Yamaha CLP-785 Clavinova

Yamaha CLP-785 Clavinova

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The flagship upright piano style model of the Clavinova CLP Series, featuring a counterweighted GrandTouch keyboard and the finest sound system in the series.

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Playability

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Yamaha’s latest keyboard action features a broad dynamic range and faithful response to every nuance of touch that puts a wide expanse of tone—from delicate to bold—at the pianist’s fingertips. The highly consistent grand piano hammers replicate the pleasing response felt when the hammers strike the strings, enabling precise control of the tone. Highly absorbent synthetic-ivory white keys and synthetic-ebony black keys prevent slipping even during extended play and feel just like those of a grand piano.

GrandTouch keyboard features wooden keys that showcase Yamaha’s expertise with wood for pianos. Just as with grand piano keyboards, the solid wood is cut from the very best parts of well-dried lumber, making the keys more resistant to warping than keyboards made of laminated wood. The wooden texture and structure of the keys create a more grand piano-like feel.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

When playing a digital piano, the back area of the keys may prove to be a challenge to full musical expression. This is because the back of the key is closest to the fulcrum of the action. The closer to this pivot point that you strike the key, the less leverage you have and the more strength you need to apply. The greater length of GrandTouch keys give the player MORE leverage, allowing for better expressive control, even at the backs of the keys. This is the same support length found on the Yamaha S3X premium grand piano (as of July 2020), and is the longest support length used on any digital piano.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Every single key on a grand piano keyboard is weighted differently. This is because the strings for each note are slightly thinner and shorter in the treble register, becoming thicker and longer towards the bass register. The 88-key Linear Graded Hammers of the Clavinova is the first-of-its-kind to faithfully duplicate this graded touch with differing weights and key return on each one of its keys. This results in a feel and response that is astonishingly like that of a grand piano, and allows players to gain an appreciation of a more authentic touch.

Counterweights are embedded in the keys of a grand piano to balance the weight of the hammers and offer more precise control when playing delicately at low volumes. The Clavinova features carefully adjusted counterweights for improved playability when playing pianissimo with a light touch, and better key return in rapid passages. The keyboard of the Clavinova has been fine-tuned to offer optimal balance, emphasizing its superb playability and grand piano response.

The escapement mechanism in a grand piano moves the hammers away from the strings quickly after they strike them, in order to prevent any interference with string vibration. This mechanism produces a slight clicking sensation when the keys are pressed gently.

The Clavinova keyboards feature an escapement mechanism that reproduces this sensation near the bottom of the key dip. They have been designed in such a way that the click is discernible only on the lightest keystrokes, similar to the keyboard of a grand piano. These keyboards have been adjusted to provide additional friction that balances key repetition and response without impeding performance.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Using the damper pedal subtly alters the nature of a piano’s sound and is essential to providing the pianist with all the necessary expressive tools to convey their musical vision.

Clavinova digital pianos feature a damper pedal that continually detects depression depth and allows halfpedaling, which lets players make minute adjustments to pedal depression and return, changing the depth and character of their piano sound.

The GP Response Damper Pedal offers a grand piano-style resistance curve, starting out light to the touch and growing heavier as the pedal is depressed further. This allows players to become accustomed to the nuances of delicate pedaling.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Clavinova pianos boast excellent playability, versatility, and a refined design that sets the standard for digital pianos. The Clavinova design concept is centered around the way a player feels when they take their seat at the keys. On select models, we remove any and all unnecessary elements from the player’s field of vision to recreate the natural experience of sitting at an acoustic piano. That way, concert grand players can practice exactly the way they perform. As a major facet of a player’s everyday life, Clavinova pianos are available in a variety of colors and finishes to enhances any interior design aesthetic or lifestyle.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

The touch panel only displays text when it is on—when the panel is off, it has the smooth finish of a keyblock.

Sensitivity

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

The interaction and interplay of the hammers, dampers, and strings inside a grand piano respond to the subtlest nuances of the pianist’s touch, creating a limitless range of tonal expression. Touch refers to the pianist’s control, not only of intensity (softness/loudness) in playing and releasing the keys, but also of the speed and depth with which the keys are pressed. The Grand Expression Modeling introduced in the CLP-700 Series translates the widely varied input from the pianist’s fingers into the same limitless tonal variation of a grand piano.

This makes it possible to vary the output by playing the keys to different depths and with different speeds, even when using techniques such as trills or legato or emphasizing the melody over the accompaniment. Grand Expression Modeling excels at faithfully reproducing the output expected of these techniques in many well-known songs. In Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” a loose touch creates the faint tone that makes the melody stand out more crisply. In Liszt’s “Un Sospiro,” the accompanying arpeggios accent the melody without overwhelming it, and varied expression of the melody gives it the same quality as vocals. In the last of the Chopin nocturnes, trills, legato, and other delicate techniques where fingers seem to float over the keys deliver the airy, smooth tonal expression required. Playing such pieces on a highly expressive piano helps the pianist learn various techniques and experience the same joy of expression as a painter, but through sound.

