for late night practice (My D Steinway is killing my neighbors) , the Kawai VPC1 fits my needs in a 200% (Believe me, good sound is not important for me, what I need is Key action) but I really don't know anything about how to use this instrument, I would really appreciate your help for this total noob.


Edited by Gerardo Melara (Yesterday at 03:34 PM)

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#2328439 - Yesterday at 03:45 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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I would download the demo version of Pianoteq and install on your computer.Then, hook your digital piano (vpc1 ?) to your computer via a midi/usb cable and then see if you can get a sound coming from your computer when playing the vpc1.

Then come back for more instruction.

If you can do that, you may be able to get by with just a legal version (i.e. non-demo) of Pianoteq and headphones.

Until you can do that, there is no point in going much deeper.





Edited by dmd (Yesterday at 03:50 PM)
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#2328442 - Yesterday at 03:50 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: dmd]
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I'm still waiting (It arrives in two days, but I have a Casio Px150, Is the same process?

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#2328443 - Yesterday at 03:50 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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#2328446 - Yesterday at 04:00 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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I've already done it, Yes I get sound, but I really don`t know what to do next...


Edited by Gerardo Melara (Yesterday at 04:04 PM)

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#2328454 - Yesterday at 04:18 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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You get sound when playing, so play then. Probably need to adjust keyboard velocity, but maybe not much point at this stage till you get the VPC1. Explore the menu options, especially sound settings. What speakers do you have?

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#2328458 - Yesterday at 04:46 PM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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Originally Posted By: Gerardo Melara
I've already done it, Yes I get sound, but I really don`t know what to do next...


Well, next you have to decide if the sound you are getting from the computer is "good enough". If so, you are done.

If it is not, then you have to figure out how to improve on the sound you are hearing.

The simplest thing I can suggest would be for you to purchase a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and hook it up to the computer via a USB cable and then attach a pair of headphones to that and you are good to go.

I suggest the Focusrite 2i2 only because I have had one and I know it will work very well for you .... but there are other options.

This is it ... http://us.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i2

You may wish to purchase it somewhere other than there as it may be cheaper, elsewhere.

You may even get by with just headphones attached to the computer. You could try that first.




Edited by dmd (Yesterday at 05:05 PM)
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#2328581 - Today at 12:04 AM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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Ok, Thanks a lot, do you believe that a Focusrite Scarlett Solo could be enough? and other question, how do you conect the Controller to the Interface? (I'm a total noob on this) and my last question is, Which Monitors should I buy? (I just want to practice, I don't need a Profesional setup), Thanks for your answers...

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#2328594 - Today at 01:13 AM Re: Kawai VPC1 - What do I need to start? [Re: Gerardo Melara]
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For Monitors I'm using a pair of KRK Rokit 6 Generation 3 and they sound pretty awesome to me..

The Sony V6 is a decent budget pair of headphones but I strongly recommend shelling out extra for the Audio Technica M50 or M50x. To me they sound much better.

Wrt to the audio interface , it should be a USB audio interface that is connected to your computer. So install the drivers and you are set.. the keyboard also hooks directly up to your computer and the software is what generates the sound...

The USB Audio interface should come with what is called ASIO drivers which will allow your setup to work well without any delay or latency.

Set the ASIO buffer size to 128 and u should be fine with that.(after you install the drivers)



My personal Setup is as follows:

A Presonus Audiobox USB as a sound interface

A Yamaha p105 digital piano as a controller

custom Built Desktop PC

Pair of KRK rokit 6




All in all:

- USB sound interface hooks to computer via USB cord

- Controller(Keyboard) hooks to computer via another USB cord(Appropriate drivers installed etc)

- Studio Monitors hooks to USB sound interface via Balanced TRS cables

http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-Cable-CPP202-...TTD10GA9G4SY3SF


Have fun.
I'm sorry if I confused you further frown


Edited by Mta88 (Today at 01:14 AM)
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