Yamaha NP-32 Piaggero, lightweight digital piano
Lightweight, affordable, portable – that is the Yamaha Piaggero NP-32 76-key piano. Following the Piaggero concept, it offers touch-sensitive piano-style keys. The Piaggero NP series of portable key instruments is an ideal combination of elegance and simplicity. The NP series key instruments are designed around the essential elements, allowing you to concentrate on playing.
Yamaha NP-32 review:
In this Yamaha NP-32 review, we will talk about a Yamaha digital piano with 76 keys. It is a light, portable digital piano with some very cool features, but we will also talk about what kind of players can benefit from this keyboard.
Other keyboards worthy of naming and comparing with these are of course the predecessor (NP-31), the very popular P-45, YPG-235 and the NP-12. The NP-12 and NP-32 are part of the Piaggero series, which offer familiar Yamaha sounds, feeling and touch on a lighter scale for a reasonable price.
Because this piano has a lower price, the targeted target group will also be larger. If you are looking for a new piano and are not sure if the NP-32 is the right choice for you, we will give you an overview of the keyboard and highlights of some specifications, compare it with other Piaggero keyboards and other Yamaha keyboards and talk about your budget and determine if it’s worth your hard earned pennies.
At the end of this Yamaha NP-32 review, you should have a good idea whether you want to buy this keyboard or invest your money on something else.
Yamaha NP-32 Design
In this Yamaha NP-32 review, let us first discuss the look. To begin with, it looks very clean. It is thin, minimalistic, and available in both black and white, depending on your preference.
Depending on your preference, you can choose the NP-32 in black or white. White fits better into the modern living ambience, black looks longer fresh when the instrument goes on trips. Moreover, to travel the piano loads with a weight of only 5.7 kg.
The compact 76-key keyboard also speaks for itself: the piano range of 88 keys does not lack much, and yet all-important notes are available. So that the mobile musician does not always have to look for a power outlet for his power supply, the NP-32 can also be operated with six AA size batteries; up to seven hours of playtime should be possible, according to Yamaha.
We prefer a dark color, since keyboards can catch a lot of dust (and for some reason cleaning white keyboards is a hell of a job). However, the white option looks great, so if you do not find the cleaning process a problem, then this is definitely a good option.
If you look at the white version of this Yamaha keyboard, you will see the oval speakers underneath the mesh cover. They look a bit strange and because you can look through the mesh on the white version, you will see everything.
With the black version, the speakers are hidden and you cannot really see what is going on unless you shine through the mesh with a light. The NP-32 has a small red line that runs along the top of the keys and looks luxurious for a relatively inexpensive keyboard. It is a nice addition and jumps between the black or white color schemes.
There are only a few buttons and we will tell you something more about that, but because there are not many, the keyboard has a very minimalistic, simple aesthetic. This can be very attractive for many people who prefer a clean look. We find keyboards that are full of buttons, knobs and sliders nicer, but that is because we are fans of old synthesizers. Nevertheless, both complex and simple can be beautiful. In addition, we would definitely label this keyboard as simple.
The keys are light. They are soft-graded and sensitive to touch, so that means he may not feel like playing on a real grand piano, but he can still offer the same dynamics.
So why does this keyboard only have 76 keys? At first glance, this seems a weird number, but twelve removed from a full keyboard. In addition, a portable keyboard should have 61 or even 49 keys, right.
Well, Yamaha also offers a 61-key version of this keyboard and they call it the NP-12. For people who want the same functionality and options as the NP-12, but more keys (to get closer to the full range of 88 keys), this is a better and ideal keyboard. In addition, despite the fact that 15 more keys are added, this keyboard remains extremely portable.
This keyboard weighs only 5.5kg, so Yamaha probably wanted to make something that’s almost full range, but still short enough to carry with you (as opposed to a heavier 88-key digital piano).
Keyboard or digital piano?
A bit of both is the answer for the NP-32 from Yamaha’s Piaggero series. The 76-key keyboard looks like a digital piano, but plays like a keyboard. Difference in detail: The keyboard of the NP-32 is gradually weighted, so the low notes require slightly more power when playing than the high notes. “Graded Soft Touch Keyboard” calls that the manufacturer. What else Yamaha has come up with for the instrument, clarifies this review.
Connect to your iOS
The simply designed instrument has only a few controls: a volume knob and ten pushbuttons are sufficient to call up all functions, sometimes together with the keyboard. Incidentally, the operation is more comfortable with the iOS app “Digital Piano Controller”. The necessary iPad or iPhone connects via Lightning adapter to the USB-to-host socket. Other connections are just the headphone and sustain pedal jacks.
Two loudspeakers sit under metal grates on the left and right of the keyboard, with twice the power of the amplifier system. Of course, you cannot expect sound miracles – but the small speakers are doing quite well considering their size and price. Distortions can be heard only at very high volume and strong attack.
The keyboard deserves praise, but with the caveat that it has to be understood as a keyboard. From the optics beginner should not be fooled: Piano Feeling you should not expect here. The keyboard qualifies the NP-32 as a keyboard in the home studio, or mobile on the iPad or music notebook.
How does the Yamaha NP-32 sound?
Although the keyboard itself feels light to play with, it sounds great. The speakers are each 6W (there are two) and it gets surprisingly loud, especially when you play with the highest volume.
With 64-note polyphony, you can play most of the compositions without skipping notes. However, if you start playing difficult tracks and hold down the sustain pedal for a long time, you will eventually miss a few notes.
