Ever since the first digital pianos were developed, instrument manufacturers have been striving to design and make an electronic instrument that emulates the playing experience of a real concert piano. The next chapter in the history of the piano has been written by the revolutionary CASIO Grand Hybrid pianos.
These new digital pianos include sounds of the three most famous concert pianos, a keyboard system based on the same materials and dynamic actions of a concert grand piano, and a sound system that delivers the rich sound quality and broad spectrum of an acoustic piano. The only place to find this perfect combination of acoustic and digital technologies is in the CASIO CELVIANO Grand Hybrid.
The CELVIANO Grand Hybrid boasts the AiR Grand Sound Source, a new system using the latest CASIO sound technologies that include multi-dimensional morphing technology and an acoustic simulator.
CASIO multidimensional morphing technology creates natural and smooth transitions in volume and tone based on the touch response and sound duration.
The acoustic simulator reproduces the resonance of the strings and the entire resonating body of a concert piano by selecting, controlling and synthesising depending on the playing style.
The Hardware Resonator generates damper and duplex scaling and generated undamped string resonances in the treble range to ensure an unmistakeable sound.
Action sound system
A concert piano also generates different types of mechanical noise that form an important part of the overall sound. And CASIO is aiming for a realistic sound impression by reproducing these sound components as well.
How long a sound lasts depends on a number of factors including the speed with which the musician releases a key after striking it. In a similar way, the key-off simulator controls the length of the sounds based on the way in which a key is released.
The timing of a grand piano sound varies subtly depending on which keys are being played. To imitate this property with authenticity, CASIO has installed corresponding settings for each of the three concert piano sounds.
Pedal positions are continuously recorded to allow precise use of the damper pedal for excellent control of the duration and volume of sound. In addition, pianists can use the half-pedal function to control when the damper effect occurs.
CASIO designed a dedicated speaker system for the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid – the Grand Acoustic System. This system mimics the acoustic properties of a concert piano by simulating the emission characteristics of the top and bottom of the soundboard.
The CELVIANO Grand Hybrid housing has a variable piano lid, which is opened or closed manually. The position of the lid has a physical impact on the sound of the speakers located on the top.
The Hall Simulator features the typical sound properties of 12 famous venues based on careful analysis of the respective acoustic characteristics.
The volume and timbre of a grand piano varies according to how far the piano cover is open or closed. The Lid Simulator is a digital simulation of this acoustic effect.
This feature creates a similar sound at low volume by adjusting the sound quality in the low and high keyboard positions.
Headphone mode automatically creates a spacious sound when headphones are used and conveys the feeling of playing a real acoustic piano.
The Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard system has been developed by CASIO to create an authentic piano playing experience. This playing mechanism features full-length wooden keys and hammers that follow the same motions of those on a concert piano. In addition, the keys on the Grand Hybrid models are made from the same materials as those on an acoustic concert piano.
The keyboard mechanism of CELVIANO Grand Hybrid models is a new CASIO development, which includes a hammer action derived from concert pianos as well as three sensors per key that accurately measure and reproduce the intensity of key strike.
Similar surface materials to those of modern concert pianos are used.
The fulcrums are positioned in relation to the keys in exactly the same way as on a concert piano.
Playing with an orchestra is a wonderfully thrilling experience. The Concert Play function provides pianists with 15 high-quality, live orchestral recordings.
This function provides the appropriate sound environment to suit a range of different pieces of music. A scene is created by combining different piano sounds, effects and reverb settings (available for GP-500BP).