Clavinet V

Physical funk machine.

Get the unmistakable sound of “Superstition” and countless other soulful classics. The Clavinet makes heads bob and bodies bounce like nothing else - with exclusive physical modeling technology, Clavinet V reproduces it down to the last detail.

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.

All of the Vibe

Tweak the same controls as on the original and Clavinet V faithfully renders the results. No settling for one-size-fits all patches here!

None of the Hassle

Vintage Clavs are hunted to extinction on the used market and expensive to restore. Clavinet V will never need tuning or repairs.


Soul, rock, R&B, hip-hop, dance, prog … nothing adds groove and cred to your productions like a Clav.

Radio Ready

Play straight or through built-in modeled FX from back in the day. It’s never been easier to drop a Clav sound perfectly into a live or recorded mix.

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.

Discover the history of Clavinet

Zacharias was a huge fan of Bach and Baroque music, and what he really wanted was an electric clavichord that would sound great playing it. The design of the Clavinet hit the sweet spot. The rubber tips that “hammered-on” the strings were on the underside of the keys — there was no complicated action — which made for a dynamic response and a much lighter touch than a piano. Several models, including some with a built-in speaker, came before the popular D6 we modeled for Clavinet V. (Pub trivia fact: Stevie Wonder played “Superstition” on the Clavinet C, the model just before the D6.)

The Clav’s viral success didn’t exactly surprise Zacharias and Frank Hohner, who quickly caught on to how unique and flexible their little Baroque practice instrument sounded in bands and launched a “More Than Harmonicas” ad campaign in English-language musical instrument magazines. Still, under 40,000 units were sold over two decades, but they’re heard on so many recordings that it seems like a lot more.

A real Clav,
piece by piece

Meticulous component-level modeling is the secret to authentically recreating a legend.

The Clavinet is a unique combination of discrete electro-acoustic components that each have a dynamic life force all their own as they interact with each other. Capturing that behaviour - and subsequently that sound - requires more than sampling. Instead, we’ve modeled each component to bring the signature sound and continuous playing dynamics of the Clavinet fully to life under your fingertips.

Physical modeling

The Clavinet sound comes from its strings contacting metal plates, giving it that characteristic bright sound similar to a slapped guitar or bass string. Releasing the key triggers the yarn damping mechanism. Each of these components has been remodeled to accurately reflect differences in volume and brightness depending on how hard you play - right down to the master damper slide for softer muted plucked sounds.

Algorithmic circuit emulation

The Clavinet’s string vibrations are converted to an electric signal via a pair of 6-core humbucking pickups similar to those found in electric guitars, Left-hand rocker switches determine the pickup engagement and phase, as well as all-or-nothing passing of low, mid, and high frequencies. We emulated these individual parts of the Clavinet’s chain using advanced algorithms to give you the exact response you’d expect from the real thing. Clavinet V is as close as it gets.

So Simple,
So Flexible

All the tonal control of the Clavinet D6.

  • #YesFilter

    Go full and mellow, sharp and nasal, or anywhere in between. Four filter switches emphasize different parts of Clavinet V’s frequency range.

  • Pickup Artistry

    Take even more timbral control with the pickup switches — choose to hear one pickup or the other, both in phase, or both out of phase.

  • Mute Point

    We’ve modeled the Clavinet’s physical mute mechanism, which affects both sustain and brightness.

What we

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.






01. Cry, Baby

How can a Clav get any funkier? With a wah-wah! Choose a MIDI-assignable pedal or auto-wah.

02. Turn On, Trip Out

Four more stompbox slots host authentic vintage phaser, flanger, chorus, delay, overdrive, and compressor pedals, and even a unique vocal filter for talkbox effects.

03. Amp It Like the Pros

The modeled Twin-style amp simulator offers 3-band EQ, reverb, tremolo, and plenty of attitude.

04. Profile Picture

Change Clavinet V’s entire character with different harmonic profiles.

05. All the Details

No two Clavinets are exactly alike, which is why you can adjust variables like string resonance, key-off noise, hammer hardness, and more.

06. Define Your Touch

Optimize Clavinet V’s response for your playing style and MIDI controller in the velocity curve editor. It even saves curve presets.

Hear it
in action

Everyone knows and loves the “Superstition” sound, but just like the original, Clavinet V has many more musical and tonal tricks up its sleeve.

Physical modeling and algorithmic emulation combine in the Clavinet V to give you all the variations of authentic Clavinet sounds behind countless funk, pop, R&B and rock hits. Check out these demos to experience its mind-expanding range.

Fast Lane

Paolo Negri


Christian Laffite


Christian Laffite


From fundamental funk to processed prog, our acclaimed sound designers have filled the factory soundbank with Presets that capture any sound the original Clavinet could create — and even a few that it couldn’t.


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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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

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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Main Features

Advanced Physical modeling engine (no static samples)

Hohner™ Clavinet

  • Mute bar
  • Accurate pickups model with generated pickup noise (4 lower and upper pickup combinations)
  • Circuit Modeled tone circuit (4 bands, brillant, trebble, medium, soft)
  • Volume control

Fender Twin amp

  • Modeled spring reverb
  • On and off axis mic placement
  • Tone controls
  • Mono vibrato
  • Effects are post output circuit

Output effects where you can change the order

  • Wah, auto-wah
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Compressor
  • Chorus
  • Analog Delay
  • Overdrive
  • Vocal Filter

Advanced mode for editing the model itself

  • Harmonic profile selections
  • Velocity curve editor
  • String resonance
  • Release time
  • Tuning
  • Key release noise
  • Dynamics
  • Hammer hardness
  • Hammer noise
  • Pickup noise

74 factory presets

Easy to use MIDI mapping

Platform specifications


  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).


  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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