Kawai CA95/CA65 brochure 2012 (English)

Kawai CA95/CA65 brochure 2012 (English)
CA95 / CA65
Kawai has been crafting musical instruments for 85 years, maintaining
To achieve this ambition, every aspect of the new Concert Artist has either been
With the latest Harmonic Imaging XL sound sampling, remarkable 256 note
And there is no finer way to demonstrate this harmonious marriage of ground-
redeveloped or significantly improved, ensuring that this flagship instrument
polyphony, and brand new reverberation and resonance modelling effects, the
breaking modern technology and long-established traditional approaches than
experience afford our engineers a wealth of knowledge from which to create
provides the most authentic playing experience of any digital piano.
new Concert Artist delivers unparalleled acoustic realism that is guaranteed to
Kawai’s unique Soundboard Speaker System. This triumph of audio design
enthral performers and audience members alike.
channels the Concert Artist’s high fidelity digital sound onto a genuine spruce
traditional processes while embracing original ideas.
These decades of
stunning digital instruments, in a quest to perfect the art of the piano.
The instrument’s new Grand Feel keyboard action reinforces Kawai’s reputation
soundboard, producing a warm, unmistakably acoustic tone that is more
A digital piano that will transform enthusiastic players into accomplished
as an industry leader, utilising real wooden keys with luxurious Ivory Touch
Yet despite the abundance of powerful technology on the inside, the Concert
pianists, and modest homes into grand concert halls. This is the ambitious
surfaces, and incorporating premium features such as let-off simulation and
Artist still manages to deliver a remarkably traditional piano playing experience.
philosophy behind the Concert Artist digital pianos – a premium instrument
triple-sensor key detection. This class-leading keyboard action is bolstered by
This is thanks to the instrument’s concealed control panel and handsome
Unrivalled grand touch, breathtaking acoustic tone, distinctive traditional
that captures the essence of playing a magnificent concert grand piano, and
powerful new digital audio technologies that faithfully reproduce the exquisite
cabinet design, with a selection of distinctive grand piano-like characteristics
design, and inspirational modern features. Concert Artist from Kawai – the
inspires musicians to realise their true artistic potential.
sound of Kawai’s magnificent EX concert grand piano.
that celebrate Kawai’s rich, classical pedigree.
concert grand piano experience in the comfort of your home.
naturally balanced than any other digital piano.
The keyboard action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of black and white
keys, graded hammers, and numerous other components working in harmony
when each note is pressed. This beautifully designed mechanism allows gifted
pianists to express a wealth of feeling and emotion in their music, as they appreciate
and respond to the tactile nuances transmitted through the keyboard.
Translating the piano action’s intricate movements to a digital instrument, while
retaining these acoustic-like subtleties is a stunning achievement – one which has
drawn upon 85 years of experience in building some of the world’s finest pianos.
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Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an
The exceptional Concert Artist features
acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel keyboard action utilised by the latest
Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory Touch key
Concert Artist combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to
surfaces as standard. This finely textured
recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
material gently absorbs fingertip perspira-
This improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch
tion and oils to assist playing control, and
weight from front to rear, and is particularly beneficial when
possesses a natural, matte finish that is
playing complicated chords with fingers positioned towards
smooth but not slippery.
the back of the keyboard.
All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces
of wood, with finely textured ivory-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
Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed
acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of the key lifts, triggering
without dirt or grease permeating the
a grade-weighted hammer to strike a pressure switch. The amount of
surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped
force applied to this switch is then measured, and the corresponding note
clean easily using just a damp cloth.
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In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano, the
new Grand Feel keyboard action also boasts the longest key
pivot length – matching that of a Kawai grand piano.
Pivot Length
Grand Piano Action
played with authentic tonal character and volume.
Additional counter-weights placed at the front of the bass keys help
to lighten their heavier touch during pianissimo passages, with let-off
simulation also reproducing the delicate ‘notch’ sensation felt when
playing the keys of a grand piano very softly. These subtle characteristics
allow discerning pianists to practise their expanding repertoire with
confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called
upon to perform using the finest acoustic grand pianos.
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Complementing the grand piano-class key pivot length, the Grand Feel
action also features a new triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced
playing realism. The third sensor improves responsiveness when playing
the same key repeatedly, and also allows the sound of a single note to be
gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.
Triple sensor
In addition, improvements to the Concert Artist’s sound hardware also
Let-off mechanism
Weighted hammer
Balance pins
Wooden key
Ivory Touch key surface
Counter weight
Grand Feel Action
permit the speed at which keys are lifted to influence the release character
of piano sounds, providing a greater range of expressive detail between
staccato and legato playing.
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Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic
Wood’s outstanding resonance properties are
piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced
widely accepted, making it an ideal choice for
in Kawai digital pianos over 25 years ago. Yet
string instruments such as guitars, violins, and of
despite the countless improvements to acoustic
course pianos. Wooden piano keys are also known
and digital piano action technologies in recent
to vibrate, subtly channelling the sound energy of
years, engineers still recognise that wood remains
the instrument back through the fingertips, and
the best material for the keyboard.
enhancing the musician’s playing experience.
