Playing a musical instrument is very satisfying. Some people are into guitars and drums while others are more into keyboards. If you want a keyboard which has a modern feel and features that will allow you to expand your creativity, then the digital piano is more your speed.
Many music enthusiasts have praised this type of keyboard for being a convenient and fun instrument. One example of this is the Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano which we are reviewing today.
Yamaha is a very well-known Japanese company in the world of music instruments. It provides a wide range of instruments from pianos to guitars, strings, and drums, and so on. Yamaha digital pianos are highly regarded in the digital piano industry. A variety of digital pianos are available, in which the prices of highest product line, Clavinova, is set at about MSRP of $4,000 to over $20.000 for a digital grand piano.
This product line, P-Series, is the next in line following Arius. (You can read Arius YDP-143 Review here.) There are many models within the P-Series, among which P-45 is an entry model.
Features of the Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano
- 88 weighted keys
- 10 varying voices
- Dual mode for putting together two voices like strings and piano
- A sustain pedal
- Modern sleek design with 11.5-inch depth
- Light weight and compact
- 6W x 2 speakers
The Yamaha company has been in the music equipment business for a long time. It is one of the most reputable companies in the world because of the quality products that they design and produce. This Yamaha model is built with features that will satisfy your need for a digital piano without the heft and sizable dimensions of an authentic acoustic piano.
The keyboard has 88 keys in all, which allows users to see and experience an authentic piano performance. Beginners and advanced pianists both will perceive the excellent attributes of the weighted keys.
The Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard action reproduces very similar hammer action inside an acoustic piano, providing lighter touch on higher notes and heavier touch on lower notes. Weighted keys are very important in developing finger technique and strength required in playing a real acoustic piano should you consider moving up to an acoustic piano in the future.
The Yamaha P45 Digital Piano utilized AWM or advanced memory wave sampling, which makes use of digital technology to document an acoustic piano’s sound.
The keys are matte finished, which makes it less slippery when you play for an extended period of time.
One great benefit of this model is its sizable lower end keys, which lend the piano with a more authentic feel similar to the brand’s actual pianos. It has a sleek, yet elegant appearance, lightweight and compact enough that it will not need so much room inside your home or practice area.
P45 has 10 voices: two acoustic pianos, two electric pianos, two pipe organs, one string symphony, two harpsichords and a vibraphone. In case you need a keyboard that comes with a lush bass sound together with a clear, crisp treble tone, then this keyboard is something you need to check out. The model will provide you with a selection of classical sounds from horns down to strings.
The duo mode feature of this unit allows two different players to play the instrument, one on the left and the other on the right, over the same octave range. The dual mode feature allows users to put together two different voices simultaneously across the entire range of the keyboard.
The piano also comes with a USB port on it so users can connect the instrument straight to the PC. The piano also includes a power adapter for a more even output, and a headphone jack for the audio out.
Hence all in all, the keyboard did well when it comes to sound and performance. It has completely weighted keys which allow beginners to learn methods of proper piano playing. The keyboard is quite lightweight and will not take up too much space. The model comes with a nice range of digital audio samples from the brand’s authentic grand pianos. It has a dual mode so pianists can play different sounds and styles anytime they need to.
- 88 keys with Graded Hammer action
- Matte black keys
- 64 polyphony
- USB to Host
- Headphone connections
- Very compact and light-weight; portable
- No "USB to Device" or Aux output capability
- No recording
- Speakers seem slightly less powerful
- Only one pedal (sustain)
- No MIDI capability
- Not for advanced pianists
The Yamaha P45 Digital Piano is a very good model when it comes to performance and this is a great keyboard for beginners to use and practice from. This might not be a good model for more experienced players and pros because of the limited features; however, if you are a newbie in keyboard playing, this will be sufficient for your skills.