Sound Quality

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Clavinova grand piano sounds are recorded from several world-renowned concert grand pianos. One of them is the CFX, Yamaha’s top-flight concert grand piano. Pianists around the world are enamored with the impressive, dazzling, richly expressive sound of the CFX in concert halls. Another sampled concert grand is the Imperial, the flagship model of Bösendorfer, a time-honored Viennese piano brand with an ardent following. The Imperial is known for its abundance of color and natural, warm feeling. Yamaha faithfully reproduces the idiosyncrasies of these concert grand pianos by carefully recording the entire tonal range of each of the 88 keys, making minute adjustments to capture the most harmonious tones each piano has to offer.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

One of the allures of the grand piano is the sympathetic resonance created by the vibration of the entire instrument. Clavinova pianos elaborately reproduce this rich sympathetic resonance through a groundbreaking technology called Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). VRM creates a richly varied sound by simulating the complex sympathetic tones created when the vibrations of the strings are propagated to the soundboard and other strings, corresponding to the timing and intensity of key playing and pedaling. CLP-700 Series pianos even replicate the sounds the dampers make when they are raised off the strings, in addition to the resonance of the duplex scaling, strings, soundboard, and case. Clavinova pianos allow you to enjoy the same momentary dynamics and deep sympathetic sounds that are produced by the entire body of a grand piano.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Binaural sampling is a method of sampling in which special microphones are placed on a mannequin’s head in the same positions as the pianist’s ears to capture piano sounds the way that they sound in reality.

We chose this method to create the ambience and full, natural resonance of acoustic pianos in Clavinova pianos. This makes pianists feel as though they are sitting at a grand piano even when they play with headphones on. The experience is so pleasant that they forget they are wearing headphones, no matter how long they continue to play.

On CLP-700 Series pianos, binaural sampling was used for the Bösendorfer Imperial as well as the Yamaha CFX. Yamaha achieves higher-definition binaural sound with a specially developed mannequin head and model ears used for the recording.

We also developed the Stereophonic Optimizer function to achieve the same effect for the piano effects. Stereophonic Optimizer technology replicates the natural diffusion of sound in headphones nearly as closely as binaural sampling for the piano voices other than the CFX and Imperial.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

The CLP-785/795GP* are Yamaha’s first instruments to be equipped with the voices of the fortepiano, the predecessor to the modern piano. The sounds emitted by a fortepiano are simpler than those of a modern piano, and decay much more rapidly. Hearing the sounds of the instruments played when the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were composing their songs should illuminate the original intent behind the notes on the page. Here is a novel opportunity to communicate with historical composers by playing these period instruments.

*These models are equipped with the voices of four fortepianos beloved by Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, and Scarlatti.

The fortepianos shown in the picture are from the collections of at the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

When a pianist plays a grand piano, they cause the entire body of the instrument to reverberate, and become enveloped in the colorful tones created from the combination of various acoustic elements in the air around them. The pianist becomes immersed in the diffusing sound and reverberation. The CLP-785 deliver this pleasant feeling through Grand Acoustic Imaging. The latest acoustic design and measuring technology create the same sound image and sound field of a grand piano despite the compact size of the digital piano. We optimally balanced and placed the bass, mid, and treble speakers to achieve the sound radiation and centroid characteristic of grand pianos so that each and every tone played through the speakers sounds like it was emitted from the proper place on an actual grand piano. The speaker placement and balancing replicates the sensation of the hammers striking the strings in front of the pianist, and the reverberations from the strings dissipating away from them. We also used a transducer to achieve the full reverberation of sounds emitted by the entire grand piano soundboard, replicating the sense of depth experienced when playing an acoustic grand piano.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Drawing from our experience in building both acoustic pianos and high-end speakers, Yamaha CLP-785/795GP speaker cones use pulp from the same spruce wood used to make acoustic piano sound boards. The result is a more natural, piano-like attack to the sound that is more piano-like when you play the keys.

General Features

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Train your hands with some of the most widely accepted exercises in the world using proven practice methods from Hanon, Bayer, Czerny and Burgmüller. You can use these built-in songs for practicing with your right and left hands separately, or simply enjoy listening to them.

The CLP-700 Series comes complete with 20 different and simple rhythm patterns (drums and bass accompaniment) that are perfectly suited to many types of music, letting you spice up your performance with some backing musicians, make practice more interesting, or open up your creative flow with inspiring new ideas.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

You can play music through the audio system on the Clavinova* by using a Bluetooth-enabled smart device. You can stream audio data such as mp3 files. You can enjoy playing along with any songs on your smart device.

