Millennium III

Millennium III

This patented Kawai design is a remarkable step forward in grand piano actions, providing repetition up to 25% faster than traditional wooden actions. Innovative design and the use of ABS-Carbon fibre give the player unparalleled freedom of expression, flexibility and control. The Millennium III action is thus more sensitive to the player's touch for controlled pianissimo playing and at the same time generates more power with less effort overall. It really does provide a platform upon which the player can create his or her very best performances.

Available in: all grand pianos and all upright pianos except K15 and ND21

ABS Carbon

ABS Carbon

ABS-Carbon is a proprietary material of the Kawai company, combining ABS Styran (used in Kawai actions for some 40 years) with the extraordinary strength of carbon fibre. Virtually impervious to shrinking and swelling, it has enormous inherent strength.

Extended keysticks

Extended keysticks

The overall length of each keystick is extended to make playing easier and provide more even touch and response from the front to the back of the playing surface. Keysticks are also designed with a slightly taller profile for maximum rigidity to deliver greater power.

Available in: all grand pianos and all upright pianos except K15 and ND21

NeoTex key surfaces

NeoTex key surfaces

Kawai's exclusive NeoTex key surface material made of cellulose fibre offers the smooth, understated texture of natural ivory and ebony – and a semi-porous, silica-filled surface to absorb the hand's natural oils and perspiration. Since NeoTex is used for both the sharps and naturals, the feel of the keys is consistent across the entire keyboard. NeoTex resists cracking and fading over years of use – and is static-resistant to help prevent the build-up of unwanted dust. The result is a beautiful, long-lasting key surface with exceptional playability.

Available in: all GX Series and Shigeru Kawai grand pianos, and K-500, K-600 and K-800 upright pianos.

Exclusive Shiko Seion hammers

Exclusive Shiko Seion hammers

Translated as 'the highest level of voicing', Shiko Seion hammers are made and voiced entirely by our Master Piano Artisans, their felt made with the finest Australian and New Zealand long wool fibres. Hand pressed, reinforced and formed without artificial hardeners, tone regulation is achieved by needling or shaping - not by injection (or 'doping') or using heat. This method ensures long hammer life and infinite voicing possibilities. Overall, they deliver unmatched dynamics, tonal quality and expression for the artist.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Japanese Ezo spruce soundboard

Japanese Ezo spruce soundboard

From Kawai's own forest sources comes Ezo Spruce. Grown in the snow shrouded mountains of Hokkaido, the extreme climate and lofty altitude produce a wood that is prized for its close, even grain. Top grade, specially selected, it is sawn and shaped into a soundboard of exceptional energy and tonal projection.

Once the Ezo is harvested, it is planed and quarter sawn, then stockpiled outdoors for as long as fifteen years. This lengthy and arduous natural process is known as Kigarashi. In the Japanese language of wood, Kigarashi means, 'finding a balance through time and nature.' Why season wood naturally for fifteen years when there are quicker and less expensive methods available, such as force drying or kiln drying? The answer is stability.

The natural aging of Ezo spruce produces a soundboard that is tremendously stable and far less susceptible to warpage and cracking. According to wood technologists, force drying can change the molecular structure of wood and affect stability as well as tonal projection.

Every Shigeru Kawai soundboard carries a special seal on the front bass side that identifies it as a Kigarashi premium aged soundboard, known for its exceptional tone and stability.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

12 month seasoned plates

12 month seasoned plates

Our V- Pro plates are the most consistent in the world, providing tolerances unmatched by any other manufacturer. However, after a plate is cast, it is still 'alive' and could be subject to minute shifts and stresses.

To eliminate any possibility of instability, Shigeru Kawai plates are left outdoors, literally buried in sand for one year, which assures a stable and stress free plate.

Available in: All Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Hand notched, reduced mass bridges

Hand notched, reduced mass bridges

Alternating vertical laminations of mahogany and hard maple provide reduced mass and greater flexibility in the bridge assembly, thus allowing the MPA to match the bridge impedance specifically to each individual piano.

This intricate construction technique provides the most rapid and efficient transfer of energy from the strings to the soundboard and maximises soundboard movement for optimum amplification and increased sustain.

Carefully hand notched by the MPA, the select hardwood cap of Kaede (Japanese Maple) maintains the structural integrity of the vertical laminations and offers an exceptional contact surface for the strings. Kaede is also more crack resistant than other woods, allowing precise hand levelling of the bridge pins without the fear of developing micro cracks in the cap. The hand levelled bridge pins create a deeper burrow for a more secure foundation.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Temaki bass strings

Temaki bass strings

Temaki literally means 'hand rolled'. In the unhurried Temaki process, the MPA patiently winds each bass string by hand for absolute precision and tension. Through years of experience, he or she is able to accurately space the coils of the solid copper wire over the steel core in a manner unique to the skilled human hand. This method creates a string with a richness, harmonic complexity and depth of tone found only in the Shigeru Kawai piano.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Premium aged Matoa inner rim

Premium aged Matoa inner rim

The inner rim is the foundation for the soundboard. After it is precisely notched for accurate soundboard fit and placement, the inner rim receives the crowned soundboard/ribs assembly and (along with the plate) becomes a vital part of the sound producing "core of the piano.

