The sound system alone gives you the feeling of sitting at center-stage of a concert hall, while the Linear Graded Hammer keyboard with escapement brings a real grand piano experience to the equation.
Left: Yamaha CFX, Right: Bösendorfer Imperial
The CFX, Yamaha’s finest 9-foot concert grand selected and played by the winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition and the Imperial from Bösendorfer, a brand held in high esteem by pianists throughout its long history. These renowned pianos are characterized by distinctive traits such as power, versatility, subtlety, lightness and mellowness.
Both of these superb pianos' Voices are featured in the Clavinova. Tuned to perfection by a highly-experienced piano technician with the sound from each key sampled individually, Clavinova truly captures the unique tonal character of each of these outstanding instruments.
With your Clavinova, you can enjoy the exquisite beauty of the sought-after tone that the CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial deliver.
Real Grand Expression; is a phrase that defines the expressive capability of Clavinova. It is the key components of the sound, the touch and the pedals, together with the application of technology developed through a history of acoustic piano manufacturing. With Real Grand Expression, these elements are combined perfectly into a single instrument, creating the exact sound you want through the touch of the keys and the feel of the pedals. When you play a Clavinova, you feel like you are playing a grand piano.
The diagram shows how sound resonates in a grand piano and VRM emulates this resonance
In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the instrument, producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound.
This phenomenon is reproduced perfectly in the Clavinova through Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM), which calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard from one instant to the next. This allows for vivid, richly-varied expression that reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in playing the piano such as which keys are pressed, the strength with which the keys are played and pedal timing.
Variations of sound according to touch
A pianist changes the volume and dynamics of the sound by varying the pressure applied to the keys. A Clavinova responds perfectly to give the player an outstanding level of performance control. By using long, carefully-sampled recordings of notes on a piano and unique Yamaha technologies to achieve smooth tonal transitions, rich, sonic detail is delivered in response to the touch of the player.
Featuring Yamaha's Smooth Release technology, Clavinova recreates the crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering sound produced by releasing the keys slowly.
Left: Rapidly lifting your fingers (staccato), Right: Slowly lifting your fingers (legato)
The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute the sound. Key-off samples feature actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle nuances in the piano’s tone, creating a more realistic overall sound.
Powerful polyphony ensures that more complex passages of music can be played without notes cutting off.
Natural Wood X (NWX) keyboards are created using Yamaha's unrivalled expertise acquired through more than a century of crafting fine pianos. Just as with grand pianos, the material used for NWX keyboards is cut from wood that has been carefully dried specifically for use in making musical instruments. The NWX keyboards also feature an escapement mechanism that reproduces the feel of an acoustic piano as it goes through the let-off of the jack and the fall of the hammer when a key is played very softly.
Synthetic Ivory keytops reproduce the tactile surface of the Ivory keyboards once used in acoustic pianos. It features highly absorbent material that prevents fingers from slipping even after hours of performing, while retaining the ideal texture and feel.
Grand piano hammers
This action faithfully reproduces the subtle differences in the weight and return of every key. No two keys are exactly alike which gives the player the best possible feel and response from the instrument.
The GP Response Damper Pedal offers a grand piano-style resistance curve, starting out light to the touch and growing heavier as the pedal is depressed further. This allows players to become accustomed to the nuances of delicate pedalling.
With the adjustment range and pressure feel of a grand piano half pedal, delicate tonal control is possible
The sound of a Clavinova is calibrated in fine detail, with speaker positioning and body materials checked to ensure that the entire instrument resonates optimally. To create a sound field that is very close to that of a grand piano, the Clavinova features tone escape ports in several locations throughout the body that allow the sound from the speakers to be projected to the listener without being trapped inside the instrument.
Dedicated drivers for mid and high frequency ranges provide astonishingly powerful sound.
The body of the Clavinova contains Acoustic Optimizers that regulate the flow of sound and control tone. A new technology developed from Yamaha's intimate knowledge of the acoustic properties of musical instruments, Acoustic Optimizers deliver a natural, smooth sound across the entire keyboard.
An easy-to-read LCD and intuitive layout enable simple operation of your Clavinova, giving you more time to focus on playing.
Features 303 exercises for building piano technique from popular methods like Hanon, Bayer, Czerny and Burgmüller. Connect an iPad using the NoteStar app to view the printed score and even turn pages using the pedals.
Why use a metronome when CLP rhythms give you a personal percussionist? Enjoy performing with rhythms such as jazz, pop, latin and more.
The recording function featured in Clavinova digital pianos allows you to record your performances with a single touch, which is useful when you want to review or archive your playing. You can record up to 16 tracks for simultaneous playback, allowing you to create your own songs using different sounds, or record each hand separately.
* Recordings are made in MIDI format, and can also be recorded to USB flash memory. Compatible software is required for playback of recorded data on a computer.
Record performances to USB flash memory as audio files (WAV format) you can save and play back on a computer or portable audio device, share with friends or use to create a CD.
In addition to pianos, the Clavinova CLP Series boasts an impressive library of instrument Voices including electric pianos, strings and organs. Enjoy the freedom to choose the ideal Voices for the genre of music you want to play.
A new reverb system allows you to experience the sensation of playing in a large concert hall, cathedral or other venue, adding depth and atmosphere to the sound. Now you can experience concert hall ambience and spaciousness in the privacy of your own home.
The ability to adjust performance volume is extremely useful at home where players may not always be able to play at high volume levels. At low volumes, both bass and treble used to be difficult to,hear, however, Clavinova is equipped with Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC), which adjusts the sound automatically, allowing players to enjoy balanced sound at any volume level.
Unique to Yamaha, the Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the spacing of the sound and the separation from the piano when listening via the headphones, resulting in a spacious sound image that will inspire you to play for hours at a time.
If you use an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Yamaha Apps can make playing more creative, enjoyable and fun
|Dimensions||Width||1461mm (57-1/2") (Polished finish: 1466mm (57-11/16"))|
|Height||927mm (36-1/2") (Polished finish: 930mm (36-5/8"))|
|Depth||465mm (18-5/16") (Polished finish: 465mm (18-5/16"))|
|Weight||Weight||70.0kg (154lbs., 5oz) (Polished finish: 73.5kg (162lbs., 1oz))|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Type||NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops (wood is used for the white keys), escapement|
|Touch Sensitivity||Hard 2, Hard 1, Medium, Soft 1, Soft 2, Fixed|
|88-key Linear Graded Hammers||Yes|
|Pedal||Number of Pedals||3|
|Functions||Damper with half pedal effect, Sostenuto, Soft|
|GP Response Damper Pedal||Yes|
|Display||Type||Full Dot LCD|
|Key Cover||Key Cover Style||Sliding|
|Tone Generation||Piano Sound||Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||256|
|Preset||Number of Voices||34|
|Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Rhythm||20|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||18 (Voice Demo), 50 (Piano), 303 (Lesson)|
|Recording||Number of Songs||250|
|Number of Tracks||16|
|USB Audio Recorder||Playback||WAV|
|Metronome||Tempo Range||5～500 (quarter note)|
|Other Control||Tuning, Scale Type, etc.|
|Storage||Internal Memory||approx. 1.5MB|
|External Drives||USB Flash Memory|
|MIDI||IN, OUT, THRU|
|AUX IN||Stereo Mini|
|AUX OUT||L / L+R, R|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes|
|USB TO HOST||Yes|
|Amplifiers||(40W + 40W) x 2|
|Speakers||(16cm + 8cm) x 2 [(6-5/16" + 3-1/8") x 2]|
|Accessories||Headphones Hanger, "50 greats for the Piano"|
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