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  • New flagship Yamaha Clavinova CLP digital piano model in an attractive upright piano style cabinet
  • Looks like a real acoustic upright with a tall cabinet and soft closing keyboard fall but with all the benefits of a digital instrument
  • Featuring Yamaha's new GrandTouch keyboard with counterweights and linear weighting for the most authentic playing experience possible from a digital piano
  • With the sound of Yamaha's acclaimed CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos
  • Virtual Resonance Modelling allows the instrument to resonate and respond in the same way as an acoustic grand piano
  • 16 track sequencer with USB audio record facility and Bluetooth connectivity for use with iOS and Android devices
  • A powerful (50 W + 50 W + 50 W) x 2 amplifiers with (16 cm + 8 cm + 2.5 cm (dome)) x 2 speaker system to produce a truly Grand sound
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Product code: CLP685B
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What we think of the Yamaha CLP685 digital piano

The new flagship Yamaha Clavinova CLP685 digital piano has to be seen to be believed. Yamaha's new GrandTouch keyboard with linear weighting and counterweights creates a truly authentic grand piano playing experience and coupled with the sound of Yamaha's CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grands has the sound to match the authenticity of the action. Clever modelling techniques allow Yamaha to carefully reproduce the natural resonances of an acoustic instrument, and once put through the CLP685's powerful speaker system the sound quality is simply stunning. The elegantly cabinet is styled to look just like an acoustic upright, even including a soft-closing lid as found on their more expensive upright piano models. With Bluetooth connectivity, 16 track sequencer and an enormous selection of instrument voices this is a wonderfully capable instrument, ideal for musicians of any ability and the perfect choice of digital piano. Offering a more powerful speaker system, a more natural touch than the CLP675 and an XG voice bank of 480 sounds for recording and playback this is a worthwhile upgrade over the CLP675 and will soon be on display in our Haslemere showroom.



Specification

• 88 note GrandTouch graded hammer action keyboard with linear key weighting and counterweights
• Wooden naturals with synthetic ivory and ebony keytops
• Improved Virtual Resonance Modelling (VRM) on piano sounds
• Binaural sampling on Yamaha CFX concert grand
• Key-off samples, smooth release, string and damper resonances
CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial piano samples
• 256 note polyphony
• Three assignable function piano style pedals with half pedaling capability
• 128 x 64 full dot LCD screen
• Upright piano styling with soft closing keyboard fall
• 49 instrument voices plus 14 drum kits and 480XG voices
• Dual/split/duo keyboard modes to layer and split sounds
• 20 built in rhythm styles and metronome
• 21 voice demo songs, 50 piano songs and 303 Hanon and Czerny lesson songs
• (50 W + 50 W + 50 W) x 2 amplification with (16 cm + 8 cm + 2.5 cm (dome)) x 2 spruce cone speakers
• 16 track recording facility with USB audio record
• Bluetooth for use with iOS and Android devices
• USB TO HOST and USB TO DEVICE
• 2 x headphone sockets
• Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) and Stereophonic Optimizer for improved sound at low volume
• Digital effects including reverb, chorus and brilliance
The sound of some of the finest concert grand pianos in the world

Featuring the sound of two of the world's finest concert grand pianos, the new Yamaha Clavinova CLP645 allows you to select the perfect sound for your performance at the touch of a button. With Binaural sampling on the CFX and Virtual Resonance Modelling the instrument offers much more than just a sampled sound, reproducing the sound of the Yamaha CFX concert grand and the legendary B?sendorfer Imperial in meticulous detail.

The powerful tone of the acclaimed CFX

The 9' long CFX is Yamaha's flagship concert grand piano model, renowned for its sparkling treble and powerful, resonant bass, capable of filling any concert hall. The CFX was played by the winner of the prestigious International Chopin Competition in 2010, and has since gained recognition as one of the greatest concert grands of modern times.

The legendary sound of a Bösendorfer Imperial

Becoming part of the Yamaha Group in 2008, Bosendorfer was founded in Vienna in 1828 and to this day utilises the traditional Viennese methods of hand-crafted piano design and manufacture. Famous for its unique, warm bass sound, singing treble and rich tone known as the 'Viennese Sound', Bosendorfer found favour with many famous and influential composers such as Brahms and Strauss, whose works influenced the development of the instrument. A Bosendorfer piano is lauded as the only instrument capable of withstanding the frenetic playing of Liszt!

VRM physical modeling—the distinctive reverberation generated by the entire body of a concert grand piano

In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the instrument, producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. This phenomena is reproduced perfectly in the Clavinova through enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). The original VRM calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard, from one instant to the next, and timing and depth of damper pedals pressed. The enhanced VRM now also calculates aliquot resonance in the upper octaves, and the full resonance of the soundboard, rim, and frame. This technology allows for vivid, bright, richly-varied expression that reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in piano performance.

From staccato to legato—superbly expressive sound that responds to the player’s touch

Featuring Yamaha Smooth Release technology, Clavinova offers the crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering sound produced by releasing the keys more. This provides finely-nuanced response to the pianist’s playing.

Smooth tonal transformations perfectly matched to key pressure

Sound in an acoustic piano attenuates over a long time. Pianists can change the volume of the sound—as well as its dynamics—to achieve both mellow and bright tones by simply changing the pressure they apply to the keys.

The Clavinova features long, carefully-sampled recordings of notes on a piano, reproduces them in rich detail and utilizes unique Yamaha technologies to achieve smooth tonal transitions in response to the touch of the player.

Additionally, the Clavinova has been repeatedly tested and adjusted by numerous pianists in order to attain a performance feel similar to that of a grand piano.