The inner rim is made of extremely dense Matoa. After it is shaped, the rim is seasoned in a special chamber where it remains untouched for twice the length of time than is generally allotted by most manufacturers. This longer aging creates an inner rim that is tremendously stable and provides a solid foundation for the soundboard assembly. The benefit to the player is a more stable soundboard crown and more consistent tone.

Available in: all GX Series and Shigeru Kawai grand pianos

Concert style, dual pivot damper system

Concert style, dual pivot damper system

Our dual pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedalling. The Dual-Pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedalling.

Available in: all Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano models

Grand Feel

Grand Feel
Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced in Kawai digital pianos over 25 years ago. Wood possesses unique characteristics that allow it to absorb a degree of movement energy and flex slightly when compressed, and the outstanding resonance properties of wood make it an ideal choice for stringed instruments such as guitars, violins and pianos. Wooden piano keys also provide a distinct tactile feedback to the player, vibrating subtly to channel the sound energy of the instrument back through the fingertips.

Grand Feel is the world's most advanced digital piano action, with 88 long wooden keys and a pivot length equal to that of a grand piano, ensuring evenness of touch from the front of the key to the back. The spine of Grand Feel, our custom ABS action rail provides immense strength and stability, and from the highest grade felts and balance pins to the gels lubricating each keystroke, every material used in Grand Feel is selected or made exclusively to achieve the most authentic touch and motion in any digital piano action. Textured Ivory and Ebony Touch key surfaces gently absorb moisture from the fingertips and add fine control for more delicate passages, and our triple-sensor key detection system is unmatched in its accuracy and responsiveness. Graded counterweights help to lighten their touch during pianissimo passages, with let-off simulation also reproducing the "notch" sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly. Combining more than 85 years of experience in piano manufacture with the latest in textile and mechanic design, Grand Feel is the most authentic digital piano action ever made.

Grand Feel II available in: CA67CA97, and CS11.

Grand Feel available in: MP11

RM3 Grand II

RM3 Grand II

Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the highly regarded RM3 Grand II keyboard action combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the fi nest concert grand pianos. All 88 black and white keys are crafted from long pieces of wood, and pivot smoothly on a central balance pin with the same "seesaw" motion as an acoustic piano key. The weight of the keyboard is graded from bass to treble, with additional characteristics such as let-off simulation and counterweights further enhancing touch realism.

This exceptional action features Kawai's luxurious Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery. The RM3 Grand II keyboard action also boasts Kawai's latest triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism and accuracy. The third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and allows the sound of a single note to be gradually "layered without previous tones being cut-off or lost.

Available in: CA17

Responsive Hammer Action

Responsive Hammer Action
The class-leading Responsive Hammer keyboard action recreates the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience. The triple-sensor key detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, and allows for blazing fast repetition, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to neutralise noise and lateral key movement during staccato and fortissimo passages.

The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while let-off simulation recreates the subtle notch" sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano. Finely textured synthetic Ivory Touch key surfaces replicate the control and gentle absorbency of traditional ivory, and counterweights lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force. These important characteristics allow players to practise their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure a smooth transition to larger instruments for more advances studies or performance.

Responsive Hammer III available in: CN27, CN37 and ES8

Responsive Hammer II available in: MP7

Responsive Hammer available in: CL36

Responsive Hammer Compact available in: ES110.

 

Advanced Hammer Action IV-F

Advanced Hammer Action IV-F

The KDP90's Advanced Hammer Action IV-F (AHA IV-F) keyboard action has been developed to represent the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. Its springless technology and sturdy construction delivers consistent upward and downward motion for a smooth, natural, and highly authentic piano playing experience. Moreover, just as acoustic pianos utilise heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers, the AHA IV-F keyboard action also employs different hammer weights, appropriately graded for each playing range. Such realistic details provide greater stability during fortissimo passages, while preserving delicate pianissimo control, to satisfy the demands of even the most discerning pianist.

Availabe in: KDP90, KCP90 and CL26

Anytime X

Anytime X

Pianos featuring the ATX designation are full acoustic pianos with a big difference: a special acoustic muting feature interrupts the hammers from reaching the strings, and instead activates a digital system based on our award winning Concert Artist series of digital pianos. Genuine Millennium III acoustic piano action, silent practice. Digital operation greatly extends the capabilities of the ATX piano beyond that of any traditional acoustic instrument, with convenient transpose and tuning facilities, a metronome and song recorder, built-in lessons, and a selection of high fidelity sounds for playing in different styles and occasions.

