- Three amps produce all sound ranges clearly (Tri-Amp System)
- Achieves resonance with a feeling of depth, just like a grand piano (GP Soundboard Speaker)
- Plays XG-compatible data for performing with a dynamic accompaniment (XG Music Source)
- New generation piano sound source provides outstanding playing response and expressive capability (RGE Sound Engine)
- Faithfully reproduces the differences in the weight and return of each key (88-Key Linear Graded Hammers)
"Real Grand Expression" Sound, touch, pedals–perfectly integrated to give you the sensation of playing a grand piano.
Real Grand Expression. This phrase defines the expressive capability of Clavinova. It is not only the full realization of the sound, the touch and the pedals, but the application of technologies nurtured by crafting acoustic pianos to perfectly integrate...
"Real Grand Expression" Sound, touch, pedals–perfectly integrated to give you the sensation of playing a grand piano.
Real Grand Expression. This phrase defines the expressive capability of Clavinova. It is not only the full realization of the sound, the touch and the pedals, but the application of technologies nurtured by crafting acoustic pianos to perfectly integrate these three elements into a single piano. This piano produces that exact sound you want through the touch of the keys and the feel of the pedals. As you play, you will truly feel as though you are playing a grand piano.
The sound is heard just as it was played. "RGE Sound Engine" provides playing response and expressive capability.
The Benefits of Smooth Release
The RGE Sound Engine delivers the ultimate expressive capability for the CLP Series. The new CLP Series uses the RGE (Real Grand Expression) Sound Engine, the next-generation piano sound source. It improves upon the Pure CF Sound Engine, which earned high praise in the CVP Series, and lets you enjoy the playing response and expressive capability of a concert grand piano. It features a new Smooth Release function which can express sound with great clarity, and clearly enunciate staccato notes with the sound of lingering resonance heard when gently lifting your fingers from the keys. It succeeds in capturing the essence of a piano performance to create grand piano-like, richly expressive experiences.
Dynamic change of sound is dependent on touch.
Variations of sound according to touch
An acoustic piano is a musical instrument whose sounds linger for a long period. The strength of touch varies not only the volume, but also the sound from bright to dark, creating rich expressiveness. Clavinova produces deep resonances by using piano sounds that have been accurately sampling for their entire length. Proprietary technology creates smooth and dynamic changes according to the strength of the touch. Additionally, to achieve a performance feel rivaling that of a grand piano, the touch was carefully refined by many pianists who played it and gave their feedback for Yamaha’s research and development.
Piano Voices embody the careful attention only a piano manufacturer can give.
The grand piano Voices of a Clavinova were obtained by recording the sounds of a Yamaha concert grand piano that led to the creation of the CFX, the piano selected for a performance by the 2010 winner of the famed International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. A single piano best suited for recording was selected and then tuned to the finest possible condition by a veteran piano tuner. All the sounds were recorded resulting in a sound that displays not only the beauty of each note, but the harmonized sound of a single piano.
256-note polyphony lets you play without notes dropping-out, especially in dense passages of music.
When you play fast phrases or superimpose chords while pressing the damper pedal, you want to be able to perform without notes dropping out. The Clavinova provides 256-note polyphony so you can enjoy complex works such as those by Liszt or Ravel, which feature numerous pedal presses, with no limitations. As your playing improves over the years, your Clavinova will continue to let you make the most of your abilities.
Diverse piano voices that you can choose to match the piece you want to play
Clavinovas are provided with distinctive piano voices in addition to the piano voices that offer playing response like that of a concert grand piano. These include a piano for ballads that gently resonates the start-up sound, a piano for jazz that adds depth to the sound, and a piano for popular music with bright, rich sound. To ensure that the sound conforms closely to the genre, adjustment of each piano voice focuses on the resonance, or the sound produced when you lift your finger, and other delicate nuances. Each time you play, you can immediately enjoy the perfect piano sound without having to make any adjustments.
Experience real piano touch with Yamaha's "Natural Wood keyboard".
The Clavinova NW (Natural Wood) keyboard could only be made by Yamaha, with woodworking techniques perfected from over a century of building fine acoustic pianos. Like a grand piano, the keys are made of solid wood that has undergone the long drying process required for use in a musical instrument. By selecting only the highest quality sections of each piece of wood, keys that are more resistant to warping and deforming than those of laminated wooden keyboards are created. The keys have three sensors, like the GH3 keyboard, that amplify sensitivity to the pianist playing them. Combined with the solid texture of wood, this provides an outstanding playing experience and performance.
