SILENT Piano™

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Silent Piano

Home & Family
Study
Modern Musician
Stage & Studio
Headphones are supplied. Models shown above are available as an optional extra.

What is a Silent PianoTM?

Silent PianosTM combine the best of Acoustic and Digital Pianos.

Our prime goal is to ensure that we provide a beautiful acoustic piano, built with the knowledge and skills of over 100 years of Yamaha piano history.

Then we add our market leading Silent PianoTM technology to enable the piano to be played silently using headphones.
When the silent function is activated, the hammers will no longer hit the strings and instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module. Play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others. The Yamaha Silent System is unsurpassed, allowing 24-hour practice as well as possessing many other features including a range of pre-installed sounds, being able to record your own performances or connecting mobile devices to use the latest Apps.

Yamaha, the world's leading provider of sound muting technology offers two new Silent Piano systems, each with different levels of operation and quality of sound available when in silent mode.

"The SH silent system provides a truly unbelievable quality of piano sound. It's that good you may even find yourself removing the headphones just to make sure you're in "silent" mode!"

 
How can you use it?

Not every pianist is the same, and neither is the way you can use a Silent Piano.

 
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Home & Family

There will be times when the deep, resonant sound of a Yamaha piano is not always appreciated especially if it is disturbing a neighbor or family member.

For those times there are our SH and SG2 Silent Systems which can be switched on in an instant. All the sensitivity and touch of a real Yamaha piano action and all the sound of a Yamaha concert grand delivered through headphones while others can watch TV or listen to their own music in the same room.

Early mornings, late nights, no problem. Practice in silence without disturbing others or being disturbed.

Benefits

  • Incredible Silent PianoTM Sound
  • All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound when heard via headphones. They are the first in the Silent PianoTM industry to be equipped with a sound sampled from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano using state of the art binaural sampling techniques. This sampling technology delivers a three-dimensional sound like nothing you have heard through headphones before: the illusion of sitting in front of a concert grand piano. The sound through headphones is so realistic, you may even have to remove your headphones to check that you really are practicing silently.

    The SH system features a range of unique technologies such as 256 note polyphony, 256MB wave-ROM and individual sampling for all keys to provide the world-class Silent PianoTM sound.

  • Playing with Headphones
  • Most of our customers choose a Silent PianoTM because they want to practice their piano with headphones at any time, day or night, without disturbing others or being disturbed themselves.

    All Silent PianoTM models are supplied with headphones and two headphone jacks allowing you to play together with your family or teacher.

  • Variety of Sounds
  • When playing the Silent PianoTM you may wish to choose a different sound to better match your style of music. Every Silent PianoTM model offers you a range of different sounds as well as Reverb options to give you the freedom of expression.

  • USB Audio Recording
  • The SH System provides an easy way to record your own performances using Audio (not MIDI) directly onto USB. This data can be played back immediately from any audio device such as mobile phones, tablet devices, mp3 players or shared in an instant with friends and family using cloud technology or social media networks.

  • Connectivity
  • A Silent PianoTM is an extremely versatile instrument. There are numerous jacks on-board enabling you to connect your iPad® to Apps such as "Piano Diary" or to a computer to record your performance externally. You can also connect to a hi-fi system, mobile audio devices, external speakers or any other MIDI device.

 
 

Study

Practicing anytime, night or day, without disturbing others or being disturbed gives Silent Piano owners a huge advantage. Yamaha's patented Quick Escape MechanismTM (GP only) lets you play with the same touch and feel in both acoustic and silent modes.

The totally convincing illusion of sitting at a concert grand in a recital hall is created through headphones by the binaurally sampled Yamaha CFX piano (SH) . A variety of great instrument sounds are included too, as well as a metronome and transpose feature. There's MIDI of course for expansion and, in silent mode customizable brilliance and different reverb types.

Benefits

  • Playing with Headphones
  • Most of our customers choose a Silent PianoTM because they want to practice their piano with headphones at any time, day or night, without disturbing others or being disturbed themselves.

    All Silent PianoTM models are supplied with headphones and two headphone jacks allowing you to play together with your family or teacher.

