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Yamaha and Jamie Cullum unveil ‘world’s most advanced piano’

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Laura  Barnes
Yamaha and Jamie Cullum unveil ‘world’s most advanced piano’

ENSPIRE is ahandcrafted grand piano featuring state-of-the art digital music technology.

Users can hear some of the most famous artists in the world playing their very own ENSPIRE, thanks to an extensive Pianosoft software library.

Pianist, songwriter and Yamaha Artist Jamie Cullum was recently the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London to launch Yamaha’s new ENSPIRE piano.

The event started with the assembled audience watching in utter bemusement as Jamie’s band kicked off their set. Bemused because, despite the fact that the piano was obviously being played, Jamie was not physically in the room…

The Yamaha ENSPIRE was reproducing every note, emotion and dynamic of Jamie's performance at London’s Metropolis Studios earlier the same day.

It was only when Jamie appeared in person to finish the set that the audience began to get an insight into the potential of this extraordinary new instrument.

Externally, ENSPIRE is an elegant, handcrafted grand piano, but this traditional appearance belies the power of the state-of-the art digital music technology concealed within.

Yamaha says the new model is “without doubt the world’s most sophisticated and interactive home entertainment experience”. ENSPIRE incorporates unique technology that allow it to play itself, record itself, be played remotely, and network with other ENSPIRE instruments anywhere the world.

Seeing this potential, Abbey Road Studios has become the first studio in Europe to install a Yamaha ENSPIRE, joining the Yamaha CFX flagship concert grand.

With this unique technology you can also hear at first hand some of the most famous artists in the world playing your very own ENSPIRE, thanks to an extensive Pianosoft software library. Simply download your choice of music from the library and instantly the instrument will replay full orchestral – and vocal – arrangements, the piano keys and pedals exactly replicating the physical actions of the pianist at the time of the original recording.

ENSPIRE also offers connectivity with Yamaha’s MusicCast multi-room system, which will seamlessly stream ENSPIRE’s performance throughout your home. The instrument is controlled by iPhone, iPad and iPod thanks to the ENSPIRE controller app.

All models also offer Yamaha’s award-winning ‘Silent’ capability, which allows ENSPIRE to be played on headphones.

“This is a new type of piano that is true to Yamaha’s tradition and craftsmanship but opens up new creative potentials for musicians,” said Cullum. The fact that it’s a self contained recording studio and can connect musicians remotely anywhere in the world, gives me as a musician, many some yet to be discovered, new ways to communicate and compose.”

Yamaha’s Charles Bozon, added: “Yamaha is driven by a passion for music making, innovation and excellence and the new Yamaha ENSPIRE is one of the finest examples of this philosophy. The instrument will appeal to musicians, songwriters, recording studios and of course anyone at home who wants the ultimate entertainment system.”

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