World's Slimest Digital Piano* New Privia Debut

Casio has applied its highly compact construction technologies to their utmost limits to achieve the qualities that one expects from a piano that you can enjoy playing by yourself, and has realized an instrument with a slim body that is the slimmest hammer-action digital pianos in the world.*

  • * Among digital pianos with 88 hammer-action keys and built-inspeaker, Casio survey as of January 2019.

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CASIO Privia PX-S1000 /
PX-S3000 Promotion Video

Play your life Privia

Play

Play anytime, anywhere, and in your own style.
With authentic grand piano sound and feel, your Privia will bring your performance to life.

Listen

Listen to music from your device via Bluetooth audio. Now, instead of simply enjoying your favorite songs, you can join in with the band.

Harmonize

Harmonize your life and have more fun 
with your slim, stylish Privia.

Take your Privia with you

The Privia supports battery power and has a dedicated case with a three-way design.

FEATURES

Slim body and
authentic piano quality

Privia

Design

Stylish design, with the world's slimmest body*

Making use of Casio's compact construction technologies, new Privia achieves a significant slimming down in size (with a depth 20% slimmer than Casio's previous model). In addition, the top panel uses touch sensor technology instead of protruding buttons. This creates a clean, simply, stylish design that is easy to use and beautiful to see.

  • * Among digital pianos with 88 hammer-action keys and built-in speaker, Casio survey as of January 2019.

Sound

Featuring the Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR sound source for beautiful, rich sounds reminiscent of a grand piano

Rich and expressive piano sound for natural performance

In addition to the changes in volume and tone that are dependent on the force used to play the keys, the tone heard throughout sustained notes has been dramatically improved for an even more expressive sound and authentic sound.

Acoustic Simulator expresses the real sound of a grand piano

Sympathetic string resonance exposes the harmonic relationships between vibrating strings, while damper resonance simulates the string release when the damper pedal is depressed. You'll even hear mechanical key sounds when playing with an exceptionally light touch or by removing a finger from a key, just like playing a real grand piano.

Touch

The newly developed Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard dramatically reduces size without compromising playing feel

Key Off Response allows fast note repetition

The note off timing is digitally controlled based on the movement of the keys during release. When hitting the same tone repeatedly, the next note can be produced before the key returns to its topmost position.

88-Key Digital Scaling realizes a grand piano-like touch

The touch of a grand piano varies with the differences in size and weight of the hammers over each of the 88 keys. The new Privia models deliver the feeling of playing a grand piano through a meticulous key-by-key digital simulation of these subtle differences in touch.

Simulated ebony and ivory keys with optimal fingertip fit for playing ease

Simulated ebony and ivory keys inhibit finger slippage due to sweat and produce the sensation of a comfortable fingertip fit that lasts even through extended sessions.

Smart Link

Connect via Bluetooth® to your devicesFree Download

With Bluetooth audio, you can listen to music stored on your smart device through your Privia's speakers and play along with your favorite songs. You can also apply a surround effect, making playback feel more like a live performance.

Chordana Play for Piano app provides users a smart and easy-to-use operation

Connect your Privia to your smart device, and easily access settings and additional features.

[Piano Remote Controller]

Use your favorite device to adjust your Privia's settings, select Tones, and more.

[PDF Score Viewer]

Display music scores saved as PDF files, with pedal-activated page turning.

[Audio Player]

Play back audio on your device with musical tools such as key shift and tempo change, looping, and melody cancel.

  • * With some audio files, melody cancel may not be able to cancel the entire melody.
[MIDI Player]

Play back your favorite MIDI songs.

  • * USB cable and adapter (sold separately) are required to connect a smart device to the Privia. (Audio Player is accessible through Bluetooth audio.)

Interview with the New Privia Development Team

Technology × Design

Background Story

An innovative compact design, but with zero compromises

Ikeda:For the new Privia, we wanted to start by going back to the beginning. Our main reason for doing so is that we felt it was time for a new stage of innovation. Since 2003, when the first Privia model went on sale, Casio had been breaking new ground in the compact digital piano market, and we’re proud of that. But other companies have been introducing competitive products in these past 15 years, and it is more important than ever to lay claim to a unique position in the market. So we went back to our roots in order to differentiate the Privia brand once again, and decided to pursue a compact design in a way that only Casio could.

Jinde:We were aiming for a size that had never been achieved before. It was challenging, but our team was very motivated. We really wanted to make the instrument as small as possible. This was a significant challenge for your product planning team, right?

