Kawai CP1 Digital Grand Piano

In creating the Kawai CP1, Kawai relied upon nearly nine decades of experience in building the world’s nest acoustic pianos. The foundational element is our proprietary Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology, acclaimed as one of the finest “sound engines” ever designed for a digital piano. Kawai added it's renowned “Grand Feel” action, which possess a feel more similar to that of a traditional acoustic piano than any other. These exclusive core technologies offer the player unparalleled tone and touch to provide the ultimate piano experience.

In addition to great acoustic piano sounds, The CP1 includes hundreds of outstanding instrumental and vocal sounds to suit any style of playing – from orchestral music to pop to jazz and everything in between. A powerful built-in recording feature lets you record music on up to 16 tracks with the touch of a button. Plus, the instrument features cutting-edge digital audio options, including MP3 recording and playback.

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Highlights
  • Harmonic Imaging XL w/88-Key Piano Sampling
  • GF Wooden-Key, Graded-Hammer Action w/Let-Off
  • Ivory-touch Key Surfaces
  • Large Color Touch Display
  • USB Audio - Play/Rec WAV and MP3
  • Music Player Input
  • Over 1000 Sounds
  • 425 Styles / 4 Variations / 4 Intros and Endings
  • Piano Music - Over 7 Hours
  • Song Stylist - 1000 Registrations
  • 176 Concert Magic Songs
  • 16-Track Recorder – Easy & Advanced Modes
  • 200 Watts / 9 Speaker / 3-Channel Sound System
Touch

The Touch of a Grand Piano: Grand Feel wooden key action - Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the Grand Feel keyboard action utilised by the CP1 combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.

Kawai Grand Feel Action II

All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory and ebony-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a balance pin – the ends rising and falling to replicate the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of the key lifts, triggering a grade-weighted hammer to strike a pressure switch. The amount of force applied to this switch is then measured, and the corresponding note played with authentic tonal character and volume.

The longest keys, the longest pivot length - In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano, Grand Feel keyboard actions also boast the longest key pivot length – matching that of a Kawai grand piano.

This improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch weight from front to rear, and is particularly beneficial when playing complicated chords with fingers positioned towards the back of the keyboard.

Bass key Counterweights - In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel keyboard action also features counterweights attached towards the front of the bass keys.

As with an acoustic piano, these finely balanced weights help to lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force.

Triple sensor key detection - The Grand Feel keyboard action also features an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism.

The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in most stage pianos, allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.

In addition, Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.

Ivory Touch key surfaces - The handsome CP1 features Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.

Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed without dirt or grease permeating the surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.

Let-off Simulation - As one of the most authentic digital piano keyboard actions, Grand Feel even reproduces the ‘let-off’ characteristic of acoustic piano actions.

This subtle ‘notch’ sensation can be felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very gently, and may be used by experienced pianists to aid control when playing pianissimo passages.

Sound

The Sound of a Grand Piano: Kawai EX concert grand - The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by professional pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments within its class. Hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a meticulous regulation and refinement process within a specially designed anechoic chamber.

Following this lengthy crafting period, the completed EX concert grand piano receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections, before eventually taking centre stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.

Full 88-key stereo piano sampling - The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the CP1, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.

Recording each key individually in this way, preserves the rich harmonic character of the EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CP1’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

Harmonic Imaging technology - When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of the EX concert grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at various different volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.

The CP1 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai’s proprietary Harmonic Imaging XL sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

Extra Long sampling (HI-XL) - Taking full advantage of its expanded sample memory, the CP1’s Harmonic Imaging XL standard extends the important attack portion of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument’s organic tonal quality.

Acoustic piano variety - Alongside the classically voiced EX grand piano sound, the CP1 also showcases a selection of Jazz, Pop, and Modern variations suitable for a range of musical genres.  A traditional Kawai upright piano sound is also included, for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.

Personalized piano adjustments - The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.

The CP1’s powerful Virtual Technician function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their personal preferences.Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string and damper resonances.  It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.

Features

The Variety of a Digital Piano: Convenience & Flexibility - Complementing the instrument’s rewarding Grand Feel keyboard action and stunning Harmonic Imaging XL grand piano sound, the CP1 offers an excellent selection of digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment. In addition to stunning acoustic piano sounds, the CP1 also includes over 1000 outstanding instrumental and vocal sounds, and hundreds of professionally arranged backing accompaniment styles to suit any genre of music.

The powerful recorder function allows up to 16 tracks to be recorded and mixed from the intuitive touch panel interface, and effortlessly saved as WAV or MP3 audio files, while the integrated classical etudes and Alfred course books ensure that regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.

