Kawai K500AR2 Aures 2 Acoustic Upright Piano Ebony
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The Kawai K500AR2 'Aures' acoustic hybrid piano is an amazing piano made in the Kawai piano factory in Japan. It is a real Kawai K500 acoustic piano with the additional benefit of having a digital piano manufactured into it! This means you can play it as an acoustic piano, or you can use the digital technology built in to access a vast array of sounds and additional features. This piano can be played silently via headphones when using the digital sounds, or it uses the soundboard as the speaker so you can hear them without headphones. You can mix digital sounds with the acoustic piano sound for example, play the acoustic piano as a normal piano, or play with just the digital sounds and adjust the volume too! Using the Kawai 'PianoRemote' & 'AURES Music' apps you can control many aspects of this piano using Bluetooth. It has Bluetooth Audio and MIDI. For example, you can play songs and follow the music, or change sounds, dual or split the keyboard and much more. The Kawai K500 is a high quality acoustic piano, this KawaI 500AR2 Aures is the same quality acoustic piano with a high quality digital piano built in at the same time, making it an extremely versatile piano. I think this is an amazing product and great value.
Graham Blackledge - Rimmers Music
More About The Kawai K500 AR2 Aures
The Kawai K500 AURES-2 upright piano truly completes the divide between the organic expressiveness of an acoustic piano and the convenient, advanced functionality of a digital instrument. Sharing the same digital technology as the popular Kawai ATX4 Anytime silent models, the K500 AURES-2 adds a built-in sound system so that the digital aspects of the instrument can be heard without the requirement of headphones.
Using specially designed transducers, the digital sound is amplified using the natural wood components of the piano's soundboard. This not only allows the piano to be played in 'digital mode', but also gives the opportunity for mixing the digital tones with the pure acoustic voice of the piano. Imagine being able to play the acoustic piano, but hear the beautiful sound of a string orchestra following your every note - you can do it with the K500 AURES-2 piano!
The K500 AURES-2 functions as a standard acoustic piano, and also allows you to plug headphones in for silent practice when required.
Premium Quality Materials & Japanese Craftmanship
Kawai's K500 upright piano is produced in their Hammamatsu factory, where the expert technicians have access to the finest woods and felts, which have been carefully selected for the production of these instruments. The K500 instrument features the exclusive Kawai Millennium III Upright piano Action, made with ABS-Carbon Composites. ABS-Carbon is a very lightweight, but rigid material. This results in a very strong and fast action to give the player more control, power, and better stability than conventional wood actions.
Kawai upright pianos are renowned for having a more slightly mellower tone than other Japanese piano maker’s instruments and are popular with European musicians. Kawai celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2017 and are known as one of the largest piano builders in the World.
Kawai AURES 2 - Combining Digital & Acoustic in one instrument
The new Kawai AURES 2 system offers the specification of a top-range digital instrument with the organic response and touch of an acoustic instrument. The K500 AURES 2 piano can work in four ways to suit your playing style and environment.
Points Of Interest
To switch into 'Anytime' silent mode, simply push the power button, lock the centre pedal into the practice position, put on some headphones, and play! You'll hear the sound of the legendary Shigeru Kawai SK concert grand piano in your ears, but those around you won't hear anything!
The physical components of the AURES-2 system are fitted in Kawai's factory as part of the piano manufacturing process. This is far superior to retro-fitted silencer systems because the cable management, keyboard sensors, hammer stop rail, and electronics are integrated into the design of the instrument and therefore offers the most reliable and accurate method of combining electronic & acoustic piano technologies without compromising the performance of the original instrument.
The control panel located under the left-hand side of the instrument is equipped with dual headphone jacks so that two people can enjoy the AURES-2 piano in 'silent' mode at the same time. There is also an Audio AUX-IN so you can connect an external audio device to the instrument, as well as a LINE OUT jack that allows you to connect the 'digital' sound of the piano to external amplification or other devices. MIDI IN & OUT terminals give the option to expand the sound and functions further by connection to other MIDI-equipped instruments, and there is also a USB connector for connection to computers or smart devices.
Bluetooth + Apps
The Kawai K500 AURES-2 piano offers full Bluetooth MIDI + Audio capability with aptX support, for streaming high-quality audio from your smart device to the piano (this will be heard either through the headphones or the transducers connected to the instrument's soundboard).
There are two apps specifically recommended by Kawai that will help you get the most from your AURES-2 piano - PianoRemote and PiaBookPlayer.
If you want to explore the other voices (there's a total of 90 tones) or record your performance, load up the Kawai PianoRemote App for iOS or Android devices and you'll open up the true power of the AURES-2 system. It's like having a top-of-the-range digital piano hidden inside your acoustic piano. PianoRemote gives you full control over all features of the K500 AURES-2 piano.
The AURES-2 system allows you to play & hear the sound of many World-class pianos through headphones (Kawai SH9 included), or the instrument's own transducer system, including concert grands, upright pianos, studio grands and even a honky-tonk piano. In addition to stunning acoustic piano voices, the AURES-2 features classic electric pianos, organs, harpsichords, strings, choirs, percussion instruments and even some synth pad voices. It's possible to layer any two of these voices together to create classic layered combinations such as piano+strings or organ+choir, or you could split the keyboard in two so that you have a different voice on the left register, to that on the right - for example, acoustic bass in the left hand and piano in the right, to create a jazzy feel.
Enjoy playing the acoustic piano at anytime, without disturbing anyone
AnyTime ATX4 upright and grand piano instruments combine specially developed acoustic muting features with class-leading digital technologies, allowing pianists to enjoy the pleasure of owning and playing a traditional acoustic piano, while also being able to practise discretely at any time using private headphones.