Key-Off samples

The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute its sound. Key-Off samples features actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle changes in the piano’s sound, allowing for a more realistic performance.

Achieve True Balance - the new GrandTouch keyboard

Pianists prefer grand pianos not only because of the way they sound, but also because of the way the keys respond to their touch. When grand piano keys are struck, there is a certain weight or resistance to the touch. Similarly, when keys are released, they return to a resting position based on the balance between the key and the internal mechanics of the keyboard. It is difficult to reproduce the natural return of the keys of a grand piano in a digital piano, due to differences in the mechanics. Yamaha carefully studied these characteristics when developing the GrandTouch keyboard, and has now reproduced this fine balance in the Clavinova digital piano. The result is GrandTouch - detailed grand piano feel that allows for uniform tone control, precise rhythm and smooth melodic expression - fundamental to an exceptional musical performance.

Leverage your artistic expression

When playing a digital piano, the back area of the keys may prove to be a challenge to full musical expression. This is because the back of the key is closest to the fulcrum of the action. The closer to this pivot point that you strike the key, the less leverage you have and the more strength you need to apply. The greater length of GrandTouch keys give the player MORE leverage, allowing for better expressive control, even at the backs of the keys. This is the same support length found on the Yamaha S3X premium grand piano, and is the longest support length used on any digital piano.

Synthetic ivory and ebony keytops—a pleasure to play even after hours of performance

Our fingers are more sensitive than we think, and for pianists, the texture of the piano keys is extremely important. The GrandTouch keyboard features white keys made from the highest quality synthetic ivory, developed independently by Yamaha. The black keys are finished in synthetic ebony. Synthetic ivory keytops reproduce the tactile surface of the real ivory keyboards once used in older acoustic pianos. It features highly absorbent material that prevents fingers from slipping even after hours of practice, while retaining the ideal texture and feel. Resulting from well over a century of experience in making acoustic pianos, this exclusive Yamaha technology achieves a finish that feels natural and comfortable. In addition to the feel, the appearance and fine texture of these keys is unmatched by any other digital piano, and is sure to inspire pianists from the moment they experience it.

Keyboard Stabilisers—unique Yamaha mechanisms for improved keyboard stability and durability

Keyboards fulfill the vital role of transforming emotion from your fingertips into sound and therefore, must be smooth to play in order to maintain superb touch for prolonged performances. That is why Yamaha has fitted Keyboard Stabilisers to all 88 keys, offering players a natural touch and improving the stability and durability of the keyboard.

Full-body resonance, just like an acoustic piano

Similar to an acoustic piano, the Clavinova is calibrated carefully, with speaker positioning and body materials checked to ensure that the entire instrument resonates optimally. For a sound image that is very close to the grand piano, these instruments feature Tone Escapement in several locations throughout the body that allow the sound from the speakers to be projected to the listener’s ears without being trapped inside the instrument. The higher-end models in the CLP-600 Series feature dedicated DSPs, amplifiers and speakers. This vastly improves sound production, ensuring that the volume and quality of sound heard by the performer is flawless, with the output from each speaker arriving at the performer’s ears in perfect synchrony.

Acoustic Optimizer

The speakers attached to the body exhibit a phenomenon in which, if nothing is done, the volume of the sound will increase due to the resonant frequency of the body. Conversely, installing pipes with the same resonant frequency within the body suppresses this resonance. Acoustic optimizers utilize this phenomenon.

This improvement of the sound is something that has only been possible thanks to Yamaha‘s thorough knowledge of the internal acoustic characteristics of musical instruments.

A fully immersive concert grand experience—even with headphones

Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling technology is now available on the Clavinova for the first time. The technology uses samples from the CFX, Yamaha’s acclaimed concert grand piano, recorded with specialised microphones that capture locational information and other nuances discerned by the human ear. The resulting sound is so natural, so enveloping, that you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing headphones at all.

Once you choose the Yamaha CFX Grand Voice and put headphones on, the binaural sampled sound is automatically ready and no additional settings are required. Now with or without headphones, you can fully enjoy the concert grand experience at home.

The Stereophonic Optimizer—a new kind of headphone experience

When using headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer lets players enjoy the dispersed sound heard when sitting in front of an acoustic piano. With the Stereophonic Optimizer, Voices sampled from acoustic pianos* appear to come from the body of the instrument. This provides a comfortable, natural experience that removes the drawbacks of performing with headphones.

* The CFX Voice utilizes binaural sampling technology

Connect wirelessly for Bluetooth® audio

You can play music through the audio system on the Clavinova by using a Bluetooth-enabled smart device. You can stream audio data such as mp3 files. You can enjoy playing along with any songs on your smart device, and you can even share your Clavinova performances.

Multi-track Song Recorder

The recording function featured in Clavinova digital pianos allows you to record your performances* with a single touch, which is useful when you want to review your playing objectively. Additionally, you can record up to 16 tracks for simultaneous playback, so different hands can be recorded separately or overdub parts with different Voices.

* Recordings are made in MIDI format, and can also be recorded to USB flash memory. Compatible software is required for playback of recorded data on a computer

USB Audio Recorder

Record performances to USB flash memory and create audio files* you can save and play back on a computer, share with friends or create a CD.

* Data is saved in WAV format

USB Connectivity

Connect the Clavinova to a computer or a USB memory device to manage your library.

Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. We aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.

*Warranty registration required, Terms and conditions apply, please visit uk.yamaha.com for further information.
W: 1,461 mm
H: 1,027 mm
D: 477 mm
Weight: 83.0 kg
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