Rich sound selection - Hundreds of studio quality instrumental and vocal sounds, plus dozens of sound effects, offer the player a vast selection of sound choices from virtually every instrument family in the world.

In addition to exquisite acoustic pianos, players will discover amazing electric pianos, authentic pipe and drawbar organs, lush strings, thrilling woodwinds and brass, contemporary guitars and basses, drums and percussion and much more.

With powerful 256 note polyphony, up to four sounds can be combined together or assigned to individual sections of the keyboard, allowing advanced, multi-voice performances at the touch of a button.

Flexible USB connectivity - The CP1 is equipped with modern USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly.

This latter USB to Device functionality allows favourite instrument settings, registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored within internal memory to be safely preserved on USB flash drives, or for standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be played back and enjoyed using the instrument’s exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware or cables.

MP3/WAV Playback & Record - USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favourite songs.

It is even possible to record entire performances (including external line-in and microphone audio) directly as MP3 or WAV audio files for sharing with family and friends, sending to band members, or casual listening away from the piano.

Professional connectivity options - In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connectors, the CP1 also features standard MIDI terminals, industry standard LINE-level and balanced XLR audio jacks, in addition to external video and expression pedal connectors.

These varied connectivity options allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings, such as churches and halls, while also providing greater flexibility when using computers, tablets, and other digital audio devices.

Microphone input & harmony - The outstanding CP1 features an accessible microphone input jack with dedicated volume control knob, allowing performers to simply connect a microphone and sing along with a live player or recording with their voice amplified through the instrument’s powerful amplifier and speaker system.

In addition, the Mic Harmony feature can transform a solo voice into a duo, trio, or 4-part vocal group.  It is even possible to replace the lead vocal track in favourite recordings by using the Voice Reduce function while playing back MP3 or WAV audio files.

Built-in lesson & finger exercises - The CP1’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer, Bach, and Beethoven, etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred’s Basic, Adult, and Premier course books.

With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism, the CP1 also features traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and includes companion books for all classical scores to further aid one’s piano development.

*Included score books dependent on market location. *Alfred lesson books sold separately.

iPad connectivity & apps - Connecting the CP2 to an iPad using a USB cable or wirelessly allows players to extend the instrument’s functionality with a wide range of education, performance, and scoring apps.

A dedicated Virtual Technician app is also freely available, providing an enjoyable way to learn about and adjust the Concert Performer’s various characteristics from an attractive touch interface.

*Quicco Sound mi.1 Bluetooth MIDI device required for wireless connectivity.

Grand Feel Pedal System - Reinforcing the Concert Performers’ reputation as some of the most realistic digital pianos available is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique feature replicates the individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of the EX concert grand pianos to further enhance the CP1’s acoustic-like authenticity.

Moreover, it is also possible to adjust the half-pedal sensitivity of the damper pedal, and effectiveness of the soft pedal using specially engineered Virtual Technician parameters, allowing pianists to personalise the instrument’s response to match their individual pedalling technique.

Professional accompaniment styles - With hundreds of professionally arranged and recorded accompaniment styles immediately available to become a personal backup band or orchestra, players will discover styles from virtually every genre of popular music – from Swing to Big Band to Rock, Pop, Show Tunes, Oldies, Latin, Jazz, and Orchestral styles.

Furthermore, the intuitive Style Conductor allows players to rearrange musical parts to create their own custom version of any style. From complete novices to seasoned players, the Concert Performer’s comprehensive Styles function has the capability of transforming musical performances, helping both existing repertoires and new songs to sound complete and professional.

Easy or Advanced recording - The CP1’s flexible recorder function offers two methods of capturing performances.  Easy Recorder mode allows musicians to capture their playing or sudden inspiration at any moment simply by pressing the Record button on the instrument’s intuitive control panel.

For more complicated performances, the Advanced Recorder provides a full-featured 16-track MIDI recorder that includes many of the same professional features found on dedicated MIDI sequencing devices, such as punch-in and punch-out, individual note editing, and full volume/panning/effect adjustments.

Design

Stunning grand piano appearance - The CP1 is housed within an elegant 5’3″ grand piano cabinet in a exquisite Ebony Polish finish. Blending seamlessly with other pieces of fine furniture, the CP1’s premium appearance and outstanding build quality ensure this stunning instrument will become the centrepiece of any room it occupies.

Warranty

The world's finest line of digital pianos now has the industry's best warranties to back them up.

5 Year Limited Warranty on Parts and Labor

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