Yamaha GB1K SC2 Silent Grand Piano Polished Ebony
The GB1k is Yamaha's smallest and most affordable grand piano. The GB1k is a popular instrument for pianists who want the beauty of a grand piano in their home with the confidence that they are investing in a premium branded instrument.
This particular model is the GB1KSC2 Silent Piano. The Yamaha Silent range of pianos are the same as traditional acoustic pianos, but with the added versatility of digital technology. This digital technology allows you to practice 'silently' using headphones without disturbing others in the household.
Dimensions & Weight
Why Buy A Silent Piano Instead Of A 'Normal' Piano?
The Yamaha GB1K SC2 Silent piano is exactly the same as its standard acoustic counterpart, but with the convenience of digital technology when you need it. The touch, feel and response is the same as a normal acoustic piano when in standard acoustic mode. When you play using headphones, the hammers are prevented from hitting the strings and the digital sound is activated which the player can hear using headphones.
Silent Pianos were first launched by Yamaha in 1993 and the digital technology and key sensors have been constantly improved. The latest SC2 models feature the digital sound of two concert grand pianos, use grayscale technology to maintain keyboard feel, and are compatible with mobile devices and the latest music making Apps.
Play The Sound Of Two World-Class Concert Grands
The Yamaha GB1K SC2 Silent Piano System features the voices of both Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand pianos. Each of the 88 keys of these two distinctly different instruments has been recorded (sampled) individually. When using headphones, the player will experience playing each of these grand pianos with the very best clarity and response possible. The CFX is a bold, bright piano, ideal for popular, jazz and light classics, whilst the Bosendorfer Imperial has a more 'European' rounded, mellow voice and is ideal for delicate classics or a full blown concert performance.
Other Instrument Voices
The Yamaha GB1K SC2 silent piano features a total of 10 instrument voices including electric pianos, harpsichords, organs, strings choir and synth pad. These are all useful voices for the modern musician and allows you to find the perfect voice for your style of performance.
The Touch Of A Standard Acoustic Piano
The Yamaha GB1K SC2 SIlent piano uses an exclusive continuous-detection grayscale shutter key sensor. These are fitted under every one of the 88 keys to detect movement, and these sensors do not actually touch the keys, to the player will not feel any discernible difference between a standard acoustic piano and a Yamaha silent piano.
Enhanced headphone output with Binaural sampling (CFX voice only)
The CFX piano sound uses bi-naural sampling technology when played through headphones - this gives a surround sound type experience when using standard hifi headphones.
Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
When using the Yamaha GB1K SC2 piano in 'silent' mode, Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) calculates the string and damper resonance in realtime to give the most authentic, life-like playing experience even when using headphones.
Smart Pianist App
Yamaha's Smart Pianist App is a free download which allows you to access popular functions such as voice selection, metronome settings, or even display musical scores using your smart devices such as tablets & smartphones. The UD-WL01 Wireless Lan adaptor (sold separately) is required to connect Smart Pianist over a wireless network.
Simplistic Control Panel Design
In order to maintain the traditional look of a beautiful acoustic piano, the control panel on the Yamaha GB1K SC2 silent piano is simple and unobtrusive. Operation of the silent system is user-friendly.
USB to HOST with Audio Streaming
The Yamaha GB1K SC2 silent piano is fitted with a USB to HOST socket which allows you to record high quality audio to an external computer or other device without needing an additional USB audio interface.
AUX In Connection
The AUX IN Connection on the Yamaha GB1K SC2 silent piano enables you to listen to or play along with the sound from external audio devices such as smartphone, computers or tablets.
Built-In Recording Feature
The built-in song recorder is can be used to capture your performance or as a useful tool for practicing difficult pieces. One song can be saved to the internal memory of the piano, but this capacity can be increased by plugging in a commercially available USB memory stick so that the total number of saved songs is virtually limitless.
There is a built-in metronome that can be used with headphones for practice purposes.
AC adaptor*, power cord*, headphones, headphone hanger, attachment screws for headphone hanger, Owner's Manual
USB wireless LAN adaptor (UD-WL01), wireless MIDI adaptor (UD-BT01)
Why Buy A Silent Piano Instead Of A Digital Piano?
Modern digital pianos have advanced tremendously in recent times, but nothing beats the keyboard response of a true acoustic piano. A silent piano offers a true acoustic piano experience, with a digital sound available for when you need it. The difference is that when playing using the digital sound, you have the same keyboard feel & touch as an acoustic piano.
Only higher priced hybrid digital pianos offer a similar keyboard performance to that of a Silent Piano. If you are looking at purchasing a high-end digital piano, then we would recommend that you also consider a silent acoustic piano.