If you’re a seasoned performer, or perhaps looking to enter into the world of playing live, then having the option to use a microphone with your Yamaha digital piano is an exceptionally useful feature.
In this blog we’ll take a look at which of Yamaha’s portable models have microphone input capability, as well as any additional features they may include to compliment this.
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Piaggero Series Pianos
The NP12 and NP32 Piaggero models do not feature any audio input capability.
P Series Pianos
Yamaha’s P series portable pianos are brilliant models for regular gigging and live playing, as they are incredibly durable and hardwearing, as well as offering audio output capability for playing through external speaker systems. However, the P45 and P125 do not support any form of audio input.
The Yamaha P515 portable piano on the other hand does offer a nifty 3.5mm jack audio/aux in port, which does allow for a microphone to be plugged in, but unfortunately, it does not allow you to adjust the level/volume of the microphone independently to the piano itself, so this is best used with some form of external pre-amp or mixer.
(Please be aware when using any form of powered pre-amplifier: If you are using a dynamic microphone, ensure that any phantom power option on the pre-amp is switched off – this is often illustrated as a button or switch labeled ’48V’.)
DGX-670 / DGX-660
In contrast to the P series, the DGX models are designed with features to aid both solo live performance and writing / composing.
Both the 660 and 670 feature a dedicated 6.35mm (1/4 inch) microphone jack input as well as a standard Aux input, which allows you to connect a dynamic microphone directly into the piano (please note that if you would like to use a condenser microphone, you will still need to use some form external of pre-amplifier for it to work as desired).
When connecting and disconnecting a microphone, always make sure the Master Volume dial is turned all the way down, and if possible, turn off the DGX beforehand.
Both DGX models also give you a handy selection of microphone settings, including volume + gain adjustment, reverb and chorus, as well as advanced effects including a 3-band EQ, and compression. You can also save your microphone settings as presets, so you can access them quickly at any time.
CP / YC Stage Pianos
Yamaha’s brilliant CP and YC series stage pianos/keyboards are designed with live performance in mind through and through, and although the latest models don’t feature a dedicated microphone input or complementary settings, they do include stereo input jack connections, with an adjustable gain knob.
While it doesn’t offer the flexibility and additional settings of the DGX models, this does allow you to use a dynamic microphone directly connected to CP or YC, and adjust the volume separate to the Piano / Keyboard itself (although this input is primarily intended for when you would like to use an additional audio device such as a second keyboard through the CP/YC).
I hope this guide was helpful to you. More coming soon!