"Synthetic ivory keytops" remain tactile during long performances.
Pianists enjoy a touch that clings firmly to their fingers, just like the ivory keyboards historically used in top-class pianos. Synthetic ivory keytops feature a soft, slightly porous surface that gives keys added grip and natural friction for improved ease in playing, especially during long performances or practice sessions. The keys' smooth, refined texture imparts a feeling of luxury and is easy to clean.
"88-key Linear Graded Hammers" reproduce a unique weight for each key, a first for digital pianos.
Grand piano hammers.
88-key Linear Graded Hammers
Each key in the Clavinova keyboard has a unique weight. On a traditional acoustic piano, the strings are short and narrow in the treble section and get progressively thicker and longer in the bass section. To produce an even sound, the hammers hitting the keys become larger from low to high. Thanks to the 88-key Linear Graded Hammers, this is the first digital piano to precisely recreate the keyboard touch of a grand piano where the weight, touch and return of every key is different. Since the experience is extremely close to that of a grand piano, you can achieve better playing technique.
"Keyboard Stabilizers" enhance the keyboard's durability.
Operation of the key stabilizer
The keyboard must respond perfectly to the touch of your fingers so the notes sound just as you intend. Because the keyboard plays such a critical role, it must allow you to play smoothly and maintain good touch for long periods of time. That's why all 88 keys are equipped with Keyboard Stabilizers. This not only lets you play with a natural touch, it greatly improves the stability and durability of the keys.
Keys have a long distance to the fulcrum offering easy-to-play touch, even to the base of each key.
Differences between ease of playing according to distance to the fulcrum
The keys provide a pleasing touch down to the base, because the distance from the tip of the key to the fulcrum is extremely long. When playing a piece that uses many black keys, even when you press a white key near its base, the key sinks softly, maintaining the delicate nuances of soft and hard key strokes.
"The Tri-Amp System" reproduces all sound ranges more beautifully and clearly.
A good piano lets you hear every sound within the piece clearly and beautifully. Clavinova's Tri-Amp System makes this possible by using dedicated amplifiers to drive three separate speaker systems for the three independent frequency ranges. This method can be appreciated by audiophiles and piano purists alike as it ensures that you will hear all the subtle nuances of your performance.
"The GP Soundboard Speaker" produces broad resonance with the depth of a grand piano.
GP Soundboard Speaker.
When you play a grand piano, you are immersed in the sound because of the broad and deep resonances the soundboard creates. These effects are reproduced by the GP Soundboard Speaker. Because the sound emanates from the back of the piano, you can enjoy three-dimensional sound reminiscent of a grand piano.
The acoustic system produces acoustic piano sound as if the instrument itself is resonating.
Because Yamaha places so much importance on the joy of playing, the speakers, amps and other acoustic systems have been optimized so the player hears nothing but stunning sound during a performance. These musical instrument-like resonances give the impression that the Clavinova is more acoustic than it is digital.
"The GP Response Damper Pedal" provides an operating feel just like that of a grand piano.
Response of GP Response Damper Pedal
The damper pedal is an important piano-playing element because it continuously varies the sound as you press it down. The Clavinova behaves the same way as an acoustic piano by constantly detecting the amount of pedal press or return and finely adjusting the amount of note elongation and reverberation. Additionally, the GP Response Damper Pedal reproduces the typical grand piano feeling, for example less resistance when starting to press and a heavy feeling when the pedal begins to take effect. As a result, players achieve greater control when operating the damper pedal.
Using the pedals provides realistic resonances that accurately convey all sound changes.
Stereo Sustain samples provide the mellow reverberations created as you depress the damper pedal. Damper Resonance similarly produces broad and deep resonances when the pedal is used. The result is realistic sound, just as if you were playing an acoustic piano. You will even hear the subtle changes that occur according to whether the player begins to press the pedal before or after striking a key. You can enjoy playing impressionistic pieces, such as those by Debussy or Ravel, where half-pedal expression is important.