The grand piano sound comes from a real Yamaha concert grand piano and although we certainly have heard better, we were very happy with how he comes to life when you play loud and sound softer when you play softly. The sensitivity makes a number of very fine dynamics possible, although the keys are of course lightweight. Some people find it better to practice with light keys (like the one you get at the Casio LK-280), because they are forced to adjust the dynamics more intensely.
Like many pianos in the Piaggero series, the sounds are very limited as soon as you step away from the grand piano sound. However, if you want to learn to play the piano and want a good grand piano sound (and the other sounds are not important), the NP-32 is a good choice.
However, the NP-32 has a number of extra sounds that are worth mentioning. The first electric piano sound is a bit on the small side (it sounds more than a bell, than a piano), but it still sounds good.
The second electric piano is very full and warm and certainly softer than the first sound. We prefer this one because it has a wider range in terms of volume consistency, while the first electric piano falls away at the lower octaves.
The organs are fun to play with, but in no way realistic. They undoubtedly sound like digital organs and are not recorded while playing a real organ. It is clear to note that Yamaha has put a lot of effort into the grand piano sound, because this is the most authentic digital sound on the NP-32.
The string instruments feel contracted and tight, probably because they must have the same volume with each note and octave. They feel synthetic, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. They are great to merge under the piano and you can do this by pressing the layer button, so you hear two sounds simultaneously.
The vibraphone sounds beautiful too. Yamaha has, in our opinion, really mimicked the sounds of the xylophone / vibraphone. There is probably an easy way to simulate the sound because they sound much more realistic than some other sounds on the NP-32.
There is also a harpsichord sound in case you want to play as Mozart.
Specifications of the Yamaha NP-32
|Number of Keys||76|
|Type of Keys||Piano-style graded touch|
|Sequencer||7000 note, 1 track recording|
|Audio Outputs||1 x 1/4″ TRS (headphones / output)|
|USB||USB Type B|
|Pedal Inputs||1 x 1/4″ (sustain pedal)|
|Amplifier||2 x 6W|
|Power Supply||12V DC Power supply (not included, sold separately) / 6 x AA batteries|
|Weight||12 lbs., 9 oz.|
These are some other noteworthy features of the NP-32:
- Demo songs to listen
- recording (single-track)
- Master Volume
- Speed control
- Custom tuning
- 1 audio output (headphones)
- USB to Host
The USB to Host option is always a great advantage. This makes it possible to connect the keyboard to a computer so that you can use the keyboard to control your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or to connect with learning and you can get apps and plugins that can help you while you learn to play.
Yamaha Piaggero NP-32 Price
Online Price: $279.99
How does the Yamaha NP-32 perform compared to other keyboards?
Like many keyboards in the Piaggero series, the NP-32 is lightweight, easy to use, and perfect for people who do not want or need many options. The NP-12 is almost identical to the NP-32 in terms of features, sounds, options, look and feel.
Yamaha NP-32 vs. NP-12 vs. NP-31
However, the Yamaha NP-12 is a 61-key keyboard. As a result, it is lighter than the NP-32 and slightly more portable. It seems that the extra money you pay is really only for the extra keys (€ 205 compared to € 313). Apart from that, they are similar, apart from a number of differences in power consumption.
So is this keyboard an improvement over the Yamaha NP-31? One of the biggest differences is that the NP-31 only has 32-note polyphony. For a keyboard with 76 keys, this can be a problem. This means that you can only press 32 keys before other notes drop out. The buttons are also slightly more awkward than the NP-31 and round instead of rectangular. The sounds are not as good, although they are all okay.
Yamaha NP-32 vs. Yamaha P-45
Now that we have looked at two other Piaggero series keyboards in this Yamaha NP-32 review, it is time to get out of there and see how the keyboard performs compared to the Yamaha P-45. Well, the Graded Hammer Standard action on the P-45 is great compared to that of the NP-32. However, the sounds are about the same and it has 64-note polyphony.
However, this keyboard has a full range with 88 keys. Because of those extra features, the P-45 is slightly more expensive than the NP-32 (€ 437) and that is why it is more of a middle class than beginner keyboard. If you like the sound of the NP-32, but need full weight and range, the P-45 is for you.
Yamaha NP-32 vs. Yamaha YPG-235
Now let us look at something completely different in this Yamaha NP-32 review, the Yamaha YPG-235. This is part of the portable wing series. This means that it has learning functions, a few hundred sounds, recording and playback, effects and an LCD screen, to visualize which sound, song, or style you have selected.
This keyboard is a bit tricky to compare with the NP-32, which is simple, but looks much more professional. The aesthetics of the YPG-235 misses quite a bit. He has multiple colors, looks very plastic like, and has many buttons.
What the YPG-235 lacks in style, however, makes up for it with features and options. He has 76 keys, but a few hundred sounds more that you can choose from and most of them sound very good. If you are looking for something diverse and do not mind navigating through a lot of features and sounds and do not consider the aesthetics of the keyboard important, then the YPG-235 is possible for you.
The Yamaha NP-32 is great for beginners, but does not have the same learning features as other keyboards. He has few sounds, but feels good and the grand piano sound is well made.
It is a light keyboard, which can be an advantage for a musician who is on the road a lot. It is also not a very expensive keyboard and you can use it with your computer if you want.
For the price (and especially if it meets your needs) the NP-32 is worth it. However, if you are concerned about the limitations, you may want to consider the Yamaha P-45, P-115 or even the P-125.