  • Incredible Silent PianoTM Sound
  • All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound when heard via headphones. They are the first in the Silent PianoTM industry to be equipped with a sound sampled from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano using state of the art binaural sampling techniques. This sampling technology delivers a three-dimensional sound like nothing you have heard through headphones before: the illusion of sitting in front of a concert grand piano. The sound through headphones is so realistic, you may even have to remove your headphones to check that you really are practicing silently.

    The SH system features a range of unique technologies such as 256 note polyphony, 256MB wave-ROM and individual sampling for all keys to provide the world-class Silent PianoTM sound.

  • Unrestricted Touch And Feel
  • When studying the piano, a Yamaha Silent PianoTM is an ideal choice. At its heart lies a beautiful acoustic piano with a responsive and accurate piano action for which Yamaha has become world famous.

    In every piano with a sound-muting system the hammers need to be prevented from striking the strings. This process influences the striking distance and therefore the touch and feel of the piano is affected.

    Yamaha has invented a modified grand piano action part (QuickEscapeTM) which automatically optimizes the striking distance in both acoustic and silent mode.

    A natural keyboard touch and response in both modes of play is maintained.

  • Variety of Sounds
  • When playing the Silent PianoTM you may wish to choose a different sound to better match your style of music. Every Silent PianoTM model offers you a range of different sounds as well as Reverb options to give you the freedom of expression.

  • Connectivity
  • A Silent PianoTM is an extremely versatile instrument. There are numerous jacks on-board enabling you to connect your iPad® to Apps such as "Piano Diary" or to a computer to record your performance externally. You can also connect to a hi-fi system, mobile audio devices, external speakers or any other MIDI device.

 
 

Modern Musician

Compatible with the new generation of technology, including apps like Piano Diary and NoteStar, PCs and MIDI-equipped instruments, the latest Silent Pianos offer a serious alternative to both acoustic pianos and digital keyboards too.

The ability to practice in silence on a real piano through headphones, without disturbing others or indeed, being disturbed, is a massive benefit. As is the Silent Piano's comprehensive connectivity. You can capture and share audio and MIDI via the on-board recorder or just be amazed by the unbelievably realistic sampled sound of the CFX Concert Grand (SH only).

For home, studio, stage and classroom it's the ultimate piano experience.

Benefits

  • Connectivity
  • A Silent PianoTM is an extremely versatile instrument. There are numerous jacks on-board enabling you to connect your iPad® to Apps such as "Piano Diary" or to a computer to record your performance externally. You can also connect to a hi-fi system, mobile audio devices, external speakers or any other MIDI device.

  • USB Audio Recording
  • The SH System provides an easy way to record your own performances using Audio (not MIDI) directly onto USB. This data can be played back immediately from any audio device such as mobile phones, tablet devices, mp3 players or shared in an instant with friends and family using cloud technology or social media networks.

  • Incredible Silent PianoTM Sound
  • All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound when heard via headphones. They are the first in the Silent PianoTM industry to be equipped with a sound sampled from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano using state of the art binaural sampling techniques. This sampling technology delivers a three-dimensional sound like nothing you have heard through headphones before: the illusion of sitting in front of a concert grand piano. The sound through headphones is so realistic, you may even have to remove your headphones to check that you really are practicing silently.

    The SH system has outstanding specifications such as 256 note polyphony, 256MB wave-ROM and individual sampling for all keys to provide the world-class Silent PianoTM sound.

 
 

Stage & Studio

There's no substitute for the touch and response of a real grand piano action. And while amplification of a grand piano presents a particular set of challenges in a live situation, many choose this route. Now, thanks to Yamaha's SH Silent technology, real piano touch can produce real piano sound without the need for complex mic setups.

Meanwhile MIDI connectivity puts the Silent Piano at the heart of a sophisticated performance setup.

It's the ultimate piano for stage and studio. It's a real piano.

Benefits

  • Connectivity
  • A Silent PianoTM is an extremely versatile instrument. There are numerous jacks on-board enabling you to connect your iPad® to Apps such as "Piano Diary" or to a computer to record your performance externally. You can also connect to a hi-fi system, mobile audio devices, external speakers or any other MIDI device.

  • Incredible Silent PianoTM Sound
  • All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound. They are the first in the Silent PianoTM industry to be equipped with a sound sampled from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano.

