Blending Technology With Tradition
Since arriving on the market, silent pianos have taken over the acoustic (and digital) piano world by storm.
Offering the touch, prowess and tone of an acoustic piano that so many pianists are seeking whilst also offering the convenience and functionality of a digital piano and the ability to be played through headphones, silent pianos are highly sought after by those in need of an acoustic piano that is flexible to their needs.
Key Features Of Silent Pianos
The biggest draw to a silent piano is the ability to play silently through headphones, making them ideal for both child learners, those with close neighbours and those who wish to avoid outside distraction whilst playing.
REAL ACOUSTIC TOUCH
Silent pianos offer what digital pianos can not, real piano touch and tone. Because they are placed on real acoustic instruments, silent pianos are unmatched when it comes to piano touch and sensitivity.
CAN BE FITTED ANYTIME
Depending on which silent piano system you choose, many can be fitted to both new and older pianos. So long as the instrument has 88 keys, even secondhand or older pianos can have silent systems installed!
How Do Silent Pianos Work?
The Hammer Rail
Whilst all silent pianos vary slightly in approach, the idea is typically the same.
There is usually a thin rail placed infront of the hammers which, when the silent mode is activated (usually by pulling a small leaver on the underside of the piano) the fail will dip slightly infront of the strings, preventing the hammers from striking the strings and thus stopping the strings vibrating and making the piano silent.
This is where silent piano technology truly comes into its own.
For almost all silent piano systems, a sensor rail is placed beneath the keybed and will either use laser detecting technology or hyper senstivie sensors in order to detect how quickly and how powerfully the key has been pressed.
The sensors then record this information and pass it through to the system's processor.
By having the sensors placed under the keybed, this ensures that the touch of the piano is minimally affected.
After having recieved the information from the sensor, the system's computer will then interpret the sound and produce the correct tone and note at the correct dynamics. This is the exact same way that a digital piano functions, but grants you the feel of the acoustic piano.
The samples used on silent systems do vary from brand to brand, however all can be compared to the kinds of samples found on high end digital pianos. For example the C.Bechstein Vario silent piano system takes their samples from a highly sophisticated recording of their D282 concert grand piano.
Controlling Your Sound
Depending on which silent system is fitted, some offer free applications that can be used in connection with an iPad or phone in order to control the kinds of sounds, samples and control that you would like to acheive from your sound.
Even those without applications are almost all MIDI compatible, meaning that recording on a silent piano is also incredibly easy.
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Silent Piano Systems
These silent piano systems can be fitted either in our showroom or in your home, even after purchase of a new piano. The KIOSHI silent system can be fitted to almost any acoustic upright piano so long as the instrument has 88 keys. The C.Bechstein vario system can only be fitted to C.Bechstein, W.Hoffmann or Zimmermann pianos. For fittings of these systems, please contact our piano experts today.