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The Hybrid Experience

The Hybrid Experience

Yamaha NU1

Yamaha NU1 Hybrid Piano

Piano companies have long been in the pursuit of creating an economically-sized grand piano. Every pianist wants a grand piano in their home, but not every pianist has the space for one. The first attempt at a replacement was the tiny spinet piano. These pianos gave a meek, tinny sound. They had shorter action parts than the normal upright piano. Shorter action parts made the piano feel clunky, and unresponsive. Next the electric organ was going to replace every piano in homes. Yet, that fad died out as well. Organs did not have the touch or the sound of a piano. FM and Digital Pianos provided a new alternative to an acoustic piano. Eventually digital pianos had weighted-keys that mimicked the key weight of an acoustic piano. Advances in sampling technology also sounded (and continue to sound) more realistic. Yet, there was something missing even from these digital pianos. While digital pianos are still a great tool for beginning players they still do not match up to an acoustic piano. There is something special, almost poetic, that happens when playing an acoustic piano. This “Piano Experience” is difficult to capture with a digital piano and I thought was impossible to achieve. My mind was changed when I played Yamaha’s NU1.

Yamaha NU-1 Hybrid PianoThe NU1 is not your typical digital piano. Just by looking at it, you see that it has the look of a beautiful, yet compact, upright piano. The NU1’s polished black finish is stunning while adding elegant silver highlights. When you sit down to play it, there is something different in the feel. There is no resistance on the key-return, no feeling of pressure sensors depressing, and is evenly weighted throughout. The wooden keys vibrate freely with the music that seems to pour out of this piano. The key tops offer a suitable grip, and every muscle synapse is captured masterfully. The big sound coming from such a small instrument is smooth and rich. My first thought is that this instrument is a perfect acoustic piano. I was actively feeling the “Piano Experience”. But the NU1 is not an acoustic instrument, it is a hybrid.

Yamaha NU-1 Hybrid PianoThe NU1 uses an actual acoustic action from their famed U1 piano! Unlike most digital pianos, the key stroke is not measured with pressure sensors. Having those sensors would impede the motion of the wooden hammers and action parts. Instead they measure the distance and velocity of the keys with optical lasers. These lasers measure the most subtle of hand movements down to the micrometer. The sampling with the laser datum creates a responsive, accurate sound. With this type of accuracy and feel, it is no wonder pianists are falling in love with this instrument. It’s not just pianists though! Churches and schools love this instrument too. With no strings, there is no need to tune it. It always stays in perfect pitch! Headphone inputs, auxiliary in/outputs, and large speakers give endless possibilities to sound distribution. The NU1 also features recording ability. This is a fantastic learning tool for rehearsals when busy pianists are unavailable.

Yamaha NU-1 Hybrid PianoI highly recommend trying this product out. The NU1 is perfect for small homes or apartments. It is something that can only be appreciated when played. The NU1 offers the “Piano Experience” in all venues no matter the size. Perhaps that is the greatest gift the Hybrid experience gives us.

See the specifications and dimensions of the Yamaha NU1 Hybrid Piano here, or contact West Music to have your own “Piano Experience” with the NU1 in our showroom.

Yamaha NU1 Hybrid Piano

Yamaha NU1 Hybrid Piano

Yamaha NU1 Hybrid Piano

 

  • The superb natural feel of a real piano action
  • Experience the stunning sound of Yamaha’s premier concert grand piano in the comfort of your home
  • Alluring elegance that complements any room

 

The NU1 hybrid piano from Yamaha that combines the traditions of an acoustic instrument with the innovation of digital technology. Featuring the same acoustic piano action used in Yamaha upright pianos, and a refined, compact design, the NU1 is the perfect choice to bring the renowned Yamaha sound to any home.

Specs

Color/Finish

Cabinet Color Polished Ebony
Finish Polished

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,501mm (59-1/8")
Height 1,024mm (40-5/16")
Depth 463mm (18-1/4")
Weight Weight 109kg (240lbs., 5oz.)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Acrlic resin (white keytops)
Keyboard Action Specialized Upright Piano Action
Tactile Response System (TRS)
Pedal Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes

Cabinet

Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes

Voices

Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology CFX Sampling
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 5

Effects

Types Reverb Yes

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 50
Recording Number of Songs 10
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity 550KB (approx.)
Recording Function Yes

Functions

Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5-500
Transpose Yes
Tuning Yes
Scale Type 7 types

Amplifiers and Speakers

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System
Soundboard Resonator
Amplifiers (40W + 40W) x 2
Speakers (6-5/16" + 3/4") x 2

Power Supply

Power Supply AC Inlet

Yamaha AvantGrand N1 Hybrid Piano

Yamaha AvantGrand N1 Hybrid Piano

Yamaha AvantGrand N1 Hybrid Piano
As the newest addition to the AvantGrand lineup, the N1 delivers the captivating sound of this hybrid piano series in its simplest form. The N1 easily does justice to the grand piano in terms of playing feel and responsive action, setting a new standard with its perfect integration of acoustic and digital technologies.

