The Future of the Piano
The creation of great digital pianos starts with the proven ability to build truly great acoustic pianos. The designer of a digital instrument must first understand what it takes to make the “real thing.” Acoustic grand and upright pianos are objects of amazing technical and artistic complexity. The builder must comprehend how to take over 12,000 individual parts and combine them into a living instrument capable of communicating the most intimate musical expressions of the heart and soul with eloquence, precision and nuance… a formidable task, indeed. But once this rarefied skill is acquired over the course of decades, the builder can turn to the next important challenge of reproducing this reality in digital form. During the past 30 years, Kawai digital piano designers have worked side-by-side with their acoustic piano counterparts to create an extraordinary range of digital instruments that is so impressive in quality and character that it makes an iconic acoustic piano maker proud. It is this hard-earned synergy of complementary skills that has made Kawai digital pianos some of the most award-winning instruments in the music products industry.
The action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of black and white keys, graded hammers, and numerous other components working in harmony when each note is pressed. This beautifully-designed mechanism allows pianists to express a wealth of feeling and emotion in their music as they create and respond to the tactile nuances transmitted through the keyboard. Translating the piano action’s intricate movements to a digital instrument, while retaining these acoustic-like subtleties is a stunning achievement – one which has drawn upon over 90 years of experience in crafting the world’s finest pianos.
Wooden-key actions, Harmonic Imaging sound technology, USB and Bluetooth® digital audio, digital piano weighted keys, and Soundboard Speaker Systems are just a few of the innovations found in our digital pianos.