Yamaha P125 Digital Piano Review
The P-125 Personal Piano is built on its predecessor the P115. The P-125 is designed to be as user friendly as possible, and to keep the user focused. Yamaha’s P-125 is the perfect digital piano for beginners. Compact in size, excellent quality, easily transportable – seriously great value for what it’s worth.
The P-125 has 24 different voices which range from Grand Piano to Rock Organ, and comes pre-loaded with 71 preset songs. There is a built in metronome as well as a built in recorder which can store roughly 100 KB (11,000 notes) for play back or upload to an external device. Keys are Yamaha’s Graded hammer standard (GHS) which range in weight from the low keys to high keys to more accurately mimic the feel of an acoustic piano.
In this Yamaha P-125 review we will discuss the latest model of the popular P-series. Yamaha has had great success with the P-series, because they are fantastic portable digital pianos that are very accessible to beginners. The Yamaha P-35 , P-45 , P-105 and P-115 were all very popular because of these features.
But is the Yamaha P-125B 88 Key Digital Piano worth the upgrade? How does the P-125 improve compared to the very popular P-115? And is the P-125 worth its price? We will answer all these questions today in this Yamaha P-125 review.
The new Yamaha P-125 digital piano – Very light and comfortable
The “P” in Yamaha P-125 stands for “portable”, so if you are a performing musician and are on the road a lot, then you will be very happy with this instrument in terms of the size of the P-125. .
The P-125 is a digital piano with 88 keys , but weighs only 11.8 kg. And with dimensions of 150 x 45 x 30 cm this is a piano that you can put under your arm (or on your back as soon as you have packed it well in a backpack) and can take you to your next gig.
The dimensions will also be very useful in terms of space in your home. This is a very slim, light digital piano, so if you have a small apartment, you can rest assured with the P-125 that you will not get a huge instrument in your house.
What’s in the box?
When you open the box of the P-125, it is important to know that you only get the piano itself (not the optional stand). The standard is great if you want a stable surface, but that is an extra purchase that you will have to do.
In the box you can expect the piano itself and the music support (where you can place sheet music or connect yamaha p-125 to ipad ), a power adapter, a sustain pedal (one, not three pedals) and of course the manual.
Yamaha P-125 Specs
- 88 keys, Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard
- 192 note polyphony
- Pure CF Sound Engine
- Key-off samples and String Resonance; Damper Resonance effect
- 24 voices
- 20 rhytms
- Dual-, Split- and Duo-Function
- 2 track MIDI sequencer (1 Song); 50 Preset Songs
- Intelligent Accoustic Control (IAC); Stereophonic Optimizer
- 2 x 7 Watt Amplifier
- optional available: stand L-125 / WH and Pedalunit LP-1 / WH
Easy to use
One thing I love about the P-125 is that it is very easy to navigate. Of course there are not a plethora of bells and whistles, but what is working and is generally quite easy to use.
The P-125 does not come with an LCD screen, but if you are familiar with the P-45 or P-115, this will not come as a surprise If you are not familiar with the P-series and are used to by navigating a digital piano through an LCD screen, this can be a bit of a disappointment.
However, using the functions on this piano is quite simple, even without an LCD screen that confirms your changes. At the top left of the piano there is a button for the master volume, with which you can adjust the volume to your own discretion.
There are indeed built-in speakers on this piano, as well as two standard headphone inputs, which is handy on the days when either your partner or family member really has no interest in hearing you play for the 100th time or you practice with a teacher and you both would benefit from wearing headphones.
Functions and features of the Yamaha P-125
Although the P-125 is not a ‘sexy’ digital piano, it offers those who are digital piano beginners everything they need and nothing they do not need.
There is a Demo button and a button to switch the metronome on and off. The Metronome function is especially suitable for people who feel that they can use some extra help to keep them at a good pace. There is also a Rhythm button, which gives you drum rhythms and bass lines.
The P-125 also features a record button and a play / pause button. This means that you can record yourself at the touch of a button and play later to see how well you’ve performed the piece you’ve practiced. With this function you can not only learn from your mistakes by actually hearing them, but you can also record yourself earlier in the day and play later while playing a different piece in real time. This allows you to essentially have a duet play session with yourself, which is not only very cool, but also very useful for your learning process.
Next to the Play / Stop button you will find all the sounds of the P-125. For the price you can not expect too much in this area. The P-125 has 24 pre-programmed sounds. What is nice here, though, is that although you do not have a lot of sound options (piano, electric piano, organ, string instruments, bass, etc.), the P-125 makes it possible to play about three variations of a sound. This is of course fun to play with, but also offers a nice variation to keep your playing sessions with the piano interesting.
Yamaha P-125 App
Buying a digital piano offers a lot of advantages (mainly the fact that your piano never needs to be tuned). But probably one of the biggest advantages is that you can integrate your digital piano with your mobile phone or tablet. And there’s no better example of this than the Yamaha Smart Pianist app, which you can use with your new Yamaha P-125.