"Intelligent Acoustic Control" provides a full, balanced sound with rich lows and clear highs even at low volumes.
Volume adjustment is convenient for playing at home, where sometimes others may prefer you play softly. You've probably experienced the fact that when the volume is low, it is difficult to hear treble and bass. On a Clavinova, however, the Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) function automatically adjusts the sound, so you enjoy proper sound balance even at low volumes. Additionally, the volume dial automatically makes fine adjustments to overall sound of the speaker system (EQ) at low volume. This ability to adjust volume without losing the rich and balanced sound is an exclusive Yamaha benefit, ensuring you always play with the utmost sound quality.
A full selection of basic functions unique to a digital piano such as sound volume adjustment and metronome are provided.
In addition to being compact and not requiring tuning, Clavinova models provide volume adjustment and two headphone jacks so you can listen to your children practice or enjoy playing duets in private. A metronome and other features help you improve your piano skills.
Two recording functions can be used selectively according to your purpose.
[Recording on a Clavinova is simple and speedy]. Recording is a useful way to evaluate your performances. You can record with the touch of a button and even do two-track recording, which lets you record the parts for your two hands separately, then play them simultaneously. You can also store performances on a USB memory device. * * Storage format is SMF. To play the files on a computer, compatible software (such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player) and sound source are required. [Record performances onto USB flash memory so that you can share] your music. By using the USB Audio Recorder, you can record your own performances on to USB flash memory as an audio file. * Because it can be played back without a Clavinova, you can store it on a PC to track and compare your progress or put the recordings on a CD so your family and friends can enjoy them. You can also listen to the files on-the-go by loading them on to portable media players. * Uses WAV storage format.
Wide selection of realistic musical instrument Voices adds variety to your performances.
Along with the piano voices, Clavinova also offers a wide selection of musical instrument voices, including electric piano as Yamaha's CP1, harpsichord, guitar and strings, which you will find many opportunities to use. Two interesting ways of using these voices are Dual and Split. Dual, which means playing two voices simultaneously, provides a rich sound by overlapping the piano sound with strings. Split lets you play different voices with your right hand and left hand, so you can play jazz style by adding a piano melody to a bass sound. By combining the voices in various ways, you can enjoy many different styles of play. The CLP-480 internally stores the XG sound source. If you use compatible music data, you can perform while backed by marvelous accompaniments such as an orchestra.
USB ports allow easy data storage and transfer.
Clavinovas have a USB TO DEVICE port for plugging-in USB memory devices and a USB TO HOST port for connecting to a computer via a single USB cable. They provide a way to conveniently store performance data, and transfer other data between your Clavinova and computer or other Clavinovas.
You can also use it for lessons. Includes 50 famous piano pieces.
The stored pieces are a selection of popular piano pieces. These emotion-filled performances are not only perfect for BGM, they can also be used for lessons. You can listen to them as models, reduce their tempo and play along, or play back only the right hand part so you can practice the left hand part. The inclusion of 50 stored pieces is a nice Clavinova benefit.
Panel Reveal Key Cover hides the operating panel for a more natural acoustic piano look.
The Panel Reveal Key Cover lets you perform with all signs of technology on the control panel discreetly hidden. This adds to the traditional piano-like cabinet design of the CLP-400 Series.
Design captures the essential beauty of a piano. Color variations are available.
Clavinovas are designed to offer the appearance and presence of an acoustic piano. The luxurious polished finish offers a piano-like texture while other color variations complement any room's decor. The CLP Series includes slimline models that fit neatly almost anywhere, and a grand piano-like model with its graceful silhouette.
The finish has a deep and brilliant piano-like luster, affording a feeling of luxury. The coating, which is resistant to scratches as well as to excessive humidity and temperature, is the same as that used to finish grand pianos. The coating process is also the same, and results in a beautiful luster thanks to repeated grinding and polishing by piano craftsmen.
Online service lets you access new Clavinova fun at any time.
A wide selection of songs, scores and other great musical content is available at the Yamaha Online Services website. Visit at http://services.music.yamaha.com/
Audio & Video
The first Clavinova was created in 1983 to allow people to more conveniently enjoy the pleasure of playing a piano. From the first stages of development, Yamaha exercised its ingenuity to reproduce the sound and touch of a grand piano by developing a proprietary FM (Frequency Modulation) Sound Source, new keyboard mechanisms and other innovations. The YP-40 featured not only piano sound, but also the tone colors of 16 instruments including harpsichord, clavichord and guitar. It also provided the Stereo Symphonic Effect, allowing it to offer the power and feeling of depth of a performance in a concert hall or music club.
