What we think of the P515 digital stage piano
Yamaha's latest addition to the portable P Series is the new P515. With the Natural Wood NWX keyboard action from the mid-range Clavinova models and Yamaha CFX and BÃ¶sendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos it offers an authentic piano experience while remaining easy to transport from home to rehearsal or gig to gig. With wooden accents and built in speakers it is an ideal home instrument too for those who have limited space yet require the functionality of a high performance instrument.
The piano offers a host of refinements, including binaural sampling which when playing through headphones gives a truly directional performance, giving the impression that the sound is coming from in front of you instead of straight into your ears. This also minimises ear fatigue, allowing to you practice for longer. The natural wood action with escapement provides an authentic piano touch, while Enhanced Virtual Resonance Modelling, also borrowed from the Clavinova range, accurately reproduces the sympathetic resonance produced by the vibrations of acoustic piano strings.
Yamaha's unique twisted flare bass port enhances the bass response from the built in speaker system, an impressive two-way 15w + 5w setup which reproduces the sound exceptional clarity.
With 40 rhythm styles (bass and drums), Bluetooth audio streaming and compatibility with Yamaha's amazing Smart Pianist app the P515 offers something for everyone and is an ideal choice for both the aspiring and performing musician.Specification
Â• 88 note NWX natural wood action, graded hammers with escapement and ivory feel
Â• 5 touch sensitivity levels: Hard2/Hard1/Medium/Soft1/Soft2/Fixed
Â• 128 x 64 dot LCD display
Â• Yamaha CFX, Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand piano samples
Â• Binaural sampling on CFX grand only
Â• Key off samples & smooth release
Â• Virtual Resonance Modelling (VRM)
Â• 256 notes polyphony
Â• 40 instrument voices, 18 drum/SFX kits + 480 XG voices
Â• 6 x reverb types
Â• 3 x chorus types
Â• Intelligent Acoustic Control (iAC)
Â• Stereophonic Optimiser
Â• Dual/Layer/Split keyboard modes
Â• Duo keyboard mode
Â• 5 - 500 bpm metronome
Â• Transpose -12 - 0 - +12
Â• Adjustable master tuning (414.8 â€“ 440.0 â€“ 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Â• 40 rhythm styles (bass & drums)
Â• 1.4MB internal memory (approx.)
Â• 2 x stereo headphone jack (6.35mm)
Â• Compatible with LP-1 pedal unit (optional)
Â• MIDI IN/OUT
Â• Stereo AUX IN (3.5mm jack)
Â• AUX OUT [L/L+R][R]
Â• USB to DEVICE
Â• USB to HOST
Â• (15 W + 5 W) x 2 amplification system
Â• Two built in speakers (Oval (12 cm x 6 cm) + 2.5 cm (dome))
Â• Auto power off
Â• Supplied with Yamaha FC4A sustain pedal
Â• USB audio recorder (80 mins max, WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, Stereo) format (record & playback)
Â• 21 x preset voice demo songs, 50 classics built in
Â• 250 MIDI songs onboard capacity
Â• SMF (Format 0, Format 1) playback
Â• SMF (Format 0) recordingTwo of the world's finest grand pianos
P-515 features piano sounds captured from Yamaha's flagship CFX concert grand and the famed Viennese BÃ¶sendorfer Imperial grand. These piano samples put two of the worldâ€™s finest and most prominent concert grand pianos at your fingertips.Completely natural sound
P-515 features two advanced technologies, Binaural Sampling and Stereophonic Optimizer, which allow you to enjoy exceptionally realistic, natural sound, even when listening through headphones.Natural Wood X (NWX) keyboard - the feel of an acoustic grand piano
The NWX keyboard found in P-515 features white keys made from only the best quality wood and topped with synthetic ivory. The black keys are finished in textured synthetic ebony. Furthermore, this keyboard features the true feel of the escapement mechanism found in a grand piano which the hammers away from the strings quickly after they strike them, in order to prevent any interference with string vibration.Enhanced Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)
P-515 is able to calculate the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes of concert grand from one instant to the next. Enhanced VRM also calculates aliquot resonance in the upper octaves, and the full resonance of the soundboard, rim, and frame. This technology allows for vivid, bright, richly â€“ varied expression that reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in piano performance.
Aliquot is a stringing method for pianos that uses extra, un-struck strings in the upper octaves to enhance the tone. These strings sympathetically vibrate with other strings in an acoustic piano, resonating with overtones, and adding richness, brilliance and complex colour to the sound. Since they do not have a damper, they will continue sounding even after you release your hands from the keyboard.Powerful onboard speaker system
P-515 features 15w + 5w amplifiers along with 2 way speaker system which provides an immersive, authentic piano experience with astonishing clarity.
P-515 also features a Twisted Flare Bass Port, Yamaha's technology that offers a clear and precise bass sound. The flared and gently twisted shape evenly diffuses the air flow through the port. Compared to a conventional port, the Twisted Flare Port reduces air turbulence noise, resulting in clear and accurate low frequency reproduction.Customising the Sound and the Touch Response of Piano Voices (Piano Room)
The Piano Room function is for those who want to simply, conveniently, and fully enjoy playing the instrument as a piano. No matter what settings for Voice etc. you've made, you can instantly call up the optimum settings for piano performance with a single button press. Try creating a custom piano sound by adjusting the various parameters such as lid position, string resonance, damper resonance, touch response and so on.
In addition to Piano Room, applying on board effects such as reverb, chorus and various effects gives you greater and richer expressive capability.Playing the piano along with Rhythm Playback
The P-515 comes complete with forty different and simple rhythm patterns (drums and bass accompaniment) that are perfectly suited to many types of music , letting you spice up your performance with some backing musicians, make practice more interesting, or open up your creative flow with inspiring new ideas.Simple operation using the Smart Pianist app!
The "Smart Pianist"app allows you to control the many functions included in Yamaha digital pianos with your iOS device. Voices, rhythms and other settings can be selected right from the touch screen, making it even easier to get what you want from your P-515. You can also save your favorite settings for quick recall at any time. Smart Pianist can even access the songs in your iOS device's music library and create a chord chart for you, so you can play along with recordings of your personal favorite songs.Bluetooth audio for wireless listening
Connect your music player via Bluetooth and instantly turn your P-515 into a high-quality speaker system to listen to your favorite songs through.Elegant and Dynamic Design
Modern, stylish and elegant, the P-515 will be a focal point in your den, living room, or home studio. With wooden accents and polished details, the P-515 looks as good as it sounds. When you sit down at this beautiful instrument, you will experience the touch of class that it has added to your space and your musical life.Manufacturer warranty: 2 yearsOwner's ManualMIDI ReferenceClick here to request a brochure or further information.