Yamaha N3X AvantGrand Hybrid Grand Piano

Yamaha N3X AvantGrand Hybrid Grand Piano

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Yamaha N3X AvantGrand Hybrid Grand Piano

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Overview
Touch, pedal feel, reverberation, and resonance—by all metrics, the N3X meets or surpasses the demands of even the most discriminating pianist.

Experience the response and feel of an authentic acoustic action

To express yourself musically, you need to form a physical bond with your instrument. In the case of the AvantGrand series, it starts with the keys. Real wooden keys with a comfortable touch, thanks to Ivorite® keytops that look and feel just like natural ivory. Then comes the all-important key action, which the AvantGrand series has inherited from Yamaha’s esteemed concert grand pianos. Beneath your fingers you sense the same precise weight and responsiveness, the same scope for expression. To capture every nuance of your performance, Yamaha employs a non-contact optical sensor system that doesn’t affect the feel or performance of the action in any way. Under each key is a continuous optical sensor that captures the speed and depth at which that key is depressed. An additional optical sensor affixed to each hammer shank measures the timing and strength of the hammer hitting the virtual “strings”. This information is instantly translated into a beautifully authentic sound reproduction. The more you play, the more you find yourself becoming one with the piano.

Two world-class grand pianos in one

When it comes to judging piano tone, much depends on personal taste. To help you achieve the tonal palette you desire, Yamaha offers the choice of two world-class grand pianos in one—each with its own unique character to convey the emotion you want to express through a piece of music. At the touch of a button on the new AvantGrand N3X, you can opt for authentic sounds sampled either from a Yamaha CFX concert grand or from a Bösendorfer Imperial. As Yamaha’s flagship grand piano, the majestic CFX boasts a wide palette of tonal colors, from sparkling high notes to powerful bass tones. The legendary Bösendorfer, meanwhile, is renowned for its sonorous and rich Viennese sound. Either way, the lifelike sounds of the AvantGrand N3X allow you to explore the outer reaches of your expressive imagination.

Evolving the sonic spectrum

The AvantGrand series takes a unique approach to reproducing the sound of an acoustic grand piano. When capturing the original source sounds from a specially selected full concert grand, Yamaha technicians took samples from four different positions across the soundboard: left, right, center, and rear. Compared to conventional left-and-right channel (stereo) recording, this yielded wonderfully rich and authentic results. To make the most of this four-channel source sound, AvantGrand pianos employ Yamaha’s Spatial Acoustic Speaker System—a four-point speaker configuration that allows AvantGrand pianos to deliver faithful three-dimensional recreations of the original instruments. For the N3X, speaker placement mirrors the four recording positions on the source piano.

Digital technology that resonates with you

In addition to the four-channel Spatial Acoustic Speaker System, the AvantGrand features a flat-panel Soundboard Resonator located beneath the music rest and spanning the width of the instrument. This component allows for a more subtle reproduction of the buildup of sound that you feel when playing an acoustic grand piano. It works by using an oscillating transducer to transmit vibrations to the flat-panel soundboard, giving a realistic sound response that is especially evident in the upper key range.

Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)

In a grand piano, strings and sounds resonate throughout the entire body of the instrument producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. Not only are the strings you are playing vibrating, but other strings ring as a reaction to ones you play. This is one reason the piano sound is so complex and rich.

This phenomena is reproduced perfectly in the AvantGrand N3X through Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) which calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard from one instant to the next. As a result, the N3X reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in playing an acoustic piano such as which keys are pressed, the strength with which the keys are played and pedal timing.

A fully immersive headphone experience

AvantGrand pianos are designed to deliver flawless room-filling sound. But there are times when you may want to keep your playing to yourself—when you’re practicing at night, for example, or when people nearby are engaged in other activities.

In such cases, headphones offer a private sanctuary where you have the freedom to play however and whenever you choose.

