Yamaha begins shipping new generation Disklavier pianos: Wi-Fi, iOS and Android apps take this piano to the next level

Yamaha DKVCast
Yamaha DKVCast

Yamaha has begun shipping their Disklavier ENSPIRE™, the seventh generation of Disklavier pianos that the company says offers an immersive new user experience, as well as exciting new ways to listen, learn and play the most advanced instrument on the market today. I’ve seen the Disklavier in person and the technology behind this piano is stunning.  Not only can the piano record what you’re playing and then play it back note for note stroke for stroke, but you can then play it back on any Disklavier—even ones connected via the Internet and even in-real-time across multiple pianos.

For nearly 30 years, the Yamaha Disklavier has earned a stellar reputation for being the most popular, most reliable and most award-winning reproducing piano in the world. This is the company’s most ambitious launch to date for its “piano of unlimited potential.” With 3 system variations (CL, ST and PRO) spanning 14 models ranging from 48” uprights to a 9’ concert grand, Yamaha is giving consumers more options to enjoy this innovative instrument.

Replacing the popular E3 series, Disklavier ENSPIRE retains its category-leading position as the most accurate high-resolution reproducing piano system available.

A new streamlined design eliminates the control box of previous generations, while an intuitive app enables Disklavier ENSPIRE to be controlled by Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs.

The easy-to-use and intuitive controller app provides direct access to over 500 built-in songs and over 6,000 performances that can be downloaded directly to the instrument from the Yamaha MusicSoft online store. Exclusive high-quality streaming radio and video services enable access to a variety of performances that have included the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Newport Music Festival and even a special Elton John concert. These performances can be experienced “live” or on-demand on the Disklavier ENSPIRE, all in the comfort of the home.

Users can now listen to unique stereo ensemble recordings with piano performances from the largest and most recognized artist roster in the world, including “The New Cool” (Bob James & Nathan East); “Angel” and “I Will Remember You” (Sarah McLachlan); “Gran Torino” (Jamie Cullum) and “Reverie” (Frederic Chiu).

Solo piano connoisseurs will appreciate the instrument’s unprecedented high-resolution recording and playback accuracy, which Yamaha says is greater than all other systems. The instrument also possesses, Yamaha’s AccuPlay technology, an integrated DSP servo drive system that monitors key, hammer, pedal and solenoid movement during playback and automatically adjusts in real-time to ensure accurate performance reproduction. This means that the Disklavier ENSPIRE can recreate the subtlest nuances of a performance – from the softest pianissimo passages right through to the thunderous fortissimos – just as the original artist intended.

Yamaha has defined the touch and tone of concert-quality instruments for more than 100 years, having the most performed on, recorded and filmed pianos in history. The company manufactures some of the world’s most reliable, sought after pianos found on world renown concert stages, in the most respected academic institutions and in top recording studios.

Yamaha has sold more Disklavier pianos than any other modern day reproducing piano manufacturer, and the instrument has been embraced by top schools worldwide for its unmatched educational and distance learning capabilities.

“Yamaha is at the forefront of innovation, and technology has made them the leader in reproducing pianos and the most awarded manufacturer for almost 30 years,” said Robert Catalano, general manager, Music Exchange, a prominent piano dealer in Northern California. “The ENSPIRE has taken the Disklavier to an entirely new level of technology and hassle-free enjoyment. It is the new standard other manufacturers will try to emulate, and there is simply no better instrument on the market.”

Rounding out the key features on the new Disklavier ENSPIRE:

  • Instrument can be controlled by a new user interface that can be accessed by any HTML5 compatible browser
  • Introduces new Disklavier ENSPIRE CL “playback only” model
  • All Disklavier ENSPIRE ST and PRO models are equipped with a Yamaha Silent System, featuring a binaurally captured CFX Concert Grand sample
  • Disklavier ENSPIRE PRO models now utilize AccuPlay Technology, an enhanced DSP servo system that includes hammer sensor feedback in addition to key, pedal and solenoid monitoring
  • Included WPS Wi-Fi adapter adds easy wireless connectivity to the controller app directly or through a wireless network
  • Supports new PianoSoft Audio format that features stereo audio ensembles synchronized to piano performances
  • New Premium Piano Radio channels stream PianoSoft Audio content
  • New high-quality digital tone generator
  • USB audio recording function
  • Self-calibrating record and playback system

Yamaha Disklavier ENSPIRE is available in 14 models, 48” uprights and grand pianos ranging from 5’0” (DGB1K) to the flagship 9’ Concert Grand (DCFX).

For more information, visit http://www.disklavierenspire.com