Analogue Action, Digital World
The AnyTime ATX4 hybrid instruments blend Kawai’s masterful acoustic piano craftsmanship with advanced digital piano technologies. Each piano begins with the solid foundation of Kawai’s award-winning upright and grand pianos, offering class-leading features such as the Millennium III action, considered to be the world’s finest upright and grand piano actions.
Equipped with Kawai’s most advanced digital and sound technologies, AnyTime ATX4 instruments are also premium digital pianos that can be played silently with headphones. Players can practice new pieces in silence using a variety of high quality sounds, use the built-in metronome then record their performance, or play along with tracks from a Bluetooth-connected smart device.
All AnyTime ATX4 upright and grand piano instruments incorporate Kawai’s specially developed acoustic muting systems which effectively prevent the action’s hammers from striking the strings, thus silencing the sound of each note when played.
Integrated Hammer Sensing System
The AnyTime ATX4 pianos’ precise hammer movements are measured with Kawai’s Integrated Hammer Sensing System (IHSS), which utilises high-resolution contact-less optical sensors to provide greater accuracy than conventional key-based sensor systems.
This more advanced approach reproduces the mechanical flow of the upright and grand pianos’ actions more closely, allowing the full range of dynamics to be expressed by the instrument’s powerful digital piano sound engine with natural fluency.
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand
The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano was conceived as the next step in evolving the art of the piano. Earning a reputation as the ‘premier piano of Japan,’ it graces the stages of concert halls and musical institutions around the globe, receiving universal acclaim for its exceptional clarity and dynamic range. The SK-EX has frequently been selected by professional pianists at such prestigious events as the Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rubinstein international piano competitions. With its magnificent tone and wonderfully responsive touch, the SK-EX can best be described with one word – incomparable.
Flagship Digital Piano Sound Engine
The AnyTime ATX4 instruments incorporate Kawai’s latest digital piano sound technologies from the highly regarded Concert Artist and Novus product lines. When playing through headphones, pianists can enjoy the beautiful sound of the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano, stunningly reproduced using the advanced SK-EX Rendering sound engine.
The SK-EX Rendering engine’s multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand. This modern technique not only allows a broader range of tonal characteristics to be recorded and reproduced, but also improves the connection felt between the keyboard and piano sound, resulting in a more lively and authentic response to changes in dynamics.
Full Resonance Modelling
This naturally expressive Shigeru Kawai sound is further enriched by resonance algorithms which model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings and various other parts of an acoustic piano. SK-EX Rendering generates resonances for the damper pedal and all 88 keys progressively, allowing the AnyTime ATX4’s digital piano sound to behave just like an acoustic piano.
Rich sound selection
Supplementing the beautiful acoustic piano voices, the AnyTime ATX4 pianos digital sound engine also features an excellent selection of additional instruments, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar or church organs, to strings, human choirs, and synth pads, 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 for a richer, more luscious tone, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections with separate sounds for each. The volume balances and other settings for each playing mode can also be easily adjusted using the dedicated PianoRemote app.
Modern Bluetooth Connectivity
Designed to meet the connectivity needs of modern pianists, AnyTime ATX4 pianos feature standard USB and MIDI jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, as well as Bluetooth® MIDI and Audio technology that allows wireless communication with supported smart devices. Once paired to a phone, tablet, or laptop, AnyTime ATX4 owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their studying and playing experiences, or stream high quality audio directly through the instruments’ headphones without the need for any cables.
PianoRemote Control App
The digital features of AnyTime ATX4 pianos are exclusively controlled via the dedicated Kawai PianoRemote app, available for both iOS and Android devices.
PianoRemote provides a range of functions, including sound selection and customisation via the Virtual Technician feature, performance record and playback with integrated metronome, and a built-in piano music library consisting of hundreds of classical pieces to enjoy – all accessible from an attractive, intuitive user interface.
Excellent Headphone Sound Quality
The AnyTime ATX4 pianos’ Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument’s digital piano sound when listening through headphones or earphones. The player can select one of three different acoustic presets that adjust the spatial positioning of the sound, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when using earphones or headphones for extended periods of time.
In addition to featuring a premium quality headphone amplifier, AnyTime ATX4 instruments also allow players to specify the type of headphones connected (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) to ensure an optimal listening experience.
Action: Millenium III
Key Surface: NEOTEX
Hammer Core: Mahogany
Hammer Felt: With Underfelt
ATX Anytime Silent System/AuresAR2
Sounds: 90 Sounds Including Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand, SK-5
Virtual Technician: Allows you to edit aspects of the piano sounds to your personal requirements
Keyboard Modes : Dual, Split, 4Hands Modes
Registration Settings: 100 Favorite Memories
Record & Playback: MP3, WAV & Midi Format
Rhythms & Metronome: Metronome | 100 Drum Beats
Connections: MIDI In & OUT | USB Type A | USB Type B | 2x Headphone Connection |AUX In Mini Jack | Aux Out L+R
Bluetooth: Yes Audio & MIDI
Max. String Length: 1230mm
Sound Board Material: Solid Spruce, Tapered
Sound Board Size: 1,45m²
Back Posts: 5
Duplex Scale: no
Key Lid: Softfall
Casters: Double, Brass
Pedals: Soft, Muffler, Damper
Tone Spreader: Yes
Dimensions: Height: 130cm | Width: 150cm | Depth: 62cm
Cabinet Finish: Black Polish
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