Specs

Color/Finish

Cabinet Color Polished Ebony
Finish Polished

 

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,465mm (57-11/16″)
Height 995mm (39-3/16″)With music rest : 1,170mm (46-1/16″)
Depth 618mm (24-5/16″)
Weight Weight 120.5kg (265lbs., 11oz.)

 

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Acrlic resin (white keytops)
Keyboard Action Specialized Grand Piano Action
Tactile Response System (TRS)
Pedal Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes

 

Cabinet

Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes

 

Voices

Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 5

 

Effects

Types Reverb Yes

 

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 10
Recording Number of Songs 1
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity 300KB (approx. 30,000 notes)
Recording Function Yes
Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose Yes
Tuning Yes
Scale Type 7 types

Storage and Connectivity

Connectivity Headphones x 2
MIDI In/Out
AUX IN L/L+R, R
AUX OUT L/L+R, R
USB TO DEVICE Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Yes
Soundboard Resonator
Amplifiers 25W x 1 + 30W x 5
Speakers 8cm x 3 + 13cm x 2 + 16cm x 1

Power Supply

Power Supply AC Inlet

Yamaha AvantGrand N2 Hybrid

Yamaha AvantGrand N2 Hybrid

The innovative and revolutionary AvantGrand-Technology built into an elegant slim-cabinet

True Grand Piano Performance from a Vertical Grand that is minimal in design and aesthetically gratifying.

Specialized Grand Piano Action and Piano Keyboard

The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike the “strings” from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to the weight distribution of the hammers, and to the movement of the hammers themselves, for a smoother feel when playing. In addition to a hammer sensor, this instrument employs a non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording excellent recognition of the player’s pressure on the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression. This combination provides an impressive sensitivity for the entire range from pianissimo through to fortissimo, and the ability to translate even the swiftest trills of the pianist with transparency. The wood construction of the keyboard mirrors that of the grand piano, and features New Ivory II on the white keys. This is a unique new material developed by Yamaha, with a texture superbly close to that of natural ivory, allowing you to play swift passages with ease while also offering a sure response for slower pieces.

Spatial Acoustic Sampling

Together with a variety of piano sounds, this instrument features samples of the actual vibrations from within the soundboard of the instrument. To permit the sound to travel well to the player’s position, as it does with a grand piano, we sampled the sound from four locations in the left, right, center, and rear of a grand piano. Sampling from deeper inside the instrument, we were able reproduce the attraction of the original sound almost perfectly. It was the experience of our engineers, and a reiterative cycle of trial and error conducted with piano tuners that made this success possible. And of course, the samples in this instrument are all taken from a specially-selected example of Yamaha’s CFIIIS full concert grand piano.

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System

This instrument utilizes a four-channel multi-speaker system, designed in a three-way configuration with woofer, squawker and tweeter, to allow more natural reverberation in the soundboard. Each of the speakers in this layout is equipped with its own dedicated amplifier, a luxury that reduces the interference in each pitch range and offers more natural expression to the delicate nuances in each sound. Moreover, by using speaker positioning that mimics the positions in the grand piano from which the original samples were taken, it offers a more natural sound to the pianist.

Tactile Response System (TRS)

The sound of an acoustic piano resonates throughout its entire body. The bass range in particular is an essential part of the reverberation that is continually transmitted to a player’s body. This is replicated by our newly-developed Tactile Response System (TRS) that focuses on reproducing reverberation. This system features two transducers in the soundboard, the area underneath the keyboard, resonating natural reverberation throughout the entire instrument. The player’s hands on the keyboard transmit the natural sound felt from the feet as they depress the pedals; the epitome of real piano playing. This system can be turned on and off, and the vibration set to one of three levels.

Specs

Color/Finish

Cabinet Color Polished Ebony
Finish Polished

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,471mm (57-15/16")
Height 1,009mm (39-3/4")With music rest : 1,181mm (46-1/2")
Depth 531mm (20-7/8")
Weight Weight 142kg (313lbs., 1oz.)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Ivorite (white keytops)
Keyboard Action Specialized Grand Piano Action
Tactile Response System (TRS) Yes
Pedal Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes

Cabinet

Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes

Voices

Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 5

Effects

Types Reverb Yes

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 10
Recording Number of Songs 1
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity 300KB (approx. 30,000 notes)
Recording Function Yes

Functions

Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose Yes
Tuning Yes
Scale Type 7 types

Storage and Connectivity

Connectivity Headphones x 2
MIDI In/Out
AUX IN L/L+R, R
AUX OUT L/L+R, R
USB TO DEVICE Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Yes
Soundboard Resonator Yes
Amplifiers 22W x 10 + 80W x 2
Speakers (13cm + 2.5cm) x 3 + (8cm + 2.5cm) + 16cm x 2

Power Supply

Power Supply AC Inlet

Yamaha AvantGrand N3 Hybrid

Yamaha AvantGrand N3 Hybrid

Yamaha AvantGrand N3

Feel and experience a piano sound that you have never had before from this stunning and elegant instrument

In pursuit of the Grand Piano in everything – sound, touch and action.

