Technical Qualities of the Kawai CN201 Digital Piano!
14th October 2022
There are always so may new features to learn about and understand when buying a new digital piano that it can often feel quite overwhelming! However, the more we understand all the fantastic elements these digital pianos have to offer, the more we will be able to use them to facilitate our own creativity! So let's get to the nitty gritty of the CN201, and work out what it means to have a virtual technician and full 88-key sampling built into this new digital piano.
What is the virtual technician?
Acoustic pianos are always voiced and regulated by experienced piano technicians. Well the same can be done for this CN201 through the inbuilt virtual technician! You may feel as though you want to play a different piano depending on the style of music you are playing. Well the virtual technician can help with exactly that by adjusting the voicing and characteristics of each note to suit the style of music you are playing. You can even control elements of the virtual technician yourself! By using Kawai's latest PianoRemote app, you can adjust the touch weight of each note, the noise you get when releasing the keys, and level of resonance you get when using the sustain pedal. In total there are 18 parameters that you can adjust.
What is full 88-key sampling?
This is when the sound and tonal qualities of each one of the 88 keys on a concert grand piano (in this case the SK-EX and EX) is reproduced on each one of the 88 keys of the digital piano! This is done using Progressive Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology! Usually the same tone would be used for many of the notes-but with 88 key sampling, each note is unique! This piano can also replicate the full dynamic range of a grand piano with every note being velocity sensitive. This means the same force you use to hit the keys of a grand piano to get a particular sound quality, can also be reproduced on this digital piano. This is all because the potential volume of each key has been recorded using this top-quality technology.
How does the built-in lesson function work?
By using and downloading the CN201 PiaBookPlayer app, you can view notated scores of the many classical lesson pieces and practise drills built into the instrument which will then playback through the instrument's speaker system using the inbuilt sound of the Shigeru Kawai Grand Piano. You can select pieces using your tablet and smartphone. The music available is organised into books within the app or grouped according to composers. You can learn pieces by Bach, Chopin, Czerny, and Beethoven! With many pieces by different composers being included, there are a total of 377 to choose from. Although Alfred's basic piano course is not included in the PiaBookPlayer app, you can still listen and learn these pieces as they are built into the CN201 piano.
You can save pieces of music as a favourite-particularly handy if you are focusing on one in your current practice sessions! The left and right hand parts of each song can be practised and listened to separately. You can also use an adjustable metronome and song recorder to help you track your progress! The sound has also been improved so that you can have a more realistic experience when playing with headphones. You can also split the piano into two parts where each part plays back using a different voice. Four hand mode can also be used, where the piano is split into two separate sections so a teacher and student are able to play using either section with the same voice.
Find out more about downloading the app in the link below:
And if you really like the sound of this digital piano, follow the link to our Kawai CN201 product page.