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That’s where Clavinet V is different

Almost every keyboard has a handful of Clav patches. Almost none get it right.

Our physical modeling technology creates a detailed audio hologram of the Clavinet. Instead of a sampled snapshot of a sound, you get a spot-on virtual Clav that lives and breathes. It barks and sparkles just like the real deal and will draw out musical ideas you didn’t know you had.

Even the golden ears in your audience will think you used the real thing.

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How does it work?

You can strum or pick a guitar, but you can also mash one finger onto the fretboard and the string will vibrate.

This was the core of the “hammer-on” technique Eddie Van Halen made famous. Make a keyboard do that, give it a string for every note, add pickups like a guitar, and you have a Clav.

The Clavinet had humble beginnings. German company Hohner — known for harmonicas and accordions — aimed a series of electrified keyboards at classical practice and recital. Designer Ernst Zacharias had tried other techniques and materials, beginning with the Cembalet in the 1950s. It plucked a reed using a motion like a harpsichord. Next, the Pianet family had foam pads that actually stuck to the reeds. Pressing keys unstuck the pads, making the reeds vibrate.

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So Simple, So Flexible

All the tonal control of the Clavinet D6.

All the tonal control of the Clavinet D6.

What we added

Clavinet V lets you fine-tune all the mechanical and electrical nuances of the real thing - and beyond.

Physical modeling gives you infinitely more control than sampled-based instruments - even more than the real thing. Add effects to the mix, and you’ve got a complete rig at your fingertips.

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Hear it in action

If talking about music is like dancing about architecture, that’s doubly true of the Music Easel.

Fortunately it’s easier to show you than tell you, which is exactly what these artists’ original compositions do.


Easel V serves up timbres from soothing to whimsical to downright pokes in the ear.

Its 350 presets cover all these bases and everything in between. Here is a prime selection of sequence, lead, and SFX sound examples.

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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Phi® Powered

State-of-the-art physical modeling designed to provide real material depth to our acoustic and electro-acoustic virtual instruments.

With advanced mathematical algorithms, our engineers recreate every aspect of the original instruments, down to the finest vibrations - for a response that sounds and feels as tangible as the real thing.

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