YAMAHA P-125: Everything You Need to Know

As Gabe told us, the P-125 is the world’s best selling digital piano and has recently been enhanced with some amazing features. Let’s take a look at what’s new, and what remains from the classic build of the world’s best selling digital piano.

Features:

  • Graded hammer action 88 keys
  • Upped the instrument count from 14 to 24
  • Pianos are pure CF sampled from the acoustic CF Series (Yamaha’s highest-end line of pianos)
  • 4-layer piano samples
  • Upped the rhythm count to 20 rhythms
  • Streamlined interface
  • Built-in audio interface
  • Smart Pianist app compatibility helps you navigate and interface with the instrument
4-Layer Piano Samples

This is a more dynamic and expressive sampling process especially in a p-series at this price range. The final result is an incredibly lush and beautiful sounding piano at an amazing price.

Streamlined Interface

The new interface puts everything at your fingertips, and it just makes sense. The instrument categories are a button press away, the metronome and rhythm buttons are idiomatic, and the whole piano is a breeze to navigate. Every category has 3 variations to choose from. Each of those variations come with their own light so you always know which one you’re looking at. Just keep pressing the instrument button, and you’ll see the lights cycle for you. Easy. How about layering? Want to layer 2 voices together? Hold down one instrument and press another. Simple. Want to split? Hit the “Plus Bass” button. Very straightforward.

 

Recording

Want to record? Hit the record button and just start playing. Hit record again to stop, the P-125 will store it automatically, then you can play it back. You can even play along with the recording. The P-125 continually offers a very simple and clean user experience.

Rhythms

There are an additional 20 rhythms that have been added to the P-125. Want to check them out? Just hit that rhythm button. Again, it’s so simple!

Accessories

There are two great accessories that can take your P-125 to the next level. It’s a fantastic unit all on its own that you can set on a desk, table, keyboard stand, or anything you can lay it on, but with the stand and pedal assembly, you can give your P-125 that classic piano look with the added functionality of having the pedals at your creative disposal. Additionally, since the P-125 is available in black and white, the accessories come in those colors as well.

 

Smart Pianist

This app is currently only available on iOS, but android support is coming. This app allows you to navigate and interface with your P-125 in unbelievable ways. To connect, use a standard USB cable with a USB to lightening adapter (iOS). The P-125 doesn’t natively come with Piano Room, but with Smart Pianist, you can access it! You get a couple of amazing pianos, you can change the environment that your piano performs in with respect to reverb and space, you can even change the touch curve to your liking depending on how you play. There’s even an option to let the app scan an MP3 file on your iPad and it’ll create a chord chart from the audio! There’s so much substance to this amazing app and it’s an incredibly invaluable resource for your P-125.

Conclusion 

It’s clear to see why this is the world’s best selling digital piano. Between the lush sounding 4-layer sampled pianos, the simple user interface, the new app connectivity, and that amazing price, the P-125 would make a welcome addition to any musician’s home or studio.

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.