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NV 10 Hybrid piano


Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action and real damper mechanism, 5“ touchscreen, SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine, premium amplification technologies powered by audio specialists Onkyo and much more.

Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action, with optical hammer sensing system

The NOVUS NV10 is the first digital piano to incorporate Kawai’s leading acoustic grand piano keyboard action technology, renowned for its extended spruce key sticks, and innovative ABS Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, and more dimensionally stable than conventional wooden parts.

The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid keyboard action utilised by the NV10 replaces traditional felt hammers with new ABS equivalents that are individual graded in weight from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, accurately reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.

Grand Piano Damper Mechanism for authentic pedal control

In addition to featuring a full acoustic grand piano keyboard action, the NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism. While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also mechanically easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed.

Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano reproduced with latest SK-EX Rendering sound technology

The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano is at the heart of the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano. Widely regarded as the ‘premier pianos of Japan’, Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering – a brand new piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology. Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics. This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, pedals, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.

Alternative acoustic piano sounds and a strong selection of additional instrument voices

In addition to the latest SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also incorporates Kawai’s highly regarding Harmonic Imaging XL technology, showcasing a variety of alternative acoustic piano sounds and a strong selection of additional instrument voices. The Kawai EX full concert grand piano has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, while the Shigeru Kawai SK-5 chamber grand and Kawai K-60 upright, allow performers to enjoy the contrasting tonal characteristics of various different piano sizes and voicing configurations.

Supplementing these realistic acoustic piano voices, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also features an excellent selection of additional instrument sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar and church organs, to strings, human choirs, and even atmospheric synth-style pads, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances. Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and 4Hands playing modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections.

Virtual Technician adjustments to personalise the instrument’s character

The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano’s Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of the selected acoustic piano, electric piano, or harpsichord sound to be shaped from the instruments’ touchscreen display, with settings to adjust voicing and regulation, string, damper, and cabinet resonances, and subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes, before storing one’s favorite instrument configuration to memory.

Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio connectivity

In addition to standard MIDI jacks for connecting to other instruments, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI and Audio technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, NV10 owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos through the instrument’s speakers without any additional cables.

* Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location.

USB to Device functionality, with MP3/WAV file recording and playback

The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is equipped with USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This ‘USB to Device’ feature allows recorded songs stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for posterity, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back without additional hardware.

USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs. It is even possible to save performances as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to friends and family, listening to on the move, or for further editing using an audio workstation.

Premium audio hardware, powered by Onkyo

Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is one of the first Kawai musical instruments to utilise specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction.

With cutting-edge technologies such as 1-bit processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s DIRDC filtering, the NV10’s optimised power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning clarity, richness, and power, while the high-performance Discrete Spectra Module headphone amplifier ensures the finest quality listening experience, even when playing in privacy..

Full-colour touchscreen display for intuitive, button-less operation

The NOVUS NV10 is the first instrument of its kind to feature a full-colour 5” touchscreen display. Discreetly embedded within the left cheekblock, this high resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface with the swipe of a finger. The display can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the NV10’s acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimising any visual distraction to the pianist.

KeyboardMillennium III Hybrid action with 88-key graded ABS hammers and damper mechanism
Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS), contact-less optical sensors
Internal SoundsPianist mode: SK-EX Concert Grand, 10 rendering characters
Sound mode: 88 sounds
Sound SourcePianist mode: SK-EX Rendering: 88-key multi-channel piano sampling, 88-key resonance modelling
Sound mode: Harmonic Imaging XL: 88-key piano sampling
Keyboard ModesDual, Split, 4Hands (Volume/Balance adjustable)
Polyphonymax. 256 notes (depending on selected sound)
EffectsPianist mode: Resonance Depth (10 types), Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode: Reverb (6 types), Effects (24 types), (Chorus x 3, Delay x 3, Tremolo x 3, Auto pan x 2, Phaser x 2, Rotary x 6, Combination x 5)
Virtual TechnicianPianist mode: Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Noise, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Minimum Touch, Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Sound mode: Touch Curve (incl. User), Voicing (incl. User), Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Undamped String Resonance, Cabinet Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard Simulation, Decay Time, Minimum Touch, Stretch Tuning (incl. User), Temperament (incl. User), Temperament Key, Key Volume (incl. User), Half-Pedal Adjust, Soft Pedal Depth
Internal RecorderPianist mode: 3 song recorder (approximately 10 min. per song)
Sound mode: 10 song, 2 track recorder (approximately 90,000 note memory capacity)
USB RecorderPlayback: MP3, WAV, SMF, KSO (internal song file)
Record: MP3, WAV, Overdub audio, Save as SMF/KSO, Line In Recording
Metronome1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 + 100 drum rhythms
10~400 bpm (20~800 bpm for eighth note rhythms)
Internal SongsDemo Songs: 39 songs
Piano Music: 29 songs
Concert Magic: 176 songs
Lesson Function: Songs from Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, Bach, Chopin and Finger Exercises incl. books / Songs from Alfred without books
Favorites16 memories (4 x 4 pages)
TransposeKey Transpose: -12~+12 semi-tones
Song Transpose: -12~+12 semi-tones
Other Settings & FunctionsSound Settings: Tuning (Sound mode only), Damper Hold (Sound mode only), Tone Control (incl. User), Speaker Volume, Line In Level, Wall EQ (CA98 only), SHS Mode, Phones Type, Phones Volume, LCD contrast, factory reset, MIDI setting, Bluetooth setting
System Settings: Bluetooth MIDI, Bluetooth Audio, Bluetooth Audio Volume, Rename File, Delete File, USB Format, MIDI Channel, Send PGM, Local Control, Transmit PGM# On/Off, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, LCD Contrast, Auto Display Off, Auto Power Off, Factory Reset
Display5” LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
BluetoothBluetooth (Ver. 4.0; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio
JacksLINE IN (1/8” STEREO), LINE IN Level, LINE OUT (1/4” L/MONO, R), Headphones x 2 (1/4”, 1/8”), MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device
PedalsDamper (with half-pedal support), Soft, Sostenuto. Grand Feel Pedal System
Speaker System10 cm x 4 (top speakers), 1,4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters), 16 cm x 1 (woofer)
Output Power135 W (45 W x 3)
Power Consumption60 W
Dimensions in cm (Not including music rack)1480 (W) x 645 (D) x 925 (H) mm
Weight in kg127
FinishesBlack Polish

Audio demos

Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Classic Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Viviana Lasaracin

(6,30 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Rich Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,61 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Romantic Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Viviana Lasaraci

(3,76 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Ballad Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,57 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Brillant Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,35 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Pop Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,90 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Full Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(3,20 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Vintage Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,72 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Jazz Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,43 MB)
Shigeru Kawai EX (PIANIST Modus, Boogie Character - SK-EX Rendering) performed by Burkhard Hessler

(2,77 MB)

Song List(0,14 MB)