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28.09.2016

Casio to Expand Lineup of CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Digital Pianos
Clad in a Natural White Wood Finish; Featuring a New Elegant Design, Wooden Keys, and Three Historic Grand Piano Sounds

Tokyo, September 28, 2016 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it will release the GP-300WE, a new elegantly designed digital piano model with a natural white wood finish, in its CELVIANO Grand Hybrid lineup. CELVIANO Grand Hybrid pianos combine the advantages of both digital and acoustic pianos while delivering the performance of a grand piano in tone, keyboard quality and playing comfort.

Casio previously released three pianos in this lineup since 2015 to 2016—the GP-500BP, GP-400 and GP-300BK. All were equipped with the Casio AiR* Grand Sound Source, which reproduces the same beautiful sound and rich reverberation as a grand piano, and keys made from spruce, a wood used in grand piano keyboards. These models also featured piano tones jointly developed with the piano maker C. Bechstein. The natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard has an action mechanism that faithfully simulates piano hammer movements, which have a significant impact on the playing response of a grand piano. These innovative hybrid pianos moved beyond the realm of the conventional digital piano, and gained a strong reputation among people who appreciate the nuanced sound and feel of a grand piano.
*Acoustic & Intelligent Resonator

The new GP-300WE comes with the three historically popular grand piano sounds featured in the GP-500BP, GP-400 and GP-300BK, as well as the same reliable key response and supple playing comfort. New with the GP-300WE is the design, which features a natural white wood finish for both the body and stand, producing a bright yet elegant ambiance that is quite different from that of the black wood finish of the GP-300BK. The use of a sophisticated natural white wood finish expresses the character of the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid, which is designed to faithfully represent the tone, keyboard and playing comfort of a grand piano. The GP-300WE will be available in stores as of November 2016.

Model

Finish

GP-300WE

Natural white wood finish

Main Features of the GP-300WE

Thoroughly refined sound and reverberation reminiscent of a grand piano
  • The AiR Grand Sound Source reproduces the same beautiful sound and rich reverberation as a grand piano.
    Multi-dimensional Morphing smoothly transforms sound waves, and realizes tonal changes based on both time passage and intensity. Even during a gradual crescendo from pianissimo to fortissimo, the technology allows even and natural tonal changes.

    Moreover, the String Resonance System, designed to deliver the string resonance of a grand piano, controls the amount and combination of resonance according to the playing situation. By producing reverberation that fits each of the 88 keys, the technology enables natural and comfortable performance.

    By combining these two technologies, the new model offers the sounds of three grand piano styles. The Berlin Grand is known for its elegant clear sound and reverberation that gives each performance rich melodic color, while the Hamburg Grand delivers gorgeous power and strength with a lot of string resonance. The Vienna Grand provides calm bass with a solid feeling along with soft and beautiful sound.

  • Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard enables even more delicate expression
    The GP-300WE features keys made from high-quality spruce, which is also used in grand piano keyboards. The keys are also finished in the same way as on a grand piano. Since this makes them more familiar to the pianist, fingers are less likely to slip or fatigue. The new model also boasts a unique action mechanism that delivers the right hammer movement, which has a big impact on the playing response of a grand piano. The mechanism conveys delicate finger nuances more accurately, and enables dynamic touch to translate directly into expressive power.

  • Grand Acoustic System generates a space of three-dimensional sound
    Casio has developed a Grand Acoustic System that faithfully represents the sound of a grand piano as it emanates from above and below the soundboard. Through careful positioning of six speakers and the creation of sound pathways, the system delivers three-dimensional sound with tonal elongation, expansion and depth.

Special playing experiences made possible by a digital piano
  • Concert Play offers an experience like playing with an orchestra
    The spectacular sound of a live orchestra is recorded in a high-quality digital format. By playing the piano together with the recorded orchestra, users can enjoy the feeling as if they are performing with an orchestra. The technology can also be used in practice, as it allows the tempo to be slowed, and also features rewind, fast forward, and repeat playback of A-B sections.

  • Hall Simulator provides the experience of performing in a special venue such as a concert hall
    The Hall Simulator allows the pianist to enjoy the immersive sound found in different types of venues such as an Amsterdam church, or a classical concert hall in Berlin. Also, the GP-300WE enables users to switch between the Player's Position, which provides a sense of playing a real grand piano, and three types of Listener's Positions, which gives the pianist the effect of listening to the performance from the audience.

