KAWAI DIGITAL

KAWAI DIGITAL

 

KAWAI DIGITAL CA78 SOUND

KAWAI The Sound of a Grand Piano: Three world-class instruments
Reproduce Sound Of Concert Grand Piano SK-EX With Latest Sound Source Technology
SK-EX Rendering Sound Source

Kawai has a new sound source that reproduces the sound of the concert grand piano "SK-EX" which has been adopted in international competitions including the Hamamatsu International Competition.

It combines modeling technology that creates sound of multichannel piano sound that realizes the sound spreading smoothly according to the strength of touch and sound unique to the grand piano, and complicated rich sound peculiar to the piano by computational simulation "SK -EX rendering sound source ", it reproduces the comfort of the performance obtained by the grand piano and the excellent sound response to the touch.

Three Kinds of Grand Piano Sounds Enjoying the Highest Peak Sound Luxuriously

The concert grand piano "SK-EX", the concert grand piano "EX" used at the Chopin International Piano Competition, and the piano sound of the medium-sized grand piano "SK-5" with a high pianist rating are also built in. You can enjoy the pleasure of selecting one to play from the highest peak piano according to the song to play and according to the direction of expression.

Earning a reputation as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

The new Concert Artist models capture the magnificent tone of two Shigeru Kawai instruments, the flagship SK-EX Concert and medium-sized SK-5 Studio grand pianos, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each.

In addition, the CA78 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.

All three instruments are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using the latest Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality.
KAWAI Full 88-key stereo piano sampling
The rich sound of the SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand pianos is at the heart of the CA78, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.

Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CA98’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
KAWAI 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 each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.

The CA78 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.
KAWAI Extra Long sampling (HI-XL)
Taking full advantage of its expanded sample memory, the CA78’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.
KAWAI Three Kinds of Grand Piano Sounds Enjoying the Highest Peak Sound Luxuriously
The concert grand piano "SK-EX", the concert grand piano "EX" used at the Chopin International Piano Competition, and the piano sound of the medium-sized grand piano "SK-5" with a high pianist rating are also built in. You can enjoy the pleasure of selecting one to play from the highest peak piano according to the song to play and according to the direction of expression.
KAWAI Acoustic piano variety
Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand piano sounds, the CA78 also showcases a selection of Jazz, Pop, and Classic variations suitable for a range of musical genres.  Traditional Kawai upright piano sounds are also included, for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.
KAWAI Spatial Headphones Sound
Kawai Digital CA78 Concert Artist model incorporates Onkyo’s brand new high-performance Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier, which combines with Kawai’s existing Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology to ensure the finest quality and most engaging listening experience, even when playing in privacy.

Equipped with a spatial headphone sound that reproduces the sound heard through the headphones with a stereoscopic feeling of the grand piano and a realistic sound.

     "Normal" which gives a stereoscopic feeling balanced in all directions

     "Wide" which gives a stereoscopic effect emphasizing the spread of the left and right

     "Forward" that gives a stereoscopic effect emphasizing forward localization

Due to the spread of natural sounds, it is hard to get tired even if you listen for a long time, you can enjoy it with comfortable performance.


Kawai Digital CA78 Digital Upright Piano
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KAWAI 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 CA78’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, damper, and cabinet resonances.  It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.


Premium Audio Hardware, Powered by Onkyo
Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the CA98/CA78 digital pianos are the first musical instruments to utilize specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction.

With  cutting-edge state-of-the-art technologies such as 1-bit  processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIRDC filtering, the CA98/CA78’s optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning clarity, richness, and power, while the high-performance Discrete Spectra Module headphone amplifier ensures the finest quality listening experience, even when playing in privacy
KAWAI Powerful 6-speaker output system
The latest Concert Artist instruments feature high fidelity speaker systems that have been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies.

The high specification CA78 boasts an improved 6-speaker output system, with lower range frequencies delivered through the underside of the instrument, and mid and high frequencies projected outward via top-mounted and front-facing speakers. The result is a broad, resonating tone that closely mirrors the immersive sound field of a grand piano.
KAWAI Equipped With A Grand Feel Pedal System
Pedal operation to give subtle changes and expressions to the performance sound. Analysis of the weight of depression of the grand piano in all three pedals realizes the same sense of operation. It is also possible to adjust the point at which the damper pedal starts to work

Kawai Digital CA78 Sound. The Sound of Three World-Class Grand Pianos
with Kawai Extra Long sampling (HI-XL) Technology.