Unlike plastics and most other man-made
Finally, wooden keys are inherently special. The
substances, wood possesses unique characteristics
look, feel, and even the smell of wooden keys
that allow it to absorb a degree of movement
furnish the Concert Artist with an organic quality
energy and flex slightly when compressed. This
that helps the player to feel a closer connection
means that when a pressing a wooden key it
with their piano. And it is this important personal
reaches the cushioned felt keybed with a natural,
connection that ultimately allows pianists to relax,
reassuring stop, rather than a jarring, noisy halt.
and lose themselves in the joy of making music.
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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.
When playing a fine piano, the amount of
The Concert Artist’s improved Virtual
pressure applied to the keyboard affects not
Technician functions invite discerning
only the volume of the sound produced,
musicians to shape aspects of the selected
but also the unique tonal character of each
piano’s character to suit their preferences.
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.
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
pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
Players can perform touch and voicing
adjustments, regulate hammer and key
release noises, and fine-tune string, lid,
and damper resonances. It is even possible
to adjust the precise tuning and volume of
individual notes – all in real-time. Then,
The new Concert Artist offers a highly
with the desired refinements complete,
detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic
save the fully prepared instrument to an
Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth
onboard registration memory or USB
tonal transitions across the keyboard and
device, or exchange favourite settings with
throughout the entire dynamic range.
other Concert Artist owners online.
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With expanded piano sound memory, the new Concert Artist boasts the
largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano. This ‘eXtra Long’ standard
of Harmonic Imaging technology extends the important attack portion
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The Concert Artist’s powerful new digital effects engine further enhances
the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail
and realism that bring performances to life.
of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and
Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects can be used
resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the
to tailor a sound’s character and feeling, with modelled amplifier/speaker
instrument’s organic tonal quality overall.
simulations applying vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark
growl to drawbar organs. The depth of a performance can then be
transformed using the Concert Artist’s updated reverb features, allowing
pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments,
ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
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The Concert Artists feature high fidelity speaker systems that have been
specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies, with
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The Concert Artist showcases a variety of Concert, Studio, Jazz, Modern,
and Pop grand piano sounds that are suitable for a wide range of musical
periods and styles. In addition, a traditional Kawai upright piano sound
is also included for pieces that suggest a feeling of nostalgia, or call for a
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The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX concert grand piano is at the heart
of the new Concert Artist, 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 – as opposed to stretching
the same tone over several different notes – preserves the rich harmonic
character of the EX concert grand piano, and guarantees that the sound
heard when playing any one of the Concert Artist’s wooden keys is a faithful
representation of the original acoustic source.
slightly more intimate tonal character.
the flagship CA95 piano also incorporating an improved version of
Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System.
As with the original design, this unique audio technology embraces the
rich, harmonic qualities of wood, channelling sound energy onto a spruce
soundboard to produce an organic tone. The redeveloped system further
advances this concept, utilising longer soundboard ribs that broaden the
frequency range and volume of the resonating sound. The result is a
remarkably authentic playing experience that immerses the performer,
and faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.
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F USB C
Complementing the instrument’s class-leading Grand Feel keyboard action
and stunning Harmonic Imaging XL grand piano sound, the Concert Artist
also offers a strong selection of digital features that further enhance one’s
musical enjoyment.
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the Concert Artist also
The Concert Artist is equipped with modern USB connectors that not
features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric
only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use,
pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth
but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly.
Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds,
settings, registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored in internal
USB audio recording and playback, Dual, Split, and Four Hands keyboard
modes, and a rich assortment of customisable instrument voices add greater
variety to players’ performances, while the convenient metronome function
and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books1 ensure that regular
practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and
memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF)
Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections.
downloaded from the internet to be listened to using the instrument’s
The volume balances and other settings for each playing mode can also be
exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware.
pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.
This latter USB to Device functionality allows favourite instrument
adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.
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The Concert Artist’s convenient
lesson function allows aspiring
pianists to learn piano with
classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer
and Bach etudes, or a collection
of songs from the popular Alfred
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Basic, Adult, and Premier course
books1. With a strong emphasis
on acoustic piano realism, both
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio
models also feature traditional
finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills, and include a companion
book of printed scores to further aid one’s practise.
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 audio*) directly as
MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual
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listening away from the piano.
Reinforcing the Concert Artist’s reputation as the most realistic digital
piano is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System.
This new development
accurately replicates the individual weighting of the damper, soft, and
sostenuto pedals of a Kawai EX Concert grand piano to further enhance
the Concert Artist’s acoustic piano 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 musicians to personalise the
instrument’s response to match their preferred pedalling technique.
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In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connectors, the Concert
Artist also features standard LINE-level audio and MIDI jacks. These
useful connectivity options allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger
settings such as churches or school halls, and provide greater flexibility
when using computers and other audio devices.
