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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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.

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So Simple, So Flexible

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

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.


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.

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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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