    The SH system has outstanding specifications such as 256 note polyphony, 256MB wave-ROM and individual sampling for all keys to provide the world-class Silent PianoTM sound.

  • Unrestricted Touch And Feel
  • When using a Yamaha Silent PianoTM connected to a PA-System in a live or studio environment you don´t have to worry about the touch and feel even if the silent mode is activated - there's no mechanical restrictions on your performance technique.

    Thanks to the Yamaha patented modification of the grand piano action (QuickEscapeTM) the striking distance in acoustic and silent mode is optimized automatically and a natural keyboard touch and response is ensured in both modes.

 
 
 
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Advantages

A Silent PianoTM is full of advantages and provides all to fit your personal requirements.

SH
SG2
 
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    Silent Piano Sound
    CFX
    CFIIIS
     
  • The Yamaha SH Silent systemTM is the first and only system in the industry to be equipped with an incredible sound sampled from the new Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano.

    Yamaha's SG2 type Silent PianoTM is equipped with a sample from the Yamaha CFIIIS full-size concert grand piano.

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    Sampling Method
    Binaural Sampling
    AWM
     
  • Binaural sampling

    All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound heard through headphones. It is the first in the Silent PianoTM industry to be equipped with a sound sampled from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano using state of the art binaural sampling techniques. This is a highly sophisticated recording technique in which a special combination of microphones are used; including two installed into the ears of a dummy head so that the sound reproduced is that from the pianist's perspective.

    Binaural sampling technology delivers a three-dimensional sound which seems to come straight from the heart of the piano. The sound via headphones is so realistic, you may have to remove your headphones to check that you really are practicing silently ...

    The SH system has outstanding specifications such as 256 note polyphony, 256MB wave-ROM and individual sampling for all keys to provide the world-class Silent PianoTM sound.

    AWM (Advanced Wave Memory)

    The SG2 silent system uses a stereo sampling method which creates the realism of an acoustic instrument by using digital technology to record the Yamaha CFIIIS full concert grand piano sound and applying high-quality digital filter technology to the recorded audio samples. The waveform of the sound created by playing the key of an acoustic piano differs just as a real piano does depending on the playing strength from pianissimo to fortissimo. The stereo sampling can produce such dynamic nuances by recording samples of various playing strengths.

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    Sounds
    19
    10
     
  • The Yamaha Silent PianoTM systems offers a variety of sounds creating a more diverse enjoyment opportunity and enables you to choose a different sound to match perfectly the music genre you are playing. Every Silent PianoTM model offers you a range of different sounds as well as Reverb options to give you the freedom of expression.

    Listen to the range of sounds:

    SH
    SG2
     
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    Polyphony
    256
    64
     
  • Polyphony is a vital feature as it defines and supports the quality of the sounds that you are using. Both Yamaha systems offer a high level of polyphony especially on the SH system at 256 notes, meaning you can play many notes at once and still be able to enjoy the full sound quality.

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    Wave ROM
    256 MB
    30 MB
     
  • Wave ROM size is key, as it defines the storage level for the sampled sound data. A larger level of Wave ROM allows Yamaha to include longer samples, many velocity layers, key sampling for each individual key and sustain sampling. With all of this combined, Silent PianoTM creates an incredibly realistic sound that is both rich and deep.

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    USB Audio Recording
    yes
    no
     
  • The SH System provides an easy way to record your own performances using Audio (not MIDI) directly onto USB. This data can be played back immediately from any audio device like mobile phones, tablet devices, mp3 players or shared in an instant with friends and family using cloud technology or social media networks.

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    1/4 inch phone jack Audio Outputs
    yes
    no
     
  • All SH grand piano models have a 1/4 inch phone jack L/R audio output; giving you a professional and stable output to connect to amplified speakers or to mixing consoles.

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    QuickEscapeTM
    GP
    GP
     
  • In every piano with a sound-muting system the hammers need to be prevented from striking the strings. This process influences the striking distance and therefore the touch and feel of the piano is affected.

    To overcome this, Yamaha invented a modified grand piano action part called QuickEscapeTM, which is standard for all Yamaha silent grand pianos. This system automatically optimizes the striking distance in acoustic and silent mode ensuring a natural touch at all times.

