The Yamaha P45 as well as other pianos in Yamaha’s P series was developed after Casio’s Privia series were successfully introduced. And since then, these keyboards have become a keyboard of choice for many beginning pianists around the globe.
Factoring in the realism and high quality that Yamaha is known to bring to the table, it’s obvious why the P series has thrived. But today though, we’re focusing on the P45.
The P45 is Yamaha’s most affordable guitar in its entire P series line up. Or more specifically, it’s the most affordable keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys (hammer action) in the series.
An upgrade to the P35, the P45 comes with so many outstanding features which we are going to honestly examine in our review today. You will find out what these features are and why you should bother about them.
But first, let’s begin with some specs and features.
Yamaha P45 Specs
- 88 fully weighted keys with Graded Hammer Standard action.
- 64 note polyphony.
- Metronome, fine tuning, and transpose.
- Connectivity: USB, headphone, and sustain jack.
- Dimensions: 52.2 x 11.6 x 6.0 inches.
- Weight: 25 pounds.
- 10 instrument sounds.
- AVM Stereo sampling.
- Modes: Dual and Duo.
Features Of The Yamaha P45
We will begin from the exterior of the keyboard and gradually progress into the more intricate details. So, our first stop will be…
The Yamaha P35 is the predecessor to the P45 and both keyboards look absolutely identical.
Both feature the standard 88 piano keys with Yamaha’s Graded Hammer action. They also come with built-in speakers as well. However, they are still quite compact and weigh really little especially for a keyboard with hammer action.
The P45 is a really flexible and versatile keyboard since it can stay anywhere. Its size makes it really ideal for any size space you have in your home or studio.
Plus, weighing at 25 pounds, this keyboard is light enough for one person to carry on their own, unaided.
If you’re a traveling musician in search of a quality keyboard that can go with you, you won’t be wrong to go for this. It fits into most cars, even though its standard size makes it unfit for travels by train or by plane.
But quick advice though… If you intend for this to come with you on your trips, then think of getting a padded bag. It isn’t sold with this unit. But you’ll absolutely need it if you need your keyboard to remain in tip top shape as you travel.
Design And Layout
Now, because of the way this piano is size and designed, it can easily be placed on any surface at all. However, you could get a separate stand to put your piano on because this piano does not come with a stand.
The control panel on the keyboard is super simple and very straightforward. It only features two simple buttons as well as a knob for volume control.
The one control button is the power button and you know what that’s for.
The function or grand piano button is the other control button. And you use this to access the various sounds on the keyboard – the Grand Piano and other really great sounds on the P45.
But then again, if you want to access the other sounds besides the Grand Piano, you’d have to simultaneously hold on to the function and some other keys.
Most entry level keyboards actually come with this kind of control. So, the average beginner should be used to it.
As for color, it’s just black for all P45s.
There are 88 weighted keys on this keyboard. And these keys come with Graded Hammer Standard action.
At this price, it means that the P45 is Yamaha’s most affordable hammer action piano. So, in all, the action you get from these keys feel very close to something you’d get form an acoustic piano.
So what does Graded Hammer Standard action really mean?
Well, it means that Yamaha actually uses tiny hammers inside the piano so that the keyboards are fully weighted. If the keys were semi-weighted, the manufacturers would have used springs instead.
This hammer action is what you find in acoustic pianos. And this hammer action is what makes the keyboard heavier to touch at the lower end and lighter at the high end.
If you know your acoustic pianos, you know this is exactly how you find it on a high end piano.
This is a very velocity sensitive keyboard. So, in essence, you can change the timbre of sound you get depending on the intensity of your touch.
If the current sensitivity of the keys is not suitable for you, you can always alter it. There are four preset sensitivity settings on the keyboard which are the fixed, soft, hard, and medium.
The medium, which is the default setting, gives the most natural feel. While the fixed setting ensures that you get the same response however you strike the keys. But the hard setting gives you the widest range of response, though.
The Feel Of The Keys
Don’t expect a high end feel the same as ivory or ebony keys. These still have a somewhat plasticky feel as they do not absorb moisture unlike their ivory and ebony counterparts.
But then these keys are finished in matte which means that your fingers won’t slip off as you play unlike glossy keys.
In all honesty, these keys could have been more realistic but at least they aren’t very noisy.
Okay, to the most important aspect of everything…
The Sound Of The Yamaha P45
In order to give this piano the high quality, acoustic sound this keyboard has, Yamaha has a technique. It uses its patented AWM sampling technology.
Yamaha obtains its sound samples from an actual concert grand piano. So, the sounds are quite real and true.
However, if you’re looking for a keyboard with a wide variety of sounds, that is instruments sounds or sound effects, the P45 is not your friend.
The sounds available are only the basic ones which is great for many beginning players but simply inadequate for even intermediate players.
Sounds available include:
- 2 Electric pianos.
- 2 Pipe Organs.
- 2 Harpsichords.
- 2 Grand pianos (Bright, Concert).
If you want to create a deeper, more expressive sound, then you could include the reverb effect. And there are 4 types – the stage, hall 1 &2, and the room.
The effect itself has different levels with which you can adjust its depth. It starts from a zero and ends at a ten.
But that’s all about the sound effects. So, if you were looking for something more. Oops, sorry!
Here is another count in which the P45 one ups the P35. The p35 only came with a 32 polyphony count. However, the P45 takes it to the next level with a 64 polyphony count. So, yeah, you could say that the P45 model is twice as good as the P35, at least on that count.
In our opinion, both the 32 and 64 polyphony counts aren’t your best bet. Even a 128 polyphony count isn’t ideal but it’s a much better option than a 64 count. However, in some cases, a 64 polyphony count might work. Emphasis on “might”.
The speakers measure at 2 by 12 centimeters each with two amps with a power of 6 watts each. So, yeah, the speakers produce a sound loud enough to fill a small room. But these wouldn’t serve for anything more than a small audience consisting of very few people.
If you need this keyboard to perform live, then you definitely must connect to an external amp, else, it would be barely audible.
But generally, the speakers produce a decent quality of clear sound. Even when the volume is at the max, the sound produced remains quite clear.
But for the best sound, you should consider getting quality headphones. The sound is better and the experience is more immersive.
This keyboard also comes with a transpose and fine tuning feature which allows you to change your pitch. So you can play on a different key even if you haven’t learned the ropes just yet. Great for a beginner, huh?
The P45 has no recording and playback function but there’s a port for a USB. So, with any music recording software you favor, you can still record your songs.
What’s In The Box?
- 1 keyboard.
- An AC power adapter.
- A sustain pedal.
- A music rest.
- An owner’s manual.
- Compact and lightweight design.
- 88 keys, fully weighted.
- 10 realistic sounding instrument sounds.
- Great for beginning pianists.
- Also comes with a completely natural and realistic grand piano sounds.
- Pretty affordable.
- No record and playback function.
- Speakers could be louder.
- Sustain pedal looks and feels cheap and flimsy.
- Keys do not feel very real.
Altogether, this is a keyboard that is well put together. It lacks on a few features here and there. But, of course, that’s to be expected in a super affordable, and portable piano.
It’s pretty much like the Yamaha P71 in many ways and you could also check that out too. But if you want our opinion, you wouldn’t be making a bad choice betting on this baby.