A hybrid instrument that delivers the true grand piano experience
Combining Kawai’s finest Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action and real damper mechanism, with the latest SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine and premium amplification technologies powered by audio specialists Onkyo, the NOVUS NV10 delivers the most realistic grand piano playing experience ever accomplished by a digital instrument.
■ Peerless Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action
■ Unique real grand piano damper mechanism
■ SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine with multi-channel sampling
■ Premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo
■ High-fidelity 7-speaker delivery system for enhanced depth
■ Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio wireless technology
■ Modern 5″ LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
■ Flexible Virtual Technician function with 19 adjustable parameters
■ MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
■ Stunning ebony polish cabinet with Soft Fall fallboard system
No. of Sounds
Millennium III Hybrid grand piano action
- 88 wooden keys
- 88-key graded ABS hammers
- IHSS contact-less optical sensors
- Damper mechanism
- Damper (with half-pedal support)
・ Pianist mode: SK-EX Rendering
- 88-key multi-channel sampling
- SK-EX recording
・ Sound mode: Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)
- 88-key stereo sampling
- SK-EX, SK-5, EX recording
256 note maximum polyphony
・ Pianist mode: Resonance Modelling
- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Undamped String Resonance
- Aliquot Resonance
・ Sound mode: Acoustic Rendering
- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Undamped String Resonance
- Cabinet Resonance
・Virtual Technician (19 parameters)
- Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)- Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)- Damper Resonance- Damper Noise- String Resonance- Undamped String Resonance- Cabinet Resonance- Key-off Effect- Fall-back Noise- Hammer Delay- Topboard Simulation- Decay Time- Minimum Touch- Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)- Temperament (incl. User Temperament)- Temperament Key- Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)- Half-Pedal Adjust- Soft Pedal Depth
・Virtual Technician Smart Mode (10 presets)
Pianist mode: 10 rendering characters
Sound mode: 88 voices
Pianist mode: Ambience (10 types)
Sound mode: Reverb (6 types)
10 cm x 4 (top speakers), 1.4 cm x 2 (dome tweeters), 16 cm x 1 (woofer)
5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Grand piano fallboard with Soft Fall system
Collapsible type (6 angle adjustability)
148 cm x 64.5 cm x 92.5 cm (not including music rest)
Dual, Split, Four Hands, Transpose, Tuning, Favorite
Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio
Headphone1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
MIDIMIDI IN, MIDI OUT
Line Out1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
Millennium III Hybrid grand piano keyboard action, with optical hammer sensing system
The NOVUS NV10 is the first digital instrument to incorporate Kawai’s leading acoustic grand piano keyboard action technology, renowned for the pioneering use of extended spruce key sticks and innovative ABS Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, and more dimensionally stable than conventional wooden parts.
The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid keyboard action utilised by the NV10 replaces traditional felt hammers with modern ABS equivalents that are individual graded in weight from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, accurately reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.
In addition to featuring a full acoustic grand piano keyboard action, the NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism. While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also mechanically easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed – an important acoustic piano characteristic that, until now, has been overlooked.
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano reproduced with new SK-EX Rendering sound technology
The magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano is at the heart of the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano. Widely regarded 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 tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.
In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering – a brand new piano sound engine that blends multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology. Multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, allowing a broader range of tonal characteristics to be reproduced, and providing a more lively, authentic response to changes in dynamics. This naturally expressive sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, dampers, and various other parts of an acoustic piano, giving players the impression that they’re sitting at a living, breathing instrument.
Premium audio processing, amplification, and speaker technology – powered by Onkyo
Developed in collaboration with Onkyo, one of Japan’s leading premium audio equipment manufacturers, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is one of the first Kawai musical instruments to utilise specialist components designed for high-end audio reproduction. With state of the art technologies such as 1-bit DSD processing, dual DAC signal conversion, and Onkyo’s exclusive DIDRC circuitry, the NOVUS’ optimised power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning richness and clarity.
This high fidelity sound is delivered using a custom 7-speaker output system, designed to reproduced the three dimensional sound field of an acoustic grand piano. Lower-range bass frequencies are transmitted with power and precision from the underside of the NOVUS via a large woofer, while higher frequencies are projected outward using four top-facing speakers. These mid-range units are calibrated to expand the depth of sound beyond the instrument, thus recreating the length of a grand piano, while still providing a feeling of proximity and presence for the player. Finally, two dome tweeters placed behind the upper board ensure crisp, clear treble frequencies, allowing the authentic resonances generated by the SK-EX Renderingsound engine to sparkle and shimmer like an acoustic instrument.
The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also incorporate Onkyo’s brand new high-performance Discrete SpectraModule™ headphone amplifier, which combines with Kawai’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology to guarantee the finest quality and most engaging listening experience, even when playing in privacy.
Integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio connectivity
In addition to standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once paired to a phone, tablet, or laptop, NOVUS owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instrument’s premium amplifier and speaker system without the need to connect any cables.
Full-colour touchscreen display for intuitive, button-less operation
The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano is the first instrument of its kind to feature a full-colour 5″ touchscreen display. Discreetly embedded within the left cheekblock, this high resolution touchscreen allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger. The screen can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the instrument’s acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimising any visual distraction to the performer.