I was on the the hunt for a true sound piano for one of my new students. Some models I have tried are just not enough. I am somewhat of a purist but I cannot afford to purchase an acoustic piano on my own so I opted to try out digital pianos. I used to own a Yamaha digital piano with a polyphony of 128 and feeling that I wanted to up my game, I searched for a keyboard of higher polyphony. Yamaha is a preference of mine so I quickly sampled some new models when I went to the music store. I instantly fell in love with the Yamaha P115 for its richer sound and higher polyphony.
The P115 is a pleasure to play and listen to. It features a rich polyphony note count of 192. I used to have the Yamaha P105. It boasted of a 128-note polyphony. I know that it is already a lot of notes but I was still searching for more depth and feel for a grander experience that was borderline acoustic. Some of my friends also suggested the P255 since it features the whole gamut of polyphony of 256 notes. That is a lot of notes but I was taken aback by the hefty price tag of almost $1300. The P105 and P115 are almost the same in terms of specifications and sound sampling. The sounds are sampled from a Yamaha CFIIS Concert Grand piano which is great.
The P115 offers the full 88-keys keyboard experience. The keyboard has GHS weighted action and features 4 levels of touch sensitivity. I like the feel and resistance of its graded hammer technology. Transition is smooth from the bass side to the treble side. The feel is similar to that of using an acoustic, so I have no problems with it.
For sound, I think the quality of the P115 is everything I have hoped for in a great digital piano. The grand piano sound is sampled from one of the renowned concert pianos which is a Yamaha CFIIS grand piano. It features 14 preset voices which is greater than its predecessor. I like that I can add more depth and feel to the sounds produced by using the 4 types of reverb effects.
One notable feature of the P115 is the “Intelligent Acoustic Control.” This feature is useful when you are playing in a large room and would want to increase the volume of the keyboard. Basically , it is an adaptive equalizer that adjusts the tonal balance when volume is changed. I noticed that in some keyboards, when I turn the volume up, the sounds emitted become harsh. With the Intelligent Acoustic Control, the music still sounds whole and pleasant even if the volume is increased. There is also a sound booster feature for added effect when playing in a large area.
Yamaha introduces a new innovation when it comes to interacting with our digital pianos. They have developed a mobile application that lets me interact with the P115. It is an IOS application that can be installed on my iPad or iPhone. It is a digital piano controller application that lets me change different settings and sounds from the app instead of the on board controls. I think this is refreshing since it features a great user interface and visual representation instead of the boring buttons and controls found on the digital piano.
One thing I don’t like on the P115 is the lack of connectivity. It does not have MIDI connectivity. This could pose a great limitation for serious players who would want to connect the keyboard to MIDI devices and also to MIDI software and Notation software. It does have USB connectivity which lets me connect to my computer and record songs using my favorite music applications.
The P115 is a delightful digital piano to have. It is a great purchase as it features a high polyphony count which lets me sustain more notes for that richer sounding output. Its a great buy for those who would want to present in large areas or crowds due to its sound boosting capabilities. If you are big on connectivity options then other models could be a better fit for you since it does not have MIDI. Other than that, this piano is a keeper.
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