Clavinova CLP500 Review
Apart from the smallest model, all CLP-500 digital pianos have a built-in 16-track sequencer that works quite comfortably despite the relatively few controls on a digital piano. Certainly you will not necessarily want to produce an orchestral set on the instrument, but already recording multiple tracks is not only fun. It can also be used profitably in arranging and practicing. In addition, of course, the playback function, which allows you to any MIDI files (via USB stick to the instrument brought) on the digital piano to play. This makes both young and old joy and can set additional stimuli.
For over 30 years, the Yamaha Clavinova has been the standard for digital quality pianos. With the new CLP500 series, this popularity was even taken to a new level, a new level of quality, feeling, and authenticity. There are six models in this range, each specially designed to meet your wishes and expectations. All models are standard compatible with iPhone ® and iPad ® with new finishes to give the color palette that is the Clavinova even more cachet.
Whether you are a beginner, more advanced or a true Beethoven, the new CLP500 series will give you a dream piano.
Yamaha clavinova clp-500 – Simple, and Stylish Digital Piano
This new Yamaha Clavinova offer starts with the CLP525. Moreover, for the first time, the beginners Clavinova have a GH3 keyboard, with synthetic ivory keys. This gives you the feeling that you are playing on an expensive, acoustic piano. CLP525 also has 256-note polyphony, double the number of previous beginners Clavinova. With this extra polyphony, you can play complex music without having to drop notes. All this and more can be found in this first
Yamaha clavinova clp 500 series – the Legend, Reborn.
The samples for the Clavinova have been taken for years from the legendary CFS111S Concert Grand Piano. Yamaha recently replaced this world-famous piano with the sublime CFX Concert Grand. The sound of this was first used on the Clavinova with the new CLP535. However, this is not yet the end of the story for the CLP535, Clavinova lets you choose not just one, but two world toppers under the concert grand’s. Along with the great sound of the Yamaha CFX Grand Piano Grand Piano, this new CLP also has samples of Bösendorf’s legendary Imperial Grand Piano.
It is not the only sound of this Clavinova that pianists will like. The feel of the keyboard has been improved on this model, coming from the all-new GH3X (Graded Hammer 3X) keyboard with synthetic ivory keys. For the first time in Clavinova’s history, the keyboard is equipped with escapement. This mimics the depth-resistance of a grand with the improved response of the keys, giving a general feeling of playing a grand.
CLP545 – with Wooden Keys, of course.
The luxury of wooden keys has always been reserved for the top of the Clavinova series. However, with the CLP545 that is no longer the case. This new CLP model is equipped with the latest NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard with synthetic ivory keys (Wood is used for the white keys). This keyboard consists of a solid wood construction with escapement that is reminiscent of that of a grand piano, for an even more authentic feeling.
As an addition to the feeling of the CLP545, the audio system is equipped with a 2-way speaker system. The respective mid and high frequency drivers deliver an amazingly powerful and detailed sound. In addition, the headset user was not ignored here. The new Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the distribution of the sound and audio when you use the headphones, which is expressed in a spatial sound graphic. This will certainly inspire you while playing.
If you like to play with a metronome you will love the 20 built-in rhythms on the CLP545. These rhythms recreate the sound of a live drummer that accompanies you through multiple musical styles. Much more fun than “ting-click-click-click”…
CLP565GP – The Luxury of a Baby Grand, the Convenience of the Clavinova.
For the pianist who is not satisfied with less than a baby grand there is always the CLP565GP. Equipped with the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial piano samples, combined with a traditional sound system to give deep grand piano sounds.
The mini grand cabinet brings the style and elegance of a grand in every room.
For the ultimate sound, feel and image you need a CLP565GP.
CLP575 – The Beauty lurks in the Detail.
Playing a Yamaha or a Bösendorfer is a privilege reserved for only a few. The CLP gives you the excitement of such a beast at your home to play. Enhanced features on the new Clavinova offer detailed sounds that you would expect from the better piano. Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) mimics the vibrations of the grand authentic, and offers rich, virtually endless creative possibilities. This detail became possible thanks to the revolutionary Physical modeling techniques. Another novelty for Clavinova.
With the CLP575, even more attention was paid to how the keys feel. Linear Degraded Hammers faithfully replicate the differences in weight and the rebound of each key. None of the 88 keys has the same weight, allowing a smooth, seamless transition from heavy bass to light trebles. The depth of detail was further enhanced with the GP Response Damper Pedal, which mimics the depth-resistance curve, applied in the best grand’s.
CLP585 – The Best CLP Ever
The evolution of the Clavinova has lasted 30 years. At that time, a lot has changed in the world of instruments. The CLP585 is without doubt the best CLP ever, for many reasons. This Clavinova looks like no other. The acoustic design of the piano ensures that you can rotate the member and leave it ajar with the stand; conducive to movement, as with a qualitative straight piano.
