YAMAHA P-515: Everything You Need to Know

We had the unique pleasure of having Gabriel Aldort in the Sam Ash Studio to give us a first hand account (straight from YAMAHA) of the P-515 digital piano. Right away you can hear the brilliance of the instrument and just how incredible it sounds. I’m always blown away by the look and feel of these digital pianos. There’s a level of sophistication and history behind each keystroke that is just undeniable. And now, you can bring these instruments into your home for a far more modest fee thanks to the P-515. It’s truly a beautiful time for pianos.

The 515 is a replacement for the P-255, and it boasts itself as being good for live performances as well as a piano for the home or studio. YAMAHA likes to talk about touch and tone when it comes to their pianos, and there’s a new surprise in the 515; NWX Action. YAMAHA manufactures a few different grand hammer action types. The P-515 comes with the NWX or Natural Wood X hammer action. This is a first for the P-Series and it’s a welcome addition that offers incredible value. The 515 is also built with wooden keys with synthetic textured ebony and ivory keycaps which is everything a seasoned musician looks for, and feels for in a piano these day. Let’s take a quick look at some of the other great features of this powerful digital piano.

Key Features; Get it? Key Features

  • 2 world-class 9-foot concert grand pianos (CFX & Bösendorfer Imperial)
  • Meticulous sampling
  • 38 other panel voices (electric, organs, strings, and more)
  • Entire XG Sound-Set (additional 480 instruments)
  • Split and layering with the Dual/Split button
  • 40 on-board rhythms with intros and endings
  • Smart Pianist app compatibility
  • Available in 2 finishes (black/white)

The Concert Grands

The CFX concert grand is modeled from YAMAHA’s $180,000 dollar concert grand piano. It’s not likely that many of us will ever play this piano in our lifetime, but thanks to precise engineering and thorough sampling, you get the wonderfully lush characteristics of this incredible instrument right in your own home with the P-515. And as if that wasn’t enough, they threw in the 9-foot Bösendorfer Imperial as well. Incredible.

Smart Pianist App

This app is currently only available on iOS, but Android support is coming soon. It’s very simple to setup. You need a standard USB cable to a USB lightening adapter. From there, you can connect your iOS device to your P-515 and unlock so much potential in how you navigate and interface with the instrument. Piano Room is a stylish and intuitive way to navigate the inner workings of the P-515. You can choose your piano, the environment you’re playing in, you can even open and close the lid and hear the tonal variances. Depending on how you play, you can also change the touch curve, and so much more. Additionally, you can have the app analyze an MP3 on your device, and it will create a chord chart from the audio. How amazing is that?! The amount of features packed into this app is truly amazing.

 

Accessories 

You can purchase two accessories for the P-515 that I highly recommend. I love the look and feel of a digital piano when it’s on a piano style stand and has a good pedal assembly. Well, with the P-515, you can do that. It has an optional 515 stand and LP-1 3-piece pedal assembly that serve as much for form as they do for function in this incredible instrument.

                                

Conclusion

The P-515 is an unbelievable value, and a truly incredible instrument. It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, or what genre you play in, piano will always be an essential part of music. All music theory, practice, and performance goes back to the piano at some point. So, do yourself a favor, and treat your music to the lush piano brilliance of the YAMAHA P-515 digital piano.


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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.