The CVP-7 was equipped with the piano Auto Bass Chord (ABC) function, the archetype of the highly regarded automatic accompaniment functions of today’s CVP Series. At the time, it was a revolutionary function that allowed a player to add an accompaniment simply by holding down chords with the left hand. It also had a ROM Music function that let players call up songs that they liked and play them like an orchestra or ensemble, expanding the fun of playing music. The Guide function, which uses guide lamps to indicate the next key to be struck, also made its debut in this model.
This model marked the first use of the Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) sampling method, which used data obtained by digitally recording the sound of actual musical instruments and processing them with proprietary technologies. This new sound source technology permitted the faithful reproduction of rich textures and beautiful lingering tones, beginning with the delicate sound startup at the moment the key of a grand piano is struck until the sound naturally attenuates.
Its sound source was the AWM Stereo Sampling method based on stereo recording. Creating sound based on data recorded from the left and from the right, it achieved the wide, deep, elegant and realistic tones of a grand piano. The CLP-760 brought further improvements to the AE (Action Effect) keyboard that had first appeared in 1986, which applied the principle of the hammer action of an acoustic piano. As a result, its touch was even closer to that of a grand piano.
The CVP-79A offered 192 different voices (including GM sounds), exceeding the basic assumptions regarding the capabilities of digital pianos. It also came with 100 accompaniment Styles, greatly expanding its breadth of performance expressiveness, and provided an even easier to use Guide function, an LCD display that helped players to make skillful use of its many functions, and an on-board Help function. Great care was taken not only with its functionality, but with its ease of operation.
The feel of grand piano keys when they are struck differs slightly between the bass keys and the treble keys. By introducing the GH (Graded Hammer) keyboard, the CLP-811 was able to reproduce this subtle difference. It also featured AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling, which employs multi-sampling of the grand piano sound as it changes according to the force with which the keys are struck. This technology is also used by current Clavinova models. With enhanced sound and touch, the expressive force of the Clavinova advanced to a new level.
The CVP-98 was equipped with a large 320 by 240 dot LCD able to display voice, accompaniment Style and song names in a single convenient location. Since all of the important functions could be seen at a glance, the ease with which the instrument could be operated was significantly improved. It was also compatible with the XG format, a sound source standard advocated by Yamaha, and offered a richer choice of sounds, wider interchangeability and future expandability. It made truly dynamic play of music data possible.
As the first model in the CLP Series with a mini-grand piano cabinet, the CLP-555 gave Clavinova fans the authentic sound and touch of a grand piano, as well as a beautifully elegant shape. It also featured a craftsman-built cabinet with deluxe black lacquer finish. Along with the features and convenience of a digital piano, it brought the sound and elegance of the concert hall into owners' homes.
The CVP-600 built upon the success of the CLP-555 by also using a mini-grand piano cabinet. It gave players the genuine sound, touch and look of a grand piano, with a vast array of features that only a digital piano can offer. Proud owners appreciated the gleaming beauty of a traditional grand combined with the versatility of a leading-edge digital piano.
By combining sound sources such as Key-Off Sampling and String Resonance, which record changes in grand piano sound with the movement of the keys, the CVP-209 achieved the delicate change of sounds and sympathetic string resonances at the moment when a finger leaves the key. It also featured 870 sounds, including Premium Voices, which realistically reproduce the sounds of a variety of instruments. In addition, it was the first Clavinova to have a large color LCD with color icons and letters to clearly show notes, song names and accompaniment Styles.
The CLP-170 introduced the GH3 (Graded Hammer 3) keyboard, which was based on the GH keyboard but had three sensors, including Yamaha’s proprietary Damper Sensor. This enabled the player to use advanced grand piano techniques such as playing the same note repeatedly with perfect articulation. It was the first Clavinova with iAFC (instrumental Active Field Control), an advanced acoustic technology for reproducing sounds with breadth and depth, just like a stage performance, as well as the sympathetic string resonances that occur when the damper pedal is pressed.
