Kawai ES8 Portable Digital Piano

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    Breathtaking sound and a rich dynamic expressiveness, the Kawai ES8 is portable piano perfection. Versatile and powerful, the ES8 piano can be used in a broad range of applications, and is a piano for truly every musical occasion – anytime, anywhere.

    Kawai ES8 Portable Digital Piano Features

    • Harmonic Imaging XL Sound Technology with 88-Note Piano Sampling
    • RHIII Graded-Hammer Action
    • 34 Exceptional Instrument Sounds
    • USB Digital Audio - Play / Rec WAV and MP3 Files
    • Rhythm Section with 100 Accompaniment Styles
    • 256-note Max. Polyphony
    • Powerful Built-in Speaker System
    • Elegant Gloss Black and Ivory White Finishes
    • Optional Designer Stand and Pedal Lyre
    Drawing upon Kawai’s 85+ years of knowledge and expertise in crafting world-class acoustic pianos, the ES8 provides the most authentic playing experience ever realized in a portable instrument. Its improved Responsive Hammer III keyboard action recreates all the subtleties of playing a grand piano, with premium features such as Ivory Touch key surfaces, let-off simulation, counterweights, and a precise triple-sensor detection system.

    The extraordinary ES8 utilizes Harmonic Imaging sound technology to capture and reproduce every nuance of our SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos , plus SK-5 chamber grand piano. Advanced resonance modelling and reverberation effects are then applied, delivering unparalleled acoustic realism, while unique Virtual Technician controls allow discerning musicians to personalize the piano beneath their fingertips.

    Versatile and powerful, the multi-purpose ES8 also includes a selection of outstanding electric pianos, drawbar and church organs, strings and choir sounds, along with professional backing accompaniments to cover a wide range of musical genres. Favorite instrument setups can be stored and instantly recalled from Registration memories, while modern USB features allow MP3 and WAV audio files to be recorded and played back directly from the instrument’s control panel.

    More realistic, responsive and reliable
    The ES8’s class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action recreates the supreme touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and rigid, springless design providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience. The instrument’s advanced triple-sensor key detection system enhances responsiveness and accuracy, while structural reinforcements throughout the action assembly help to minimize noise and key wobble during staccato and fortissimo passages.

    The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while let-off simulation recreates the subtle “notch” sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano. These important characteristics allow discerning pianists to practice their expanding repertoire with confidence, and ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when called upon to perform using the finest grand pianos.

    Premium Surfaces
    The high specification ES8 features Kawai’s highly-regarded Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material intelligently absorbs finger moisture to aid playing control, without dirt or grease permeating the keytops, and allows the piano’s keyboard to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.

    Superior Control
    In addition to grade-weighted hammers, the RHIII keyboard action also features counterweights placed within each key. As with an acoustic piano, these finely balanced weights help to lighten the touch of the keyboard during pianissimo passages, while adding a feel of greater substance when playing with force.

    Class Leading Keyboard
    The keyboard action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of black and white keys, graded hammers, and numerous intricate components working in harmony when each note is pressed. It is a beautifully designed mechanism that allows gifted pianists to express a wealth of feeling and emotion in their playing. Translating the keyboard action’s elaborate movements to a digital instrument, while still retaining the tactile feeling and subtle nuance that one comes to appreciate in an acoustic, is a considerable challenge – a challenge that draws upon over 85 years of experience in building the world’s finest pianos.

    Breathtaking Sound
    Earning a reputation as the “premier pianos of Japan,” Shigeru Kawai instruments grace the stages of concert halls and musical institutions throughout the world, and are prized for their outstanding tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

    The ES8 captures the magnificent tone of two Shigeru Kawai instruments, the flagship SKEX concert and medium-sized SK-5 chamber grand pianos, allowing musicians to enjoy the contrasting properties of each.

    In addition, the ES 8 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has frequently been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among countless others.

    True Character in Every Note
    The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX, SK- 5, and EX grand pianos is at the heart of the new ES 8, with all eighty-eight keys of these world class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analyzed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.

    Recording each key individually in this way preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the ES 8’s weighted keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.

    Rich, Dynamic and Expressive
    When playing a fine piano, the amount of pressure applied to the keyboard affects not only the volume of the sound produced, but also the unique tonal character of each note. Therefore, in order to construct a realistic acoustic portrait of each grand piano, not only is each key recorded individually, but also at a wide variety of different volume levels, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.

    The ES 8 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait of each piano, with Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology ensuring smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.

    Resonance and Clarity
    The ES 8’s impressive speaker system utilizes speaker box enclosures that deliver a rich, expansive sound to rival much larger console digital pianos. This unique design allows for a compact, p or table ins trument, capable of enthralling medium-sized audiences, without the ne e d for additional amplification.

    Variety Beneath your Fingertips
    Complementing the various classical, jazz, and pop grand piano sounds, the ES 8 also features a distinctive upright piano sound, captured from one of Kawai’s popular K Series instruments. Vintage electric pianos, drawbar and church organs, and warm synth pads are also available, allowing this portable piano to serve as a convenient gigging board, while church organs, strings, and graceful choir voices ensure that the versatile ES 8 is equally at home in places of worship.

    Studio Quality Effects with Vintage Flavor
    The ES 8’s powerful digital effects engine further enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds , applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life. Tailor an instrument’s character and feeling with a range of studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay, and auto-pan effects. Add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl to drawbar organs using the dedicated Amp Sim speaker models. Then adjust the instrument’s reverb controls to position yourself within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practice room to an inspirational grand cathedral.

    Professional Backing Styles
    In addition to the standard Dual and Split playing modes, the ES 8’s Rhythm Section feature offers solo performers a selection of professionally arranged backing accompaniments at the touch of a button. Whether you need a practice partner, some quick ideas for a new song, or a backup band at a live performance, you’re sure to find the perfect accompaniment among the 100 pop, rock, jazz, funk, and Latin styles.

    Personal Piano Enhancements
    The ES 8’s comprehensive Virtual Technician function invites discerning players to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their unique personal preferences. Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate subtle hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, lid, and damper resonances – all in real-time. Adjustments can be made directly from the ES 8’s control panel, or via an attractive touch interface using the dedicated Virtual Technician iPad app.

    Flexible USB Connectivity
    The ES8’s USB ports enable the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, or to load and save data directly to USB memory. This latter USB to Device functionality allows favorite registration settings and memorable recorded songs stored in internal memory to be safely preserved on USB, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back through the instrument without additional hardware.

    Digital Audio Recording
    USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or to simply play along with their favorite songs. It is even possible to record entire performances directly as MP 3 or WAV files for emailing to family and friends, casual listening away from the piano, or for further editing using an audio workstation.

    Product Specifications
    Kawai ES8 Portable Digital Piano Specifications
    • Keyboard: 88 Weighted Keys with Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
    • Action: Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) Action with Let-Off
    • Sound Source: Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL), 88-key piano sampling
    • Internal Sounds: 34 Voices
    • Polyphony: 256 Notes
    • Keyboard Modes: Dual, Split, Four Hands (Volume / Balance Adjustable)
    • Internal Recorder: 10 Song / 2-Track Recorder, Approximately 90,000 notes memory
    • USB: Digital Audio, USB to DEVICE, USB to HOST
    • Display: 16 x 2 characters LCD
    • Speaker System: (8 x 12 cm) x 2, 15 Watts x 2
    • Dimensions: 54" (W) x 14 ½" (D) x 6" (H)
    • Weight: 49 lbs.
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    Phone:  800-421-2177 Warranty:  3 Years
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