7/12/2012 [Pianos & Keyboards]New Digital Piano Offers First-Time Features At Friendly Price
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Yamaha unveils the P-105, a new compact, portable digital piano featuring the legendary Yamaha piano touch and tone, at Summer NAMM 2012. With core piano features for virtually any level of musician, the P-105 is an ideal practice instrument for the beginner to intermediate pianist as well as for the price-conscious semi-professional.
The Yamaha P-105 has an 88-note, Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action keyboard that feels heavier in the low end and lighter in the top, just like the keys of an acoustic piano. It also features the PureCF sound engine that recreates the sound of Yamaha's famous CFIIIS concert grand piano.
The versatile USB TO HOST port and line-level AUX outputs allow a variety of connectivity options with everything from an amplifier to an iPad. Additionally, with the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit, the world of Yamaha Apps like Piano Diary and NoteStar opens up all sorts of possibilities. With its increased 128-note polyphony, the P-105 ensures the suppression of dropped notes even with simultaneous Dual & Split modes and a drum pattern playing. In the EQ department, Intelligent Acoustic Control provides full, balanced sound that adapts to each user’s volume setting for the best possible tone at any level.
"In the past, features like PureCF sampling and Intelligent Acoustic Control were normally found only at much higher price points," said Dane Madsen, Yamaha Digital Piano Marketing Manager. "Beyond this, the P-105's line-level AUX out jacks that retain power to the built-in speakers make a pro-level feature affordable to more musicians than ever."
The P-105 also allows for side-by-side piano practice for two people using the new Duo mode, a distinctive benefit that makes it ideal for schools teaching group lessons as it accommodates two students per piano, each with their own middle C.
Additional features include ten pianist styles that essentially give the user a built-in duet partner that plays along in one of ten different playing varieties like boogie woogie, stride piano, or ballad Arpeggios. Furthermore, the built-in Rhythms offer ten versatile patterns as an alternative to the traditional metronomeand this virtual drummer is always on time.
"The P-105 really does have something for everyone," said Yamaha Electronic Keyboard Product Manager Nate Tschetter. "Gigging musicians will appreciate having a portable, 88-note weighted action piano that weighs less than 27 pounds. They'll also like the excellent PureCF grand piano sound and the assignable Split feature. Aspiring piano students, on the other hand, can enjoy developing their sense of time by playing with the built-in drum patterns and tracking their progress using the song recorder."
Carrying an MSRP of $999, the P-105 is slated to ship in October 2012.