(CVP-87A and CVP-85A) or on the rear panel (CVP-83S). Make sure that the voltage selector is set for the voltage in your area.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE: The information contained in this manual is believed to be correct at the time of printing. However, Yamaha reserves the right to change or modify any of the specifications without notice or obligation to update existing units.
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Thank you for choosing a Yamaha Clavinova. Your Clavinova is a fine musical instrument that employs ad- vanced Yamaha music technology. With the proper care, your Clavinova will give you many years of musical pleas- ure. In order to make the most of your Clavinova’s performance potential and features, we urge you to read this...
Preparation POWER If you will be using sheet music with your Clavinova, raise the music stand built into it’s top panel by lifting the rear edge of the music stand, flip the support brackets on the rear of the music stand down so that they fit into the corresponding recesses.
“Accompaniment Volume Mode” utility function (page 42). They can be used to control modulation, pitch bend, and expression; or individual reverb depth for the rhythm, chord 1, chord 2, and bass parts. An optional Yamaha EP-1 Expression Pedal can be plugged into the CVP-87A BEAT SONG NUMBER...
Demonstration Playback DANCE POP 1 POP 1 DANCE POP 2 POP 2 SWING BIG BAND JAZZ BOOGIE BALLAD DEMO DEMO CLAVINOVA PIANO E.PIANO HARPSI VIBES TONE UPRIGHT ELEC ORGAN CHOIR DRUMS BASS BASS MASTER VOLUME START/STOP DEMO SLOW 16BEAT 1 ROCK’N’...
Voice Selection CLAVINOVA PIANO E.PIANO HARPSI VIBES GUITAR TONE UPRIGHT ELEC ORGAN CHOIR DRUMS VOICE 13-60 BASS BASS VOICE 13-60 CLAVINOVA PIANO E.PIANO HARPSI VIBES GUITAR TONE UPRIGHT ELEC ORGAN CHOIR DRUMS VOICE 13-60 BASS BASS CLAVINOVA PIANO E.PIANO TONE UPRIGHT ORGAN CHOIR...
Voice Selection DRUMS When the [DRUMS] voice selector is pressed (its indicator will light), you can play 44 different drum and percussion instruments on the keyboard. The percussion instruments played by the various keys are marked by symbols above the keys (keys with no symbols produce no sound).
Dual Mode — or press one voice selector while holding another. A voice in the 13…60 range CLAVINOVA PIANO E.PIANO HARPSI VIBES TONE can be “dualed” with the panel voices by pressing the [VOICE 13-60] button and any other voice selector at the same time (two voices in the 13…60 range cannot be UPRIGHT ELEC combined).
Split Mode SPLIT CLAVINOVA E.PIANO HARPSI TONE UPRIGHT ELEC CHOIR BASS BASS SPLIT RHYTHM MIDI/ TRANSPOSE CHORD 1 DEMO ROOM HALL 1 SOFT CHORD 2 HALL 2 START/STOP COSMIC SOLO STYLEPLAY BASS LEFT PEDAL MASTER VOLUME REVERB FUNCTION When the [SPLIT] button is pressed and its indicator lights, the keyboard is split into left- and right-hand sections and different voices can be assigned to each.
The volume balance between the left-hand and right-hand voices can be ad- justed by using the TEMPO [ ] and [ ] buttons while holding the [SPLIT] but- SPLIT ton. The selected balance value (1 … 15) will be shown on the TEMPO display while the [SPLIT] and TEMPO [s] or [ ] buttons are held.
Digital Reverb Effects ROOM HALL 1 HALL 2 COSMIC REVERB ROOM HALL 1 HALL 2 COSMIC TEMPO REVERB ROOM HALL 1 HALL 2 COSMIC AUTO BASS CHORD RHYTHM FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER FINGERED SOLO MIDI/ STYLEPLAY TRANSPOSE CHORD 1 DEMO SYNCHRO START/STOP START...
The number of available notes is further reduced if the performance memory or a Disk Orchestra Collection disk is being played at the same time. Further varia- tion occurs in the CVP-85A and CVP-83S with “1-layer” and “2-layer” voices: the polyphony is halved with 2-layer voices. The CVP-87A additionally features stereo voices.
