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Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano

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 What is a Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano?

 The Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano combines the best of Acoustic and Digital Pianos.Our prime goal is to ensure that we provide a beautiful acoustic piano, built with the knowledge and skills of over 100 years Yamaha piano history.

Then we add our market leading Silent Piano technology to enable the piano to be played silently using headphones.

When the silent function is activated, the hammers will no longer hit the strings and instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module. Play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others.

The Yamaha Silent System is unsurpassed, allowing 24hr practice as well as possessing many other features including a range of pre-installed sounds, being able to record your own performances or connecting mobile devices to use the latest Apps.

 

Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano

The beautiful new Yamaha GC2 SH Silent Grand Piano combines the duplex scaling and rich tonal character of the Conservatoire C2 grand with cost-saving advantages in materials and production to create an instrument that’s both exceptionally expressive and uncommonly affordable

With the full resonant tone only a grand piano can possess, the new Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano provides superior performance at an affordable price.

A piano you can play any time you want, with the natural touch of an acoustic grand piano. The new Yamaha GC2 SH2 Silent Grand Piano from Yamaha, offering enhanced Silent functions and an even richer sound.

What is SILENT Piano™?

When the SILENT Piano™ function is activated, the hammers will no longer hit the strings and instead, a highly sophisticated sensor-technology captures all movements of the keys and sends them to the digital tone module. Play a real acoustic piano with headphones at any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others. The Yamaha Silencing System is unsurpassed, allowing 24hr practice as well as possessing many other features including a range of pre-installed sounds, being able to record your own performances or connecting mobile devices to use the latest Apps.

Two World-Renowned Piano Sounds

You can play SILENT Piano™ SH2 type with the voices of CFX, Yamaha’s finest concert grand piano, and Bösendorfer’s legendary Imperial. All 88 keys are sampled individually. As Yamaha’s flagship grand piano, the majestic CFX boasts a wide palette of tonal colors, from sparkling high notes to powerful bass tones. The legendary Bösendorfer, meanwhile, is renowned for its sonorous and rich Viennese sound.

A broad sonic palette

SILENT Piano™ SH2 type offers 20 pre-installed sounds such as electric pianos, harpsichord, organs, strings, choir, and synth pad, allowing you to select the ideal voice to match your preferred musical genre.

CFX Binaural Sampling

Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling technology uses samples from the CFX, Yamaha’s acclaimed concert grand piano, recorded with specialized microphones that capture locational information and other nuances discerned by the human ear. The resulting sound is so natural, so enveloping, that you’ll soon forget you’re even wearing headphones at all.

VRM physical modeling—the distinctive reverberation generated by the entire body of a concert grand piano

In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the instrument, producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. This phenomena is reproduced perfectly through enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM). The original VRM calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard, from one instant to the next, and timing and depth of damper pedals pressed. The enhanced VRM now also calculates aliquot resonance in the upper octaves, and the full resonance of the soundboard, rim, and frame. This technology allows for vivid, bright, richly-varied expression that reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in piano performance.

Yamaha GC2 SH Silent Grand Piano Stereophonic Optimizer (Piano Voices other than CFX Grand)

Stereophonic Optimizer is an effect which reproduces the natural sound distance, like with the sound of Binaural Sampling, even though you are listening to it on headphones. When one of the Piano Voices other than CFX Grand is selected, the Stereophonic Optimizer is enabled.

Smooth Release-From staccato to legato, superbly expressive sound that responds to the player’s touch

Featuring Yamaha’s Smooth Release technology, SILENT Piano™ SH2 type offers the crisp tone heard when playing staccato as well as the lingering sound produced by releasing the keys more. This provides finely-nuanced response to the pianist’s playing.

Key-Off samples

The moment a pianist’s fingers are lifted from the keys of a grand piano, subtle changes occur in the instrument’s tone as the damper is lowered onto the strings to mute its sound. Key-Off samples features actual recordings of these changes, offering a faithful reproduction of the most subtle changes in the piano’s sound, allowing for a more realistic performance.

Key sensors

Under each of the 88 keys is a Yamaha-unique continuous-detection grey-scale shutter key sensor. These sensors detect the movement of the keys continually, allowing natural musical expression even when the piano is in SILENT Piano™ function. Since they do not come into contact with the keys, these sensors do not affect the feel of the keyboard in any way.

Hammer sensors

Grand piano with SILENT Piano™ SH2 type are fitted with hammer sensors that allow even slow keystrokes or rapid trills. To ensure that they do not affect the feel of the keyboard in any way, Yamaha uses non-contact sensors.

Quick escape system

Grand piano with SILENT Piano™ SH2 type features a quick escape system that allows the sound muting mechanism to be fitted to a grand piano without sacrificing any of the playability or musical expression demanded of such instruments in an acoustic performance. This system allows optimal separation to be obtained between the hammers and strings by adjusting the distance between the hammers and strings, ensuring that the feel of the keyboard stays in the best possible condition whether playing acoustically or with the sound muted.

