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The Digital Piano for ProfessionalsWorld renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner talks about her brand new Yamaha AvantGrand N2, a Hybrid Piano that features the keyboard action of a premium acoustic instrument and digital sounds of the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano that never needs to be tuned. Thanks to its compact size, the AvantGrand N2 fits comfortably into her bedroom, and its headphones/silent feature allows her to practice at all hours of the night without disturbing anyone. Its keyboard action is as good as – if not superior – to some of the very best premium pianos that she has played on, enabling her to get the maximum response for her intense 3-9 hour practice sessions.
Genuine Concert Piano Touch and ActionThanks to a specially designed grand-piano action and a wooden keyboard, the AvantGrand truly becomes an extension of your body as you play. The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike the “strings” from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to the weight distribution of the hammers, and to the movement of the hammers themselves, for a smoother feel when playing. In addition to a hammer sensor, this instrument employs a non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording excellent recognition of the player’s pressure on the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression. This combination provides an impressive sensitivity for the entire range from pianissimo through to fortissimo, and the ability to translate even the swiftest trills of the pianist with transparency. The wood construction of the keyboard mirrors that of the grand piano, and features New Ivory II on the white keys. This is a unique material developed by Yamaha, with a texture superbly close to that of natural ivory, allowing you to play swift passages with ease while also offering a sure response for slower pieces.
Authentic Grand Piano PedalsLight to the touch at first, with subtle firmness partway through its travel, and lightening again as the player pushes further; the pedals of the grand piano have subtly different stages that can be felt when the pedal is depressed. Skilled players take advantage of these pedal movements by using extremely delicate pedaling that allows them to achieve finely nuanced expression in their play. In developing this instrument, we set out to reproduce the sensations of a grand piano’s pedals as faithfully as possible. The resulting pedal allows for music as you believe it should sound, equally responsive for more impressionistic pieces that require a lot of half-pedaling.
The Sound of a Legendary Concert PianoWith the introduction of the AvantGrand, Yamaha ignited a revolution in the approach to sampling recording and playback of the notes of the actual acoustic piano. Treating the soundboard not simply as a point source of sound but as a plane, we took samples at four positions, adding optimum center and rear locations to the traditional left and right. As a sound source, we carefully selected the best single instrument from among our CFIIIS full concert grand pianos (Sviatoslav Richter’s favorite piano) for sampling. The end result of these efforts is that AvantGrand series instruments recreate the original sound of a superb grand piano almost to perfection. Meanwhile, the AvantGrand’s speaker system has been designed to ensure that this sound is heard best at the playing position. A three-way system featuring woofer, mid-range and tweeter speakers reproduce the rich natural resonance of the soundboard accurately. What’s more, each of the low-, mid-, and high-frequency bands has been given its own amplifier to prevent interference between bands. This innovative configuration allows the instrument’s outstanding sound system to reproduce the nuances of each individual note. For even greater sonic accuracy, the speakers of the N2 feature layouts optimized for the size of the instrument.
Unprecedented RealismThe sound of an acoustic piano resonates throughout its entire body. The bass range in particular is an essential part of the reverberation that is continually transmitted to a player’s body. In the AvantGrand, this is replicated by our newly-developed Tactile Response System (TRS) that focuses on reproducing reverberation. This system features two transducers in the soundboard, the area underneath the keyboard, resonating natural reverberation throughout the entire instrument. The player receives the natural sound felt f rom hands touching on the keyboard and feet depressing the pedals; the epitome of real piano playing. This system can be turned on and off, and the vibration set to one of three levels.
- The sound and feel of a concert grand, in a very space-friendly format
- Genuine acoustic grand piano action, for expressive playing
- Dimensional and full 4-channel sound system
- Onboard recording and playback plus metronome
- MIDI, USB, and analog connections, for even more performance options
- Elegant Polished Ebony finish
|Height:||1,009mm (39-3/4")With music rest : 1,181mm (46-1/2")|
|Weight:||142kg (313lbs., 1oz.)|
|Number of Keys:||88|
|Type of Keys:||Specialized Grand Piano Action with Ivorite (white keytops)|
|Tactile Response System (TRS)||Yes|
|Tone Generation:||Spatial Acoustic Sampling|
|Built-in Speakers:||(13cm + 2.5cm) x 3 + (8cm + 2.5cm) + 16cm x 2|
|Amplifier:||22W x 10 + 80W x 2|
|Spatial Acoustic Speaker System:||Yes|
|Audio Inputs:||1 x 1/8" (aux in)|
|Audio Outputs:||2 x 1/4"|
|AUX In:||L/L+R, R|
|AUX Out:||L/L+R, R|
|Headphones:||2 x 1/4"|