So, what is the Yamaha Smart Pianist app and what does it do? We will explain it.
In short, this is an app that offers the user a variety of great features when connected to a Yamaha digital piano. And that is certainly the case with the Yamaha P-125. For example, if you take an iOS device, such as an Apple iPhone or iPad, you can use this app to control the sounds of the P-125. If you want to switch from a synth piano sound to an organ, you can do that with the push of a button on your iPhone or iPad. If you also manually change the sound on your P-125, you will intuitively notice that the change is also immediately registered on the app.
Moreover, with the app you can also combine and store sounds. So if you want a piano sound with low strings, you can do all that via the app. And if you’re worried about changing your settings several times during the practice session and taking the time to return to your original setting (piano sound, low strings), you can easily save any setting with this app whenever you want.
Another feature that is incredibly cool is that with this app you can sit in front of your piano and play along with your favorite songs in the music library of your iPhone or iPad.You know that with the Shazam app you can place your phone next to a loudspeaker that plays a song from the local radio and Shazam analyzes the number within seconds and gives you the name and artist of the song? Well, with Yamaha Smart Pianist, once you start playing one of your favorite songs in your music library, the app will begin analyzing the song and will show the chord symbols for that song in no time, so you can actually can play with the number. This is a fantastic feature that will be incredibly fun for anyone who is interested not only in playing his / her favorite songs on the P-125, but also songs of different genres instead of just classical music. And if that is not enough,
I finally find this app great for two main reasons when you use it with the Yamaha P-125. First, of course, it is intuitive and user-friendly. But secondly, and more importantly (in my opinion), is that it basically compensates for the fact that the P-125 does not come with an LCD screen. The app is so visually appealing (if you select different sounds for example, you see a picture of the instrument you choose appear on the screen), that if you ever used a digital piano that only had a built-in LCD screen, you probably would be disappointed about the overall experience.
If you are someone who considers yourself a songwriter or maybe you are a budding composer, then you will probably want to get rid of the beautiful pieces you have made of the Yamaha P-125 and get it on your computer. Well, with the P-125 you can certainly do that, since the USB-to-host connection will help you achieve this with ease.
Yamaha P-125 vs P115
In the end you may wonder if the Yamaha P-125 is worth an upgrade, especially if you already have the P-115 or try to make a choice between these two pianos from the P-series.
Yamaha P-125 digital pianoWell, this is a great question, especially because both pianos have so many similarities. For example, they both have the same amount of keys (88) and both are equipped with Yamaha’s GHS-weighted action (or Hammer Standard weighted action). Therefore, you can expect that each piano has heavier keys at the lower end of the keyboard and lighter toward the higher end. And this is exactly what you want from a quality digital piano that tries to mimic the touch and sound of an acoustic piano.
That said, there are a number of interesting differences. The P-125 is equipped with an improved speaker system, allowing the sound you play to move up and down. This creates a fuller, more lively and richer sound. And although the P-115 still sounds great, it’s a change you’ll probably notice when you compare the sound of the P-125 with that of the Yamaha P-45 and P-115.
The new Table EQ function of the P-125 continues the improvements in the field of sound. This is especially perfect for anyone who does not want to buy a standard for his / her P-125 and instead prefers to place his / her digital piano on their table or desk in the house instead. When you do this, the circular sound we have just discussed will certainly limit. But if the Table EQ setting is enabled, you still enjoy optimal acoustics while playing the P-125.
P125 or Roland FP30
Among this two our favourite is Roland. Sound is more warm and flexible. But someones who prefer bright sound choose Yamaha, even pro piano players. What about for playing live with a small band? Probably Yamaha should be a leader in a band, but further it strongly depends on conditions.
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Conclusion of this Yamaha P-125 review
Whether the P-125 is worth the money? Or just try to find the P-115 or even the P-45 at a reduced price? That is really a personal choice. Many of these choices depend on how important sound, recording functions and the ability to use the Yamaha Smart Pianist app are for you.
Although some upgrades of pianos are a bit minimal and not worth it, I think the ability to link your iPhone or iPad with your piano during your play sessions (and whatever is done in a very simple and intuitive way), in addition to the adding a richer sound compared to its predecessors, the Yamaha P-125 makes a worthy digital piano for beginners and middle class players.
This new model has some great upgrades, including an expanded voice library with 24 high-quality instrument voices. It is available in both black and spotlight white finishes.
The new Yamaha P-125 allows for incredible dynamics and expressiveness. Control the functions of the digital piano through your smart phone or tablet. Improved 2-way speaker system produces an expansive piano sound.
Whether the P-125 is worth the money or you just have to try to find the P-115 or even the P-45 at a reduced price, is really a personal choice. And many of these choices depend on how important sound, recording functions and the ability to use the Yamaha Smart Pianist app are for you.