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    Apps
    yes
    yes
     
  • A Silent PianoTM is a modern piano and one that you can have fun with! You can connect to your iOS device and use apps like PianoDiary to monitor your playing progress by daily recordings.

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    MIDI (IN/OUT)
    yes
    yes
     
  • With the MIDI (IN/OUT) jacks you can connect an iOS device to use apps like PianoDiary, connect your PC to record with a sequencer program, or connect any other MIDI device.

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    USB
    yes
    yes
     
  • Connecting commercially available USB storage devices to the unit allows you to save your performance and playback songs stored on the device.

    On SH models you can record directly onto USB.

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    Headphone Jacks
    2
    2
     
  • Every Silent PianoTM is equipped with two headphones jacks allowing you to play at any time without disturbing others or being disturbed yourself. You can even play silently together with a friend or teacher.

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    Metronome
    yes
    no
     
  • The built-in metronome helps you to play at the accurate tempo.

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    Transpose
    yes
    no
     
  • You can transpose the pitch of the piano in semitone increments.

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    AUX (IN/OUT)
    yes
    yes
     
  • AUX IN (stereo mini jack)

    You can use the Silent Piano function together with sound received from another connected device (i.e. connect a mobile device to play-along with audio files).

    AUX OUT (stereo mini jack)

    The signal output from this jack is the same sound as that heard when listening through headphones so you can use this output to connect to your stereo or sound system.

 
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The Technology

Take a look inside the Silent PianoTM and discover its unique technology.

Overview
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Hammer Shank Stopper
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Key Sensor
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Hammer Sensor
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Quick Escape

When the silencing function has been engaged and keys are struck, hammer shank stoppers move into place to prevent the hammers from striking the strings. While the piano is outwardly silenced, the movement of the keys and other performance information are picked up by optical sensors and converted to digital data by a tone generator. Digitally sampled acoustic sound is then sent to stereo headphones for the player to enjoy in complete privacy.

Hammer Shank Stopper
  • Grand Piano

    Grand Piano AcousticGrand Piano Silent

    Click picture to change state

    Silent Mode:
    ON | OFF
     
  • Upright Piano

    Upright Piano AcousticUpright Piano Silent

    Click picture to change state

    Silent Mode:
    ON | OFF
     
 

Hammer shank stoppers silence acoustic sound when the piano is played in Silent PianoTM mode. By stopping the hammers just before they strike the strings, hammer shank stoppers ensure that a piano played in Silent PianoTM mode has nearly identical key touch as that in acoustic mode. These stoppers are fitted with thick double-layered felt so as to thoroughly silence piano sound without damaging the hammers. On SH-type grand pianos, the Silent PianoTM mode is motor activated by pressing a button on the control panel. On SG2-type grand pianos, the Silent PianoTM mode is manually activated via a lever. The majority of SH and SG2 upright pianos use the center pedal for manual activation, although some models employ a lever instead.

Key Sensor
Key Sensor

Continuous-detection optical sensors are used to register the depth and velocity at which keys are depressed. Along with the key sensors, grey-scale shutters are installed under each of the 88 keys (b Series pianos use different shutters). A grey-scale shutter is a small, thin plate whose optical transmission increases towards its bottom. Laser light is constantly radiated inside a key sensor. When a piano key is depressed, a grey-scale shutter blocks that light, with the amount of light blocked increasing in proportion to the depth of the keystroke. Based on the amount and traveling speed of the blocked light, the sensor registers keystroke depth and velocity as well as the timing at which muting should occur. The registered information is then transmitted to the CPU of the control unit.

Hammer Sensor

Non-contact optical hammer sensors with two-point detection are installed on the hammer shanks of grand pianos. These sensors can accurately detect the velocity and timing at which the hammers move. While hammer sensors essentially read the same information as key sensors, the ability to monitor key and hammer movement together adds extra precision to keystroke detection and sound reproduction.

Quick Escape™
  • Click picture to change state

    State: Passive Acoustic Silent

  • Click picture to change state

    State: Passive Acoustic Silent

 

The QuickEscapeTM action mechanism automatically optimizes the striking distance between the hammer and the strings in acoustic and Silent PianoTM mode, ensuring natural keyboard touch and response at all times. On inferior systems, the keystroke depth of models featuring a silencing function can be limited compared to regular grand pianos without such function. This makes it difficult for pianists to produce fortissimo or to perform as they wish to due to the possibility of keys 'halting' before the full force of their fingertips can be transmitted to the keys. With the employment of the QuickEscapeTM, Yamaha Silent PianosTM are the only pianos featuring a silencing function that can optimize keyboard touch in both acoustic and silent modes.