Specifications

Keyboard

Number of Sensors

3

Hammer Action

Natural Grand Hammer Action

Touch Sensitivity

5 sensitivity levels, off

Sound Source

 

AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator) Grand Sound Source

Max. Polyphony

256

Tones

Number of Built-in Tones

26

Number of Direct Tone Select buttons

3

Duet Mode/Layer/Split/Octave Shift

Yes

Acoustic
Simulator

Hammer Response

Yes(Off, 10 levels)

Damper Resonance

Yes (Off, 10 levels)

String Resonance

Yes (Off, 10 levels)

Lid Simulator

Yes (4 levels)

Key Off Simulator

Yes

Damper Noise

Yes (Off, 10 levels)

Digital
Effects

Hall Simulator

Off, 12 types x 4 positions

Chorus

Off, 4 types

Brilliance

-3~0~3

DSP

Yes (Preset for some tones)

Key Transpose

2 octaves (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)

Tuning Control

A4=415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz

Scale Function

Equal temperaments plus 16 other types

Music Library

Number of Preset Songs

60

User Songs

10

Capacity for User Songs

Approx. 900KB (Up to approx. 90KB/song)

Concert Play

15 Songs

Demo Songs

6 (Tone Demo)

Metronome

Yes

Tempo Setting

20~255BPM

MIDI Recorder

Yes (Real Time Rec, 5000 notes)

Audio Recording/Playback

Max. 99 songs, approximately 25 min./song
(to USB flash drive, 44.1 kHz Stereo WAV format)

Operation Lock

Yes

 

Pedals

3 built-in pedals (damper, soft, sostenuto)

Half-Damper Pedal Operation

Yes (Continuous)

Half Pedal Position

-2~0~2

Display

Full-dot LCD with backlight

Terminals

USB Port (to Host)

Yes

USB Flash Drive Port

Yes

MIDI IN/OUT

Yes

PHONES

2 (Stereo standard jack)

LINE IN

2 (L / mono, R), standard jack

LINE OUT

2 (L / mono, R) , standard jack

Top Board Open/Close

Yes

Grand Acoustic System

Yes

Headphone Mode

Yes

Volume Sync EQ

Yes

Speakers

16cm × 2 + (10cm + 5cm) × 2
3-Way, 6 Speakers

Amplifiers

30W × 2 + 20W × 2

Power Supply

AC adapter: AD-E24500LW

Auto Power Off

Yes

Included Accessories

Score Stand / Score Book /
AC adapter (AD-E24500LW) Headphone Hook

Size (without score stand)

1,434×489×963mm

Weight

77.5kg



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01.07.2016

CASIO grants five year warranties on Celviano Grand Hybrid digital pianos as of now

Norderstedt, July 1st 2016 — Casio Europe grants a free extension on warranties for the Celviano Grand Hybrid models GP-500, GP-400, GP-300 and the Celviano AP-700 from two to five years with immediate effect. This service applies to the entire European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

„We developed the Celviano Grand Hybrid series with the new hybrid grand piano action under the particular aspect of it being maintenance free. By extending the warranties, we want to highlight the high quality standards”, explains Martin Moritz, Marketing Manager of CASIO Europe GmbH.

Buyers, who purchased their instrument before the 1st of July 2016, also profit from the new extended warranty. In case that an owner wants to make use of this warranty, a simple stop at the dealer is enough to handle all other steps. In addition, it is possible to register the purchased music instrument at www.casio-europe.com/5-years-warranty. Further Information regarding Casio music instruments and where to find specialist Casio dealers near you, can be found at www.grand-hybrid.com or www.casio-music.com/.

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CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. News and product information from Casio is available at www.casio-music.com or www.grand-hybrid.com.
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07.04.2016

CASIO to Expand Lineup of CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Digital Pianos
Featuring a New Elegant Design, Wooden Keys, and Three Historic Grand Piano Sounds

Norderstedt, April 7, 2016 – CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., announced today that it will release the GP-400BK, a new elegantly designed digital piano model in its CELVIANO Grand Hybrid lineup. CELVIANO Grand Hybrid pianos combine the advantages of both digital and acoustic pianos while delivering the performance of a grand piano in tone, keyboard quality and playing comfort.

CASIO previously released two pianos in this lineup in 2015–the GP-500BP and GP-300BK. Both were equipped with its AiR* Grand Sound Source, which reproduces the same beautiful sound and rich reverberation as a grand piano, and keys made from spruce, a wood used in grand piano keyboards. These models also featured piano tones jointly developed with the piano maker C. Bechstein. The natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard has an action mechanism that faithfully simulates piano hammer movements, which have a significant impact on the playing response of a grand piano. These innovative hybrid pianos moved beyond the realm of the conventional digital piano, and gained a strong reputation among people who appreciate the nuanced sound and feel of a grand piano.
* Acoustic & Intelligent Resonator

The new GP-400BK comes with the three historically popular grand piano sounds featured in the GP-500BP and GP-300BK, as well as the same reliable key response and supple playing comfort. New with the GP-400BK is the design, which boasts a curved rear panel and thicker side panels and legs to capture the bold and refined image one expects of a high-quality piano. The height from the keyboard to the music stand has also been made the same as a conventional grand piano, for an experience even more like that of playing a grand piano. In addition, CASIO used a black wood grain finish for the entire piano to give it a dignified look. All of these design features come together in this latest elegant model in the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid lineup.