*Availability of Bluetooth audio varies by country.

Yamaha Clavinova CLP

Enjoy the piano more with Smart Pianist, a dedicated app that adds a beautiful graphic interface and a variety of incredible features to your compatible Yamaha digital piano.

The Bluetooth® MIDI function* lets you conncect to Smart Pianist wirelessly.

*Featured on the CLP-785/745/795GP/765GP. Availability of Bluetooth MIDI varies by country.

The recording function featured in Clavinova digital pianos allows you to record your performances* with a single touch, which is useful when you want to review your playing objectively. Additionally, you can record up to 16 tracks for simultaneous playback, so different hands can be recorded separately or overdub parts with different voices.

*Recordings are made in MIDI format, and can also be recorded to USB flash memory. Compatible software is required for playback of recorded data on a computer.

Record performances to USB flash memory and create audio files* you can save and play back on a computer, share with friends or create a CD.

*Data is saved in WAV format.

Size/Weight
Dimensions
Width1,461 mm (57-1/2″) [Polished finish: 1,467 mm (57-3/4″)]
Height1,027 mm (40-7/16″) [Polished finish: 1,029 mm (40-1/2″)]
Depth476 mm (18-3/4″) [Polished finish: 477 mm (18-3/4″)]
Weight84 kg (185 lb, 3 oz) [Polished finish: 87 kg (191 lb, 13 oz)]
Control Interface
Keyboard
Number of Keys88
TypeGrandTouch™ keyboard: wooden keys (white only), synthetic ebony and ivory key tops, escapement
Touch SensitivityHard2/Hard1/Medium/Soft1/Soft2/Fixed
88-key Linear Graded HammersYes
CounterweightYes
Number of Pedals3: Damper (with half-pedal function), Sostenuto, Soft
FunctionsSustain (Switch), Sustain Continuously, Sostenuto, Soft, Pitch Bend Up, Pitch Bend Down, Rotary Speed, Vibe Rotor, Song Play/Pause
GP Response Damper PedalYes
Display
TypeFull Dots LCD
Size128 x 64 dots
LanguageEnglish, Japanese
Panel
TypeTouch sensors
LanguageEnglish
Cabinet
Key Cover StyleFolding
Music RestYes
Music BracesYes
Voices
Tone Generation
Piano SoundYamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial
Binaural SamplingYes (CFX Grand and Bösendorfer voices only)
Key-off SamplesYes
Smooth ReleaseYes
VRMYes
Grand Expression ModelingYes
Polyphony
Number of Polyphony (Max.)256
Preset
Number of Voices53 voices + 14 Drum/SFX Kits + 480 XG voices
CompatibilityXG (GM), GS (for Song playback), GM2 (for Song playback)
Effects
Types
Reverb6
Chorus3
Brilliance7+ User
Master Effect12
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)Yes
Stereophonic OptimizerYes
Functions
Dual/LayersYes
SplitYes
DuoYes
Songs
Preset
Number of Preset Songs25 voice demo songs + 50 classics + 303 lesson songs
Recording
Number of Songs250
Number of Tracks16
Data Capacityapprox. 500 KB/Song
Compatible Data Format
PlaybackSMF (Format 0, Format 1)
RecordingSMF (Format 0)
Functions
Piano RoomYes
USB Audio Recorder
Playback.wav (44.1 kHz sample rate, 16-bit resolution, stereo)
Recording.wav (44.1 kHz sample rate, 16-bit resolution, stereo)
Overall Controls
MetronomeYes
Tempo Range5 – 500
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Scale Type7 types
Rhythm20
BluetoothAudio/MIDI (varies by country)
Storage and Connectivity
Storage
Internal MemoryTotal maximum size approx. 1.4 MB
External DrivesUSB flash drive
Connectivity
HeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (x 2)
MIDI[IN] [OUT] [THRU]
AUX INStereo Mini
AUX OUT[L/L+R] [R]
AUX PedalYes
USB TO DEVICEYes
USB TO HOSTYes
DC IN24 V
Amplifiers and Speakers
Amplifiers(50 W + 50 W + 50 W) x 2
Speakers(16 cm + 8 cm + 2.5 cm (dome) + transducer) x 2, Spruce Cone Speaker
Power Supply
Power Consumption60 W (When using PA-500 AC adaptor)
Auto Power OffYes
Power Supply
AdaptorsPA-500
AccessoriesOwner’s Manual, “50 Classical Music Masterpieces” Music Book, Online Member Product Registration, Warranty*, Bench*, Power cord*/AC adaptor* PA-500 *varies by area

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