The Pedals The damper pedal functions in the same way as a damper pedal on an acoustic piano. When the damper pedal is pressed notes played have a long sustain. Releasing the pedal immediately stops (damps) any sustained notes. If you play a note or chord on the keyboard and press the sostenuto pedal while the note(s) are held, those notes will be sustained as long as the pedal is held (as if the damper pedal had been pressed) but all subsequently played notes will not be sustained.
MIDI/ TRANSPOSE RHYTHM MIDI/ TRANSPOSE The pan settings are as follows: Transposition MIDI/ TRANSPOSE TEMPO AUTO BASS CHORD BEAT RHYTHM SOLO DANCE SLOW MIDI/ FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER FINGERED STYLEPLAY POP 1 POP 1 16BEAT 1 ROCK’N’ ROCK COUNTRY 1 TRANSPOSE POP 2 DANCE...
Pitch Control TEMPO TEMPO TEMPO 4. 4 2 44. 2 442. To tune up (raise pitch), hold the A-1 and B-1 keys simultaneously (A-1 and B- 1 are the two lowest white keys on the keyboard) and press any key between C3 and B3.
Accompaniment SYNCHRO START/STOP INTRO/ENDING START NORMAL VARIATION FILL TO NORMAL FILL TO VARIATION RHYTHM MIDI/ TRANSPOSE CHORD 1 DEMO ROOM HALL 1 SOFT CHORD 2 HALL 2 START/STOP COSMIC SOLO STYLEPLAY BASS MASTER VOLUME REVERB LEFT PEDAL AUTO ACCOMPANIMENT FUNCTION DANCE SLOW POP 1...
Accompaniment There are several ways to start the accompaniment: START/STOP INTRO/ENDING SYNCHRO START Press the [START/STOP] button. Each of the styles also has a variation that can be selected by pressing the [VARIA- TION/FILL TO VARIATION] button (its LED will light) before pressing the [START/ STOP] button.
If you hold one of the FILL buttons, the fill-in will repeat until the end of the The accompaniment can be stopped at any time by pressing the [START/ The CVP-87A, CVP-85A, and CVP-83S also offer a metronome function that is To start the metronome, simply press the [METRONOME] button so that its...
Auto Bass Chord (ABC) SINGLE FINGER accompaniment makes it simple to produce accompaniment using major, seventh, minor and minor- seventh chords by pressing a minimum number of keys in the ABC section of the keyboard. The automatic accompaniment consists of rhythm, bass and chords. SINGLE FINGER START/STOP INTRO/ENDING...
The FINGERED mode is ideal if you already know how to play chords on a keyboard, since it allows you to supply your own chords for the Auto Accompaniment feature. FINGERED START/STOP INTRO/ENDING Press the [FINGERED] button to select the FINGERED mode (the FIN- GERED indicator will light).
Auto Bass Chord (ABC) FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER FINGERED RHYTHM CHORD 1 CHORD 2 BASS MIDI/ TRANSPOSE BASS SINGLE FINGER When this advanced auto-accompaniment mode is engaged (press the [FULL KEY- BOARD] button so that its indicator lights) the Clavinova will automatically create ap- propriate accompaniment while you play just about anything, anywhere on the keyboard: chords, a bass line, arpeggiated chords, a melody line.
Disk Styles SONG SELECT SONG NUMBER DISK STYLE 1 DISK STYLE 2 AUTO BASS CHORD RHYTHM MIDI/ FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER TRANSPOSE CHORD 1 DEMO SYNCHRO START/STOP START ROOM HALL 1 SOFT CHORD 2 HALL 2 START/STOP COSMIC SOLO STYLEPLAY NORMAL BASS FILL TO NORMAL...
Disk Styles DISK SONG NUMBER STYLE 1 DISK STYLE 2 After you’ve loaded the desired Disk Styles, the [DISK STYLE 1] and [DISK STYLE 2] buttons can be used in exactly the same way as the other STYLE but- tons to select the loaded patterns for ABC accompaniment (see “Auto Bass Chord (ABC)”...
Solo Styleplay SOLO STYLEPLAY DANCE POP 1 16BEAT 1 ROCK’N’ POP 1 SOLO DANCE 16BEAT POP 2 16BEAT 2 STYLEPLAY POP 2 SHUFFLE SWING BIG BAND BOSSA CHA-CHA JAZZ BOOGIE SAMBA RHUMBA BALLAD SOFT SOSTENUTO SOFT START/STOP START/STOP SOLO STYLEPLAY SOLO STYLEPLAY LEFT PEDAL LEFT PEDAL...
