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Chris Martin's Piano Sound: Kawai MP9000 - Mp9000 rac - secret unveiled + sound demos!

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In this video I show the device used by Chris Martin (Coldplay) for his live piano sound. It is a Kawai MP9000, modified to fit into a rack unit, called "Mp9000 rac". You will hear piano versions of Coldplay's songs, played with Chris Martin's live piano sound. You won't believe to your ears!

 

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Dude this is dead on! If I close my eyes, I would think it was Chris Martin playing. Great job! And potentially dumb question, I don't know anything about racs, but is there anyway I can get the sound on my current piano? Do I need to buy this exact piano and a rac? What the easiest way to get this sound?

 

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Dude this is dead on! If I close my eyes, I would think it was Chris Martin playing. Great job! And potentially dumb question, I don't know anything about racs, but is there anyway I can get the sound on my current piano? Do I need to buy this exact piano and a rac? What the easiest way to get this sound?

 

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No wait a second. Chris bought a Kawai MP9000, then his techs took away the keyboard and put the electronics into a rack unit, so he can hook it to whatever piano he wants and use the keyboard as a mute one, a midi controller.

If you buy a Kawai MP9000 you will get Chris Martin's piano sound plus a keyboard, is it clear now? :)

You only have to buy this beautiful Kawai MP9000 stage piano and it's done!

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No wait a second. Chris bought a Kawai MP9000, then his techs took away the keyboard and put the electronics into a rack unit, so he can hook it to whatever piano he wants and use the keyboard as a mute one, a midi controller.

If you buy a Kawai MP9000 you will get Chris Martin's piano sound plus a keyboard, is it clear now? :)

You only have to buy this beautiful Kawai MP9000 stage piano and it's done!

Oh ok, I get it. If I buy a rack unit, is there anyway to get the sound on to my current keyboard? Like can you upload the midi files and I can put it on to my keyboard like Chris does? Sorry for any confusion. I just dont have room for another piano, and it would be great to have Chris' sound!

 

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Oh ok, I get it. If I buy a rack unit, is there anyway to get the sound on to my current keyboard? Like can you upload the midi files and I can put it on to my keyboard like Chris does? Sorry for any confusion. I just dont have room for another piano, and it would be great to have Chris' sound!

 

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There is no commercial rack unit of the mp9000, Chris one is custom made. Sound samples are not midi files, them are in wav or other formats. I'm not able to sample a piano sorry. :(

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There is no commercial rack unit of the mp9000, Chris one is custom made. Sound samples are not midi files, them are in wav or other formats. I'm not able to sample a piano sorry. :(

Oh ok, I gotcha. I guess I'll have to invest in the mp9000 then. So there's nothing else I need to get Chris's sound besides that particular piano?

 

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Oh ok, I gotcha. I guess I'll have to invest in the mp9000 then. So there's nothing else I need to get Chris's sound besides that particular piano?

 

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Actually there is a way to get that sound! You can get the Kaway Ex Pro Samples

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Actually there is a way to get that sound! You can get the Kaway Ex Pro Samples

 

I have them too of course, they sound similar, not the same. Plus kawai piano use a sound processor to play samples, while ex pro samples don't

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Im trying to find one online to buy, but no luck yet.

 

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Im trying to find one online to buy, but no luck yet.

 

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I believe the MP9500 has the same sound as well. This way you have 2 options to search for. I'd love to have one of them myself but I can't afford any new keyboard at this time lol

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I believe the MP9500 has the same sound as well. This way you have 2 options to search for. I'd love to have one of them myself but I can't afford any new keyboard at this time lol

Oh ok thats good to know. Yeah I have some extra money right now fortunately, so this would definitely be something I'd like lol.

 

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Just to clarify....

Kawai Ex Pro samples can sound the same... you just have to work with your hear and EQ

And they have been used as a backup in coldplay live performances

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Just to clarify....

