Kawai Classic Series CS11/CS8 brochure 2016

Kawai Classic Series CS11/CS8 brochure 2016
CS11 / CS8
Luxurious appearance
Impecc able touch
Stunning sound
The new range of Classic Series luxury digital pianos
– crafted by Japan’s premier acoustic piano company.
Luxurious, elegant, classic – nothing says piano quite like the
However, the Classic Series are far more than just handsome additions
refined beauty of polished ebony. The evocative character of a
to one’s living space, for inside their finely crafted, gleaming black
silky smooth, rich black cabinet elevates the musical instrument
cabinets lies Kawai’s advanced digital piano sound and keyboard
to that of a piece of fine furniture, while simultaneously raising
action technology, ensuring that these exceptional instruments play
the artistic aspirations of the performer.
as beautifully as they look. Pioneering innovations such as Harmonic
Imaging XL and the Soundboard Speaker System recreate the exquisite
Kawai has been creating world-class musical instruments for
tonal character of Kawai’s peerless EX concert grand piano with
90 years – maintaining traditional hand-crafted processes while
breathtaking realism, while the Grand Feel II keyboard action with
embracing original ideas, in a passionate quest to perfect the art
Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces, triple-sensor key detection, graded
of the piano.
counterweights, and let-off simulation guarantees a remarkably
authentic piano playing experience.
The new range of premium Kawai digital instruments pursue
these very same principles, marrying together stunning polished
Complementing their beautiful appearance, stunning sound, and
cabinet parts (meticulously prepared in our own acoustic piano
rewarding keyboard touch, the Classic Series offer a selection of
finishing facility) with modern sound and keyboard technologies.
digital piano features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
The result is the Classic Series – a collection of luxurious, elegant
USB audio record/playback, Dual and Split keyboard modes, and a
pianos that deliver a truly exceptional musical experience.
rich assortment of customisable instrument voices add greater variety
to players’ performances. Furthermore, the convenient metronome
Sitting down at a Kawai Classic Series, one quickly begins to
function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books ensure
appreciate the instruments’ acoustic piano design cues: the
that regular practise is productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
gorgeous rich black polished finish, the warm glimmer from the
family crest’s brushed metal lettering, and the wide music rest
Luxurious appearance combined with class-leading touch and tone:
complete with simulated leather inlay.
Introducing the Classic Series premium digital pianos from Kawai.
The Touch of a Grand 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 90 years of experience in crafting the world’s finest pianos.
Gr and Feel II ke y board a c tion
Iv ory & Ebon y To uch ke y surfa ces
L ongest ke ys, L ongest piv ot length
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an
The exceptional Classic Series instruments feature Kawai’s highly regarded
In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano,
acoustic piano, the new Grand Feel II keyboard action utilised by the
Ivory Touch white key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material
Grand Feel keyboard actions also boast the longest key pivot
latest Classic Series combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism
gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and
length – matching that of a Kawai grand piano.
to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos.
possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.
All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces
To complement these premium white keys, Kawai has developed Ebony
weight from front to rear, and is particularly beneficial when
of wood, with finely textured ivory and ebony-like surfaces applied to
Touch, an all-new black key material that reproduces the finely-textured
playing complicated chords with fingers positioned towards
absorb moisture and assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on
grain and rich lustre of real ebony wood. The result is a keyboard surface
the back of the keyboard.
a balance pin – the ends rising and falling to replicate the familiar ‘seesaw’
that looks and feels as luxurious as some of the finest grand pianos.
Pivot Length
This improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch
Grand Piano action
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.
In addition, graded counterweights attached towards the front of each
key help to lighten their touch during pianissimo passages, with letoff simulation also reproducing the delicate ‘notch’ sensation felt when
Grand Feel II action
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.
Triple -sensor ke y detec tion
The Signific ance of re al w o oden ke ys
The Grand Feel II action features Kawai’s latest triple-sensor detection
Wood has been the preferred material for acoustic
The outstanding resonance properties of wood
piano keys for centuries, and was first introduced
are widely accepted, making it an ideal choice for
in Kawai digital pianos over 30 years ago. Yet
stringed 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 Classic Series 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.
system for enhanced accuracy and responsiveness when playing the same
key repeatedly. This third sensor allows the sound of a single note to be
gradually ‘layered’ without previous tones being lost, while also supporting
Triple sensor
advanced techniques such as playing notes from the let-off point.
Ebony Touch
key surface
Let-off mechanism
Weighted hammer
Balance pins
Graded counterweight
Wooden key
Ivory Touch key surface
The Sound of a Grand Piano
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 Classic Series captures 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 CS11 & CS8 also feature 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.
Harm onic Im a ging technolo g y
Impr o ved Virt ual Technician
When playing a fine piano, the amount of
The Classic Series’ 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.
