Casio to Release Upgraded CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Digital Pianos That Deliver Even More Expressive Power

Rich, Deep Bass Tones and Wide-Ranging Expressivity from Pianissimo to Fortissimo;
Sound Developed in Collaboration with C. Bechstein, World-Class Piano Maker

September 3, 2019

GP-510BP
GP-510BP

Tokyo, September 3, 2019 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today that it will release two new digital pianos in the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid lineup—the GP-510 and GP-310. Both new instruments combine the advantages of digital and acoustic pianos, providing robust bass tones that make for more powerful and dynamic performance while delivering the playability of a grand piano.

In 2015, Casio introduced the CELVIANO Grand Hybrid lineup with the release of the GP-500 and GP-300 digital pianos, which delivered an experience like that of a grand piano, including the tone, keys, and playing comfort. Casio developed the AiR Grand Sound Source, which recreates the beautiful tone and rich resonance of a grand piano, and provided the sound profiles of three historic grand piano styles—the Berlin Grand, Hamburg Grand, and Vienna Grand. Among these, the Berlin Grand sound was developed in collaboration with C. Bechstein, a piano maker with a history of over 160 years. Its transparent and elegant tone is popular with many pianists around the world.

The new GP-510 and GP-310 are built with an enhanced sound source and audio system to support improved performance. The updated AiR Grand Sound Source even more precisely analyzes changes in volume and tone characteristics from pianissimo to fortissimo, delivering a smoother and more natural playing comfort even closer to that of a grand piano. The upgraded Grand Acoustic System, which faithfully represents the way grand piano sound emanates from above and below the soundboard, features improved downward-facing speakers, delivering dynamic expression from rich, deep bass tones to dazzling mids and highs.

Like the GP-500 and GP-300, the new models employ the Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard. It combines spruce wooden key material as used in C. Bechstein grand pianos and an action mechanism that delivers the ideal hammer movement, a factor which has a major impact on the playing response of a grand piano.

Casio also announced today the release of the CELVIANO AP-710, which features the AiR Grand Sound Source.

Model
AiR Grand
Sound Source
Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard
Grand Acoustic System
Finish
GP-510BP
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polished black finish
GP-310BK
Yes
Yes
Yes
Satin black finish
GP-310WE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Natural White Wood finish
AP-710BK
Yes
Satin black finish

Main Features of the GP-510, GP-310 and AP-710

Thoroughly refined sound and resonance reminiscent of a grand piano

■ AiR Grand Sound Source realizes three different historic grand piano sound profiles

Multi-dimensional Morphing smoothly transforms sound waves and realizes tonal changes based on both time passage and intensity. Even during a gradual crescendo from pianissimo to fortissimo, the technology allows even and natural changes in tone color.

Moreover, the String Resonance System, designed to deliver the string resonance of a grand piano, controls the amount and combination of resonance according to the playing situation. By producing resonance that fits each of the 88 keys, the technology enables natural and comfortable performance.

By combining these two technologies, the new models each offer the sounds of three grand piano styles. The Berlin Grand is known for its elegant clear sound and resonance, which gives each performance a rich, lyrical melodic color, while the Hamburg Grand delivers gorgeous power and strength with plenteous string resonance. The Vienna Grand offers deep, calm bass along with a soft and beautiful sound.

■ Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard enables even more delicate expression (GP-510 and GP-310)

The GP-510 and GP-310 feature keys made from high-quality spruce, which is also used in grand piano keyboards. The keys are also finished in the same way as on a grand piano. Since this makes them more familiar to the pianist, fingers are less likely to slip or fatigue. The new models also boast a unique action mechanism that delivers the right hammer movement, which has a big impact on the playing response of a grand piano. The mechanism conveys delicate finger nuances more accurately, and enables dynamic touch to translate directly into expressive power.

■ Grand Acoustic System generates a space of three-dimensional sound (GP-510 and GP-310)

The Grand Acoustic System not only faithfully represents the way grand piano sound emanates from above and below the soundboard, but also, thanks to careful positioning of six speakers and the creation of sound pathways, delivers three-dimensional sound with tonal elongation, expansion and depth. Casio also improved the downward-facing speakers, delivering dynamic expression from rich, deep bass tones to dazzling mids and highs.

Special playing experience for a digital piano

■ Scene feature enables pieces to be played with the optimal sound (GP-510)

The Scene feature consists of 15 preset types for different composers such as Chopin and Liszt, as well as musical genres such as jazz and easy listening. The presets combine the best optimal tones, reverberation, and effects for the type of piece being played. Users can also create and save their own presets.