This Clavinova feels better than any of its predecessors. it is equipped with counterweights for the keys, just like those in grand’s. They are used to adjust the balance of the keys, which allows playing delicate pianissimo’s, anywhere on the key, which further enhances the feeling of that feeling of the grand.
In addition, the sound is heart-warming. The (30W + 30W + 30W) x 2 audio systems are supported by a three-part speaker system, with dedicated speakers for bass, mid and treble registers. This is a dynamic and inspiring audio system that honors the wonderful full tone of the Clavinova.
Yamaha CLP-585 Review
The Yamaha CLP-585 is representative of the 500 CLP digital piano families, which is Yamaha’s stand in digital piano technology. From new keyboards and samples to Virtual Resonance Modeling, the list of enhancements ranges
The goal is clear: digital pianos are always measured on acoustic instruments, their feel, and sound development. With its new Clavinova CLP-500 family of instruments, the Japanese manufacturer Yamaha can once again announce decisive progress in this field and shows impressively with the new top model CLP-585 what is state of the art today.
If you look at the wealth of possibilities that a player receives with such a digital race car, the viewpoint as an imitation of an acoustic ideal seems too brief. Even though most people just want to play the piano, the digital piano deserves to be perceived as an independent instrument. We have found out for you how close the CLP-585 comes to the acoustic model and how independently the digital instrument presents itself on the other side.
Two acoustic models can be identified for the CLP-585: Optically, the prototype even has a specific name: Yamaha B2. Anyone who sees pictures of this upright acoustic piano will quickly find similarities on the CLP-585 – from the sleek, upright body shape to the design of the console and pedals to the lid. This has the CLP-585; in contrast to the B2 even a soft-closing mechanism.
The second model can be found quite generally in the grand piano, on whose mechanics the keyboards of current digital pianos are aligned. The newly developed NWX (Natural Wood X) works in the CLP-585. This is a 3-sensor keyboard with wooden elements in the white keys and a synthetic ivory coating for a smooth playing feel. The X stands for the pressure point simulation that Yamaha has donated to most of its new CLP-500 models. The keyboard of the CLP-585 is also linear graduated: treble keys require less pressure to play than bass keys. In bass, the so-called low-pressure severity is also balanced by small weights in the keys.
When playing, the keyboard of the CLP-585 gives a very pleasant feeling. Through 3-sensor technology and a successful keyboard, tuning fast repetition and nuanced, dynamic game are possible. The pressure point is subtle, but it is so light that it does not interfere with playing in pianissimo. Just like a well-regulated grand piano, where the piano technician always strives to set the pressure point as low as possible.
The piano-oriented design is countered by the fact that the controls on the new CLP models have been moved to the left and right of the keyboard. On the right you will find the power button and the volume control, on the left a clear large LC display with blue backlight. Underneath are the buttons for the sound selection and further control buttons.
The menu navigation is simple: Depending on which mode is currently active (playing with a sound or song playback) you end up by pressing the menu button on a suitable menu page. You navigate through the levels using the arrow keys, which you can also use to enter values. Unfortunately, only the menu languages English and Japanese are available to the user; The terms used can now be regarded as established, so that one comes even with a few foreign language skills to the desired result.
The speaker system is in the CLP-585 in a so-called Speaker box inside the case and radiates predominantly in the leg area of the player from. However, the acoustic design is chosen so that you not only in the player position, but in a wide area around the instrument around a pleasantly full, warm and differentiated sound. Three power amplifiers, each with twice 30 watts amplifier power, power the 3-way stereo speaker system.
Also on board: Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC). The IAC function automatically controls and controls the sound quality according to the overall volume of the instrument. So even at low volume, low and high tones are clearly heard. This feature applies to all new CLP-500 models; how strong it interferes with the sound can be regulated in the system menu.
For the headphone path with two connection sockets, a new, so-called Stereophonic Optimizer is also used. Thus, the stereo sound image is adapted in such a way that you get a pleasant spatial sound and does not feel like you keep his head directly into the casement. The higher a tone, the more it sounds to the right and sounds a little further away from the player; for low notes, the same applies to the left earphone channel.
The connections can be found below the gaming table: Directly below the keyboard on the left edge of the CLP-585 are the two headphone sockets. The remaining connections are located in a metal field further back. There are two aux outputs in the jack format, an aux line input with a stereo mini jack, an aux pedal connector, a MIDI trio (in / out / thru) and two USB jacks (1 x to host / 1 x to Device).