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 volume levels, ranging from gentle
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 Classic Series offers a highly
with the desired refinements complete,
detailed acoustic portrait, with Harmonic
save the personally prepared instrument
Imaging XL technology ensuring smooth
to internal memory or a connected USB
tonal transitions across the keyboard and
device, or exchange favourite settings with
throughout the entire dynamic range.
other Classic Series owners online.
E x tr a-L ong Sa mpling (hi-xl)
With expanded piano sound memory, the new Classic Series boasts the
largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano. This ‘eXtra Long’ standard
of Harmonic Imaging technology extends the important attack portion
Impressive Effec ts & Re verb
The Classic Series’ powerful 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 Classic Series’ strong reverb features, allowing
pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments,
ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Superior spe aker s ystems
The Classic Series feature high fidelity 3-way speaker systems that have
been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble frequencies.
A co ustic Piano variet y
The high-specification CS8 boasts a new 6-speaker configuration that
immerses the performer, while the flagship CS11 piano also incorporates
the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded Soundboard Speaker System.
Alongside the classically voiced SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand piano sounds,
the Classic Series also showcases a selection of Jazz, Modern, and Pop
variations suitable for a range of musical periods and styles. Traditional
Kawai upright piano sounds are also included, for pieces that suggest a
88 -ke y Piano Sa mpling
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand pianos is
at the heart of the new Classic Series, with all eighty-eight keys of these
world-class instruments 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 grand pianos’ unique
harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any
one of the Classic Series’ wooden keys is a faithful representation of the
original acoustic source.
feeling of nostalgia, or call for a slightly more intimate tonal character.
This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of
wood, channelling 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 faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.
The Variet y of a Digital Piano
Complementing the instrument’s class-leading Grand Feel II keyboard action and stunning
Harmonic Imaging XL grand piano sound, the Classic Series also offer a strong selection of
digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment.
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 and Alfred course
books ensure that regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Rich So und Selec tion
Gr and Feel Pedal S ystem
Fle xible USB Con nec tivit y
MP3 Audio Pl ay b a ck & Record
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the Classic Series also
Reinforcing the Classic Series’ reputation as the most realistic digital
The CS11 and CS8 are equipped with modern USB connectors that not
USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio
features an excellent selection of additional sounds, ranging from electric
piano is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique development
only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use,
files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece,
pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth
accurately replicates the individual weighting of the damper, soft, and
but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly.
or to simply play along with their favourite songs. It is even possible to
pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.
sostenuto pedals of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos to further
Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds,
enhance the Classic Series’ acoustic piano authenticity.
This latter USB to Device functionality allows favourite instrument
settings, registrations, and memorable recorder songs stored in internal
such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and
Moreover, it is also possible to adjust the half-pedal sensitivity of the
memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF)
Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections.
damper pedal, and effectiveness of the soft pedal using specially engineered
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
Virtual Technician parameters, allowing musicians to personalise the
exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware.
adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.
instrument’s response to match their preferred pedalling technique.
record entire performances (including external line-in audio) directly as
MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual
listening away from the piano.
iPad Contr ol A pps
Connecting the Classic Series to an iPad using either a USB cable allows
players to extend the instruments’ functionality with a wide range
of education, performance, and scoring apps.
Lesson & Finger E xer cises
A dedicated Virtual
Technician app is also freely available, providing an enjoyable way to
learn about and adjust the Classic Series’ various characteristics from an
The Classic Series’ convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to
attractive touch interface.
learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Beyer, Bach, and Chopin
etudes, or a collection of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and
Premier course books. With a strong emphasis on acoustic piano realism,
both 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.
Impr o ved He adphone E xperience
Usef ul Con nec tivit y Op tions
The Classic Series’ Spatial Headphone
In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connectors, the Classic
Sound (SHS) technology enhances the
Series also feature standard LINE-level audio and MIDI jacks. These
depth and realism of the instrument’s
useful connectivity options allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger
piano sounds when using headphones
settings such as churches or school halls, and provide greater flexibility
or earphones, while also helping to
when using computers and other audio devices.
reduce auditory fatigue when listening
for extended periods of time.
Ener g y Conservation
Moreover, the CS11 and CS8 also feature a dedicated, high fidelity
headphone amplifier, utilising the same premium hardware found in
The CS11 and CS8 utilise modern, energy efficient components that
audiophile music devices. This technology significantly improves sound
reduce electricity consumption by 50% (compared to previous generation
quality when using headphones, and allows players to select a variety of
models), while the instruments’ optional power saving feature can also
different headphone types for an optimised listening experience.
turn off the piano automatically after a specified period of inactivity.
The Design of an Acoustic Piano
Standing proudly amongst other items of
fine furniture, a piano is often considered the
centrepiece of any room it occupies.