Model

AiR Grand Sound Source

Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard

Grand Acoustic System

Finish

GP-400BK

Yes

Yes

Yes

Black Wood Grain



Main Features of the GP-400BK

Thoroughly refined sound and reverberation reminiscent of a grand piano
  • The AiR Grand Sound Source reproduces the same beautiful sound and rich reverberation as a grand piano.
    Multi-dimensional Morphing smoothly transforms sound waves, and realizes tonal changes based on both time passage and intensity. Even during a gradual crescendo from pianissimo to fortissimo, the technology allows even and natural tonal changes.

    Moreover, the String Resonance System, designed to deliver the string resonance of a grand piano, controls the amount and combination of resonance according to the playing situation. By producing reverberation that fits each of the 88 keys, the technology enables natural and comfortable performance.

    By combining these two technologies, the new model offers the sounds of three grand piano styles. The Berlin Grand is known for its elegant clear sound and reverberation that gives each performance rich melodic color, while the Hamburg Grand delivers gorgeous power and strength with a lot of string resonance. The Vienna Grand provides calm bass with a solid feeling along with soft and beautiful sound.

  • Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard enables even more delicate expression
    The GP-400BK features keys made from high-quality spruce, which is also used in grand piano keyboards. The keys are also finished in the same way as on a grand piano. Since this makes them more familiar to the pianist, fingers are less likely to slip or fatigue. The new model also boasts a new unique action mechanism that delivers the right hammer movement, which has a big impact on the playing response of a grand piano. The mechanism conveys delicate finger nuances more accurately, and enables dynamic touch to translate directly into expressive power.

  • Grand Acoustic System generates a space of three-dimensional sound
    CASIO has developed a Grand Acoustic System that faithfully represents the sound of a grand piano as it emanates from above and below the soundboard. Through careful positioning of six speakers and the creation of sound pathways, the system delivers three-dimensional sound with tonal elongation, expansion and depth.

Special playing experiences made possible by a digital piano
  • Scene feature enables pieces to be played with the optimal sound
    The Scene feature consists of 15 preset types for different composers such as Chopin and Liszt, as well as musical genres such as jazz and easy listening. The presets combine the best optimal tones, reverberation, and effects for the type of piece being played. Users can also create and save their own presets.

  • Concert Play offers an experience like playing with an orchestra
    The spectacular sound of a live orchestra is recorded in a high-quality digital format. By playing the piano together with the recorded orchestra, users can enjoy the feeling of performing at an orchestral concert. The technology can also be used in practice, as it allows the tempo to be slowed, and also features rewind, fast forward, and repeat playback of A-B sections.

  • Hall Simulator provides the experience of performing in a special venue such as a concert hall
    The Hall Simulator allows the pianist to enjoy the immersive sound found in different types of venues such as an Amsterdam church, or a classical concert hall in Berlin. Also, the GP-400BK enables users to switch between the Player's Position, which provides a sense of playing a real grand piano, and three types of Listener's Positions, which gives the pianist the effect of listening to the performance from the audience.

Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. News and product information from Casio is available at

www.grand-hybrid.com
www.casio-music.com

press contact: casio@kruger-media.de
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14.03.2016

CASIO Stage Act 2016 – Searching for the Best Newcomer Bands

There is nothing more beautiful for musicians, than sharing their work with the world. Standing on the big stage, firing up the audience and showing off their talent. To perform on the main stage at the Frankfurt Music Convention, the top event of the music industry, is like a dream come true for the musical breakthrough.

Newcomer bands now have the chance to prove themselves at the „CASIO Stage Act“ band contest. No limitations are set for the genre. The only condition for the „CASIO Stage Act“ is that a keyboard player is a member of the band.

The winners await a performance on the center stage of the Frankfurt Music Convention on the 8th of April and at the nhow Music Night in Berlin. On top of that, the first placed will receive a CASIO stage piano PX-560M, worth 1.199 Euros. Second and third placed will not leave empty-handed either. These bands will also receive high-quality Casio products.

The registration for the contest is now open. From March 18th to April 1st the audience will decide with a fan voting, which band will become the „CASIO Stage Act 2016”. The registration is possible at: http://bit.ly/1LWDL3R.

The “CASIO Stage Act” is supported by CASIO, musikmesse Frankfurt, nhow Hotel Berlin, gigmit, Bonedo.de and Soundcheck.

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. News and product information from Casio is available at

More information at: www.casio-music.com

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Vanessa Mertens | Vanessa.Mertens@kruger-media.de Torstraße 171 | 10115 Berlin | +49 (0)30 3064548-30
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