Available in: K-300 ATX2

Soundboard Speaker System

Soundboard Speaker System

Inspired by the same soundboards that give our acoustic pianos such rich, versatile resonances, Kawai's Soundboard Speaker System is a genuine Spruce soundboard mounted directly into the rear of your digital piano. Driven by a powerful internal transducer, this unique technology embraces timber's harmonic qualities, channelling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard in order to produce a natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.

Available in: CA97 and CS11.

Harmonic Imaging

Harmonic Imaging

Kawai's digital piano sounds are sampled directly from our flagship concert grands, the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX, as well as the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 and other models in our range. These pianos are prepared by our Master Piano Artisans and each key is recorded many times, under a range of conditions, by expert recording engineers, building up an enormous database of raw sound data.

Harmonic Imaging is the technology that weaves this data into the final expression when you play the keys, and it's the reason that our digital pianos sound so incredibly lifelike and present. Sophisticated algorithms analyse and interpret the timing, pressure, key-off velocity and other aspects of your keystrokes as you play, feeding the Harmonic Imaging engine the information it needs to produce a sound that is rich and nuanced, with enormous (and customisable) dynamic range, and as close to the performance instruments from which it was born as any digital piano available today.

Harmonic Imaging available in: ES110, KDP90, KCP90, CL26, and CN27,

Progressive Harmonic Imaging available in: CL36 and CN37.

Harmonic Imaging XL available in: CA17, ES8, CS1 1, CA67, CA97, MP7, MP11, K-300 ATX2

Virtual Technician

Virtual Technician

An experienced piano technician is essential to fully realise the potential of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to meticulously tuning each individual note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow an instrument to truly sing.

Virtual Technician brings exquisite control over the sound of your instrument to your fingertips or iPad. Perform touch and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes* all in real-time. Then, with the desired refinements complete, save the personally prepared instrument to internal memory or a connected USB device, or exchange favourite settings with other Kawai owners online.

*Virtual Technician features available will depend on the model of your piano.

Available in: all digital models (except CL26 and CL36), and K-300 ATX2

Acoustic Rendering

Acoustic Rendering

The total sound of a piano is extremely complex, with strings resonating in sympathy with harmonically related strings, sounds produced by the action, the interplay of pedals with the positioning of dampers and much more, and there is much in this complexity that traditional sampling techniques are unable to capture. By augmenting raw sample data with highly sophisticated modelling, performed by powerful on-board computer processors, Kawai digital pianos are able to articulate even the subtlest of these ancillary sounds and produce an astonishingly rich, detailed acoustic portrait in our digital piano sounds.

USB Audio

USB Audio

Playing along with your favourite artists is a great way to learn music, and Kawai's USB audio features make it as easy as inserting a USB stick of WAV and MP3 files, and listening through the piano's internal speakers, headphones or outboard gear, while you play along. It is also possible to record your own practice and performance to WAV, MP3 or standard MIDI file, and even to overdub existing audio files with your playing. Songs already saved into the piano's internal memory can be converted to WAV and MP3, and most sound parameters and settings can also be saved directly to USB for storing or sharing with friends. Make the most of your music with easy to use features to recording and sharing your own music.

*USB audio features available will depend on the model of your piano.

Available in: CN37, CS11, CA67, CA 97, ES8, MP7, MP11 and  K-300 ATX2

Upward Radiation Speaker System

Upward Radiation Speaker System

When playing a fine piano, sound reaches the player from a clear and well-defined path through space. Kawai's Upward Radiation Speaker System is the result of countless hours of painstaking acoustic analysis and careful design, delivering the most accurate sound space to the player of any digital piano. Lower range frequencies are delivered through large speakers at the underside of the keybed, while mid and high frequencies are projected through speakers mounted higher and positioned so as to most closely mirror the sound projection of a grand piano.

Available in: CN37 and CA67

Componentry

Componentry
Digital sound is only as good as the weakest component in the signal path. Between the keyboard and the speakers are a number of digital parts, each responsible for helping to convert your kinetic energy into an electrical signal, combining it with data from the CPU, and finally outputting sound. Amplifiers, heat sinks, DACs, event the connecting line and XLR sockets are high quality, to ensure that what you hear is crystal clear and rich with all the tonal nuance that you would expect from the world's finest pianos.

Available in: All digital pianos and K300 ATXII



Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Connect your piano without wires to a world of mobile phones, tablets, and other devices, with the global standard. MIDI over Bluetooth allows you to effortlessly tap into an enormous - and growing - ecosystem of apps designed for musicians, for pianists, and for players of Kawai digital pianos. Use our own Virtual Technician app to navigate through the deepest settings, crafting the perfect piano sound for your own ears, right from your iPad, create your own scores with Touch Notation and play it back through your piano, or use all your favourite MIDI-enabled apps in whatever fun and creative ways you can think of.

Availabe in: ES110, CN27, and CN37.

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