Yamaha today introduced the Clavinova CVP-800 Series, a trio of premium digital pianos packed with stunningly realistic instrument Voices and inspiring accompaniment Styles sure to provide hours of musical enjoyment.
Clavinova is by far the leading digital piano on the market today, and this new lineup of all-in-one instruments—CVP-805, CVP-809 and the CVP-809GP, featuring grand piano cabinetry—is set to raise the bar when it comes to providing the ultimate digital piano experience.
At the center of each instrument is a gorgeous TFT Color Touch Screen, including a new 9” screen on the CVP-809 and CVP-809GP, the largest yet ever found on a Clavinova. The brilliant touch panel is simple to navigate and makes operating a wide selection of functions quick and easy.
The Music Finder Database on the previous generation has been replaced with the more versatile and powerful Playlist feature, which allows song titles to be stored with attached registrations, song files and setups for instant recall.
The dream of learning or playing along with favorite songs is one held by many aspiring musicians, and the CVP-800 Series makes this dream a reality. The new instruments take full advantage of the Audio-to-Score function found in the Yamaha Smart Pianist App for iOS and Android. The app analyzes iTunes music files that already reside on an iPad or Android tablet, then generates a piano accompaniment and a chart of chord symbols for those songs, which is displayed on the device placed in front of the user. Like magic, the user is sitting in with their favorite band and playing inspiring accompaniment, from the very first moment they touch the keys.
The CVP-800 Series inherits the powerful sound engine found in the company’s flagship Arranger Workstation, Genos, bringing Articulation Element Modeling (AEM) technology to specific acoustic instrument Voices. This technology powers the Super Articulation 2 Voices, the most realistic, expressive-sounding instrument Voices available. The new CVP-809 and CVP-809GP feature Revo! Drums, first introduced in Genos, that represent the closest-to-real sounding MIDI drums available in an instrument today.
Clavinova CVP digital pianos have earned an enviable reputation for their superb instrument Voices, all of which have been tuned to perfection on the new models. The CVP-809 and CVP-809GP have 341 new Voices onboard (2,143 total), while the CVP-805 features 50 new Voices (1,844 total).
Brand new Revo! drums use more dynamic sampling technology that captures multiple snapshots of the same sound, such as a snare drum or Hi-Hat hit, or a kick drum, then triggers them in random fashion to effectively remove the robotic sound of MIDI drum and percussion parts. The result of retouching and re-voicing each and every Style onboard through this technology essentially makes all Styles sound incredibly natural and realistic, providing startlingly human rhythm parts.
When it comes to touch, the new CVP Clavinova digital pianos will impress the most discerning pianist, thanks to the new GrandTouch keyboard action with escapement. Immensely popular on the company’s CLP Clavinova models, the GrandTouch keyboard features real wooden keys and reproduces the true key resistance of a grand piano, and with greater fidelity. For example, the instrument responds with a controlled nuanced sound when the keyboard is played softly, while a stronger touch will elicit powerful brighter tones, just like a grand piano. The result is an instrument with a more responsive touch, offering a greater dynamic range than ever before.
For greater realism, the CVP-809 and CVP-809GP deploy individual key counter weights found in a traditional grand piano for improved playability when playing pianissimo with a light touch, and better key return in rapid passages.
Sound fidelity on the new CVP-809 and CVP-809GP has also been improved greatly, thanks to the more powerful speaker system that boasts 60W more total power than their predecessors.
“The new CVP-800 series is a testament to Yamaha innovation and commitment to offering the highest-quality instruments,” said Dane Madsen, director of marketing, Electronic Keyboards, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Whether you want to learn to play hit songs with professionally-arranged accompaniment, plug-in a microphone to sing-along with on-screen lyrics for karaoke fun or add lush harmonies to your singing voice with virtual backup singers, the new CVP Clavinova models provide a definitive, immersive playing experience.”
To elevate the enjoyment factor even more, users can wirelessly connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to easily share the music they make with friends.
While the CVP Series is immensely popular with piano hobbyist looking to play their favorite music in the home, the instruments are also ideally suited for college music labs as well as in contemporary houses of worship for worship leading.
Additional Features and Specifications
- USB to HOST audio/MIDI interface
- USB Display Output (HDMI)
- Bluetooth audio
- Chord Looper
- Microphone jack to sing-along with on-screen lyrics for karaoke fun
- Binaurally-sampled CFX, for a totally immersive headphone experience
- GP Response Damper Pedal offers a grand piano-style resistance curve, starting out light to the touch and growing heavier as the pedal is depressed further
- 2 GB of onboard RAM enables audio recording without a thumb drive
Pricing and Availability
The CVP-805 (MSRP $9,199), CVP-809 (MSRP $14,499) and CVP-809GP (MSRP $19,999), will be available in the fall 2019.
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