This is a game-changer. A hybrid digital instrument with the features and advantages of a Kawai digital piano and the authentic key action, damper pedaling, and striking furniture finish of a fine, acoustic, grand piano.

Hi, I’m Sean O’Shea with Kawai and its my privilege to show you the highlights of our new NV10 Hybrid Instrument.


I think the biggest news about the NOVUS 10 is the Millennium III HYBRID keyboard action which incorporates Kawai’s leading acoustic piano keyboard action technology found in our finest grand pianos. This keyboard action uses composite materials, such as carbon fiber — that make it lighter, faster and stronger than conventional materials.

Instead of the traditional hammers striking a string, carbon fiber hammers pass by an optical sensor — which conveys the expression and emotion intended by you — the player.

The NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid digital instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism.

While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also technically easing the actions’ touch weight as the pedal is pressed. The end result is the most authentic damper pedal feel found on a digital piano — ever. The operation of the NOVUS NV10 is all achieved with our new, 5.5”, high-resolution, full color LCD touchscreen display — with intuitive tap and swipe response.

The NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano’s Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of the selected acoustic piano, electric piano, or harpsichord sound to be shaped from the instruments’ touchscreen display, with settings to adjust voicing and regulation, string, damper, and cabinet resonances, and subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning and volume of individual notes, before storing one’s favorite instrument configuration to memory.

When you power up your Kawai NV10, the piano takes you to the Pianist mode, whereby all of the instrument’s “horsepower” is invested in just that: PIANO. And not just any piano, but our Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.

If you’d like to explore other piano sound options, we enter SOUND mode. Here you can access any of the 88 different sounds individually. There’s an impressive palette of sounds including various acoustic pianos, several authentic electric pianos organs — both pipe or liturgical — and more contemporary, drawbar-style orchestral strings, synth pads, and stringed pianos.

Dual mode is where we layer, or combine, any two sounds at once. My favorite remains piano with warm, orchestral strings. If you’d like to have a different sound on the left than the sound on the right, you enter SPLIT mode. This is especially good for those with a strong left hand who might like a bass piano sound, but you could have organ on the left and choir on the right, or well, pretty much any combination you can dream up.

Another option in Split mode is the Four Hands function, where we end up with two, identical, 44 note pianos, each in the same octave and each with their own sustain pedal.

The NV10 contains premium audio processing and amplification powered by Onkyo – a world-renowned, Japanese maker of high-end audio products.

The Novus NV10 includes a unique headphone amplifier developed by Onkyo using the latest audio technologies — fully reproducing the piano’s dynamic characteristics.

The NV10 has many powerful features — including metronome, drum rhythms, registration settings. You can play your favorite artist through this wonderful Onkyo sound system either via your Bluetooth audio connection, or off of a USB device. And A/B repeat function allows you to focus on one particular passage you may be trying to learn. You can record your playing and those recordings can be saved to a USB device as MIDI, WAV or MP3 formats.

Final Words

For a complete description and specifications, visit our website — where you’re also welcome to download a brochure. If you have questions, you’re welcome to email us, or customers in the United States and Canada can call us at +1 310-631-1771.

The Novus NV10: the finest HYBRID instrument available.