100% acoustic instrument + 100% digital possibilities

Background information on the VARIO digital system

The system is based on a comprehensive concept of musical-creative possibilities. And a product that we have developed and built with the aim of providing a special experience of playing your C. Bechstein instrument on a digital level.

These technologies are used in the VARIO:

  • An optical sensor system working with IR light transfers the movements of the keys and pedals into an electrical signal which can then be played by a digital sound generator.
  • The VARIO duet uses a sound module with a connection for headphones to generate this digital sound. Alternatively, any apps (on smartphones, notebooks, etc.) can be used as sound generators.
  • A hammer stop bar adapted to the respective instrument mutes the acoustic sound of your piano if you want to make music purely “digitally”.
  • However, there are also applications – for example to digital music archives, sound recording applications or learning software in music education – for which you prefer to stay with the acoustic sound of your piano. In this case you play your instrument as usual, without muting, but with a digital connection.
    In return, the VARIO offers you comprehensive connectivity to the possibilities of mobile devices with their respective apps.

Experience More With The Instrument

We believe in the additional creative value of modern and high-quality music software. Well-made “apps” can add many more facets to the experience of playing our acoustic instruments.

With our VARIO App we want to make digital functions which are relevant for your piano playing as easy to access as possible. In addition, the VARIO digital system is open to third-party applications and supports the exchange and interaction with them in many different ways.

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Flexible Connectivity

The described “experience more” is also made possible by connecting mobile devices that you are very likely to have already in your household: Smartphones, tablets or laptops.

In order to be able to use as many different devices as possible today and in the future, the VARIO digital system supports the USB-C standard. In addition, so-called MIDI connections can also be established wirelessly via Bluetooth.

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Easy to use

Despite all enthusiasm for technical-creative solutions, the use of day-to-day basic functions must be as simple and convenient as possible.

Therefore, you can use the VARIO digital system very quickly right after power-up and control the most important things with just two controls – even without apps or connected devices.