Disk Orchestra SONG NUMBER SONG SELECT RIGHT/1TR START/STOP MASTER VOLUME SONG NUMBER START/STOP START/STOP PHRASE LAMP SONG NUMBER GUIDE REPEAT CANCEL LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR RHYTHM PAUSE START/STOP AUTO BASS CHORD BEAT SOLO DANCE SLOW MIDI/ RHYTHM FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER FINGERED STYLEPLAY POP 1 POP 1...
RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR RHYTHM When you’ve finished with the currently loaded disk, simply press the disk drive EJECT button to remove it. The [RIGHT/1TR], [LEFT/2TR], [ORCH/3-10TR], and [RHYTHM] buttons can be used to select playback of specific parts. The [LEFT/2TR] button turns the left-hand part on or off, the [RIGHT/1TR] button turns the right-hand part on or off, the [ORCH/3-10TR] button turns the ORCHESTRA parts on or off, and the [RHYTHM] button turns the rhythm part on or off.
Disk Orchestra RHYTHM CHORD 1 CHORD 2 BASS GUIDE RIGHT/1TR RIGHT/1TR RIGHT/1TR RIGHT/1TR GUIDE GUIDE During DISK ORCHESTRA playback use the RHYTHM volume control to adjust the volume of the drum and percussion parts, the CHORD 2 volume control adjusts the volume of the main left- and right-hand parts, the CHORD 1 volume control adjusts the volume of all other parts except the bass, and the BASS control adjusts the volume of the bass part.
Use this function if you want to practice a specific phrase within a song, as indicated by the phrase marks on the Disk Orchestra Collection score. SONG NUMBER SONG NUMBER PHRASE REPEAT RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR RHYTHM START/STOP This function allows you to specify any section of a DISK ORCHESTRA song for continuous repeat playback. MIDI/ PHRASE PHRASE...
The [ORCH/3-10TR] and [RHYTHM] parts of songs from DISK ORCHESTRA COLLECTION disks — the disk supplied with the Clavinova and others available from Yamaha — can be copied to separate disks by following the “Copying Disk Orchestra Disks” instructions given on page 39 of the “Disk Control” section. Data copied in this way can be played back and manipulated via the Performance Memory (page 31) —...
Performance Memory SONG NUMBER SONG PHRASE GUIDE SELECT REPEAT RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR PAUSE START/STOP MIDI/ TRANSPOSE DEMO ROOM HALL 1 SOFT HALL 2 START/STOP COSMIC SOLO STYLEPLAY LEFT PEDAL MASTER VOLUME REVERB FUNCTION into the Clavinova disk drive (see page 38), and that the disk’s write protect tab is set to the “write”...
Performance Memory START/STOP START/STOP < SONG NUMBER Play on the keyboard. Recording will begin automatically as soon as you start playing. Stop recording by pressing the [START/STOP] button or the [REC] button. When recording has finished the indicator of the recorded track will glow green, indicating that the track is ready for playback.
SONG NUMBER RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR SONG NUMBER RHYTHM RIGHT/1TR FULL KEYBOARD SINGLE FINGER FINGERED ORCH/3-10TR SOLO STYLEPLAY The following parameters will be recorded in addition to notes you play: START/STOP Only one track can be recorded at a time. If you press [RIGHT/1TR] you will record on track number 1.
Performance Memory When you’ve finished recording the first track, you can simply play it back as described in the previous section or add a new track to your song. To record a new track: MIDI/ TRANSPOSE BASS Select a voice and other parameters for the new track. Try out the voice and selected parameters before proceeding.
“Punch-in recording” allows you to start recording from any point within a previously-recorded track, leaving all recorded material up to the punch-in point intact. START/STOP PAUSE RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR ORCH/3-10TR RHYTHM START/STOP START/STOP RIGHT/1TR LEFT/2TR START/STOP Play back the song in order to locate the point you want to punch-in from. You can also use the [fFF] and [r REW] buttons to locate the punch-in point.
Performance Memory Data from an external MIDI device such as a sequencer or music computer can also be recorded to the Performance Memory as follows: Connect the MIDI OUT terminal of the trans- mitting device to the Clavinova’s MIDI IN terminal using a standard MIDI cable.
