Luxurious appearance, stunning sound, impeccable touch:
The new range of Classic Series luxury digital pianos –
crafted by Japan’s premier acoustic piano company.
Luxurious, elegant, classic – nothing says piano quite like the refined beauty
of polished ebony. The evocative character of a silky smooth, rich black
cabinet elevates the musical instrument to that of a piece of fine furniture,
while simultaneously raising the artistic aspirations of the performer.
Kawai has been creating world-class musical instruments for over 80 years –
maintaining traditional handcrafted processes while embracing original ideas,
in a passionate quest to perfect the art of the piano.
The new range of premium Kawai digital instruments pursue these very same
principles, marrying together stunning polished cabinet parts (meticulously
prepared in our own acoustic piano finishing facility) with modern sound
and keyboard technologies. The result is the Classic Series – a collection of
luxurious, elegant pianos that deliver a truly exceptional musical experience.
Sitting down at the CS6, one quickly begins to appreciate the instrument’s
acoustic piano design cues: the gorgeous rich black polished finish, the warm
glimmer from the family name’s brushed metal lettering, and the wide music
rest complete with simulated leather inlay.
However the CS6 is far more than just a handsome addition to one’s living
space, for inside this finely crafted, gleaming black cabinet lies Kawai’s
advanced digital piano sound and keyboard action technology, ensuring that
this exceptional instrument plays as beautifully as it looks. Ultra Progressive Harmonic Imaging recreates the exquisite tonal character of Kawai’s peerless
EX concert grand piano with breathtaking realism, while the RM3 Grand
wooden-key keyboard action with Ivory Touch key surfaces and let-off
simulation guarantees a remarkably authentic piano playing experience.
Complementing its beautiful appearance, stunning sound, and rewarding
keyboard touch, the CS6 offers a selection of digital piano features that further
enhance one’s musical enjoyment. USB audio record/playback, Dual and
Split keyboard modes, and a rich assortment of instrumental voices add greater
variety to players’ performances. Furthermore, the convenient metronome
function and integrated classical etudes or Alfred course books ensure that
regular practise is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists.
Luxurious appearance combined with class-leading touch and tone:
Introducing the Classic Series of premium digital pianos from Kawai.
The Sound of a Grand Piano
One of the most important characteristics of any piano is its sound. Bright,
mellow, dark or warm, a fine piano is detailed and expressive, and inspires the
performer to play with their utmost feeling and emotion.
The Kawai EX concert grand piano is widely regarded by professional pianists
and piano technicians as the finest instrument of its class. Hand-built by our
distinguished Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research
Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX instrument undergoes a meticulous
regulation and refinement process within a specially designed anechoic
chamber. Following this lengthy preparation period, the completed EX piano
receives a final series of rigorous quality inspections, before eventually taking
pride of place on the centre stage of the world’s most prestigious musical
institutions and concert halls.
The beautiful sound of the EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the new
CS6, with all eighty-eight keys of this world-class instrument painstakingly
recorded, analysed, and reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way preserves the rich harmonic
character of the original EX grand piano, and guarantees that the sound heard
when playing one of the CS6’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the
When playing the piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard
affects both the volume of the sound produced, and the unique tonal
character of each note. Therefore, in order to gather a realistic acoustic
portrait of the EX grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but
also captured at various different strengths, ranging from gentle pianissimo to
thunderous fortissimo. The new CS6 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait,
with Ultra Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology ensuring smooth
tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the dynamic range.
The Touch of a Grand Piano
The second most important characteristic of a piano is its touch – how the
keyboard responds beneath the finger tips, and the sense of connection that
one feels with the instrument when playing.
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an
acoustic piano, the CS6’s RM3 Grand keyboard action combines realistic
materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the
finest concert grand pianos.
All eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of
wood, with finely textured ivory-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and
assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a central balance pin,
replicating the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When
pressed, the back of each key triggers a grade-weighted hammer to play the
note, while additional counter-weights placed at the front of the bass keys
help to lighten their heavier touch during pianissimo passages.
Finally, the CS6’s let-off simulation even manages to recreate the subtle ‘notch’
sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, satisfying the
expectations of the most discerning pianists, and underlining the instrument’s
unique acoustic piano pedigree.
The Variety of a Digital Piano
The CS6 digital piano features a variety of realistic acoustic piano sounds that
are ideally suited to playing a wide range of Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Modern
musical styles. Furthermore, the instrument’s Virtual Technician function
allows players to perform voicing and regulation adjustments at the touch of a
button, personalising the tonal character of the piano beneath their fingertips.
MP3 Audio Playback and Record
Modern USB features allow the CS6 to be connected to a computer for
MIDI use, or to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This
USB to Device functionality allows songs recorded and 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
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 favourite songs. It is even possible to record
performances directly as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to family and
friends, or casual listening away from the piano.
Built-in Lessons and Finger Exercises
The CS6’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano
with a collection of songs from the popular Alfred Basic, Adult, and Premier course books.
Traditional finger exercises, scales, and warm-up drills are also available, with
a companion book of printed scores included to aid one’s practise.
A piano technician plays a very important role for an acoustic piano to be in the best playing condition for a pianist. Our VIRTUAL TECHNICIAN function does the same work digitally. You'll find Kawai's exclusive Virtual Voicing, capable of digitally "voicing" the piano sound. There are also controls for adjusting the action's Touch, String and Damper Resonance, as well as several other piano-specific settings.
You can easily customise your Concert Artist piano's initial settings. Choose a new starting instrument, favourite effect, touch curve, etc. Once you have the piano memorise it then you don't have to go through many buttons every time you turn the power on.
Dual, Split and 4 Hand Mode
When you layer two sounds (Dual) or use different sounds on the left and right (Split), the balance control is convenient for quick and easy adjustment of the two sounds' balance. Moreover, you can adjust the octave range of the second sound (Layer Octave Shift, Lower Octave Shift) in DUAL and also in SPLIT mode. Also you can set up the dynamic behaviour of the second DUAL sound (Layer Dynamics), to let you avoid having too high a volume on it.
In Four Hand Mode you can split the keyboard in two halfs by having the same octave range on both parts. So two pianists (i.e. teacher and pupil) can play and practise together on only one instrument.
Reverb and Effects
Five distinct reverb types simulate listening environments from private practice rooms to concert halls. Two special reverbs produce a 3D effect, surrounding you with sound from all directions. Digital sound effects such as delays (three types), Chorus, Tremolo and Rotary Speakers (two types) add to the remarkable realism of the Concert Artist sounds. You can adjust the digital effects and - for further use - save.
Metronome and drum rhythms
In addition to the standard metronome click you can choose from 100 drum rhythms for your convenience on the CS6. Play along with a complete drum set. You can load various rhythms and change their tempo. Never before was practising so much fun.