Yamaha Hybrid Pianos

Hybrid Pianos - A Perfect Marriage of Acoustic & Digital Technology

Comprised of three distinct lines of pianos - SILENT Piano™, TransAcoustic™, and AvantGrand - Yamaha's Hybrid series offer a unique combination of traditional acoustic piano technology and all the benefits of a premium quality digital piano.

Silent Piano models allow the pianist to 'turn off' the acoustic sound and play in superb digital reproduction through stereo headphones. These fully acoustic pianos also offer the addition of digital voices, recording and playback capability, and app connectivity. TransAcoustic Pianos offer a greater range of ways to enjoy performing on an acoustic instrument, including volume control without compromising rich sound and connection with smart devices. Built upon the same technology of the Silent Pianos, TransAcoustics feature the addition of a digital speaker system which utilizes the piano's soundboard to allow sampled sounds come to life with a brilliant realism no other instrument has approached. Yamaha's AvantGrand series is comprised of five models which, unlike other hybrid pianos, feature a full piano action but without strings or a traditional soundboard. Instead, the instrument utilizes an advanced sensor system to reproduce intricately detailed digital samples of some of Yamaha's finest pianos, along with a myriad of other digital voices.

Yamaha AvantGrand Overview

SILENT Piano | Acoustic Pianos You Can Turn Off

The SILENT Piano is made for those who love the sound and feel of an authentic acoustic piano but need the flexibility to play whenever inspiration strikes. Simply connect headphones or speakers to enjoy the true feeling of an acoustic piano but with absolute control over ambient sound levels. When the piano is in SILENT mode, the hammers will not hit the strings, and instead a high-quality grand piano sound is produced digitally, allowing you to play in complete privacy in any environment. Now you can play to your heart's content, wherever and whenever you like.

All SILENT series pianos utilize a non-contact optical sensor system that continuously measures the nimble movements of your fingers and detailed nuances of your pedaling. This Yamaha patented technology offers unrivaled accuracy and performance reproduction without ever affecting the playability of the instrument.

SILENT pianos feature our flagship CFX concert grand piano sampled using a binaural recording technique; an exacting sampling technique that mimics the interaural characteristics of the human ear. This unique approach allows SILENT pianos to recreate the natural, all-encompassing acoustic sound only experienced when seated in front of a concert grand piano.

TransAcoustic | Digital Was Never More Natural

TransAcoustic™ is the name we have given to a new breed of piano. At its most basic level, it turns the soundboard into a “loudspeaker.” This means that any sound can be delivered through this naturally resonant piano component. Because the instrument is a real, fully strung and resonant piano, the natural, sympathetic vibrations of the soundboard, case and, significantly, strings, add a completely new dimension to performance. The sampled sounds come to life with a brilliant realism no other instrument has approached.

There are times when the full sound of an acoustic piano may not be appreciated by your family or neighbors. For these situations, simply activate the TransAcoustic™ function and the hammers will no longer strike the strings. Non-contact sensors under each individual key detect your keystroke depth, velocity and timing and send this information to the tone generator. Just adjust the volume and hear the digital sound of your piano performance coming from the entire instrument. Naturally, there is no need for headphones or external amplification.

Yamaha’s renowned SILENT Piano™ SH technology allows practice sessions to be conducted with headphones. The TransAcoustic™ piano also features a superb binaural sample from the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano recorded using special techniques to perfectly capture the sound from the player’s natural listening position. These two technologies combine to create the perfect environment to play without disturbing others.

AvantGrand - The Best of Both Worlds

Everything you want from an Acoustic. Everything you need in a Digital. A hybrid piano that doesn’t settle for acoustic approximations, the AvantGrand equals true acoustic action. Over 5,000 genuine Yamaha action components deliver an authentic acoustic experience. Real action and Tactile Response technology replicate the natural vibration of an acoustic piano, creating an immediate connection between piano and player.

The AvantGrand features two legendary concert grands in one hybrid piano. Each piano was meticulously sampled using our proprietary Spatial Acoustic Sampling process. The innovative quad-speaker system syncs with the sampling process to produce remarkable, multi-dimension tonality.

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