Yamaha CLP-785 Features
A Piano plus so much more…
The Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano is the Flag Ship Model in the CLP Clavinova Series. This instrument is first and foremost a dedicated piano.
GrandTouch-S Wooden Key Digital Piano Action
Eighty Eight individually weighted and graded keys with the New Yamaha GrandTouch – S Digital Piano Action gives the piano player a seamless playing experience. Synthetic key tops are on every Natural and Sharp key to give a concert quality tactile feel to the pianos action. The Artist can feel the music with the addition of the solid wood key shank as it reverberates like a real piano key!
Towards the end of the keystroke you will feel the key “Let off” or the Escapement. This is done to mimic an acoustic piano action when the hammer is released from the players control before it strikes the string to prevent damage to the piano action mechanism.
Leverage your Playing
In order to reproduce the touch of a Grand Piano, the Yamaha Grandtouch action on the CLP-785 features the same back key support length as a Yamaha S3x 6’1″ Premium grand pianos action. This added back key length allows the player to have more control of the keys when playing closer to the pianos fallboard or deeper into the keys.
The added Fulcrum allows the musician more leverage for greater control and ultimately greater musical expression while playing the CLP-785. This is a major advancement in digital piano action and is the longest support length found on any Yamaha digital piano to date.
Full Key Board Linear Graded Hammers and Key Counterweights
The Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano is the first digital piano to feature 88 individually weighted keys. Each note on the keyboard is weighted specifically for that key in its relation to the keyboard.
The Bass is heavier to the left and the treble notes are lighter to the right.
Counterweights have been implanted into to each individual note to give precise control while playing soft and quiet passages of music, to balance the weight of teach hammer & to offer a better key return while playing faster.
The GP Response Sustain or Damper Pedal
On and Acoustic Grand Piano the Damper is not either on or off. The “Pedaling” is a huge part of the piano experience and it allows the musician to make minute adjustments to the pianos dampers which results in controlled nuances to the pianos tonal depth and sound.
The weight of the pedal is set to mimic an acoustic grand piano damper pedal and system, which is controlled by levers and springs. The pedal is lighter to the touch as it is depressed and gradually gets heavier as it is pressed down further and the “digital dampers” are risen. The dampers response goes from light and controlled to fully risen as the pedal is pressed further along.
New Stealth User Interface
The CLP-785 and CLP-795 now features a pressure controlled touch panel user interface. This sleek screen when powered off becomes a “stealth” check block like a traditional acoustic panel to make this truly digital instrument appear more like a timeless acoustic piano.
Grand Expression Modeling – New
When a piano player talks about the touch of a piano they are not referring to the weight or the feel specifically. The Touch is the control the player has of the dynamics of the instrument while they are performing.
On an Acoustic piano If you press the keys down fast with force the strings should ring with a brilliance and a powerful attack. Whereas a slow and soft strike will produce a quiet tone that is mellow with warmth.
Yamaha has used their years of experience in acoustic pianos to bring this expanded feature to the CLP Digital Piano.
Binaural Piano Samples – A Head Phone Experience
The CLP-700 series features two Binaural piano samples of the Yamaha CFX 9′ Concert Grand Piano and the timeless Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano.
These 2 new and amazing piano samples are automatically activated when a pair of head phones are plugged into the Clavinova.
This Technology is achieved by Sampling the piano with the microphones placed in correlation to the ears of a human being. When the Piano player has the headphones on they feel as if they are siting in front of a 9 foot concert grand.
53 Different On Board Instruments to Choose From
The Yamaha Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano has 53 different instruments on board to give you more than just a piano. Offering Multiple Piano Sounds, Electric Piano Sounds, Organs, Bass and even Guitar sounds you can find that perfect sound for the music you are creating.
Click on the 53 built in Instruments Tab at the top for a complete listing with a description of each instrument.
The new CLP series also features a new Forte Piano sound bank that has 4 newly sampled time period specific classical grand pianos. You can now play a Prelude by Chopin or a Sonata by Beethoven and have a historically accurate piano sound!
Customize your Sound
With the CLP you can come in and customize the sound and settings of the instruemt by adjusting the Brilliance, 6 different Reverb’s , 3 different Chorus options, 12 different on board effects, and even the EQ. If you want to transpose to play in a different key or change the tuning of the piano the Clavinova has you covered. This is truly a World Class Piano and So Much More.
The Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano features an Aux Pedal input. This allows you to use a Yamaha FC7 Foot Control as a Volume Pedal for the different Organ and other Instrument Sounds. One can also use the Yamaha FC4A/FC5 foot switch to turn switch various selected functions on/off. To select the function that will be controlled use the “Aux Assign” in the “System” menu display.
480 Midi XG Voices and 14 Drum/SFX Kits
The CLP-785 and CLP-795 GP are the only 2 instruments in the CLP 700 series to feature a built in MIDI engine for Full Midi file playback and u can access the expanded sound library for hundreds of different instruments to play with in addition to the dedicated 53 built in instruments.
Break the Piano Up and Add to It!
