PURE PIANO SOUND — EVEN "BETWEEN" THE NOTES
If you're serious about your music, you don't want an instrument that sounds and plays "like" a piano. You want a piano. Which is exactly what you get with the CLP-990M. Cutting-edge AWM tone generation technology ensures that every subtle nuance — from ...
PURE PIANO SOUND — EVEN "BETWEEN" THE NOTES
If you're serious about your music, you don't want an instrument that sounds and plays "like" a piano. You want a piano. Which is exactly what you get with the CLP-990M. Cutting-edge AWM tone generation technology ensures that every subtle nuance — from the lowest to the highest notes, and from the softest to the loudest dynamics — is right there at your fingertips. All the keys boast separate stereo samples. And for a new level of grand piano touch realism, there's the natural spruce keyboard. Plus a wide range of features to further expand your performance possibilities.
The CLP-990M — the ultimate choice for piano purists.
Woodgrain cabinet with Mahogany (CLP-990M shown) or Dark Rosewood ( 2300 LNK CLP-990 ) Finish.
88 Stereo Sampling
In the same way that an acoustic piano has separate strings for each key, the CLP-990M has separate stereo samples for all 88 keys — each one painstakingly recorded from a top-class, perfectly maintained Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand. There's no tricky filtering or pitch shifting to make a single sample sound like several notes: each individual note is a separate and distinctly vibrant entity. What's more, each note is sampled at five separate dynamic levels so that the timbre is right from the meekest pianissimo to the most commanding fortissimo. Naturally, this requires a lot of memory: how about a whopping 80.4 megabytes just for the Grand Piano sound?
Further Steps Towards Achieving The Ultimate Piano Sound
The CLP-990M features more than just 88-key Stereo Samples to assure authentic piano sound. String Resonance delivers the sound of strings in the related harmonic series resonating when other keys and the damper pedal are pressed. To recreate the changes in soundboard and string resonance that occur when, for example, the damper pedal is pressed, there are Stereo Sustain Samples . Plus Key-Off Samples that reproduce the change in timbre as keys are released on a real acoustic piano. As a final step towards achieving perfection, the CLP-990M's Soundboard Reverb effect provides the residual resonance of the soundboard and cabinet after the keys and damper pedal have been released.
INCREDIBLY REALISTIC TOUCH
In addition to unrivalled sound, the CLP-990 delivers unbelievably realistic touch with the "Natural Keyboard" featuring spruce keys. As with the highly acclaimed GH (Graded Hammer effect) keyboard of all other Yamaha Clavinovas, key weight is graded from heavier in the lower registers to lighter in the higher, exactly like a grand piano. However, in the "Natural Keyboard", this grading is in 8 steps as opposed to 4 in the GH keyboard. For even more realism, this new keyboard also uses a new hammer action that lets you actually feel the hammers and cushions as you play. What's more, there are two sensors — one under each hammer and one under each key. The hammer sensor detects velocity, while the key sensor detects when the damper is on or off. The result is the same feel and response as a grand piano's keyboard when playing fast, delicate passages. Add to this the warmth and texture of natural wood keys, and you have touch and control that is closer than ever to the real thing.
BEYOND PIANO PERFORMANCE
A Versatile Selection of Voices
In addition to its incredibly expressive grand piano voice, the CLP-990M offers a range of instrument voices that can add new dimensions to your sound. With its huge sample memory, the quality of each and every voice is superb. Just listen to the presence of the key-off a harpsichord or the vibraphone. Here's a performance palette that won't limit your style or talent.
High-performance Speaker System
To deliver the newly sampled instrument voices with all the power and authority they deserve, the CLP-990M features a newly designed speaker system and high power stereo amplifier. With 60W per channel, the amplifier easily delivers the dynamic range of a grand piano. The CLP-990M also features 16cm polypropylene woofers and 5cm tweeters in wooden enclosures above the keyboard to deliver high quality sound direct to the ears of the player. The result is astonishingly lifelike power.
OTHER VALUABLE FEATURES
Record songs using up to 16 tracks to the CLP-990M's large internal flash memory the song data stays in memory even when the power is switched off.
Floppy Disk Drive
Use external floppy disks for unlimited storage of songs you've recorded using the CLP-990M Song Memory, or load commercially-available XG song disks and take advantage of the CLP-990M's 480-voice XG tone generator for playback. You can simply listen, or play along for practice.
Connect the CLP-990M directly to your Windows® or Macintosh® personal computer using a single cable. Then you're ready to take advantage of the PC-based sequencing software to record and play back your performances.
The CLP-990M features 192-note polyphony combined with Yamaha's unique "intelligent key assigner" system so you'll never experience note cutoffs.
Digital Reverb & Effects
A variety of room reverbs as well as chorus, delay, and brilliance effects let you create the ambience your music deserves.
Dual & Split Modes
Stack two voices for simultaneous performance, or split the keyboard and play different voices with the left and right hands.
Continuously variable sustain or pitch bend via the right pedal.
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