Connect wirelessly for Bluetooth® audio

You can stream audio files through SILENT Piano™ SH2 type with headphones by using a Bluetooth-enabled smart device. You can enjoy playing along with any songs on your smart device.

(May not be available depending on your area)

Smart Pianist App

The smart device app “Smart Pianist” (available as a free download) enables you to use the functions such as selecting Voices, controlling the metronome intuitively with the visualized interface, or display the score on your smart device.

The UD-WL01 USB Wireless LAN Adaptor (sold separately) is required to use Smart Pianist over a wireless connection.

Sophisticated & simple design of the control panel

The control unit has been given a sophisticated design that unobtrusively blends with the piano itself. Moreover, the simple controllers allow you to operate the instrument easily.

For Polished White finished piano, the white colored unit will be installed .

Connection terminals

The USB TO HOST terminal allows you to connect to a computer or portable device and record high-quality audio without the need for an additional interface, while AUX OUT allows sound to be output to a variety of external devices (e.g. stereo components, IC recorders, speakers with built-in amplifiers, stereo systems), and AUX IN allows listening to sound from external devices (sound source modules and music players). MIDI OUTPUT transmits performance information to external devices such as synthesizers. MIDI IN allows the instrument to receive and playback performance information from sequencers using the tone generator of the SILENT Piano™ SH2 type.

Two recording systems (Built-in recorder and USB audio recorder)

The performance can be recorded in two different ways. It can be recorded either directly to the built-in recorder of a piano, or to a USB audio recorder, in which case the data stored in USB flash memory in WAV format can be played on a PC as well. Using a built-in recorder is more convenient if the players wish to listen to the recorded piece right away. It allows them to listen to the entire performance of a music piece or to go back and listen to a particular section of the piece. Since performances are saved in WAV format with a USB audio recorder, they can be recorded onto CDs or played on portable music players.

Open structured headphones- produce clear, high-quality sound

The headphones that come with SILENT Piano™ SH2 type are designed in a way that minimizes the strain on users after long hours of playing.

This newly employed headphones contribute to the improvement of sound quality as well as to the reduction of fatigue during performance.

Metronome

SILENT Piano™ SH2 type has a built-in metronome that can be used in SILENT Piano™ function so that players can listen to precise rhythm while they play.

 

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GC1 SH2
Dimensions Width 149 cm (59″)
Height 101 cm (40″)
Depth 173 cm (5’8″)
Weight Weight 314 kg (693 lb)
Keyboard Key Surfaces – White Acrylic resin
Key Surfaces – Black Phenolic resin
Hammer Type GC Series Special
Pedal Type Damper/Sostenuto/Shift
Caster Type Single Caster
Lid Prop Safety Stop Yes
Key Cover Lid/Fallboard Locks
Soft-Close Fallboard Yes
Key Sensors Non-contact continuous detection optical sensor
Hammer Sensors Non-contact 2-point optical fiber sensor
Damper Pedal Continuous detection sensor
Sostenuto Pedal On/Off detection sensor
Soft/Shift Pedal On/Off detection sensor
Mechanism Hammer shank stopper operated by motor drive
Action Quick Escape mechanism
Tone Generation Piano Sound Yamaha CFX, Bösendorfer Imperial
Binaural Sampling Yes (CFX Grand Voice only)
VRM Yes
Key-off Samples Yes
Smooth Release Yes
Polyphony (max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 20
Voices for Song Playback 480 XG Voices + 12 Drum/SFX Kits
Types Reverb Yes
Brilliance Yes
Stereophonic Optimizer Yes (Piano Voices other than CFX Grand)
Preset Number of Preset Songs 20 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Classics
Recording Number of Songs 10
Data Capacity approx. 550 KB/Song
Format Playback SMF (Format 0, Format 1)
Recording SMF (Format 0)
Recording Time (max.) 80 minutes/Song
Format Playback WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Recording WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)
Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose -12 – 0 – +12
Tuning 414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Bluetooth Yes (Audio) (May not have this functionality depending on the country in which you purchased the product.)
Storage Internal Memory approx. 1.3 MB
External Drives USB flash drive
Connectivity DC IN 16 V
Headphones Stereo mini jack (x2)
MIDI IN/OUT
AUX IN Stereo mini jack
AUX OUT [L/L+R][R] (Standard phone jack)
USB TO DEVICE Yes
USB TO HOST Yes
AC Adaptor PA-300C (or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha)
Power Consumption 12 W (When using PA-300C AC adaptor)
Auto Power Off Yes
Included Accessories AC adaptor*, power cord*, headphones, headphone hanger, attachment screws for headphone hanger, “50 Classical Music Masterpieces” music book, Owner’s Manual *May not be included depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.
Separately Sold Accessories USB wireless LAN adaptor (UD-WL01), wireless MIDI adaptor (UD-BT01/MD-BT01) *May not be available depending on your area.