New at Summer NAMM: The Yamaha P-105, an iPad-Friendly Digital Piano


It would be amazing to have a Yamaha CFIIIS Grand Piano in your home, but not everyone has the space to fit such a massive instrument in the living room, nor the $100,000+ required to purchase one. However, if you want to play a striking emulation of the CFIIIS, the new Yamaha P-105 Digital Piano comes equipped with the PureCF sound engine and built-in speakers that will bring a recreation of this venerable instrument to life in your home.

The P-105 features a USB port, which enables you to connect it to a computer or an Apple iPad. With the addition of a separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit, you can take advantage of Yamaha’s free iPad music apps, such as Piano Diary and NoteStar. Piano Diary enables you to record and share your performances and time the length of your practices. NoteStar is a digital sheet music application that features easy-to-read notation that automatically changes pages as you play. You can also purchase and download songs into NoteStar and play along with a full band (as well as isolate the keyboard track in the song).

Putting computers and technology aside for a moment, it’s important to keep in mind that the P-105 is extremely easy to operate if you just want to sit down and play piano. Its 88-note Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action keyboard is designed to mimic the feel of an acoustic grand, with gradually heavier keys on the low notes and lighter keys going up. Even though it has weighted keys, the P-105 is still lightweight (under 27 pounds/12.25 kg) and compact enough to be portable (especially compared to the CFIIIS).

Yamaha’s new P-105 replaces the P-95 Digital Piano, which was a very popular model that offered a high level of quality at a very reasonable price. One missing feature that was often requested on the P-95 was a way to hook it up to a keyboard amplifier, such as the Roland KC-60. The new P-105 is equipped with line-level AUX outputs, so rocking out with an actual band is now a possibility. The built-in speakers on the P-105 stay on when you connect to an amp, so you can hear yourself even more clearly as you play. Plus, the Intelligent Acoustic Control EQ provides rich and balanced sound that adjusts to each user’s playing volume for ideal tone at any level.

Another huge improvement is that the polyphony on the P-105 has been doubled, from 64 to 128 notes. This is the maximum number of notes that can be produced, and the higher number means that the P-105 is capable of richer, more layered sounds than its predecessor. The P-105 also has a new Duo Mode, which makes it possible for two players to sit side by side, splitting the keyboard so that both players have a middle C. You can also play along with any of ten built-in drum patterns and ten “pianist styles” (such as Boogie Woogie and Ballad Arpeggios), which feature automatic duet partners that play along with you.

Keys 88 weighted action, Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keys
Polyphony 128-note
Sound Engine PureCF
Keyboard Modes Split, Dual and Duo
Pianist Styles 10
Built-In Rhythms 10
Speakers Yes (built in)
Outputs Line level auxiliary outputs
Connectivity USB to host (iPad compatible with Apple Camera Connection Kit)
Dimensions Not Specified
Weight Less than 27 lb / 12.25 kg (exact weight not specified)

The Yamaha P-105 is expected to be available in September 2012. 

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