Casio introduces four new digital pianos
Unveiled at this year’s NAMM Show, Celviano and Privia models offer Concert Play, Hall Simulator and Casio’s proprietary AiR technology
his week’s NAMM 2015 Conference in Anaheim saw electronics behemoth Casio announce the addition of four new models to its Celviano and Privia digital piano lines. The Celviano AP-260 and AP-460, and the Privia PX-760 and PX-860, offer a number of new features including a Hall Simulator and Concert Play.
“Casio is known for providing the authentic sound and feel of a grand piano in a digital instrument, and we’ve continued that tradition with our latest Celviano and Privia pianos,” commented Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “Whether music enthusiasts are looking for a highly portable Privia digital piano or the elegant look and feel of the Celviano, Casio’s latest models deliver an unmatched realism that users will appreciate and love.”
These latest models come equipped with new modes and features, including Concert Play which allows musicians to play along to 10 classical pieces and, for each of these 10 pieces, recordings of a symphony orchestra are included and users can select to hear them with or without the piano part.
In addition, new stereo string ensemble tones were developed for this new line of digital pianos – the sounds can be played individually or layered with Casio’s Concert Grand Piano sounds. There are also new electric piano sounds derived from the Privia PX-5S Stage Piano, and new models also include a new digital effects system called Hall Simulator with presets such as Dutch Reformed Church, Berlin Hall Philharmonic and the French Cathedral in Berlin.
The new Celviano and Privia models also benefit from Casio’s proprietary AiR technology which provides damper resonance, to enhance the sounds of the dampers lifting off the strings when pushing on the sustain petal. Casio’s AiR technology also compensates for the speed at which hammers strike strings at different velocities and key ranges.
Recommended retail prices are expected to be: AP-260 – $1,499.99 (approx. £1,000), AP-460 – $1,899.99 (approx. £1,267), PX-760 – $1,099.99 (approx. £733) and PX-860 – $1,499.99 (approx. £1,000). For additional information, visit www.casiomusicgear.com