Yamaha Model P95 88-Key Digital Piano Review
Summary of the Analysis
The Yamaha Model P95 is a great choice for pianists of any ability level who want a full-sized, but lightweight, model. Ideal for those on the go, anyone with minimal living space, or anyone looking for a low-cost MIDI controller/digital piano hybrid.
The P95 is a step up from the P85, with the main differences being the voices and key feel.
The P95’s Features
- 88 keys
- 64-note polyphony
- 4 Velocity Settings for Touch Sensitivity
- Chorus/Reverb: Reverb; no chorus.
- Yes, there is a metronome; the speed ranges from 32 to 280 BPM.
- Black or silver are the colors that are available.
At-A-Glance Pros of the P95
- There are 88 full-sized, weighted keys in total.
- Accidents have a matte coating (less slippery than the glossy finish)
- There are four contact sensitivity settings.
- Included is a sustain pedal.
At-A-Glance Cons of the P95
Just one user song can be recorded; however, this feature is useful for simple home use.
The keyboard stand is not included but can be purchased separately.
There are no pre-programmed rhythms, and an AC adaptor is not always included.
Action and Keys
The keyboard has a “ranked” layout, which means the bass octaves are heavier than the treble octaves, similar to an acoustic piano. The keys have a natural spring to them, which would be ideal for reinforcing staccato articulation techniques.
Touch-Sensitivity and Voices
There are ten onboard voices, each of which can be dual-layered (meaning that one key can sound two tones at the same time), and the majority of them sound natural and simple. The choir sounded the most synthetic, but it’s difficult to find a synthetic choir that sounds authentic – even in high-quality sound libraries – so this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
On the P95, you can choose from a variety of tones, including:
- Two pianos are available: a concert grand for classical music and a bright grand with reverb for popular music.
- There are two organs: an electric jazz organ and a triple choir pipe organ for Baroque music.
- 2 electric pianos, one with a straight keyboard and the other with a dynamically sensitive keyboard
- Harpsichord: treble and bright (no touch-sensitivity)
- Complete Choir with Vibraphone Strings
Four preset velocity curves can be used to change touch sensitivity.
Songs and recordings that have been pre-programmed
The P95 comes with the same 50 songs as the P85, including complete piano compositions by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Joplin, and Mendelssohn, as well as songs by Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin. Additionally, each of the ten voices has its own abridged demo song that can be heard.
Personal songs or practice sessions worth up to 65kb (which Yamaha equates to 11,000 notes) can be stored and sent to a computer or MIDI system, but preset songs and demos cannot be transferred.
Quality and Keyboard Speakers
The two 6W speakers are more than enough. There was no cracking at higher volumes during the trial. They could amplify a little more if they could, but for what they are, they do the job and are of good quality.
- Model # FC5 is a basic sustain pedal.
- Sheet music rest that can be removed
Note that certain packages do not include a 12V AC adaptor. Before making a purchase, check with your store.
Panel on the back
- Damper pedal input, 1/4″
- 2 headphones/OUT
- MIDI in/out
Yamaha’s Other Instruments
- Piaggero NP-V80 – 76-Key
- NP-30 – 76-Key
- 61-Key Lighted Keyboard
THE YAMAHA P-95 HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO THE P-125.
The Yamaha P-95 digital piano was one of the most common digital pianos on the market, with a lively, high-quality sound and natural piano touch response at a low price. The Yamaha P-95 digital piano has been discontinued and replaced by the Yamaha P-125.
The P-125 has several of the same features as the P-95, such as an 88-key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard and Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed touch sensitivity, as well as many improvements, such as more Voices (24 vs. 10) and Piano Styles and Rhythms, as well as more memory and better communication.