Yamaha introduces its stunning CLP-F01 Clavinova electric piano, a gorgeous-looking instrument following in a long line of Clavinova quality.
The all-important specifications:
- 88 real-wood keys
- Hard, medium, soft, and fixed touch sensitivity
- Three-level AWM Stereo Sampling technology
- 30 banks of sampled sounds
- Sustain Sampling
- Key-Off Sampling
- 64 notes polyphony
- 14 voices with 2 variations on each:
- Grand Piano 1, 2, 3
- Electric Piano 1, 2
- Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Church Organ, Jazz Organ, Strings, Choir, Guitar/Clav, Wood Bass, Electric Bass
- Effects: Reverb, Effect, Brilliance
- Recording: Two tracks, three songs (max. 9400 notes)
- Memory storage: Internal flash memory
- Pedals: Damper (with half-pedal effect), Soft, Sostenuto
- In/Out Jacks: AUX IN, AUX OUT (L/L+R, R), AUX OUT (L, R; LEVEL FIXED), MIDI (IN, OUT, THRU), TO HOST, PHONES (2)
- Amplification: 40 W x 2
- Speaker system: 16 cm x 2, 5 cm x 2 (6-3/8″ x 2, 2″ x 2)
- Available finishes: Polished orange, polished ebony, polished blue, polished red
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 1427 mm x 400 mm x 995 mm
- Weight: 71kg
Whilst it’s not always easy to tell how much doctoring of demonstration songs has taken place, the previews on the official website sound promising.
- Piano 1 is a bright and clear acoustic piano with a good dynamic range.
- Piano 2 has an extra brightness/sparkle (some might say metallic) quality that provides enough variance from Piano 1 to stand out on its own
- Electric Pianos 1 & 2 are fairly standard affairs (one clean, the other slightly distorted) that do the job. The demo appears to force a few notes which sound quite harsh, but this may be by design and will vary with playing style.
- The Harpsichord is good, though the demo has a little too much reverb for my liking. On this and the organs, fixed keyboard velocity will be most useful.
- Knowing that the full range of a pipe organ will never be achieved on a standard keyboard, the Yamaha does a convincing job of the ‘basics’.
- The jazz organ is lively, but don’t go looking for the Wurlitzer.
- The last five voices sound fairly good on the demo, but I suspect in reality will suffer the way most voices like these do on digital pianos. Playing a realistic guitar or bass on keys is not easy, and the choir sound will likely be of limited appeal.
Don’t expect to use the Clavinova as a sophisticated MIDI controller. It’s a digital piano of the highest quality in both sound and workmanship, and is just as important as a piece of furniture.
A worthy addition to the Clavinova range.