The GrandTouch keyboard was developed with a clear awareness of
the need to recreate the responsive feel of a grand piano.
For instance, one of the major characteristics of a grand piano
is the wide change in key touch, from playing soft to striking the
keys hard. Grand pianos respond to different ways of playing with
different key touches-the keys move lightly when played softly, and
the keys respond firmly when played strongly.
With the GrandTouch keyboard, Yamaha has considered the key
mechanism and weight, as well as the key shape and friction that
occurs during key travel. In doing so, we have widened the range of
differences in key touch between lighter and harder playing. This
lets you naturally sense the difference between louder and quieter
sounds while playing.
Further, we have designed the GrandTouch keyboard to allow you
to play with an expressiveness that rivals that of a grand piano,
as the GrandTouch keyboard gives you tactile feedback from the time
you touch the keys until they reach the keybed.
What's more, we have included a mechanism that simulates the
lifting of hammers on a grand piano, recreating the feeling of
escapement at the end of the key stroke. With this, the GrandTouch
emulates both the release feeling that is unique to an actual
escapement mechanism, and the feeling of stopping that comes
We definitely encourage you to experience the GrandTouch's
highly realistic feeling of a responsive grand piano mechanism that
keeps moving from the outset until escapement and then stops... and
with this, the sense of control brought to your performance
throughout the entire keystroke range.
Outstanding Piano Sound
VRM physical modeling-the distinctive
reverberation generated by the entire body of a concert grand
In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the
instrument, producing a rich reverberation that envelops the
listener in sound. This phenomena is reproduced perfectly in the
Clavinova through enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). The
original VRM calculates the various states of the strings for each
of the 88 notes on the keyboard, from one instant to the next, and
timing and depth of damper pedals pressed. The enhanced VRM now
also calculates aliquot resonance in the upper octaves, and the
full resonance of the soundboard, rim, and frame. This technology
allows for vivid, bright, richly-varied expression that reflects
the limitless number of factors inherent in piano performance.
From staccato to legato-superbly expressive
sound that responds to the player's touch
Featuring Yamaha Smooth Release technology, Clavinova offers the
crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering
sound produced by releasing the keys more. This provides
finely-nuanced response to the pianist's playing.
Smooth tonal transformations perfectly
matched to key pressure
Sound in an acoustic piano attenuates over a long time. Pianists
can change the volume of the sound-as well as its dynamics-to
achieve both mellow and bright tones by simply changing the
pressure they apply to the keys.
The Clavinova features long, carefully-sampled recordings of
notes on a piano, reproduces them in rich detail and utilizes
unique Yamaha technologies to achieve smooth tonal transitions in
response to the touch of the player.
Additionally, the Clavinova has been repeatedly tested and
adjusted by numerous pianists in order to attain a performance feel
similar to that of a grand piano.
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 its sound. Key-Off
samples features actual recordings of these changes, offering a
faithful reproduction of the most subtle changes in the piano's
sound, allowing for a more realistic performance.
Superb Playability and Feel
Escapement mechanism of Clavinova
The escapement mechanism in a grand piano moves the hammers away
from the strings quickly after they strike them, in order to
prevent any interference with string vibration. This mechanism
produces a slight clicking sensation when the keys are pressed
gently. Since Real Grand Expression offers players superb sound,
touch and pedaling, we decided to create an escapement that
delivers outstanding playability, repetition, and response without
impeding performance. The Clavinova keyboards feature an escapement
mechanism that reproduces this sensation near the bottom of the key
dip. They have been designed in such a way that the click is
discernible only on the lightest keystrokes, similar to the
keyboard of a grand piano. These keyboards have been adjusted to
provide additional friction that balances key repetition and
response without impeding performance.