The CVP-309 opened up new ways to enjoy an electronic piano by introducing Internet Direct Connection, for connecting the Clavinova directly to the Internet. This feature lets you select the piece you want to play from among the more than 4,000 pieces that are available, download the registration (sound, style, and effect settings) best suited to the piece, then listen to a sample performance or show the melody, chords or lyrics on the Clavinova display to enjoy playing or listening to the piece. This was also the first model to use the solid wood NW (Natural Wood) keyboard.
As the first Clavinova with a slim body, the CLP-F01 marked a new page in the history of the digital piano. It was not only a pleasure to play and look at, it was also easier to position in a room. With this emphasis on design, it was popular not only with individuals, but found widespread use in public facilities such as hotel lobbies.
In a cabinet finished so it appears to be a grand piano, you have all the diverse functions of the CVP Series. When you close the key cover, it encloses not only the keyboard, but the operating panel as well, providing the appearance of an acoustic piano. It also offers an actual piano soundboard along with state-of-the-art vibro-acoustic technology. Adding Yamaha’s highly effective iAFC technology, which delivers sound with the depth of a grand piano, the CGP-1000 achieves extremely realistic and richly resonant sound.
One of Yamaha’s finest CFIIIS full concert grand pianos was selected and tuned to the optimum condition. Pure CF Sampling uses all the sounds sampled from this single piano for the piano sound. The CLP-380 therefore produces sound with playing response highly faithful to the sound source. In addition, it is the first model in the CLP Series equipped with Internet Direct Connection, which lets you directly access a special website to select from a huge musical library. The CLP-380 was designed to combine the finest sound, touch and functions developed during the 25 years since the birth of the Clavinova.
|Dimensions||Width||1420mm (55 15/16") (PE: 1424mm (56 1/16"))|
|Height||940mm (37") (PE: 943mm (37 1/8"))|
|Depth||513mm (20 3/16")|
|Weight||Weight||87.5kg (192lbs., 14oz) (PE: 91.0kg (200lbs., 10oz))|
|Keyboard||Number of Keys||88|
|Type||NW (Natural Wood (wood is used for the white keys)) keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops|
|Touch Sensitivity||Light, Medium, Heavy, Fixed|
|88-key Linear Graded Hammers||Yes|
|Pedal||Number of Pedals||3|
|Functions||Damper with half ped al effect, Sostenuto, Soft|
|GP Response Damper Pedal||Yes|
|Display||Type||Backlit LCD (24 characters x 2)|
|Key Cover||Key Cover Style||Sliding, Panel Reveal Key Cover|
|Tone Generation||Tone Generating Technology||RGE (Real Grand Expression)|
|Stereo Sustain Samples||Yes|
|Polyphony||Number of Polyphony (Max.)||256|
|Preset||Number of Voices||38 Voices + 480 XG Voices + 12 Drum / SFX kits + GM2 + GS (GS Voices for GS Song playback)|
|Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)||Yes|
|Preset||Number of Preset Songs||16 (Voice Demo), 50 (Piano)|
|Recording||Number of Songs||250 (Max)|
|Number of Tracks||16|
|USB Audio Recorder||Playback||WAV|
|Other Control||5 Languages|
|Other Control||Tuning, Scale Type, etc.|
Storage and Connectivity
|Storage||Internal Memory||about 1.5MB (Flash Memory)|
|External Drives||USB Flash Memory, Memory Card (SmartMedia, etc.) with External Adapter|
|MIDI||IN, OUT, THRU|
|AUX IN||L / L+R, R|
|AUX OUT||L / L+R, R|
|USB TO DEVICE||Yes (1)|
|USB TO HOST||Yes (1)|
Amplifiers and Speakers
|Amplifiers||Tri-Amp System (30W + 30W + 20W) x 2 + 20W x 2|
|Speakers||GP Soundboard Speaker||Yes|
|Speakers||Speaker Box (16cm + 8cm + 2.5cm) x 2 + 8cm x 2 [(6 5/16” + 3 1/8” + 1”) x 2 + 3 1/8" x 2]|
|Included Accessories||Headphones Hanger||Yes|
|Optional Accessories||Headphones||HPE-160 / HPE-170|
|Pedal/Footswitch||FC 4 / FC 5, FC 7|