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The new Concert Artist utilises modern, energy efficient components that
reduce electricity consumption by 50% (compared to previous models),
while the instrument’s optional power saving feature can also turn off the
piano automatically after a specified period of inactivity.
1. Premium Satin Black
2. Premium Rosewood
3. Premium Cherry
Standing proudly amongst other items of
fine furniture, a piano is often considered the
centrepiece of any room it occupies.
4. Premium Mahogany
With elegant cabinetry, striking accents,
and a natural wooden finish, the exterior
appearance of a piano contributes more to the
overall aesthetic of playing and listening to
music than arguably any other instrument.
This shared belief inspires Kawai’s digital and
acoustic piano designers to work together,
developing original ideas that improve
functionality, without detracting from an
instrument’s traditional character.
88 wooden keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces / Grand Feel (GF) action with Let-Off and Triple Sensor
Sound Source
Harmonic Imaging™ XL (HI-XL), 88-key piano sampling
Internal Sounds
80 voices
60 voices
max. 256 notes
Keyboard Modes
Dual Mode, Split Mode, Four Hands Mode (Volume/Balance adjustable)
Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary,
Combination effects x 4, Amplified effects x 3
Virtual Technician
Touch Curve:
Resonance, Noise
& Effects:
Dry/Wet, Time, Speed, Mono/Stereo, Accel./Rotary Speed – Parameters dependent on effect.
Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off (Constant), User 1, User 2
Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2 , Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2
Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Key-off Effect (incl. Key-off Release), Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay,
Topboard, Decay Time, Soft Pedal Depth
Equal (Piano), Pure Major, Pure minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Equal (Flat), Equal (Stretch),
User Temperament, Key of Temperament
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Internal Recorder
USB Functions
Sitting down at the new Concert Artist, the first thing that strikes the
aspirations of the performer. The distinctive KAWAI logo – representing
85 years of piano excellence – adorns the Concert Artist’s fallboard, its
warm, metallic finish glimmers in the light, capturing the movements
10 song, 2 track recorder – approximately 90,000 note memory capacity
Playback & Record:
player is the instrument’s flat fascia and tall upper board, giving the
impression of a grand piano and immediately elevating the musical
Load Internal Song, Load Registration, Load User Memory, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Save Registration,
Save User Memory, Rename File, Delete File, Format USB, Convert Song to Audio, Overdub Audio
Internal Songs
1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 drum rhythms
10 - 400 bpm (20 - 800 bpm for eighth note rhythms)
Demo Songs:
of the keyboard below. The elegant curves furnishing either side of the
Piano Music:
cabinet are balanced by the instrument’s handsome tapered leg design.
Lesson Function:
These front legs are supported by real wooden toe blocks, conveying
Concert Magic:
stability, distinction, and a classical presence.
Stretch Tuning, User Tuning, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Minimum Touch
37 songs
34 songs
29 or 42 pieces ¹
Finger exercises + Alfred or Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, and Bach lesson books ¹
176 songs (88 x 2 banks)
The instrument’s broad music rest is designed to accommodate the most
Other Settings
ambitious musical works, with smoothly bevelled edges and simulated
& Functions
16 memories (8 x 2)
Key/Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Speaker Volume, Phones Volume, Line In Level*, Line Out Volume, Audio Recorder Gain, Wall EQ*,
Tuning, Damper Hold, Four Hands, LCD Contrast, User Memory, Factory Reset, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On/Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift,
Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off
leather lining the base. As with a grand piano, the viewing angle of the
Concert Artist’s music rest can be adjusted to suit the performer’s playing
128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight
position, or laid flat for convenience when notating scores or sketching
Damper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto. Grand Feel Pedal System
LINE IN (L/MONO, R), LINE IN Level Adjust, LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), Headphones x 2, MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device
musical ideas.
Subtly concealing its impressive digital features, the Concert Artist’s main
Speaker System
7 cm x 4 (top speakers)
13 cm x 2 (full range speakers)
control panel is discreetly embedded within the piano’s left cheek block.
1.4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters)
5 cm x 2 (tweeters)
This helps to preserve the instruments’ grand piano-like appearance,
Soundboard Speaker System
and allows performers to enjoy the simple pleasure of playing music
without the distraction of flashing lights and rows of buttons. And for
added convenience, the Concert Artist’s USB and dual headphone jacks
are separated from the instrument’s main connections panel, mounted
beneath the keyboard in an accessible position, yet hidden from the
player’s eye-line.
Output Power:
Power Consumption
* CA95 only. / ¹ depending on market location.
45 W x 2 + 45 W transducer
50 W x 2
55 W
45 W
1465 (W) x 475 (D) x 930 (H) mm
1440 (W) x 470 (D) x 905 (H) mm
58” (W) x 19” (D) x 37” (H)
57” (W) x 19” (D) x 36” (H)
87.0 kg / 192 lbs.
73.0 kg / 161 lbs.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Copyright © 2012 Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
CA1062E-D1207 Version 1
Printed in Japan
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