GB1K SC3 SILENT Piano™
SILENT pianos are genuine acoustic pianos equipped with Yamaha’s advanced silencing technology. When the keys are played in SILENT Mode, the hammers are stopped immediately before striking the strings so that the piano itself generates no sound. Sensors installed below the keys decipher how the keys are played and relay the data to the digital tone generator, which generates sampled sounds that can be heard through a pair of headphones. By allowing players to play a true acoustic piano sound under normal circumstances, or to put on headphones and play in SILENT Mode to avoid disturbing others, SILENT Piano™ makes any time a good time to sit down at the piano.
This piano is a full acoustic piano and can be played as a normal acoustic piano, then switch to Silent Mode. Wear a pair of good quality Yamaha headphones that are included, to listen to Yamahas CFX Concert Grand Piano or the Bösendorfer with Yamaha’s specialised Binaural Sampling and Virtual Resonance Modelling. The Silent System is fully compatible with apps on your tablet device, use Yamaha Smart Pianist to control the piano. Bluetooth Audio/Midi connectivity or even plug in a USB for recording. The accuracy of the Articulation Sensor System can be used also for the most precise recording it is the most accurate digital conversion reading you can get on the market today.
The GB1K, Yamaha’s most compact grand, is a popular choice for locations where space is relatively limited, providing a full, resonant tone comparable to that of many substantially larger models.
The frame in a piano must be able to withstand a total string tension in excess of twenty tons; not only does the frame work to support the string tension, but it has a profound effect on the instrument’s sound. Yamaha makes its own frames, relying on a method of casting referred to as “vacuum process,” the world’s first such technique developed over many years in creating some of the best piano frames. During this time we have built up a storehouse of knowledge on factors such as the manner in which controlling the temperature and composition of casting, and even the coating used on the frame itself, affects the acoustic characteristics of the piano. This is a major reason that Yamaha is able to ensure reliable quality when crafting our pianos.
Seasoned for Destination
Yamaha specifically seasons every piano for its destination. The tuning stability, finish and overall musical integrity are enhanced over the long life expected of a fine piano.
LID PROP SAFETY CATCH
The GB1K is equipped with a lid prop stopper to prevent your fingers from being caught when the piano lid closes unexpectedly.
The fallboard is fitted with a soft-landing mechanism, freeing you from the worry of it shutting on your fingers unexpectedly.
Articulation Sensor System.
SILENT pianos feature Yamaha’s newly developed Articulation Sensor System, which accurately interprets how actual pianos respond to the movements of pianists’ fingers, which are relayed from the keys through the action, causing the hammers to strike the strings. With Yamaha’s proprietary algorithm, the system delivers high-precision simulations of the movements of the hammers at the moment they strike the strings, reproducing every piano sound exactly the way the player intended. These sensors are non-contact, so they do not impact the feel of the piano.
Grand pianos feature sensors on the hammers for more accurately detecting and deciphering a wider range of key motion (e.g., slow keystrokes, quick trills) when the hammers actually strike the strings. Like the key sensors, the hammer sensors are non-contact, so they do not impact the touch of the piano.
Grand Expression Modeling.
Grand Expression Modelling is a new feature that faithfully reproduces the tonal variation originating from the inner workings of the piano, such as the way the hammers strike and the dampers contact the strings in response to the player’s touch. This feature detects the force and acceleration of the keystrokes and changes the audio output accordingly in real time, providing the player with the ability to explore subtle tonal nuances, even in TransAcoustic™ or SILENT mode.
Voices of Yamaha and Bösendorfer grands.
Introducing two newly sampled concert grand piano voices from Yamaha and Bösendorfer, both popular choices in concert halls around the world. First is the CFX, Yamaha’s flagship concert grand piano, which has earned high acclaim among the world’s most renowned pianists for its robust, resplendent, richly expressive tone. Second is the Imperial from Bösendorfer, a time-honored Viennese piano brand with a passionate following. The Imperial is known for its abundance of color and natural, warm feeling. Yamaha faithfully reproduces the unique characteristics of these concert grand pianos by carefully recording the entire tonal range of each of the 88 keys, making minute adjustments to capture the most harmonious tones each piano has to offer. These two world-renowned concert grand pianos are joined by a long list of other voices, including Electric Piano, Harpsichord, and Organ.
Virtual Resonance Modeling.
One of the great allures of the grand piano is the sympathetic resonance created by the vibration of the entire instrument. Yamaha’s further advanced Virtual Resonance Modeling technology elaborately reproduces this rich sympathetic resonance*. This technology makes it possible to create richly varied tones by adding sympathetic tones that correspond to the timing and intensity of keystrokes and pedaling to the complex, varied sympathetic tones created when the vibrations of the strings are propagated to other strings and the soundboard. Virtual Resonance Modeling even replicates the sounds the dampers make when they are lifted off the strings, along with the resonance of the aliquot stringing, strings, soundboard, and case. Experience the deep, dynamic resonance that originates from the case of the piano.
*Only when the instrument is in Quiet Mode.
Binaural sampling creates the ambience and full, natural resonance of acoustic pianos*, making pianists feel as though they are sitting at a grand piano. Binaural sampling is a method of sampling in which special microphones are placed on a mannequin’s head in the same positions as the pianist’s ears to capture piano sounds the way that they are experienced in reality. Sounds based on binaural sampling deliver an experience so natural that pianists forget they are wearing headphones, no matter how long they continue to play. On these pianos, binaural sampling was used for the Bösendorfer Imperial as well as the Yamaha CFX.
*Only when the instrument is in Quiet Mode.
Quick Escape System.
Each TA3, SH3 and SC3 grand piano model is equipped with Yamaha’s Quick Escape System to fully preserve the excellent playability and musical expressiveness demanded of grand pianos, even when playing in TransAcoustic™ or SILENT mode. When the hammers strike the strings, the system optimizes the distance between the hammers and strings to deliver the best feel, whether the piano is in acoustic mode, or one of the other modes.
Add pizazz to your playing.
Equipped with 20 different rhythm types that provide automatic accompaniment with drums and bass.
Two Recording Functions.
[Built-in recording function for checking immediately after playing]
Equipped with a built-in recording function for recording at the touch of a button.
[USB flash drive recording to data for computer playback]
A function for recording to a USB flash drive. This function creates audio files that can be saved or played back on computers or burned onto CDs. Recordings are saved in WAV format.
As Yamaha’s most compact grand piano, the GB1K puts the unmistakably grand sound in more places and within the reach of more people than ever before.
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 146 x 99 x 151 cm (57″ x 39″ x 5′)
- Weight: 261 kg (574 lbs)