Kawai Digital Piano CA58
The CA58 is the latest Kawai digital piano to utilise the brand new Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action. As its name suggest, the GF Compact action has been designed to reproduce the authentic touch weight characteristics of the industry-leading Grand Feel keyboard actions, within a smaller form factor.
■ Class-leading Grand Feel Compact wooden-key keyboard action
■ Ivory Touch key surfaces, triple sensor, let-off, counterweights
■ Harmonic Imaging XL sound engine with 88-key sampling
■ Shigeru Kawai SK-EX & Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds
■ Powerful four speaker, 100 W output system
■ Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
■ MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
■ Built-in classical etudes and Alfred lesson books
■ Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
■ Premium quality cabinet design with cheekblock control panel
The new action retains the long wooden keysticks used for all 88 black and white keys, and the familiar ‘seasaw’ mechanism employed by acoustic grand piano actions for centuries. However, despite its smaller unit size, GF Compact features an extended key pivot length, providing a more consistent touch weight when playing towards the rear of the keyboard. This crucial detail ensures the CA58 delivers the most realistic playing experience in its class, even the venerable RM3 Grand actions utilised by some of Kawai’s best-selling Concert Artist models.
n addition to grade-weighted hammers, the Grand Feel Compact keyboard action also features counterweights attached towards the front of the bass keys.
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.
The Grand Feel Compact keyboard action utilises an accurate triple-sensor key detection system for enhanced playing realism.
The added third sensor improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly, and unlike conventional two sensor keyboard actions found in many digital pianos, allows the sound of a single note to be gradually ‘layered’ without the previous tone being lost.
In addition, Kawai’s action technology also monitors the speed at which each key is lifted, influencing the release character of piano sounds, and providing a greater range of expression between staccato and legato playing.
The impressive CA58 features Kawai’s highly regarded Ivory Touch key surfaces as standard. This finely textured material gently absorbs fingertip perspiration and oils to assist playing control, and possesses a natural, matte finish that is smooth but not slippery.
Furthermore, this moisture is absorbed without dirt or grease permeating the surface, allowing the keytops to be wiped clean easily using just a damp cloth.
As the most authentic digital piano keyboard action in its class, Grand Feel Compact even reproduces the ‘let-off’ characteristic of acoustic piano actions.
This subtle ‘notch’ sensation can be felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very gently, and may be used by experienced pianists to aid control when playing pianissimo passages.
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 CA58 captures the magnificent tone of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano. This peerless instrument is hand-built by Master Piano Artisans at the Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, and widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in its class.
In addition, the CA58 also features the distinctive sound of Kawai’s highly acclaimed EX concert grand piano, which has been selected by professional pianists in such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions, among others.
Both the SK-EX and EX are faithfully reproduced with full 88-key sampling using advanced Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology, to establish a new standard in digital piano tonal quality, and allow musicians to appreciate the contrasting properties of each.
The rich, expressive sound of the SK-EX and EX concert grand pianos is at the heart of the CA58, with all eighty-eight keys of these world-class instruments painstakingly recorded, meticulously analysed, and accurately reproduced as high-fidelity digital waveforms.
Recording each key individually in this way – as opposed to stretching the same tone over several different notes – preserves the grand pianos’ unique harmonic character, and guarantees that the sound heard when playing any one of the CA58’s wooden keys is a faithful representation of the original acoustic source.
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 volumes, ranging from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo.
The CA58 offers a highly detailed acoustic portrait, employing Kawai’s proprietary Harmonic Imaging XL sampling technology to ensure smooth tonal transitions across the keyboard and throughout the entire dynamic range.
Taking full advantage of its expanded sample memory, the CA78’s Harmonic Imaging XL standard extends the important attack portion of the piano sound by up to 120%, articulating the natural detail and resonance characteristics of each note more clearly, and improving the instrument’s organic tonal quality.
The knowledge and skill of an experienced piano technician is essential to bring out the best of a fine acoustic piano. In addition to tuning each note, the technician also performs numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing.
The CA58’s powerful Virtual Technician function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their personal preferences.
Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, damper, and cabinet resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.
The CA58’s powerful digital effects engine enhances the instrument’s superior core sounds, applying additional layers of detail and realism that bring performances to life.
Studio-quality reverb allows pianists to position themselves within one of six acoustic environments, ranging from a small practise room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Unrivalled in its price range, the CA58 features a powerful 100W, 4-speaker output system designed to reproduce the harmonic spectrum of an acoustic piano.
Lower-range frequencies are delivered through the underside of the instrument, while mid and high frequencies are projected outward via top-mounted speakers, resulting in an expansive tone that closely mirrors the sound projection of a grand piano.
Keyboard ・ Grand Feel Compact action - 88 wooden keys - Grade-weighted hammers - Ivory Touch white key surfaces - Let-off simulation - Triple sensor key detection - Bass region counterweights Pedal ・ Grand Feel Pedal System - Damper (with half-pedal support) - Soft - Sostenuto Piano Sound ・ Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL) - 88-key stereo sampling - SK-EX, EX recording - 256 note maximum polyphony Piano Resonance ・ Acoustic Rendering - Damper Resonance - String Resonance - Undamped String Resonance - Cabinet Resonance Piano Adjustment ・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) No. of Sounds 42 voices Reverb 6 types Brilliance Other Effects 24 types Speakers 13 cm x 2 (8 x 12) cm x 2 Output Power 100 W (50 W x 2) Headphone Enhancements Spatial Headphone Sound Headphone Type Display 128 x 64 pixel LCD with backlight Key Cover Sliding type Music Rest Collapsible type (3 angle adjustability) Dimensions Width 145.5 cm Depth 45.5 cm Height 92.5 cm (not including music rest) Weight 73.0 kg Available Finishes Premium Satin Black (CA58B) Premium Satin White (CA58W) Premium Rosewood (CA58R) Basic Functions Dual Split Four Hands Transpose Tuning Registration Startup Setting Internal Songs Sound Demo 32 songs Piano Music 29/42 songs * Concert Magic 179 songs Lesson Songs Burgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100) Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849) Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139) Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101) J.S. Bach: Inventionen Sonatinen Album 1 Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series) Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1 Internal Recorder Total Memory approximately 90,000 notes No. of Songs 10 songs Parts 2 parts Metronome Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8 Drum Rhythms 100 patterns Bluetooth Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible) Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant USB Audio Recorder Record/Playback MP3 WAV SMF Other Functions Overdubbing Line In recording App Functions Virtual Technician app (iPad), Sound Museum app (iPhone/iPad) Connector Jacks Headphone 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks MIDI MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Bluetooth MIDI Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced] Line In 1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced] USB to Host USB to Device>