The CHORD SEQUENCE function provides a convenient way to enter chord sequences and style changes one at a time. CHORD SEQUENCE BEAT CHORD SEQUENCE Press the [CHORD SEQUENCE] button. The [ORCH/3-10TR] and [RHYTHM] track button indicators will glow red, and the ABC FINGERED mode will be automatically selected —...
Disk Control The Clavinova uses only 3.5" 2DD floppy disks. We recommend that you use Yamaha 2DD disks. Before you can use a new disk for recording, the disk must be “formatted” so that the Clavinova can recognize it and correctly write the music data onto it.
Song data can be “backed up” by copying to a new song number or a different disk, as follows: SONG NUMBER COPY SONG NUMBER COPY All Disk Orchestra data except the right-hand and left-hand parts can be copied to a separate disk by following the standard copy procedure outlined above.
If the error occurs with all disks the drive may be faulty. Refer the problem to your Yamaha dealer. You have attempted to format, write to, copy to, or delete data from a write- protected disk.
Utility Mode 1 POP 1 POP 2 MIDI/ TRANSPOSE SWING JAZZ BALLAD U1 . 2 MIDI/ TEMPO TRANSPOSE you’ve finished making the required settings. The Clavinova can be set to one of three different types of keyboard touch sensitivity to match different playing styles and preferences.
Utility Mode 1 Normally the Auto Accompaniment volume controls are used to adjust the volume of the Rhythm, Chord 1, Chord 2, and Bass accompaniment parts, as labelled on the Clavinova panel. This function can be used to assign these volume controls to other operations.
This function determines whether the “Synchro Start” mode will automatically be turned ON and OFF when an ABC mode is turned ON and OFF (refer to page 20, 21). This function determines whether the songs are played back and repeated in sequential or random order when “ALL” is selected when playing back a disk (refer to page 26).
TRANSPOSE This function can be used to convert the performance memory voice assignments used by the CVP-87A, CVP-85A, and CVP-83S to Clavinova Common Voice Assignments so songs recorded on one of these instruments can be played back on other Clavinovas.
This function saves the current settings of all panel controls to disk. The data can then be reloaded at any time by using the Load Panel Settings function (u3), described next. select the song number you want to save the data to. Panel settings can be saved to a blank song number or one that already contains performance memory data.
Utility Mode 2 This function reloads the individual key tuning data saved to disk by the Save Individual Key Tuning function (u4), described above. This function “quantizes” song memory data that has already been recorded to disk. This means that all notes are aligned to the nearest specified beat, thereby “tightening up”...
MIDI Functions In any MIDI control setup, the MIDI channels of the transmitting and receiving equipment must be matched for proper data transfer (there are 16 MIDI channels). An “OMNI” receive mode is also available, which allows reception on all 16 MIDI channels. In the OMNI mode it is not necessary to match the receive channel of the receiving device to the transmit channel of the transmitting device.
MIDI Functions E.PIANO E.PIANO Normally the Clavinova will respond to MIDI program change numbers received from an external keyboard or other MIDI device, causing the correspondingly numbered Clavinova voice to be selected. The Clavinova will normally also send a MIDI program change number whenever one of its voices is selected, causing the correspondingly numbered voice or program to be selected on the external MIDI device if the device is set up to receive and respond to MIDI pro- gram change numbers.
The Multi-Timbre mode is a special mode in which the Clavinova voices can be independently controlled on differ- ent MIDI channel numbers (1 through 15) by an external MIDI device. The Multi-Timbre mode is off when the power is initially turned on. The Multi-Timbre mode can be activated as follows: GUITAR GUITAR...
This mode is similar to the Multi-Timbre Mode described on page 49, but MIDI program change numbers received on all channels are converted to Yamaha Clavinova Common Voice Numbers. MIDI program change numbers transmit- ted when the panel voice selectors are operated are also converted to the common voice numbers.
The AUX. OUT L/L+R and R jacks deliver the output of the Clavinova for The MIDI IN connector receives MIDI data from an external MIDI device More details on MIDI are given in “MIDI Functions” on page 47. An optional Yamaha EP-1 Expression Pedal can be connected to this jack to...
Check the Auto Accompaniment volume control settings. No sound is produced if these are set to their minimum positions. This can occur if there is a high-power transmitter in your vicinity. Contact your Yamaha dealer. This is usually due to turning on or off a household appliance or other electronic equipment which is fed by the same AC mains line as your Clavinova.