Yamaha b1 TC3 TransAcoustic

Our Price £7,050


Yamaha B1 TransAcoustic TC3

Features convenient volume control, yet maintains gorgeous acoustic piano resonance. Recommended for those who want to enjoy advanced TransAcoustic™ technology on a standard Yamaha piano.

TransAcoustic™ Piano
TransAcoustic™ pianos are genuine acoustic pianos, equipped with a volume control feature powered by Yamaha’s latest technology. While it’s also possible to play silently through headphones, the TransAcoustic™ Mode allows you to control the volume of your piano, so you can play without disturbing others. Even at low volumes, the soundboard vibrates so you can enjoy the full, physical sensation of natural acoustic sound as you play.

GREAT WAYS TO ENJOY THE TransAcoustic™ Piano

  • Simply play your acoustic piano.
  • Control the volume as you play.
  • Play silently with headphones.
  • Use your piano as a speaker.
  • Download the Smart Pianist app

TransAcoustic™ TECHNOLOGY

Making sounds resonate
Pressing a key on an acoustic piano causes its hammer to strike the corresponding strings, making those strings vibrate. The initial sound is small, but it’s amplified by the soundboard with the entire body of the piano serving as a resonator. The result: the distinctively rich sound of an acoustic piano. TransAcoustic™ technology employs this same mechanism of resonance keyed by the soundboard through a digital tone generator.

Creating acoustic sound from digital audio sources.
With TransAcoustic™ technology, there’s no need for a speaker unit, even though the sounds are generated digitally. All that’s required is a transducer. In TransAcoustic™ Mode, the hammers are stopped immediately before striking the strings, and sensors installed below the keys decipher how they are played. The transducer’s job is to convert the digital signals that represent your input into vibrations, and then relay them to the soundboard. The soundboard amplifies the vibrations, and the entire piano vibrates sympathetically. Even though the sound is digital, it goes through the same mechanism of resonance, meaning that the sound that reaches your ears is as rich as that of an acoustic piano. You can also control the volume and still enjoy the feel of playing an acoustic piano.

A special transducer for acoustic pianos.
Conventional transducers are too heavy to install on a piano soundboard; their weight compromises its essential functions. To address this problem, Yamaha developed a transducer exclusively for acoustic pianos. Yamaha’s transducer faithfully reproduces the natural sound of acoustic pianos without inhibiting the functions of the soundboards.


Articulation sensor system.
Both TransAcoustic™ and SILENT Pianos feature Yamaha’s newly developed Articulation Sensor System, which accurately interprets how actual pianos respond to the movements of pianists’ fingers, which are relayed from the keys through the action, causing the hammers to strike the strings. With Yamaha’s proprietary algorithm, the system delivers high-precision simulations of the movements of the hammers at the moment they strike the strings, reproducing every piano sound exactly the way the player intended. These sensors are non-contact, so they do not impact the feel of the piano.

Grand pianos feature sensors on the hammers for more accurately detecting and deciphering a wider range of key motion (e.g., slow keystrokes, quick trills) when the hammers actually strike the strings. Like the key sensors, the hammer sensors are non-contact, so they do not impact the touch of the piano.

Grand expression modeling.
Grand Expression Modelling is a new feature that faithfully reproduces the tonal variation originating from the inner workings of the piano, such as the way the hammers strike and the dampers contact the strings in response to the player’s touch. This feature detects the force and acceleration of the keystrokes and changes the audio output accordingly in real time, providing the player with the ability to explore subtle tonal nuances, even in TransAcoustic™ or SILENT mode.

Virtual resonance modeling.
One of the great allures of the grand piano is the sympathetic resonance created by the vibration of the entire instrument. Yamaha’s further advanced Virtual Resonance Modeling technology elaborately reproduces this rich sympathetic resonance*. This technology makes it possible to create richly varied tones by adding sympathetic tones that correspond to the timing and intensity of keystrokes and pedaling to the complex, varied sympathetic tones created when the vibrations of the strings are propagated to other strings and the soundboard. Virtual Resonance Modeling even replicates the sounds the dampers make when they are lifted off the strings, along with the resonance of the aliquot stringing, strings, soundboard, and case. Experience the deep, dynamic resonance that originates from the case of the piano.

*Only when the instrument is in Quiet Mode.

Voices of Yamaha and Bösendorfer grands.
Introducing two newly sampled concert grand piano voices from Yamaha and Bösendorfer, both popular choices in concert halls around the world. First is the CFX, Yamaha’s flagship concert grand piano, which has earned high acclaim among the world’s most renowned pianists for its robust, resplendent, richly expressive tone. Second is the Imperial from Bösendorfer, a time-honored Viennese piano brand with a passionate following. The Imperial is known for its abundance of color and natural, warm feeling. Yamaha faithfully reproduces the unique characteristics of these concert grand pianos by carefully recording the entire tonal range of each of the 88 keys, making minute adjustments to capture the most harmonious tones each piano has to offer. These two world-renowned concert grand pianos are joined by a long list of other voices, including Electric Piano, Harpsichord, and Organ.

Binaural sampling.
Binaural sampling creates the ambience and full, natural resonance of acoustic pianos*, making pianists feel as though they are sitting at a grand piano. Binaural sampling is a method of sampling in which special microphones are placed on a mannequin’s head in the same positions as the pianist’s ears to capture piano sounds the way that they are experienced in reality. Sounds based on binaural sampling deliver an experience so natural that pianists forget they are wearing headphones, no matter how long they continue to play. On these pianos, binaural sampling was used for the Bösendorfer Imperial as well as the Yamaha CFX.

*Only when the instrument is in Quiet Mode.

Add pizazz to your playing.
Equipped with 20 different rhythm types that provide automatic accompaniment with drums and bass.

Two recording functions.
[Built-in recording function for checking immediately after playing]

Equipped with a built-in recording function for recording at the touch of a button.

[USB flash drive recording to data for computer playback]

A function for recording to a USB flash drive. This function creates audio files that can be saved or played back on computers or burned onto CDs. Recordings are saved in WAV format.

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