Elite tone meets unparalleled authenticity in yet another line of Yamaha wizardry. Consistently cracking it out of the park, Yamaha prides itself on bringing an astonishing sense of realism to a digital workspace, mimicking the expressiveness of organic pianos in whatever environment you find yourself in. The P Series applies those same fundamentals, but with an emphasis on accessibility. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned veteran, pianists of any caliber can reap the benefits of this state-of-the-art series.
To capture the emotion from a “real” piano, the sounds from the P-Series are sampled from the highly-regarded Yamaha CFX concert grand, putting a premium on expression. Not a single tone you use will sound cheesy or tacky. Weighted keys provide players with a responsive, controlled keyboard that emulates the comfort and rawness of sitting behind a classical piano. Virtual Resonance Modeling goes so far as to recreate the resonance and response from an acoustic piano, ensuring every little nuance in your playing will be accounted for in real-time. The P Series also prides itself on its sleeker designs for optimizing your practice, recording and performance spaces.
Each keyboard in the P Series offers its own array of perks and specifications, giving you options as a player. Check out what each one has to offer and give yourself a better idea as to what would be best suited for you:
The most affordable digital piano from this Yamaha series, the P-45 offers incredible value and packs one heck of a punch. Compact and lightweight, you can take this 25 lb. keyboard on-the-go for gigs, private instruction or mobile recording sessions. Those who need some portability with their setup can find that here, without stress or pulled discs in your back.
While virtually anyone can benefit from the P-45, perhaps it’s best suited for beginner piano students. Between its basic set of features, GHS action for building proper finger technique and matte finish for reduced slipperiness on black keys, those who are still getting their feet wet behind a piano can benefit from these attributes. While the P-45 is only available in black, it absolutely gleams dark elegance in any piano setting.
Time to take it up a notch. Highlighted by robust tone and a larger-than-life sonic range, the P-121 gets its excellent sound from the Pure CF Sound Engine and two-way speaker system. This technology guarantees a bold sound with dazzling delivery and emotional expression, courtesy of the Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand it recreates. Pianists will be in awe at this striking sense of realism, sprinkled with acoustic resonance for added emotional flavor. Available in both white and black, its color palette screams sophistication.
For players looking for some extra sizzle in their digital piano sessions, the P-121 has the ability to transfer MIDI and audio files for extra practice functions. With the Smart Pianist app, users have the opportunity to control settings, voices, rhythms and more from their iOS or Android device. Using Chord Tracker, it’ll be possible to easily learn the chords from your favorite songs and progressions. Receiving a musical education has never been so progressive, so take full advantage of this technology.
Keeping up with the tradition of so many esteemed Yamaha keyboards, the P-125 is absolutely stellar in its delivery and natural piano feel. With its minimal design and attention to performance detail, pianists can be comfortable behind these keys regardless of location or setup. Functions like Dual Voice and Split Keyboard offer extended ways to enhance your playing experience, and a full 88-key piano range lets you enter the zone as a musician. Despite this full onslaught of keys, this unit remains surprisingly portable.
Much like its P-121 sibling, the P-125 can be used with the Smart Pianist app for song analysis, Chord Tracker functions and play-along technology. It also includes a library of Bass & Drum tracks to jam along to, ranging from jazz to Latin to pop. For those recording or practicing on a hard surface, the P-125 enables a “Table EQ” option for optimal acoustics in those conditions.
Highest on this series’ totem pole is the P-515, dominating the digital piano kingdom with mind-numbingly acoustic recreation. Not only does the P-515 mimic the beautiful tones from the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano, it also proudly replicates the prominent Vienna-made Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano. Prepare to be immersed in the golden standard for acoustic pianos globally, right in the comfort of your own practice space.
Only the finest of digital pianos exhibit Natural Wood X (NWX) technology, with unparalleled woodworking craftsmanship. The P-515’s NWX keyboard has a near-perfect feel to that of an acoustic piano. Between escapement mechanisms, accurate hammer action and Enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling, you’ll easily mimic the nuances of a classical piano in action. Eerily similar to the way a grand piano would respond, the P-515 masters the art of acoustic replication in a digital context. On top of all of this, this keyboard features Bluetooth connectivity to blast your favorite jams through its high-quality speaker system.
Regardless of what direction you end up going, you simply can’t go wrong with anything Yamaha has to offer. Pianists are presented with a multitude of options from the P Series, but don’t let that overshadow what’s available through its sibling series: CP. While generally more expensive, the CP series has plenty of additional features to make it a fixture in your practice or performance space.
Highlighted by the 73, 88 and 300, the CP series comes jam-packed with that same jaw-dropping piano authenticity, but also serves the role as synthesizer in a few respects. In other words, you can channel warm pads, lush strings, brass, synth leads and more with these keyboards. They also come equipped with multiple effects to manipulate sound and tone even further. Included but not limited to delay, reverb and EQ, you can wear an engineering hat while you jam to make the most out of your sonic space.
Whether it’s the P or CP Series, Yamaha is the Holy Grail of digital piano for players of any caliber. Still have questions about which model is right for you? Let us at SamAsh.com offer a helping hand.