Pedal Sensor
Pedal Sensor
  • 1
    Sostenuto Pedal Sensor
     
  • 2
    Damper Pedal Sensor
     
  • 3
    Shift Pedal Sensor
     

Non-contact optical sensors for monitoring movement of the damper, sostenuto,* and shift/soft pedals are located on the trapwork of Yamaha Silent PianosTM.
*Sostenuto pedals are found only on grand pianos and some upright pianos.

Movement of the damper pedal is registered by a continuous-detection optical sensor, which precisely captures subtle details of piano performance, such as the depth of pedal depression, and transmits them to the control unit. Movement of the sostenuto and the shift/soft pedals is registered by on/off optical sensors.

Interview
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Watch a video with Rei Furukawa, Manager Hybrid Piano Design Section.

Production Video
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The Yamaha Silent PianoTM has already earned a very good reputation when it comes to the accuracy and stability of the system. This high quality is achieved by assembling the silent components during the manufacturing process.

In the video you can see how the key sensors are installed, the regulating rail is attached and the regulating rods are adjusted.

 
Models

View the range of Grand and Upright Silent Pianos.

Grand Pianos
Upright Pianos
 
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  Acoustic Length Silent   Acoustic Height Silent  
  C7X 7'6" C7X SH   YUS5 52" YUS5 SH  
  C6X 7' C6X SH   YUS3 52" YUS3 SH  
  C5X 6'7" C5X SH   YUS1 52" YUS1 SH  
  C3X 6'1" C3X SH  
  C2X 5'8" C2X SH   U3 52" U3 SH  
  C1X 5'3" C1X SH   U1 48" U1 SH  
 
  GC2 5'8" GC2 SH   b3 47.5" B3 SG2  
  GC1 5'3" GC1 SH   b2 44.5" B2 SG2  
  b1 43" B1 SG2  
  GB1K 5' GB1K SG2  
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Features

Explore all of the features of the Silent PianoTM.

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SG2
 
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  • Sound
  • Silent Piano Sound
    CFX
    CFIIIS
     
  • Yamaha's SH-type Silent PianosTM are the first in the silent piano industry to be equipped with a sampled sound from the Yamaha CFX full-size concert grand piano.

    Yamaha´s SG2 type Silent PianosTM is equipped with sound sampled from the Yamaha CFIIIS full-size concert grand piano.

  • Sampling Method
    Binaural Sampling
    Stereo Sampling
     
  • Binaural sampling

    All SH models come with an incredible Silent PianoTM sound heard through headphones using state of the art binaural sampling techniques. This is a highly sophisticated recording technique in which a special combination of microphones are used; including two installed into the ears of a dummy head so that the sound reproduced is that from the from the pianist's perspective.

    Stereo Sampling

    The SG2 silent system uses a stereo sampling method which creates the realism of an acoustic instrument by using digital technology to record the Yamaha CFIIIS full concert grand piano sound and applying high-quality digital filter technology to the recorded audio samples.

  • Sounds
    19
    10
     
  • When using the Silent Piano function, you can use the internal sounds to perform.

  • Polyphony
    256
    64
     
  • Polyphony is a vital feature as it defines and supports the quality of the sounds that you are using. Both Yamaha systems offer a high level of polyphony especially on the SH system at 256 note, meaning you can play many notes at once and still be able to enjoy the full sound quality.

  • Wave ROM
    256 MB
    30 MB
     
  • Wave ROM size is key, as it defines the storage level for the sampled sound data. A larger level of Wave ROM allows Yamaha to include longer samples, many velocity layers, key sampling for each individual key and sustain sampling. With all of this combined, Silent PianoTM creates an incredibly realistic sound that is both rich and deep.

  • Brilliance
    yes
    yes
     
  • You can adjust the timbre brilliance of the sound from mellow to bright.

  • Sound Variations
    yes
    yes
     
  • All Silent Piano models provide a range sound variations for your enjoyment when playing in Silent mode.