88-key Linear Graded Hammers-the first
digital piano keyboard ever to feature alistic weighting on every
Every single key on a grand piano keyboard is weighted
differently. This is because the strings for each note are slightly
thinner and shorter in the treble register, becoming thicker and
longer towards the bass register. The 88-key Linear Graded Hammers
of the Clavinova is the first-of-its-kind to faithfully duplicate
this graded touch with differing weights and key return on each one
of its keys. This results in a feel and response that is
astonishingly like that of a grand piano, and allows players to
gain an appreciation of a more authentic touch.
Keyboard Stabilizers-unique Yamaha mechanisms
for improved keyboard stability and durability
Keyboards fulfill the vital role of transforming emotion from
your fingertips into sound and therefore, must be smooth to play in
order to maintain superb touch for prolonged performances. That is
why Yamaha has fitted Keyboard Stabilizers to all 88 keys, offering
players a natural touch and improving the stability and durability
of the keyboard.
The GP Response Damper Pedal provides an
authentic grand piano pedal feel
Using the damper pedal subtly alters the nature of a piano's
sound and is essential to providing the pianist with all the
necessary expressive tools to convey their musical vision.
Clavinova digital pianos feature a damper pedal that continually
detects depression depth and allows halfpedaling, which lets
players make minute adjustments to pedal depression and return,
changing the depth and character of their piano sound.
High-end models feature the GP Response Damper Pedal, which
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
The mechanics of superior sound
Full-body resonance, just like an acoustic
Similar to an acoustic piano, the Clavinova is calibrated
carefully, with speaker positioning and body materials checked to
ensure that the entire instrument resonates optimally. For a sound
image that is very close to the grand piano, these instruments
feature Tone Escapement in several locations throughout the body
that allow the sound from the speakers to be projected to the
listener's ears without being trapped inside the instrument. The
higher-end models in the CLP-600 Series feature dedicated DSPs,
amplifiers and speakers. This vastly improves sound production,
ensuring that the volume and quality of sound heard by the
performer is flawless, with the output from each speaker arriving
at the performer's ears in perfect synchrony.
The speakers attached to the body exhibit a phenomenon in which,
if nothing is done, the volume of the sound will increase due to
the resonant frequency of the body. Conversely, installing pipes
with the same resonant frequency within the body suppresses this
resonance. Acoustic optimizers utilize this phenomenon.
This improvement of the sound is something that has only been
possible thanks to Yamaha's thorough knowledge of the internal
acoustic characteristics of musical instruments.
Concert hall performance in the comfort of your own home
A fully immersive concert grand
experience-even with headphones
Yamaha's advanced binaural sampling technology is now available
on the Clavinova for the first time. The technology uses samples
from the CFX, Yamaha's acclaimed concert grand piano, recorded with
specialized microphones that capture locational information and
other nuances discerned by the human ear. The resulting sound is so
natural, so enveloping, that you'll soon forget you're even wearing
headphones at all.
Once you choose the Yamaha CFX Grand Voice and put headphones
on, the binaural sampled sound is automatically ready and no
additional settings are required. Now with or without headphones,
you can fully enjoy the concert grand experience at home.
The Stereophonic Optimizer-a new kind of
When using headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer lets players
enjoy the dispersed sound heard when sitting in front of an
acoustic piano. With the Stereophonic Optimizer, Voices sampled
from acoustic pianos* appear to come from the body of the
instrument. This provides a comfortable, natural experience that
removes the drawbacks of performing with headphones.
* The CFX Voice utilizes binaural sampling technology
Connect wirelessly for Bluetooth® audio
You can play music through the audio system on the Clavinova by
using a Bluetooth-enabled smart device. You can stream audio data
such as mp3 files. You can enjoy playing along with any songs on
your smart device, and you can even share your Clavinova
Multi-track Song Recorder
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 your playing objectively.
Additionally, you can record up to 16 tracks for simultaneous
playback, so different hands can be recorded separately or overdub
parts with different Voices.
* 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
USB Audio Recorder
Record performances to USB flash memory and create audio files*
you can save and play back on a computer, share with friends or
create a CD.
* Data is saved in WAV format
Connect the Clavinova to a computer or a USB memory device to
manage your library.