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 and Ebony Touch key surfaces / Grand Feel II (GFII) action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor, and Counterweights
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
Mono Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Ensemble, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Vibrato Tremolo, Tremolo+Amp,
Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Auto Pan+Amp, Phaser+Auto Pan, Phaser, Classic Phaser, Phaser+Amp, Phaser+Chorus, Rotary (1~6)
Be yond Ebon y Polish
Cl a ssic Design is Timeless
Rather than simply replicate Kawai’s existing digital pianos in a polished
The world of interior fashion and furniture design is constantly evolving
ebony finish, the Classic Series design team decided to take a rather
– adapting to the diverse, global influences that enrich our lives. And
different approach. They began by studying acoustic pianos – evaluating
yet, the characteristic design of an acoustic piano cabinet has remained
the characteristics that define an instrument’s personality, before
largely unchanged for decades: dignified, timeless, classic.
modelling the new Classic Series cabinets around these core qualities.
Virtual Technician
Resonance, Noise
& Effects:
& Tuning:
The flagship CS11 plays tribute to this
Internal Recorder
One important design feature of the CS8 is its tall upper board.
enduring design, with its premium
USB Functions
Combined with a broad music rest, this large, polished area elevates
quality cabinet replicating Kawai’s pop-
the piano, and gives the relatively compact instrument a grander, more
ular K-2 compact upright. Finished
distinguished presence. Single-piece side panels further contribute to the
from top to bottom in a luxurious
Classic Series’ acoustic piano character, with the refined toe block overlap
ebony polish and crowned with one of
ensuring a clean, elegant finish.
the most respected names in the piano
industry, the CS11 is undoubtedly the
Dry/Wet, Time, Speed, Mono/Stereo, Accel./Rotary Speed – Parameters dependent on effect.
Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off (Constant), User Touch Curve
Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2, Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2, User Voicing
Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect,
Fall-back Noise, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time
Equal, Pure Major, Pure Minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kirnberger
User Temperament, Temperament Key, Stretch Tuning, User Tuning
Hammer Delay, Minimum Touch, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
10 song, 2 track recorder – approximately 90,000 note memory capacity
Playback & Record:
Load Song, Load Registration All/Single, Load Startup Setting, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Save Registration All/Single,
Save Startup Setting, Rename File, Delete File, Format USB, Convert Song to Audio, Overdub Audio
Internal Songs
Lesson Function:
tionalists: musicians who appreciate all
Concert Magic:
the benefits of a digital piano with the
very latest technological advances, yet
still admire the understated character
Other Settings
& Functions
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:
Piano Music:
perfect instrument for modern tradi-
of a truly classic design.
Touch Curve:
39 songs
37 songs
29 or 42 pieces ¹
Songs from Alfred, Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach, and Chopin lesson books ². Finger Exercises
176 songs (88 x 2 banks)
16 memories (8 x 2), Edit Registration
Key/Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. User EQ), Speaker Volume, Line In Level, Wall EQ*, Tuning, Damper Hold, Split, Four Hands, LCD Contrast,
Startup Setting, Factory Reset, SHS Mode, Phones Type/Volume, 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, Audio Recorder Gain
Conce aled Contr ol Panel
128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight
Damper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto. Grand Feel Pedal System
The control panel for each Classic Series
instrument is discreetly embedded
Headphones x 2 (1/4˝, 1/8˝) MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device
Speaker System
7 cm x 4 (top speakers)
13 cm x 2 (woofers)
The impressive CS8 also adopts a number of subtle acoustic piano design
within the piano’s left cheek block, with
1.4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters)
(8 x 12) cm x 2 (top speakers)
cues that heighten one’s emotional attachment to the instrument. The
the flagship CS11 model also featuring
Soundboard Speaker System
5 cm x 2 (tweeters)
upper panel details that adorn either side of the keyboard, for example,
a folding cover. This helps to preserve
suggest traditionalism, yet also serve to balance the cabinet’s sleek,
the instruments’ acoustic piano-like
45 W x 2 + 45 W transducer
50 W x 2
modern appearance. The gentle curve towards the crown of the legs
appearance, and allows performers to
offers a gracious, humanistic touch, while the disciplined combination
enjoy the simple pleasure of playing
of straight and rounded edges charm surrounding light, enhancing the
music – without the distraction of
instrument’s gorgeous polished ebony veneer.
flashing lights and rows of buttons.
Output Power:
Power Consumption
(not including music rest)
55 W
45 W
1510 (W) x 542 (D) x 1049 (H) mm
1447 (W) x 476 (D) x 956 (H) mm
60˝ (W) x 21 ⅓˝ (D) x 41 ⅓˝ (H)
57˝ (W) x 18 ¾˝ (D) x 37 ¾˝ (H)
99.0 Kg / 218 1/2 lbs.
85.0 Kg / 187 1/2 lbs.
* CS11 only / ¹ Depending on market location / ² Lesson books sold separately
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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