  • Damper Resonance Depth
    yes
    no
     
  • You can set the depth of the Damper Resonance effect which is applied when you press the damper pedal. This setting is effective for the Piano sound only.

  • String Resonance Depth
    yes
    no
     
  • When the hammer of an acoustic piano strikes the string, other strings will naturally resonate, creating an expressive tone. The effect which reproduces this resonance is called "string resonance effect."

    You can set the depth of the String Resonance effect which is applied when you press the damper pedal. This setting is effective for the Piano voice only.

  • Sustain Sample Depth
    yes
    no
     
  • Sustain samples contain the unique change in tone of resonance on the strings and soundboard of an acoustic piano when you press the damper pedal. You can set the depth of the Sustain Sample effect, which is applied when you press the damper pedal. This setting is effective for the Piano sound only.

  • Functions
  • USB Audio Recording
    yes
    no
     
  • The SH System provides an easy way to record your own performances using Audio (not MIDI) directly onto USB. This data can be played back immediately from any audio device such as mobile phones, tablet devices, mp3 players or shared in an instant with friends and family using cloud technology or social media networks.

  • Metronome
    yes
    no
     
  • The built-in metronome helps you to play at the accurate tempo.

  • Transpose
    yes
    no
     
  • You can transpose the pitch of the piano in semitone increments.

  • Reverb
    yes
    yes
     
  • The sound of a piano can differ depending on the size of the room or the material of the building in which it is played. The reverberation is the major reason for this difference. By selecting one of the four reverb-types and adjusting the level, you can create the feeling of performing in a large concert hall or a smaller recital space.

  • Preset Songs
    53
    50
     
  • All Silent models include 50 preset piano songs which correspond to the score in the music book "50 greats for the Piano" - supplied with your Silent PianoTM . This is great for playing along with the song playback.

    The SH models contain three additional songs to clearly demonstrate the potential of the sound quality.

  • MIDI Recording
    yes
    yes
     
  • On all silent pianos you can produce MIDI recordings of your performances which can be edited in standard sequencer software.

  • Playback Tempo
    yes
    no
     
  • You can speed up or slow down the playback tempo. Slowing down the playback tempo can be useful when practicing a difficult piano part.

  • Song Transpose
    yes
    no
     
  • You can transpose the pitch of song playback (MIDI and audio) or sound input through the AUX IN jack.

  • Apps
    yes
    yes
     
  • A Silent PianoTM is a modern piano and one that you can have fun with! You can connect to your iPad® and use apps like Piano Diary to monitor your playing progress by daily recordings.

  • Connectors
  • 1/4 inch phone jack Audio Outputs
    yes
    no
     
  • All SH grand piano models have a 6,3mm L/R audio output; giving you a professional and stable output to connect to amplified speakers or to mixing consoles.

  • MIDI (IN/OUT)
    yes
    yes
     
  • With the MIDI (IN/OUT) sockets you can connect an iPad® to use apps like Piano Diary, connect your PC to record with a sequencer program, or connect any other MIDI device.

  • USB
    yes
    yes
     
  • Connecting commercially available USB storage devices to the unit allows you to save your performance and playback songs stored on the device.

  • Headphone Jacks
    2
    2
     
  • Every Silent PianoTM is equipped with two headphones sockets allowing you to play at any time without disturbing others or being disturbed yourself. You can even play silently together with a friend or teacher.

  • AUX (IN/OUT)
    yes
    yes
     
  • AUX IN (stereo mini jack)

    You can use the Silent Piano function together with sound received from another connected device. i.e. connect a mobile device to play-along with audio files.

    AUX OUT (stereo mini jack)

    The signal output from this jack is the same sound as that heard when listening through headphones. So you can use this output i.e. to connect to your hifi.

  • Settings
  • Tuning Scales
    7
    no
     
  • Certain genres of music are composed using scales other than equal temperament, which is the common piano tuning scale. You can enjoy various scales with this setting.

  • Touch Sensitivity
    yes
    no
     
  • You can adjust the keyboard's touch sensitivity to match different playing styles and preferences. To change the velocity set the parameter "Fixed Velocity" to "Off".