Specialized Grand Piano Action and Piano Keyboard

The nuanced touch and response of the grand piano are an essential standard yardstick for piano quality. It offers the player a specially-developed grand piano action that features the same configuration as the action of a real grand. The hammers strike the “strings” from underneath, allowing minute adjustments to the weight distribution of the hammers, and to the movement of the hammers themselves, for a smoother feel when playing. In addition to a hammer sensor, this instrument employs a non-contact key sensor that has no effect on the movement of the keys, affording excellent recognition of the player’s pressure on the keyboard, timing, and the other delicate nuances that affect musical expression. This combination provides an impressive sensitivity for the entire range from pianissimo through to fortissimo, and the ability to translate even the swiftest trills of the pianist with transparency. The wood construction of the keyboard mirrors that of the grand piano, and features New Ivory II on the white keys. This is a unique material developed by Yamaha, with a texture superbly close to that of natural ivory, allowing you to play swift passages with ease while also offering a sure response for slower pieces.

Spatial Acoustic Sampling

Together with a variety of piano sounds, this instrument features samples of the actual vibrations from within the soundboard of the instrument. To permit the sound to travel well to the player’s position, as it does with a grand piano, we sampled the sound from four locations in the left, right, center, and rear of a grand piano. Sampling from deeper inside the instrument, we were able reproduce the attraction of the original sound almost perfectly. It was the experience of our engineers, and a reiterative cycle of trial and error conducted with piano tuners that made this success possible. And of course, the samples in this instrument are all taken from a specially-selected example of Yamaha’s CFIIIS full concert grand piano.

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System

Opening the lid of the instrument reveals 4 speakers in an impressive and attractive layout. This instrument utilizes a four-channel multi-speaker system, designed in a three-way configuration with the bass woofer pointed down and the treble cones facing up, to allow more natural reverberation in the soundboard. Each of the speakers in this layout is equipped with its own dedicated amplifier, a luxury that reduces the interference in each pitch range and offers more natural expression to the delicate nuances in each sound. Moreover, by using speaker positioning that mimics the positions in the grand piano from which the original samples were taken, it offers a more natural sound to the pianist.

Soundboard Resonator

In addition to the four-channel multi-speakers, the N3 also features a flat-panel “Soundboard Resonator” where the music rest would be when laid flat, allowing a more subtle reproduction of the buildup of sound felt by pianists when playing a grand piano. An oscillator called a “transducer” transmits vibration to the flat-panel soundboard, giving a realistic sound response that is especially evident in the higher range.

Tactile Response System (TRS)

The sound of an acoustic piano resonates throughout its entire body. The bass range in particular is an essential part of the reverberation that is continually transmitted to a player’s body. This is replicated by our newly-developed Tactile Response System (TRS) that focuses on reproducing reverberation. This system features two transducers in the soundboard, the area underneath the keyboard, resonating natural reverberation throughout the entire instrument. The player’s hands on the keyboard transmit the natural sound felt from the feet as they depress the pedals; the epitome of real piano playing. This system can be turned on and off, and the vibration set to one of three levels.

Specialized Grand Piano Pedal

Light to the touch at first, subtle firmness partway through its travel, and lightening again as the player pushes further; the pedals of the grand piano have subtly different stages than can be felt when the pedal is depressed. Skilled players take advantage of these pedal movements by using extremely delicate pedaling that allows them to achieve finely nuanced expression in their play. In developing this instrument, we set out to reproduce the sensations of a grand piano’s pedals as faithfully as possible. The resulting pedal allows for music as you believe it should sound, equally responsive for more impressionistic pieces that require a lot of half-pedaling.

Specs

Color/Finish

Cabinet Color Polished Ebony
Finish Polished

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,481mm (58-5/16")
Height 1,014mm (39-15/16")Lid up : 1,734mm (68-1/4")
Depth 1,195mm (47-1/16")
Weight Weight 199kg (438lbs., 12oz.)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Ivorite (white keytops)
Pedal Type Specialized Grand Piano Pedal
Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes

Cabinet

Key Cover Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Music Rest Yes

Voices

Tone Generation Tone Generating Technology Spatial Acoustic Sampling
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 5

Effects

Types Reverb Yes

Songs

Recording Number of Songs 1
Number of Tracks 1
Data Capacity 300KB (approx. 30,000 notes)
Recording Function Yes

Functions

Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose Yes
Tuning Yes
Scale Type 7 types

Storage and Connectivity

Connectivity Headphones x 2
MIDI In/Out
AUX IN L/L+R, R
AUX OUT L/L+R, R
USB TO DEVICE Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers 22W x 10 + 30W x 4 + 80W x 2
Speakers (16cm + 13cm + 2.5cm) x 4

Power Supply

Power Supply AC Inlet

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 10

Control Interface

Keyboard Keyboard Action Specialized Grand Piano Action

Amplifiers and Speakers

Spatial Acoustic Speaker System Yes
Soundboard Resonator Yes

Control Interface

Tactile Response System (TRS) Yes