Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP400 Digital Piano - Satin Black (GP400BK)
With its beautiful form evoking an impression of dignity and stability and its overall height equivalent to a grand piano's, the GP-400BK gives pianists the sensation and visual perspective of performing on a grand piano. Strict attention to detail, such as installation of an appropriately wide music stand and construction with thick legs and other components, adds further luster to its value.
Three Legendary Pianos: their individual character and tone faithfully recreated
CELVIANO Grand Hybrid reproduces even subtle nuances of the world’s most respected pianos. Three pianos that originate in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna were chosen for this project. CASIO has painstakingly researched and analyzed the unique characteristics of each piano. CELVIANO Grand Hybrid delivers brilliant sound of these pianos reproduced with CASIO’s advanced technology. It will provide the experience of owning three of the finest pianos on earth.
BERLIN (BERLIN GRAND)
A balanced, elegant sound. Ideal for playing impressionistic music. Notable for its clear, ringing tone across the entire range.
HAMBURG (HAMBURG GRAND)
A brilliant, rich sound. Loved by pianists for its wide range of expression. Well suited for various playing styles and genres.
VIENNA (VIENNA GRAND)
Noted for its impressive low range. Great for both soft and vigorous playing with its warm tone. An ideal instrument for music from the classical period.
Sound Development in Collaboration
The Berlin Grand sound was developed in collaboration with C. Bechstein. CASIO sought a clear, balanced and elegant sound for CELVIANO Grand Hybrid. D282, C. Bechstein’s ultimate masterpiece, is the model CASIO intensively studied to achieve the goal. Mr. Albrecht, Service Director and Master Piano Maker at C. Bechstein, visited CASIO R&D to supervise the sound development process through the final modification.
ABOUT C. BECHSTEIN
Since Carl Bechstein founded the Pianoforte production facility in Berlin in 1853, the name C. Bechstein has stood for the highest class of upright and grand pianos. C. Bechstein pianos have been appreciated by many famous composers and artists for their finest quality of sound and touch for many years. In the 21st Century, C. Bechstein is still recognized as one of the world’s leading piano manufacturers.
AiR Grand Sound Source
The CELVIANO Grand Hybrid incorporates AiR Grand Sound Source, a newly developed system using CASIO’s state-of-the-art sound technologies. It includes many impressive features. Multi-dimensional Morphing delivers smooth changes between soft and strong playing. Acoustic Simulator reproduces the characteristics of sounds produced by acoustic grand pianos. The authenticity generated by the AiR Grand Sound Source ensures a pure piano experience.
On an acoustic grand piano, the volume and quality of sounds change from the time the keys are struck until they die away. CASIO's Multi-dimensional Morphing technology enables natural, smooth transitions in sound volume and tone based on the power of the keystroke. This technology contributes to more expressive performances.
The various types of resonance in a grand piano are crucial to the playing experience. The CELVIANO Grand Hybrid incorporates String Resonance, which exposes the harmonic relationships between various strings when keys are struck. Also Damper Resonance reproduces the resonance occurring when a damper pedal is pressed. In the case of the GP-400BK, Open String Resonance and Aliquot Resonance add realism. CASIO's Resonance System reproduces the resonance of both the strings and sound board of a grand piano by selecting, controlling and synthesizing according to performance conditions.
Action Sound System
A grand piano also generates several types of mechanical sounds, which are an important part of the playing experience. CASIO has sought to provide a more realistic simulation by reproducing the sounds of these mechanisms. Four types of operating sounds are included, and the volume of each can be set independently or turned off.
Key Off Simulator
The lengths of the lingering sounds produced by a grand piano vary depending on the speed at which players release their fingers after pressing the keys. In a similar fashion, CASIO’s Key Off Simulator controls the length of these sounds based on the key’s release speed. This enables players to express delicate nuances when playing staccato and legato.