The sound engine of the CLP-585 is called “Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial”. It is based on the Real Grand Expression concept of the previous series, in which the developers paid particular attention to the interaction of sound, keystroke and pedal. Offered are 256fold polyphony, 48 fast calling voices and the abundance of 480 XG tones, plus 14 drum / SFX kits and the standard GM2 and GS sounds for song playback. Most obvious innovation: The sounds are not just called Piano 1 or Piano 2, but instead got their real name – based on the sample basis: In the new CLP models are two different wings: a Yamaha CFX and a Bösendorfer Imperial. Both were elaborately prepared and sampled button by button. The fact that you can even read the original names is because Bösendorfer has been part of the Yamaha family for several years and has the necessary trademark rights.
The Yamaha CFX sample provides a powerful, brilliant piano sound, the Bösendorfer sample sounds a bit more intimate, restrained. As a player, you now have the opportunity to choose the appropriate basic sound depending on the game piece. The other piano sounds such as “Bright Grand” or “Mellow Grand” are according to the manufacturer sound variations derived from the central sample material.
New on board are samples of an upright piano. The difference can be heard especially in the bass, where the piano naturally cannot develop the sonority of a grand piano. All pianos are based on stereo samples and have key-off samples – the sound when releasing the keys was recorded.
Crucial to the sound realism are the so-called resonances. The acoustic piano not only hears the strummed strings, but, depending on the situation, different other strings are also made to vibrate – either over harmonic vibrations or mechanically because they are in the neighborhood of a newly struck string. Most digital pianos that have resonance effects are created using their own samples.
Meanwhile, physical modeling algorithms are more powerful and provide a more realistic resonance behavior. Yamaha has therefore donated the so-called “Virtual Resonance Modeling” to the two large models CLP-575 and CLP-585. Here, string and damper resonances are calculated in real time. If you take the trouble to individually test the different resonances and include a grand piano and other digital pianos, you will hear how close the CLP-585 is to the original acoustic and that there is a lead over other digital instruments.
Equally well-designed, though not as elaborate as the piano sounds, are the e-piano tunes, in which one finds the whole range from the ’60s model to the FM piano à la DX7. Among the organ sounds you will find the usual jazz variations in digital pianos as well as variations of pipe organs.Very good are the strings, in their category also choir and pad sounds are to find, which one all likes to use for layer sound combinations. The basses – from the plucked double bass to the electric bass – sound quite authentic and are ideal for split sound combos. In the “Others” group two harpsichords, harp, vibraphone and marimba gathers. A beautiful sound accent is also the acoustic guitar here.
The featured sounds are complemented by Yamaha’s established 480XG voices and the collection of GM2 and GS voices that ensure that rendered MIDI files sound befitting.
The USB audio recorder can be used in the same way. On the one hand, you can save your instrumental play as a WAV file on connected USB sticks, on the other hand you can also integrate playa longs via it. These must also be available as a WAV file on the stick and can then be played on the digital piano; also, tempo and pitch corrections are possible. You can also convert songs from the MIDI sequencer of CLP pianos into audio files, including sound generation. In a moment, a demo, a music gift, or a lesson in CD quality is created. Just burn it on a PC or convert it to one of the popular compression formats – done.
Matching the special of this issue, the Yamaha CLP-585 – and almost all sibling models – has more extras on board: The 50 integrated piano pieces including the supplied sheet music already known from earlier models. The pieces can be practiced separately to the left and right hand. From the CLP-535, the new Clavinova models can now also be integrated into a network via an optional wireless LAN adapter. This allows the instruments to communicate with an Apple iOS device (e.g., iPad). Together with the Yamaha NoteStar app, there are another 303 lessons available. The app is free to have; the instrument ID of the new Clavinovas free also unlocks the 303 pieces. In addition, of course, all other pieces in NoteStar can be purchased and practiced on the digital piano – including the accompaniment tracks, which make playing Notes Star pieces to the whimsical affair. The USB-WLAN-Adapter DU-WL01 does not cost the world, but should be part of the scope of delivery, at least for the big CLP-500 models. Just negotiate with your dealer – WLAN adapter instead of discount.
The extras are rounded off by an extended metronome: this mastered not only the typical click in all common time signatures and speeds. It also has 20 basic drum rhythms. This not only makes it easier to practice a jazz groove, it also provides additional fun to encourage yourself or the next generation to practice. In addition, the CLP-585 of course has the usual digital piano features of transposition options up to different moods.
The Yamaha CLP-585 is the worthy flagship among the new CLP-500 digital pianos. Its high-quality, piano-oriented look is accompanied by equally high-quality equipment. The NWX keyboard with pressure point, linear graduation, counterweights, and cover layers made of synthetic ivory Yamaha is surpassed only by the clavier of the noble hybrid pianos (AvantGrand and NU1). In terms of sound realism, the CLP-585 is probably at the forefront in the current digital piano market – the new Virtual Resonance Modeling makes an important contribution to this. With its lush sound equipment, 16-track sequencer, USB audio recorder, and iPad connection, the instrument is more than just a digital imitation of an acoustic piano.