The ‘P’ in Yamaha P125 stands for ‘portable’, and as you might expect that means that the piano is very light; you could pick it up, put it under your arm and travel around with it.
This makes it fantastic for musicians who want to go out and play gigs, or perhaps if you’re struggling for a room at home. It’s a perfect choice because it is very small and compact, but it gives you the real authentic feel of a traditional piano.
What’s in the box?
The Yamaha P125 portable piano does not come with a stand, however you have the option to purchase one separately if you wish to. It is worth knowing that when you buy the Yamaha P125 it comes with the music rest. It does not come with the iPad as you may have seen it photographed with for advertising purposes. The P125 also comes with a sustain pedal, its power adapter, and the manual as well.
Yamaha P125 | Features
The Yamaha P125 portable piano is beautifully simple to use, when you turn it on It resets the piano. It has a really lovely authentic piano sound. What you will hear when you turn the piano on is a sample of a real Yamaha Concert Grand piano.
Yamaha makes some of the best Concert Grand pianos in the world, and all that history, that heritage is filtered down into their digital pianos. It is 88 keys wide, and that is the same amount of keys that a traditional grand piano has. Crucially they have what we call weighted key mechanism in there; when you go and touch the keys on a piano you notice they’re heavy to the touch, and that is exactly what we have got with the Yamaha P125. It has a really authentic feel to it.
Now a crucial thing to know about a digital piano if you haven’t seen one before is that they never ever go out of tune. You will never have to do anything maintenance wise to keep it in tune. Another fact is that the controls on the Yamaha P125 portable piano are very simple; digital pianos allow you to be able to turn the volume down and practise in relative quietness. You can also wear headphones, so you can practice in total silence; not disturbing anybody.
The functionality of the P series is very straightforward; it is designed like this to be straightforward and simple. You have features that are practical, like a metronome built in, you have rhythms as well that will give you a drum beat and some bass lines (if you don’t like using the simplicity of the metronome). You can record yourself playing on here, which is a wonderful feature; good for practising. This means that you can play a duet at home.
Then you have got what we call the voices; the different sounds that it makes. It’s very straightforward. There is not a great deal of options on here, but there is just enough to make it quite fun to play with. There is a button called ‘Piano’. If we keep pressing piano, It will give us different variations.
P125 & Smart Pianist
If you choose to use the Yamaha P125 portable piano with an iPad using the smart pianist app, we are given lots of different variations to choose. All of these variations are built into the piano, but quite a few are now going onto the app. The app is very straightforward on an iPad, (it does also work on iPhones as well). It’s just a companion/ controller app; I can use it to change the sounds if I like. I could go to choose an electric piano, or I have things like organ sounds in here too.
There is a section that is called piano room as well, which I quite like which is probably the most basic way to use it. What you do is choose the piano you like, and then you can change the environment that you are playing in. For example if I go to a concert hall, we get a terrific echoed sound. But, if you’re in a chamber or if you’re in a club, the entire Echo is taken out; giving the sound a different character. A nice feature to have that makes it a bit more interesting. You can also do things like change the EQ, various different settings and then save it into registrations as well.
Recording & MIDI
So a couple of other really practical things on the Yamaha P125 portable piano.
If perhaps you’re a composer or a songwriter and you’re writing things at home, you can record onto the piano and it’ll stay on there as well. If you were to turn the piano off and back on again it would remain as a saved recording. If you also wanted to transfer that music onto a computer this is very straightforward to do in a midi format. There is a USB to host connection that goes straight off onto a computer. There is a midi format and it’s got Jack outputs as well (So if you’re going into an interface, you can take the pure pro quality audio output as well).
A really nice little feature that the Yamaha P125 portable piano has is what is called a table top EQ setting. What this does is basically automatically detect when it’s been put on a table top. This is done because there are speakers underneath the piano, and if the pianos is on the table top it can’t really get the most out of those speakers. This special setting enables it to bring more of the bass out the top and gives you a more natural sound (because not everyone uses a stand).
We have the optional wooden stand which is nice and sturdy, and you can get the three pedal unit attached to it as well. It is worth noting that these are separate purchases (the wooden stand and the three pedals). A lot of people like to have their P125 on cross frame stands as an alternative because they can fold up flat and they are very good to take out and gig with.