■ Concert Play offers an experience like playing with an orchestra

The spectacular sound of a live orchestra is recorded in a high-quality digital format. By playing the piano together with the recorded orchestra, users can enjoy the feeling of performing at an orchestral concert. The technology can also be used in practice, as it allows the tempo to be slowed, and also features rewind, fast forward, and repeat playback of A-B sections.

■ Hall Simulator provides the experience of performing in a special venue such as a concert hall

The Hall Simulator allows the pianist to enjoy the immersive sound found in different types of venues such as an Amsterdam church or a classical concert hall in Berlin. It also enables users to switch between the Player’s Position, which provides a sense of playing a real grand piano, and three types of Listener’s Position, which gives the pianist the effect of listening to the performance from the audience.

【C. Bechstein】

Since Carl Bechstein founded the Pianoforte production facility in Berlin in 1853, the name Bechstein has stood for the highest class of upright and grand pianos. C. Bechstein pianos have been appreciated by many famous composers and artists for their finest quality of sound and touch for many years. In the 21st century, C. Bechstein is still recognized as one of the world’s leading piano manufacturers.

CELVIANO Grand Hybrid 『GP-510BP』
CELVIANO Grand Hybrid 『GP-310BK』
CELVIANO Grand Hybrid 『GP-310WE』
CELVIANO 『AP-710BK』

Specifications

Model
GP-510
GP-310
AP-710
Keyboard
Number of Sensors
3
Hammer Action
Natural Grand Hammer Action
Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II
Key Surface Finish
Same finish as used for popular grand pianos
Simulated ebony and ivory keys
Touch Sensitivity
5 sensitivity levels, off
3 sensitivity levels, off
Sound Source
 
AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator) Grand Sound Source
Max. Polyphony
256
Tones
Number of Built-in Tones
35
26
Number of Direct Tone Select Buttons
3
8
Duet Mode/Layer/Split/Octave Shift
Yes
Acoustic Simulator
Hammer Response
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Damper Resonance
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
String Resonance
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Aliquot Resonance
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Open String Resonance
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Lid Simulator
Yes (4 levels)
Key Off Simulator
Yes
Damper Noise
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Pedal Action Noise
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Key On Action Noise
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Key Off Action Noise
Yes (Off, 10 levels)
Digital Effects
Hall Simulator
Off, 12 types × 4 positions
Off, 6 types × 4 positions
Chorus
Off, 4 types
Brilliance
Yes (-3 to 0 to +3)
DSP
Yes (Preset for some tones)
Transpose
Yes (-12 semitones to 0 to +12 semitones)
Tuning Control
A4=415.5 Hz to 440.0 Hz to 465.9 Hz (0.1 Hz units)
Temperament
Equal temperaments plus 16 others
Music Library
Number of Preset Songs
60
User Songs
10
Capacity for User Songs
Approx. 900 KB (Up to approx. 90 KB/song)
Concert Play
15 Songs
Demo Songs
6 (Tone Demo)
Metronome
Yes
Scene
Yes (15 Presets + 10 user settings)
MIDI Recorder
Yes (Real Time Rec, 5000 notes)
Audio Recording/Playback
Max. 99 songs, approximately 25 min/song
(to USB flash drive, 16 bit, 44.1 kHz Stereo WAV format)
Operation Lock
Yes
Pedals
 
3 built-in pedals (damper, soft, sostenuto)
Half-Damper Pedal Operation
Yes (Continuous)
Half Pedal Position
Yes (-2 to 0 to +2)
Display
Full-dot LCD with backlight
Terminals
USB port (to Host)
Yes
USB flash drive port
MIDI IN/OUT
PHONES
2 (Stereo standard jack)
LINE IN/LINE OUT
2 (L/mono, R), Standard jack
Top Board Open/Close
Yes
Grand Acoustic System
Yes
Headphone Mode
Yes
Volume Sync EQ
Yes
Speakers
16 cm × 2 + (10 cm + 5 cm) × 2
3-Way, 6 Speakers
12 cm × 4.5 cm × 2
2-Way, 6 Speakers
Amplifiers
30W × 2 + 20W × 2
30W + 30W
Power Supply
AC adapter: AD-E24500LW
Auto Power Off
Yes
Included Accessories
Score stand, score book, AC adapter (AD-E24500LW), headphone hook
Size (Without Score Stand)
1,434 × 489 × 963 mm
1,377 × 427 × 911 mm
Weight
78.5 kg
48.0 kg
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