In Addition to playing the Yamaha CLP like a traditional piano you can also break up the keyboard two different ways or Layer 2 Sounds at once!
|Dual Mode||Split Mode||Duo Mode|
|Allows you to play 2 instruments
at the same time to create rich layers
Perfect for Pianos and Strings!
|Allows you to play 2 different
instruments at the same time.
one instrument on the left &
one on the right.
|Turns the piano into 2
44 note keyboard spanning the
same Octave Range. Great for Lessons
|The pedals work the same for both
instruments being played.
|The Pedals operate the
Right Hand instrument.
|Left and Right Pedals become the
corresponding Damper Pedals.
|Can also be used in Split mode.
Can change volume of 2 voices
|You can also use the Dual mode
to play 2 instruments at once on
the right had instrument.
You also change the Split point
on the Keyboard.
|The Center Pedal becomes the Damper
Pedal for both the Left and Right Hand
Keyboard at the same time.
Virtual Resonance Modeling
A grand piano is a living, breathing instrument due to sympathetic resonance. When you strike a key you feel the vibration as it moves through the body of the piano.
Resonance is created along the Dampers, Strings, The Duplex scaling and the cabinet/ body of the instrument.
This is what gives a grand piano the celebrated nuances and the emotional depth of sound. The Clavinova has recreated this experience by using speakers and the inside cabinet of the CLP.
Grand Acoustic Imaging
When you play an acoustic piano you are engulfed in the sound it is producing because the entire instrument is reverberating.
In order to reproduce this memorizing effect the Yamaha CLP-785 has the 3 way speaker system arranged in such a way that the musician at the front of the piano experiences the sound as if they are in front of a real acoustic instrument.
This has been achieved by placing the Low, Mid and High Speakers in such a way so it sounds like the tone is being produced at the proper location of a grand piano. This is taking Stereo sound to a whole new level!
The added transducer gives the echo and reverberation that a piano sound board produces to give the digital sound the nuances of a real acoustic piano.
A Grand Sound System w/ a Spruce Soul
The CLP-785 has a killer sound system. Six Individual 50 Watt Power Amplifies are engineered to push a Three Way crossover Speaker System with an Added Transducer system.
The Cone speakers are manufactured from Spruce Saw Dust that is Recycled from Yamaha’s Piano Part Mill. The Spruce speaker cone gives an amazing sound far superior to that of a traditional Paper Speaker Cone.
The Hi-Fi sound is pushed with the dual 2.5 cm Dome speakers with the Mid sound level being balanced out by a pair of 8 cm speakers and the Low end being produced by dual 16 cm speakers and the Duo transducer system.
This World Class Sound System is great for playing your piano and you can also stream music to your CLP-785 and use it as a stereo!
Built in Rhythms and Metronome
20 Different Rhythms featuring Drum and Bass in the style of Rock/Pop, Jazz, Latin and Holiday and Kids. You can Adjust the tempo and make some sweet sweet music. You can view a list of the 20 Rhythms on the 53 Built in Instrument & 20 Rhythms Tab.
The Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano has a fully functional metronome with 13 different Time Signatures and a optional Bell sound on beat 1.
|Note Type||Time Signature||Setting Range|
|Half Note||2/2||3 – 250|
|Quarter Note||1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4,6/4, 7/4||5 – 500|
|Dotted Quarter Note||6/8, 9/8, 12/8||4 – 332 (even numbers only)|
|Eighth Note||3/8, 7/8||10 – 998 (even numbers only)
Multi Track Recording
Enjoy Multi Track Recording with a built in 16 Multi Track Recording. Recorded Multi Tracks is saved in the Midi format and can be exported to a Midi program or converted to a .wav format. This allows you to record multiple instrument parts on the CLP!
Connect wirelessly for Bluetooth®
The Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano has built in Bluetooth for Audio and Midi Data.
With the Bluetooth Audio you can stream music and audio from another device that has Bluetooth. You can enjoy playing along with your favorite tune or using you Clavinova’s spectacular sound system as a stereo. The CLP also has a mini stereo aux in jack.
Bluetooth Midi allows your Clavinova to talk to a number of Apps with out a chord! You can use the Yamaha Smart Pianist App, Flowkey, Garage band and more!
USB Audio Recorder
Records a Single performance right onto a USB Flash Drive in the .Wav format.
Built in Practice Aids
Enjoy being able to play along with or listening to some of pianos most time honored learning methods, Hanon, Bayer, Czerny and Burgmüller.
You can use these built-in songs for practicing with your right and left hands separately, or simply enjoy listening to them. Also enjoy learning with the built in 50 Classic Songs that come with an Accompanying Song Book.
Input and Out Put Connections
You can connect your Clavinova to a number of different devices, instruments and sound systems.
In addition to Two 1/4″ stereo input Head Phone Jacks you can also Connect your CLP-785 Clavinova to these Terminals
|Terminals Under The Keybed||USB to Device||USB to Host||Midi IN/Out/Through||Aux Pedal||Aux In||Stereo Aux Out|
|Functions||For Flash drive or
USB Wlan Adapter.
Can be used to send & receive data
|Usb B Cable.
To send digital
audio data to
computer / smart phone
|for linking sending
and recieving data
through midi chords
|to connect Yamaha
FC7 foot controller
|1/8″ mini stereo input
for computers, laptops,keyboards& More
|AUX OUT [L/L+R] [R] jacks
1/4″ instrument cable inputs
for hooking up to external
speakers and PA Systems
Click Here for Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano Owners Manual
Yamaha CLP-785 Digital Piano Midi Reference Guide
Link for Smart Device Connection Manual