Thanks to Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling* technology, the sound you hear through your headphones is remarkably lifelike. This technology uses piano samples recorded by specialized microphones that mimic the interaural characteristics of the human ear. This unique approach allows the AvantGrand to recreate the perceived acoustic sound only experienced when seated in front of a concert grand piano. The resulting sound is so natural, so enveloping, that you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing headphones at all. (CFX Grand Voice only)

An emotional response

When you play an acoustic piano, the entire instrument resonates. You feel it subconsciously, through your feet on the pedals and through your fingers on the keyboard. It’s this subtle physical sensation that Yamaha’s Tactile Response System (TRS) works to recreate. This digital technology conveys the natural vibrations that emanate from a grand piano, unifying the emotional energy between you and the instrument. Even if you’re wearing headphones, you can use TRS to enhance the realism of the playing experience.

Replicating subtle pedaling style of grand pianos

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When you press down on a grand piano pedal, you notice subtly different stages. Light to the touch at first, slightly firmer partway through the travel, and then lighter again as you push through. Skilled players take advantage of these pedal movements by using extremely delicate pedaling to achieve finely nuanced expression in their playing. In developing the AvantGrand, we set out to reproduce as faithfully as possible the sensations of a grand piano’s pedals. The resulting pedals give you the scope to play music how it was meant to be played, while also offering the responsiveness to play more impressionistic pieces that require a lot of half-pedaling.

USB audio recorder

The USB to Device port allows you to connect your USB flash drive and use it as a built-in piano recording studio. You can store your performances directly on the USB flash drive as audio songs. These songs are stored in WAV format, so you can listen back using the keyboard’s on-board speaker system, or conveniently play them on a computer, transfer them to a portable media device or upload them to share with friends online.

XLR pro-quality jack outputs

XLR balanced audio outputs give you a professional and stable output to connect to amplified speakers or to mixing consoles.

Features

  • Specialized Grand Piano Action with Ivorite®
  • Spatial Acoustic Sampling
  • Sound sampled on four channels from the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial
  • Yamaha CFX Binaural sampling
  • Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
  • Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
  • Soundboard Resonator
  • Tactile Response System
  • Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
  • USB Audio Recorder
  • XLR jack outputs

Specifications

Color/Finish
Cabinet
Color
Polished Ebony
Finish Polished
Size/Weight
Dimensions
Width
1,481 mm (58-5/16″)
Height
1,014 mm (39-15/16″) Lid up : 1,734 mm (68-1/4″)
Depth
1,195 mm (47-1/16″)
Weight Weight
199 kg (438 lb, 12 oz)
Control Interface
Keyboard
Number of Keys 88
Key Surfaces – White Ivorite®
Touch Sensitivity
Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
Keyboard Action
Specialized Grand Piano Action
Type
Tactile Response System (TRS) Yes
Pedal
Type
Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes
Functions
Damper (with half-pedal effect) , Sostenuto,Soft
Sensor/Driver
Hammer Sensors
Non-contact optical fiber
Key Sensors
Non-contact optical fiber
Cabinet
Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes
Voices
Tone Generation
Piano Sound
Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Binaural Sampling
Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)
Key-off Samples Yes
Smooth Release Yes
Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) Yes
Tone Generating Technology
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 10
Effects
Types
Reverb Yes
Brilliance 5
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) Yes
Stereophonic Optimizer Yes
Songs
Preset Number of Preset Songs
10 preset songs, 10 voice demo songs
Recording
Number of Songs 10
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity
approx. 550 KB/Song
Recording Function Yes
Compatible Data Format
Playback
SMF (Format 0, 1)
Recording
SMF (Format 0)
Functions
Overall Controls
Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose -6 – 0 – +6
Tuning
414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Scale Type 7 types
Audio Recorder/Player
Recording Time (max.)
80 minutes/Song
Recording
WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Playback
WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Storage and Connectivity
Storage
Internal Memory
approx. 1.4 MB
External Drives
USB Flash Drive
Connectivity
Headphones
Standard stereo phone jack (x 2)
MIDI In/Out
AUX IN Stereo Mini
AUX OUT
[L/L+R] [R] (Standard stereo phone jack)
OUTPUT
[L] [R] (XLR jack, balanced)
USB TO DEVICE Yes
USB TO HOST Yes
Power Supply
Auto Power Off Yes
Power Supply AC Inlet
Sound System
Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Yes
Soundboard Resonator Yes
Amplifiers
80 W x 2 + 45 W x 4 + 35 W x 5 + 25 W x 4
Speakers
(16 cm + 13 cm + 2.5 cm) x 4

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