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Kawai ATX3 vs. ATX4

By Lucy Maddox - October 18, 2021

Both ATX and Aures are hybrid pianos that combine acoustic and digital elements, meaning you can play as a normal acoustic piano, or play digitally through headphones by engaging the mute rail.


Kawai have been busy making tweaks and improvements to the ATX3 system since its release and in this blog we will take a look at these improvements that have resulted in the new ATX4.


Browse models featuring the new ATX4 system here, and if you are interested in purchasing a piano with the ATX4 system, do get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help.



ATX3 vs. ATX4





The Kawai ATX3 Anytime system was released in 2018 and quickly became popular due to the system’s ability to incorporate an acoustic muting feature with powerful digital audio components, allowing the player to continue enjoying the distinctive feeling of an acoustic piano without disturbing anyone, since the sound can be played through headphones.


Instruments featuring the ATX3 system come with a LCD colour screen embedded within the left cheekblock, a muting system controlled by a hammer shank stopper (the middle pedal), and helpful virtual technician parameters for both pianist mode and sound mode.




Upgrading the ATX3 system, Kawai released the ATX4 Anytime system in 2021, offering many improvements and making the hybrid piano experience even more seamless and enjoyable.


These improvements include:



Sound & Touch


The sound and touch of the ATX4 has  advanced with the help of Master Piano Artisans who have helped to achieve the closest possible performance to that of an acoustic piano. The system has improved SK-EX rendering piano engine and multi-channel sampling resonance and modelling for advanced sound.


The grand piano touch muting system has also undergone some changes with a significantly improved hammer stop rail system, which allows for a normal grand piano touch even when the muting mode is active and new parameters mean that you can adjust the hammer noise and release time.



Improved control app


One of the most obvious changes on instruments with the ATX4 Anytime system is the absence of the LCD colour screen on the left cheekblock. This is due to an improved control app whereby all operations are performed from a smart device – such as phone or tablet.


The improvements allow for easier recording of performances, as well as more seamless sharing of these recordings via chat and mail apps.


Easily record and share recordings and make the most of the PiaBookPlayer app with hundreds of notated scores for a truly interactive and satisfying piano playing experience.


This is great whether you are learning or are an experienced player. Playing accompaniment tracks from a Bluetooth connected smartphone means that you can enjoy ensemble performances, which is very motivating.



Wireless connectivity


Without an LCD touchscreen display on the cheekblock of the pianos, ATX4 has improved connectivity directly from your smart devices to your piano.


The ATX4 has Bluetooth and MIDI functionality and can send or receive MIDI data wirelessly with no need for cables or adaptors.


Music from your devices (such as a smartphone or tablet) connecting wirelessly to your ATX4 piano via Bluetooth, means that your piano can become the main audio source in your home or studio.



Explore the new features for yourself


The new ATX4 pianos allow for greater flexibility and creativity and if you are interested in any Kawai model that features this system, then get in touch with us today.


We offer private appointments at both our showroom locations so that you can come and have uninterrupted time trying pianos and talking to our expert advisers about all the pros and cons of various piano models. 



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