Yamaha P-45 Review

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Yamaha P-45 Review
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The Yamaha P45 has many features in a truly portable package. It is Yamaha’s first digital piano in its P-series line that offers intermediate to professional level performance in a moderate price range. It is portable, powerful and has many usable options without breaking the bank.

Designed for flexibility and usability the P45 is very versatile. It measures approximately 52 x 11 x 6 inches with a full 88 keys. It comes in basic black and weighs in at a svelte twenty-five pounds. It’s streamlined appearance foreshadows its functionality.

The 88 keys are weighted using Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard technology. This system mimics the mechanics of an analog piano by requiring more effort on the lower pitched keys and lighter effort on the higher pitched keys. Keyboard sensitivity is also adjustable between hard, medium, soft and fixed settings so you can customize it to your playing style.

The keyboard also has a split function making it ideal for teaching. This allows the keyboard to be split in half so the teacher can play in the same octave as the student. It also provides a great deal of tonal variation during a live performance as the split keyboard allows the player to create multiple tonal layers in the same octave.

Internally it boasts 32 note polyphony and ten voices, so your sonic output is very reasonable for the price. Sounds include horns, organs, strings and electric pianos. The P45 also has four reverbs with a dual layer function to add flexibility when adding effects. Other functions include a metronome, transposition and tuning.

The P-45 uses Yamaha’s proprietary Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) Stereo Sampling for its tone generation. AWM sampling digitally captures analog instruments on two microphones (left and right). It processes the signal through its wide range of filters, modulators and envelope generators to reproduce the most realistic sounds possible. The end result is rich, resonant, authentic instruments that can stand on their own.

Externally it has the standard headphone jack for silent play as well as a sustain pedal with a half pedal option as well. And, obviously, it has MIDI in/out connectivity so you can connect directly to other modules, keyboards, your laptop or any other compatible device. In addition, it has a 6 watt amplifier with two 4.5 inch speakers so it can be heard on its own.

Yamaha also offers optional accessories for the P-45 that add to its functionality and play-ability. They include the FC-4 and FC-3 piano style sustain pedals, stereo headphones and a MIDI-USB interface that allows you to connect directly to your computer.

Drawbacks to the P-45 is its inability to record, relegating it to live performance and making it more a controller than a standard keyboard. There is also no USB port which limits its memory potential and interface capability.

All of its features make the Yamaha P-45 very accessible for intermediate use, but its flexibility and portability make it an option for professionals as well. Yamaha has developed a very stable sonic platform that makes the P-45 very reliable. Its full keyboard with weighted keys bring a concert piano feel with unparalleled portability. It has some weak spots and limited internal functionality, but for the price, its shortcomings can be easily overlooked. In the end it is great for both practice, live performance, home studios, pro studios, students and teachers.

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5 Comments

  1. Stephen Noe  - November 27, 2014 - 10:27 am
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    This is an excellent keyboard for learning to play piano because it’s simple and it doesn’t have many distractions. The sound on the other hand is superb and the keys have a very realistic feel to them. It’s also light enough to be able to carry it to practice. I would strongly recommend this digital piano for a beginner or even an intermediate level player.

  2. Meredith  - November 27, 2014 - 10:45 am
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    Yamaha P35 is a cheaper version of P105. It has 32 levels of polyphony vs 128 on P105. It also supports only 1 sustain pedal vs 3 for P105. But it costs $200 less than P105 and it’s great value for the money if you’re not a professional. It’s actually quite amazing how great this piece of electronics is in replicating the sound and feel of an acoustic piano considering it weights next to nothing, takes up no space and costs under $500. Technology at its best.

  3. JK  - November 27, 2014 - 10:55 am
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    We did a lot of shopping and research before we finally decided to buy P35 for our son. He loves it. This keyboard is great for a 10year old to play because it doesn’t have the fancy controls that make keyboards look like toys. P35 is a serious musical instrument. If you buy anything cheaper, the sound and key action will be much worse. If you want to buy something better you will have to spend at least twice more to get a significant improvement. P35 is the sweet spot for digital pianos.

  4. Seth Topps  - January 31, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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    I play professionally and I love this piano. It is light and has become my go-to keyboard for gigs. I play country music and this piano works beautifully for that genre. I especially love that I can play intros and the keys just sound huge in the mix. The bass lines are enormous. I have not one bad thing to say about this piano, I love it!

  5. David Husmann  - January 31, 2015 - 2:30 pm
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    I asked my family to get me this for Christmas because I practice late on our acoustic and it disturbs them after bedtime. This digital is super light and was a great price. I chose it because it is very close in feel to my families upright. I wanted that specifically to keep my practice consistent. This one may not have as many features or as great a sound quality as others on the market but it works great for my needs.

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