The P-115 digital piano carries on the tradition of the best-selling P-Series, with even more user-friendly features and improved sound quality. Available in black or white finishes, the P-115 delivers Yamaha piano touch and tone in a compact desi...
The P-115 digital piano carries on the tradition of the best-selling P-Series, with even more user-friendly features and improved sound quality. Available in black or white finishes, the P-115 delivers Yamaha piano touch and tone in a compact design and is ideal for home, home-studio or stage use. The P-115 is an 88-key graded hammer action piano with a complement of common sounds including different grand piano voicings, electric pianos from an authentic Rhodes to an FM-style piano, clavinet, strings, vibes and more. You can split and layer sounds, and enjoy the output from its high-quality built-in speakers or patch the output into a larger amplification system. Available in black or white finish (choose from dropdown menu).
The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of years of piano-making history combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology and expertise. Yamaha is the industry leader in digital piano technology, and you can hear this in the sound of digital pianos that utilize the Pure CF piano sample. The P-115 includes the sound of Yamaha's renowned CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano and is faithfully reproduced, allowing for incredible dynamics and expressiveness making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.
Authentic to the touch
Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus, the matte finish of the black keys are less slippery when playing for extended periods of time.
Accompaniment with style
The P-115 has on-board drum rhythms for practice or performance. There's a variety of rhythm patterns to choose, from basic rock to shuffle and swing beats. Use the rhythms to add an element of fun to your practicing, or simply use them as a virtual drummer for your performances.
Free Digital Piano Controller app
Yamaha's free app, "Digital Piano Controller," allows you to control the many functions included in Yamaha digital pianos with your iPhone or iPad, for even easier operation. Voices, rhythms and other settings can be selected while looking at the screen, making it easy to enjoy new functions with ease. You can also save your favorite settings for quick recall at any time. Find new ways to enjoy your P-115, using iPad functions that only a modern digital instrument can provide.
For the asking price -- quite a good instrument. But, there are some weakness. Contrary to the claims of the manufacturer, it has the samples of not very good quality. The keyboard is also not quite perfect -- the distance between the keys F#,G#,A# is less than between C#,D#. And my fingers (not very fleshy, rather thing) hardly placed between F#,G#,A#.
Although I am hardly a pianist, I do have some playing experience, and I really prefer the feel of a traditional keybed when I want to make piano-type sounds. I spent months and months in several music stores just playing different keyboards. I kept coming back to the P-115, even over other digital pianos and keyboards costing thousands more! The weighted keys gave just the right amount of resistance without feeling mushy, they were responsive to dynamics (hard or soft, fast or slow), and actually felt a bit like real wood. It simply felt the most like I was playing a really really nice piano!
The little brother P-45 has the same great GHS keybed, but the P-115 has several distinct benefits: better samples for the voices, nicer matte finish on the keys, higher polyphony (192 vs 64), 4 more instrument voices, recording capability, better internal speakers (2 additional 4cm speakers), rhythm section, and support for full 3-pedal setup. A lot of these benefits apply (even more so) when comparing to older Yamaha digital pianos (let alone cool newer features like USB out). In addition, I definitely wanted something that at least could be used on stage, and there the P-45 also falls short. Only the P-115 can mute the onboard speakers when going through a PA (critical), and it also has a "sound boost" feature to help cut through in a mix. It only weighs 26 lbs, but is a bit ungainly to carry. However, that's true of any weighted-action full-size (88-key) keyboard.
My only gripe is that I could've wished for just a couple more sounds. Even just a couple of basic "SAW" type digital synth sounds would've put this unit over the top. I also would've liked a bit more intuitive feedback--there is no indicator to tell me which instrument is currently selected, for example. There is but a single red LED for instrument selection, and that only lights up tell me that I am somewhere on the bottom row. I could see this being an issue on stage, forcing me to manually select the button I want every time before a song, just to make sure it hasn't been accidentally changed.
But all that is minor. In my humble opinion, the Yamaha P-115 feels and sounds as good or better than digital pianos costing a lot more, and is simply a unbeatable bargain.