  • Song Balance
    yes
    no
     
  • You can adjust the volume balance between keyboard playing and song playback (MIDI and audio). Increase the value to reduce the volume of keyboard playing. Decrease the value to reduce the volume of song playback.

  • Audio Tuning
    yes
    no
     
  • You can fine tune the pitch of audio song playback or sound input through the AUX IN jack.

  • Key Off Sample Volume
    yes
    no
     
  • The Key-off Sample contains the subtle noises produced when you release your finger from the keyboard.

    You can set the volume of the Key-off Sample. This setting is effective for the Piano voice.

  • MIDI Transmit Channel
    yes
    no
     
  • You can assign the channel on which the unit transmits the MIDI data of keyboard playing.

  • Piano Playback Channel
    yes
    no
     
  • You can assign the desired channel that is played back as a piano part when the unit receives the MIDI data.

  • Local Control
    yes
    no
     
  • You can select whether the keyboard playing data is transmitted to the internal tone generator of the unit.

  • Program Change
    yes
    no
     
  • You can select whether the unit transmits or receives program change numbers.

  • Control Change
    yes
    no
     
  • You can select whether the unit transmits or receives control change messages.

  • Keyboard Tuning
    yes
    yes
     
  • You can fine tune the pitch of the keyboard. This is useful when you play the piano along with other instruments.

  • Auto Power-Off
    yes
    yes
     
  • You can activate or deactivate the auto power-off function.

  • Technology
  • QuickEscape™
    GP
    GP
     
  • In every piano with a sound-muting system the hammers need to be prevented from striking the strings. This process influences the striking distance and therefore the touch and feel of the piano is affected.

    To overcome this, Yamaha invented a modified grand piano action part called, QuickEscapeTM, which is standard for all Yamaha silent grand pianos. This system automatically optimizes the striking distance in acoustic and silent mode ensuring a natural touch at all times.

  • Hammer Shank Stopper
    yes
    yes
     
  • Hammer shank stoppers silence the acoustic sound when the piano is played in Silent PianoTM mode. By stopping the hammers just before they strike the strings, the stoppers enable Silent PianoTM performance while retaining the natural touch of acoustic play.

  • Key Sensor
    yes
    no
     
  • To precisely capture keyboard movement, a grey-scale shutter and a sensor with a Yamaha-patented nonstop detection function are installed under each individual piano key.

  • Hammer Sensor
    GP
    no
     
  • The hammers on SH-type grand pianos (except GB1) are fitted with a non-contact optical sensor with two-point motion detection. These sensors can precisely detect the velocity and timing at which the hammers strike the strings - including slow striking motions and quick trilling movements, which are difficult to measure using key sensors alone.

  • Accessories
  • Headphones
    HPH-200
    HPH-200*
     
  • All Silent Piano Models are delivered with the Yamaha HPH-200* headphones with a high quality open-air design for natural sound and longevity.

    *some territories may offer a different headphones model

 
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Testimonials

What the professionals say about Silent PianoTM.

Jamie Cullum

It's genuinely a different experience playing the Yamaha Silent piano - put the headphones on and instead of feeling like the sound is being pumped into your ears it feels so natural, like the sound is dancing around you.

— Jamie Cullum

 
Bert Smoremburg

When I switched on the Silent mode and played with the new headphone on, I was completely overwhelmed by the fantastic sounding digital piano, the spaciousness and the dynamics. It even made me take off my headphones a few times to double check if I wasn't listening to the acoustic one! I have no idea how they managed it, but with the headphones on I felt like I was sitting directly in front of a real CFX grand piano.

— Bert Smorenburg, Musician and Yamaha Endorsee

 
Irene Hierrezuelo Osorio

When I first tried the SH silent system I really could not believe what I was hearing. After the first few notes I had to check that I was in silent mode as the sound was that good it was like playing the piano acoustically

— Irene Hierrezuelo Osorio, Pianist.

 

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5/27/2014 [Pianos & Keyboards]
Jamie Cullum Tours The Yamaha Piano Factories: The Artist, The Craftsman, And The Instrument

Explore the unique relationships and passion involved in creating a Yamaha piano; from design, to the factory, to Jamie Cullum performing in Tokyo. It’s artist meeting artist, masters of craft and precision who come together to produce music. It is dedication.

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