Ikeda:Yes, there were some serious hurdles we had to get past. But they were the same kind of challenges we had when we created the very first Privia. The history of Privia is a history of overcoming challenges. We were determined not to compromise the acoustic performance or keyboard touch. It was not an easy task. We worked day and night through a lot of trial and error, and the result was worth it. We started by developing the keyboard. Ordinarily, we would have adjusted the sensitivity of the keys using the lever principle. But since the body would be less deep, we had an extremely limited amount of space available for the keyboard. So, we redesigned the hammer action structure to make it smaller, with no compromise on keyboard touch. We digitally controlled differences in sounding timing for each key block, and the volume of sound for each key. The result was a well-balanced keyboard with hammer action as rich as that of a grand piano.

Jinde:You also focused on acoustic performance and significantly improved the speakers, didn't you?

Ikeda:Yes. We developed a new, high-performance dedicated speaker. We focused on a number of elements to strengthen the internal magnetic circuit and added components to increase the rigidity of the baffle. We also increased the rigidity of the body with a design that integrates the main parts in order to prevent the unpleasant noise that can result when sound from the speakers causes the piano body to vibrate. All of these improvements have totally paid off. We were able to create a more rich and expressive sound than you would ever imagine from a product this size.

Adding new value by reflecting the voice of the user

Jinde:The concept for Privia is a piano that you can enjoy playing by yourself, and we were aiming for an instrument whose design blended well with interiors. At first, we considered a more conservative design using materials with a wood texture, but then we decided to really change things up.

Ikeda:The whole development team tirelessly discussed the evolving product, and the more we talked, the more we thought we should come up with something even more advanced.

Jinde:Our goal was to innovate by shifting the traditional image of a piano in a contemporary direction. We changed course and made it our goal to surpass the impact that the original Privia had upon its release. For the product design, we focused on removing unnecessary parts as much as we could. Our design team brought up an idea we’d considered for a previous model, which would work perfectly with our new concept. We’d heard from users that physical buttons were affecting their concentration while playing. We decided that the touch sensor controls were the best way to keep the players’ focus on the keyboard, and enhance their concentration. We created a piano design with a luxurious feel by covering the top panel with an acrylic panel which would host the touch sensor controls.

Ikeda:Getting that kind of feedback is one of the most important aspects of product design. We’d also gotten requests to be able to link up with a smart device via Bluetooth audio, and we incorporated that as well. By using something from outside the instrument to enhance the experience, we can make playing the piano even more enjoyable.

Jinde:We also enabled players to attach the sheet music stand from the rear of the instrument. We wanted to use an acrylic material with a glossy finish for the panel. But if we had designed it like we had before, with holes in the material for the stand, it would have diminished the beauty of the instrument. This is one example of how we were able to achieve an even more beautiful style, one that goes beyond any Privia of the past.

Ikeda:The new Privia is available in either black or white, and with the black model, you can’t even tell that the touch sensor controls are there when the power is off. This is the result of our commitment to making the body of the instrument express the minimalist beauty of pure form.

Only Privia could have made it this far

Jinde:With the new Privia, we’ve gone back to the beginning while simultaneously evolving. What we ended up with is a digital piano that modern people can feel great about playing. Mr. Ikeda, was the main appeal point for users the compact size?

Ikeda:The development of the keyboard is always the most important part, in fact it's the foundation of what we do. And I think only the Privia team could have packed this much quality into such a small footprint. But we also wanted users to be amazed by the acoustic performance. Our sound source is particularly rich and detailed, and we used speakers that were able to reproduce its expressiveness. We were also able to build in functions for reproducing the resonance of the piano strings, and the sounds of the action that occurs when releasing a key—features that earlier digital pianos in the class did not include. They bring the experience even closer to that of playing a grand piano.

Jinde:Now that we've achieved this kind of innovation, it only raises expectations for what's next. We dream of creating a piano that consists of nothing but the keyboard itself.

Akira Ikeda

Product Planning Department, EMI Business Unit, Business Strategy Headquarters, Hamura R&D Center

Masaru Jinde

Product Design Department, Design Unit, Product Development Headquarters

PRODUCTS

PX-S1000

A new Privia piano experience, evolved in both style and sound.

PX-S3000

Authentic piano sound and feel, plus a wealth of Rhythms and Tones to explore.

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