Yamaha P115: Gone are the days when people use to buy traditional pianos. With time and technological improvements, digital pianos have taken over the piano market.
A digital piano has no strings or hammers, but instead, it utilizes electronics in one form or another to produce the sound. Digital pianos allow for a greater variation in sounds because they allow for sound modification.
Buying a digital piano, especially your first one can be really confusing due to the number of options and variations available in the market. Adding the cherry on the cake, are the technical terms and jargon that are included in the product descriptions. Amidst such confusion, we bring it you a piano by one of the most renowned brands in the piano industry: Yamaha.
About the Brand
Yamaha is a Japanese piano company and makes many different models of acoustic and digital pianos. In fact, they also happen to make more pianos than anyone else in the world. It has years of experience producing both acoustic and digital instruments. It is a brand that strives continuously to provide refined technology.
Significantly over time, Yamaha has improved a lot on their products. Yamaha is a brand that offers an instrument for musicians at every level.
In short, Yamaha comes with a solution to every need of the pianists, both for beginners as well as advanced. In short, it is the most diverse brand you will ever come across. People buy Yamaha products because of the legacy and the reliability they carry along.
Loaded with an array of functions, Yamaha P115 is the latest addition to the P-series. This compact digital piano provides an authentic piano-playing experience. Let’s take a look at its features in detail:
Featuring a sleek and simple design, this piano looks extremely stylish. Compact and portable, this piano is 52.2 inches wide, 11.6 inches deep and 6.4 inches high. It can easily fit anywhere without occupying too much of space. This piano doesn’t come with any kind of stand, so a stand needs to be bought separately.
With the weight of about 26 lbs. this lightweight piano is easy to move around. The P-115 is available in only two colors, black and white.
The P115 has 88 fully-weighted keys, which are the same size as you’ll find on an acoustic piano. The mechanism used is the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS), which is one of the best and most affordable hammer-action technologies of Yamaha.
This mechanism basically replicates the touch and experience of a real piano. Their graded, weighted touch keys, are similar to that on the acoustic pianos.
All the entry level pianos by Yamaha will have GHS. The GHS mechanism proportionally decreases the weight through the key bed, i.e. it is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end.
Thus, it is well-suited for the beginner and intermediate pianist. However, this action is not suited for advanced pianists. The keys are made of plastic and feature a black matte finish that gives the board a premium look.
This piano has touch-sensitive keys, i.e. the harder you hit the key, the louder the sound, similar to that in case of the real piano. It comes with four levels of touch sensitivity: soft, medium, hard, and fixed. In case you do not need touch-sensitive keys, you can always choose the fixed setting.
It does not come with an LCD display but offers its users an iPhone/iPad Digital Piano Controller app via which you can control the keyboard from the device.
The app provides detailed information and lets you do a lot of other things remotely without even touching the piano. The app gives you an on-screen interface to control parameters like voice, mode, recording/playback, etc.
The Yamaha P115 has USB to Host connectivity. The device needs to be plugged into the keyboard as there is no wireless option.
The sound quality of this piano is super-amazing. It is equipped with Yamaha’s renowned Pure CF Sound Engine which faithfully reproduces the tone of Yamaha’s acclaimed CFIIIS 9′ Concert Grand piano that allows for varied dynamics.
Reverberation is the only sound effect that is available on this piano, the sound effect which makes the sound bigger and more expressive. You can also adjust the depth of the reverb.
Overall, the sound of P115 has been enhanced to be in line with the ears of the performer. It has a Sound Boost feature that lets you increase the volume and make your notes clearly audible. The Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) automatically adjusts the sound quality and delivers a crystal clear sound even at low v levels.
The sound of this piano is top-notch and you cannot ask for more.
It has 192 notes of polyphony, unlike its predecessor P-105 which had 128 key polyphony. The 192 notes of polyphony is amazingly sufficient for beginners or intermediates and will also suffice to the needs of advanced pianists.
This digital piano doesn’t need to be tuned, but in case you want it lets you adjust the pitch of the entire keyboard via Transpose or Tuning function.
The best part about this piano is it is equipped with some on-board drum rhythms for practice or performance, which makes it extremely beneficial for beginners.
There are a variety of rhythm patterns to choose from; ranging from basic rock to shuffle and swing beats. These rhythms can be used as a virtual drummer while you are performing, or can add a fun element to your tones while rehearsing.
The piano has Auxiliary connections for speakers and headphones. Basically, the AUX Out jacks make it possible to connect the keyboard to external amplifiers, or powered speakers for a power-packed performance during live events or other situations.
These two 1/4″ jacks can be connected without disabling the built-in speakers, in case you decided to use the headphone output. In case you want to connect it directly to a computer or iPad, then use the USB to HOST port.
The auto power-off function minimizes the unnecessary power consumption, as it automatically turns off the instrument in case there is no operation for more than 30 minutes.
Modes and Recording
There are 3 different types of modes available on the P115: Split, Dual and Duo.
1. Split– This mode allows you to divide the keyboard into two sections, thereby giving you the option to play two different sounds simultaneously. You can adjust the split point as per you like.
2. Dual Mode– It allows you to layer two instrument sounds, so that the same sound is produced across the entire range of the keyboard. You can select whichever two sounds you want.
3. Duo Mode– It divides the keyboard into two halves and let the two players play the same notes at the same time. This feature is perfect for student-teacher practice.
The P115 has a 2-track MIDI recorder, using which you can record your performances. These performances are saved on the internal memory in SMF format. It also allows you to play two tracks together as one song.
It offers 10 Pianist Styles, that simply gives you a full piano accompaniment to convert your simple cords into professional ones. Some of the styles are such as Boogie, Swing, Blues, Rag, Arpeggio, Slow Rock, etc.
All you have to do is just play the chords in your left hand and the accompaniment function will automatically play the rhythmic patterns. So, your right hand is completely free to play any other chords or melodies.
It comes with a rock-solid 3-Year Labor and Part Limited Warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer.
Yamaha P115 Digital Piano Review
Loaded with an array of functions, Yamaha P115 is the latest addition to the P-series. This compact digital piano provides an authentic piano-playing experience.