Yamaha Smart Pianist App review for P-125

Isaac Stuart

The Yamaha Smart Pianist app is compatible with a variety of Yamaha’s current and upcoming range of keyboards and digital pianos.

Yamaha Smart Pianist

Yamaha Smart Pianist came to our attention fairly recently, so Chris and I went to Yamaha and we had a chance to have a real, in-depth exploration of the features on the app and how it works alongside the brilliant Yamaha P-125. If you’re looking for some more details on the Yamaha P-125, check out our full review by clicking here.

Yamaha Smart Pianist app review for P-125

Watch Isaac demonstrate the superb YamahaSmartPianist app

The app is FREE and available on all iOs devices and Android.

What does the app do?

First and foremost, the Yamaha Smart Pianist app for the P-125 works as a controller. Using a clear, simple layout, you can browse through the voices (24 altogether); Layer sounds (piano and strings is always a winner); Split the keyboard and navigate through all the settings with a few clicks. It’s super simple to use and makes the whole functionality of the keyboard much easier to understand.

Now, once you’ve found yourself a nice voice -after layering, splitting, browsing and tweaking until your heart’s content- you will most probably want to save it! This is another great feature – the app allows you to save your favourite settings on the app so you can click back to these whenever you like. This is great for gigging musicians as it rids you of the frantic search mid-set and all-round makes using the keyboard much more user friendly.

This next feature is definitely my favourite and something I use at home all the time. Some of you may (or may not) be familiar with Yamaha’s other app called ‘Chord Tracker’ which has essentially been embedded into Yamaha Smart Pianist and redesigned to be even better. It’s awesome! It takes all the songs you have downloaded on your smart device, analyses them and gives you the chords to follow along. It will playback the song you select through the instruments’ speakers and you can even alter parameters like tempo and transposition. How awesome is that? This feature really makes the Yamaha Smart Pianist app worthwhile in my opinion; You can now play along with your favourite artists and it doesn’t even take a minute to do. It’s worth noting that it doesn’t work, however, with streamed music (i.e Spotify, Apple Music) so to use the feature ensure the music is downloaded to the device itself.

Lastly, we have the recording feature. For all you avid composers, songwriters and future pop stars out there, recording your stuff is vital to improve your sound and start getting your work heard. For beginners too, listening back to pieces is really important – sometimes you miss things while you’re playing that you’ll be sure to pick up if you could only hear it played back to yourself.

The Smart Pianist App allows you to record a piece (whether it be a couple of chords or a full blown song) and it will save on the app for you to listen back to when you like. It even goes a step further – You can export this recording as a midi or .wav file and it’ll go straight to a Dropbox account (these are free to set up and make the recording easily accessible on any device).

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Midi is great if you’re planning on putting your recording into music software (like Sibelius, Logic, Garage Band, Ableton etc) as the midi file is editable and purely information. This makes the recording flexible to change in the session on your music software – proving to be extremely useful if you hit a wrong note or play out of time. However, if the recording is absolutely perfect, .wav is the way forward. This will playback on any device as you hear it on your keyboard (record-producer ready!)

The Yamaha Smart Pianist app has essentially 4 main features: Controller (control voices, layering, split via app; Save your favourite settings all on the app using registrations; Music Library feature – chord tracker; Record pieces and export as Audio or MIDI.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself playing! It’s a fantastic app and I would definitely recommend it.

Happy playing! Bye for now.

Isaac Stuart
Isaac is one of our longest-serving sales team members, and is a gifted musician and actor. He has a wealth of product knowledge and experience overseeing a range of promotional content via social media and email. You’ll also see him in a number of our ePianos Youtube demonstration videos.
  • Thank you for this great review. I recently bought yamaha p125 and wondering whether smart pianist app worth looking into.

  • I have been playing Yamaha P series for years, I had a P95 for many years and then went to a P 125 recently. I used the smart pianist app on the p 125, it was ok. Recently I traded up to a P 515. I love the keyboard but trying to run the app with it a challenge, as I like to make changes in my sounds as I am playing. I have to stop and try to punch the ipad. Sometimes it takes and sometimes it doesn’t. It is annoying when you have to puch 2 different things to get back to the page with my saved registrations. I have worked with Dexibells program which works far better than yamaha. My problem is I like Yamaha keyboards better. It would have really been nice if yamaha would have put a memory program on the P515, that would have made it a perfect keyboard. I will probably get a different keyboard in order to get a built in memory. There are some good things in the program which are more fun than practicle. So I would not say the app is bad. It is just not very user friendly, in fact yesterday I went to start the app and it would not work wirelessly or wired. I had to download the app again and start all over. I hooked it up with the wire hoping it will not get lost again. I am just very frustrated with it. There is no way I would take this out and play it somewhere else with this app working the way it does. Yamaha needs to get a better app.

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