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The ENSPIRE made its debut in 2016 and ushered in a new era of advanced player piano technology and wireless control.ENSPIREController
The ENSPIRE line consists of:

Available in pianos of the C3X size and larger, the ENSPIRE PRO continues the tradition of PRO model Disklaviers, providing the highest resolution recording and playback paired with the highest quality acoustic pianos, now enhanced by Hammer Sensor Feedback.

Available in the C2X size and smaller grands as well as in 2 upright models, the ENSPIRE ST provides standard Disklavier features, including full recording and playback functionality. All ST models also include the SILENT feature.

The ENSPIRE CL is a playback-only model available in a five-foot grand.

Outwardly, the various ENSPIRE models are difficult to distinguish from traditional pianos that lack the Disklavier system. The typical control box that was visibly positioned under the keyboard of earlier models has been replaced with a very small and nearly invisible “switch box” positioned much farther under the keys.

ENSPIRESwitchBoxAlthough a few Disklavier features can be accessed using the switch box, it is expected that the user will normally use his/her own mobile device or even a computer web browser to interact with the instrument. Yamaha provides a custom ENSPIRE Controller app for both iOS and Android devices.

Communication between a mobile device or computer and the piano is established using normal network protocols. There are three connection methods:
  1. The ENSPIRE can connect to a local area network using a standard Ethernet cable. Computing devices with access to the same network can be used to control the piano.

  2. The ENSPIRE can connect to a local area network wirelessly using the WPS protocol to connect to a WPS-compatible router. Computing devices with access to the same network can be used to control the piano.

  3. The ENSPIRE can create its own wireless access point (i.e. private network) using the included UD-WL01 wireless LAN adaptor. Computing devices that connect to the ENSPIRE’s access point can be used to control the piano. Although the ENSPIRE Controller app for iOS and Android mobile devices is typically used to access the piano’s functions, it is also possible to access the piano’s features using an HTML 5-compatible web browser running on any platform. The browser must be directed to the local IP address of the piano in order to establish a connection with the instrument.
The ENSPIRE is further distinguished by a number of new or substantially enhanced features including:

Binaural CFX Piano Sample
When the piano is placed into Quiet mode, the instrument provides a new sample of the 9’ Yamaha CFX concert grand piano that can be heard on headphones. The sample was recorded binaurally (i.e. from the player’s perspective) and provides unprecedented realism.

Binaural sampling is a unique sampling technique that captures the source instrument using equipment designed to replicate the auditory response of the human ear. In this way, the Quiet mode of the Disklavier ENSPIRE recreates the performance space of the Yamaha CFX concert grand, including the effects of incremental use of the sustain pedal and sympathetic string resonance.

Performance Voices
Similar to a feature that was available previously only on the Mark IV, the ENSPIRE has a set of performance voices that can be layered onto the native acoustic piano sound or which can be used alone in Quiet mode.

In addition to the CFX concert grand voice, there are 3 electric pianos, 2 harpsichords, vibraphone, celesta, 4 pipe organs, jazz organ, strings, choir, and synth pad.

Advanced DSP Servos
The original Disklavier PRO introduced moving magnet sensors and key sensors that enabled the instrument to monitor itself during recording and playback, effectively providing an internal feedback loop that ensured the highest quality recording and playback available at the time.DC3X ENPRO

Over the years, Yamaha has continued the development and application of similar feedback loops in a variety of standard and PRO models. The ENSPIRE PRO has taken these innovations even further with the introduction of hammer sensor feedback in addition to key, pedal, and moving magnet monitoring.

USB Audio Recording
Previously available only on the Mark IV, the ENSPIRE has reintroduced real-time USB audio recording. When playing the instrument, you can simultaneously capture an audio recording that is created using the CFX concert grand piano sample or other chosen performance voice. The recording is saved to a USB flash drive.

This feature provides, in essence, “microphone-free” audio recording.

Improved XG Tone Generator
The ENSPIRE also includes a more advanced set of 480 XG voices that were derived from Yamaha’s world-class line of Clavinova digital pianos.

Additional MIDI Features
The MIDI In and Out ports and the USB “To Host” port can be used simultaneously for MIDI communication. When coupled with one of Yamaha’s Bluetooth LE MIDI adapters (MD-BT01 or UD-BT01, available separately), wireless MIDI transmission and reception are possible.

Today, the ENSPIRE series of CX Disklavier pianos represents Yamaha’s flagship of piano technology, combining the most advanced Disklavier system with Yamaha’s finest acoustic piano design.