Kawai Ex Pro samples can sound the same... you just have to work with your hear and EQ

And they have been used as a backup in coldplay live performances

 

Who said that? However I've worked with EQ for a month, and the sound Was really close. But not the same, samples are richer, more realistic, more like a real piano sound. Kawai MP9000 sound is clear, simple and a little bit outdated, less acoustic, less complex. You need to hear them togher to get it, but there is a difference, believe me, otherwise I wouldn't have bought another piano :)

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You gonna make a paradise tutorial? That one would be great when you have time lol

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Who said that? However I've worked with EQ for a month, and the sound Was really close. But not the same, samples are richer, more realistic, more like a real piano sound. Kawai MP9000 sound is clear, simple and a little bit outdated, less acoustic, less complex. You need to hear them togher to get it, but there is a difference, believe me, otherwise I wouldn't have bought another piano :)

I say this because for a while I worked in their team... Besides the MP9000 which was previously replace by samples the KawaiEX Pro was used as a backup system which was uploaded to a Muse Receptor. The KawaiEX pro really worked for them, althought it had a lot of processing before it comes out in the speakers..... In the current tour Chris left this samples and started using a new sound...If you notice the sound now is more organic instead of the really exagarated bright sound used in previous tours

The MP9000 is an excellent piano sound, not very organic tough and very 'digital'

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You gonna make a paradise tutorial? That one would be great when you have time lol

Man you want me dead lol Yes i will for sure, it is such a beautiful song, it deserves a tutorial for sure :)

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Man you want me dead lol Yes i will for sure, it is such a beautiful song, it deserves a tutorial for sure :)

Lol no rush, make it whenever you have time

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I say this because for a while I worked in their team... Besides the MP9000 which was previously replace by samples the KawaiEX Pro was used as a backup system which was uploaded to a Muse Receptor. The KawaiEX pro really worked for them, althought it had a lot of processing before it comes out in the speakers..... In the current tour Chris left this samples and started using a new sound...If you notice the sound now is more organic instead of the really exagarated bright sound used in previous tours

The MP9000 is an excellent piano sound, not very organic tough and very 'digital'

 

Man you really know a lot of things, such a great knowledge! :) Yes I did, if you listen to "The Scientist Live @ Letterman or Paradise Live @ Letterman" you will hear that the sound is exactly like the one I got in my MP9000 video, and I think they used that sound during MX tour, very bright, a lot of bass and highs (Clock's intro is the best example). In this tour I noticed that in Everglow the sound is still bright (Live @ Pasadena), but it seems it has more compression tough and the EQ is different. I don't know what has changed, but yes, it sounds less digital now than before.

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So I have had no luck finding any for sale. And there is definitely no way to get the sound off the piano like Chris did? I wouldn't mind paying for whatever it would cost, equipment wise. Hopefully something pops up.

 

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So I have had no luck finding any for sale. And there is definitely no way to get the sound off the piano like Chris did? I wouldn't mind paying for whatever it would cost, equipment wise. Hopefully something pops up.

 

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I have seen at least 2 for sale on eBay, just go on there and search Kawai MP9000 and scroll down a bit.

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I have seen at least 2 for sale on eBay, just go on there and search Kawai MP9000 and scroll down a bit.

Yeah I saw them but they said the seller had removed them. I'll check it out again. Thanks.

 

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In this video I show the device used by Chris Martin (Coldplay) for his live piano sound. It is a Kawai MP9000, modified to fit into a rack unit, called "Mp9000 rac". You will hear piano versions of Coldplay's songs, played with Chris Martin's live piano sound. You won't believe to your ears!

 

amazing! Would you be able in future to upload the notes in .wav? so that we can assign them on the keys and get that fantastic sound!

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Yeah, all I see is a dust cover, a case and some learning strips. No piano though.

 

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amazing! Would you be able in future to upload the notes in .wav? so that we can assign them on the keys and get that fantastic sound!

 

I was wondering the same thing. Obviously they did it with Chris', so there has to be a way.

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Yeah, all I see is a dust cover, a case and some learning strips. No piano though.

 

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They are hard to come by, they pop up every once in awhile so it'll probably take some time to find one lol

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