CA 9 rosewood
The authentic piano sound of Concert Artist digital piano started with the world's finest concert grand piano, the Kawai EX. We recorded the exceptionally rich sound in the "anechoic chamber" at our advanced piano research facility. Our engineers then analysed the unique harmonic structure of the EX and created an extremely accurate sound map for each key across the entire dynamic range. Finally, our engineers and piano technicians worked together to reproduce the excellent sound of the EX concert grand piano. The sound data was digitally tuned and voiced by the ears of our proud piano craftsman. The result is a new level of authenticity in the art of digital piano.
CA 9 mahogany
As one of the world's premier builders of acoustic pianos, Kawai has long understood the vital importance of "feel" to the pianist. For this reason, Kawai has been a pioneer in the use of real wooden keys in our digital pianos. The CA5, CA7 & CA9 feature our new AWA Grand PRO action. As acoustic piano has heavier hammers in bass section and lighter hammers in treble section, AWA Grand PRO uses different hammer weights appropriate for each playing zone.
In addition, the lower keys have counter weights for better control when playing very soft. AWA Grand PRO is designed faithfully simulating the grand piano action. The long wooden key stick is supported by a balance pin with bushing cloth. The front bottom of the key stick touches the front felt with its face. These structures are same as the ones found in acoustic grand pianos. It's easy to forget that you are playing a digital piano with the excellence of AWA Grand PRO action with real wooden keys.
Previously, when the normal touch curve didn't fit your playing style, the only solution was to choose one of the different touch curve presets in the piano. With the NEW User Touch Curve feature, you can CREATE your own touch curve. In User Touch Curve mode, you are asked to play dynamically from soft to loud to input your playing style. Then the piano analyses the data and creates the perfect touch curve specially made for you.
The CA9 is equipped with a new sound system called "Piano Ambience Sound System". Two main speakers are mounted in thick wooden speaker boxes and placed in the cabinet facing front.
Together with two dome tweeters mounted in appropriate depth besides the music rack, this sound system creates natural and clear sound in a wide area in front of the piano.
A piano technician plays a very important role for an acoustic piano to be in the best playing condition for a piano player. Virtual Technician does the same work digitally. You will find Virtual Voicing, Sympathetic Resonance, Touch Curves and Tuning Temperaments.
You can easily customize your Concert Artist piano's initial settings. Choose a new starting instrument, favourite effect, touch curve, etc. Once you have the piano memorize it, you don't have to go through many buttons every time you turn the power on.
CA 9 cherry
Dual and split modes
When you layer two sounds (Dual) or use different sounds on the left and right (Split), the balance slider is convenient for quick and easy adjustment of the two sounds' balance.
For the first time our new digital amplifier is used in the models CA9 and CA7. This stands out through an very clear and pure sound and highly operational safety. Kawai is the first manufacturer who use digital amplification for musical instruments.
MIDI and USB
The Concert Artist pianos feature complete MIDI implementation, including 16-channel multi-timbral operation and controller keyboard function. Expand your musical fun by connecting with MIDI recorder or other external MIDI devices.
The built-in USB interface allows for direct connection to a desktop or laptop personal computer. Enter the world of computer music and the Internet through one simple connection.
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.
Metronome and drum rhythms
In addition to the standard metronome click you can choose from 100 drum rhythms for your convinience. Play along with an complete drum set. You can load various rhythms and change their tempo. Never before practising was so much fun.
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