Kawai ES8

£1,340.00

In Stock

Regardless of whether you’re playing a gig on stage, practising for a recital at home, the new Kawai ES8 is portable piano perfection ideal for the professional as well as the beginner.The stand shown is an optional extra .

Advisory: If you have underfloor heating, it is recommended to use a Piano heat protection mat.
Available from the showroom

Description

‘Responsive Hammer III’ weighted-key action, with Ivory Touch key surfaces and Let-off simulation
ES8The new Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) action recreates the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano, with its realistic movement and accurate 3-sensor technology providing a smooth, natural, and highly responsive piano playing experience. The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while structural reinforcements within the action assembly ensure greater stability during fortissimo and staccato passages. The ES8 digital piano also features Kawai’s Ivory Touch key surfaces that gently absorb finger moisture to assist the player’s performance, while, let-off simulation recreates the subtle ‘notch’ sensation felt when softly playing the keys of a grand piano, satisfying the expectations of the most discerning pianists.
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, SK-5, and Kawai EX instruments reproduced with Harmonic Imaging XL sound technology
The ES8 digital piano captures the rich, expressive sound of the Kawai SK-EX, SK-5, and EX grand pianos, with all 88 keys of these exceptional instruments meticulously recorded, analysed and faithfully reproduced using Harmonic Imaging™ XL sound technology. This unique process accurately recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, affording pianists an extraordinary level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest, boldest fortissimo. The instrument’s built-in Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of these acoustic piano sounds to be shaped at the touch of a button, with settings to adjust string and damper resonance, in addition to subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. This personalised piano sound is further enhanced with atmospheric reverberation effects, delivering a rich, vibrant piano tone with breathtaking realism and authenticity.
Strong selection of additional instrument sounds
ES8Supplementing the realistic acoustic piano voices, the ES8 digital piano also features a strong selection of additional instrument sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar and church organs, to string, choir, and mallet instruments, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances. Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances for each playing mode can also be adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.
Professional accompaniment styles
Featuring a variety of styles ranging from pop and rock ballads, to jazz-funk, dance, and latin flavours, the Rhythm Section function of the ES8 digital piano provides solo performers with professionally arranged backing accompaniment at the touch of a button. In addition, the 100 preset chord progressions and One Finger Ad-lib™ solo phrases allow musicians to breathe life into their repertoire, while maintaining control over each performance.
USB to Device functionality, with MP3/WAV file recording and playback
ES8The ES8 digital piano is equipped with USB connectors that not only allow the instrument to be connected to a computer for MIDI use, but also to load and save data to USB memory devices directly. This USB to Device feature allows registration memories and songs recorded and stored in internal memory to be saved to USB for posterity, or standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be conveniently played back without additional hardware. 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 favourite songs. It is even possible to save performances as MP3 or WAV files for emailing to friends and family, listening to on a smartphone, or for further editing using an audio workstation.
Wide range of connectivity options
The ES8 digital piano features a variety of standard connectivity options, with Line-level output jacks that allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings such as churches and schools. Standard MIDI and USB to Host connectors ensure flexibility when using computers and other electronic instruments, while the Line-in stereo jack provides a convenient method of mixing in audio from a laptop, tablet, or other digital device.
Optional Accessories
The beautiful HM-4 Design Kit makes the ES8 a stylish digital piano. It contains the stand and the acrylic music rack. In addition this set can be expanded by the 3 pedal unit F-301.

Specifications

Finish: Gloss Black and Snow White.
Dimensions
Width 1362 mm
Height 149 mm
Depth 361 mm
Weight 22.5 kg
Keyboard 88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
Responsive Hammer III (RHIII) action with Let-Off, Triple Sensor, and Counterweights
Sound Source Harmonic Imaging™ XL (HI-XL), 88-key piano sampling
Internal Sounds 34 voices (PIANO1, PIANO2, E.PIANO, ORGAN, HARPSI/MALLETS, STRINGS/CHOIR, BASS)
Polyphony max. 256 notes
Keyboard Modes Dual Mode, Split Mode, Four Hands Mode (Volume/Balance adjustable)
Reverb Type: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Parameters: Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
Effects Type: Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo,
Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary. Combination effects x 4
Parameters: Dry/Wet, Time, Speed, Feedback, High Damp, Depth (Parameters dependent on effect type)
Amp Simulator Type: S.Case I, S.Case II, L.Cabinet
Parameters: Drive, Level, EQ Low, EQ High
Virtual Technician Touch Curve: Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off (Constant), User 1, User 2
Voicing: Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2 , Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2, User 1~4
Resonance, Noise & Effects: Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Key-off Effect, Fall-back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard, Decay Time, Soft Pedal Depth
Temperament: Equal, Pure Major, Pure minor, Pythagorean, Meantone, Werckmeister, Kirnberger, User Temperament, Key of Temperament
Others: Stretch Tuning, Stretch Curve/User Tuning, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Minimum Touch
Internal Recorder 10 song, 2 track recorder – approximately 90,000 note memory capacity
USB Functions Playback: MP3, WAV, SMF
Record: MP3, WAV
Other: Overdub Audio, Convert Song to Audio, Load Internal Song, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Load Registration, Save Registration, Rename File, Delete File, Format USB
Metronome 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 (Volume/Tempo adjustable)
Rhythm Section Styles: 100 rhythms (x 2 variations), 4-part accompaniment, 100 preset chord sequences
Settings: Rhythm Vol., Auto Fill-in, One Finger Ad-lib, ACC Mode, Preset Chord, Rhythm Parts, Bass Inv.
Demo Songs Main demo song, Rhythm Section demo song, 27 sound demo songs
Other Functions Key/Song Transpose, Tone Control (incl. Brilliance, User EQ), Wall EQ, Speaker Volume, Phones Vol., Line Out Vol., Audio Recorder Gain, Tuning, Damper Hold, Four Hands, Startup Setting, Factory Reset, Lower Octave Shift, Lower Pedal On/Off, Split Balance, Layer Octave Shift, Layer Dynamics, Dual Balance, MIDI Channel, Send PGM#, Local Control, Transmit PGM#, Multi-timbral Mode, Channel Mute, Auto Power Off, Speakers On/Off
Display 16 x 2 characters LCD
Jacks MIDI (IN/OUT), USB to Host, USB to Device, LINE IN STEREO, LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), DAMPER (for F-10H), DAMPER/SOFT (for F-20), PEDAL (for F-301), Headphones x 2
Speaker System Speakers: (8 x 12 cm) x 2
Output Power: 15 W x 2
Power Consumption 35 W