KAWAI DIGITAL

KAWAI DIGITAL

 

KAWAI DIGITAL CA97 SOUND

Overview          Touch          Sound          Features          Design          Specifications
KAWAI The Sound of a Grand Piano: Three world-class instruments
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 CA97 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 CA97, 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 CA97’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 CA97 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 CA97’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 Acoustic piano variety
Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand piano sounds, the CA97 also showcases a selection of Jazz, Pop, and Modern 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 Digital CA97 Digital Upright Piano
Audio Demos

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 CA97’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.


KAWAI Kawai Soundboard Speaker System
The CA97 features a high fidelity 6-way speaker system that has been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies, while also incorporating the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System.

This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood, channeling sound energy onto a traditional soundboard in order to produce a natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that immerses the performer, and faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.
Kawai Digital CA97 Sound. The Kawai CA97 features a high fidelity 6-way speaker system
incorporating Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System.
Overview          Touch          Sound          Features          Design          Specifications