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Digital Piano Yamaha CP1 Full Review. Is it a good keyboard?

Review and Opinion of Yamaha CP1 and Where to Buy it?

Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese company with a wide range of products and services, mainly musical instruments and electronic devices. And this time we will analyze this excellent digital piano the Yamaha CP1 that currently has a price of €4666/$5199/£4,277 that is a digital piano with a professional level, we will analyze some of its features:

  • 88 weighted keys (Weight that the keys of an acoustic piano have and that digital pianos try to imitate to equal the touch of the piano. The keys in the high register are heavier and in the high register less. This is different from the sensitivity on the keyboard which serves to regulate the volume of the note. But a weighted keyboard always has sensitivity in the keys) with synthetic ivory NW-STAGE touch
  • 120 notes of polyphony (Number of notes that can be played at once. This includes accompaniments that also consume notes. So if you play over an accompaniment more notes will be accumulated)
  • 17 sounds (Different sounds of piano and other instruments)
  • Sound generation engine SCM (Spectral Component Modeling)
  • 5 modeling system blocks: Acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation
  • Split the keyboard into 4 zones (Split the keyboard into two different instruments)
  • Dual mode (Dual mode allows you to combine two sounds to create a more complete one. Typical is the combination of piano + string sound) or layer
  • Pitch bend wheel control (Functionality that changes the sound wave of what you play and then returns to its original state)
  • VFD type display
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical line outputs
  • Hull exit
  • Triple footswitch included with sustain pedal (The sustain pedal of a piano or keyboard is used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key)
  • USB midi (MIDI allows you to do such wonderful things as connect your keyboard to your computer, record a sound track and with certain programs click through what you’ve played to musical notes on a score. MIDI tracks store the information of the musical notes)
  • Conventional MIDI
  • USB for storage devices
  • Including feeder
  • It also comes with a Steinberg Cubase AI license
  • Weight 27.2 kg and dimensions 1385 x 173 x 420 mm

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We found a digital piano with the performance and functions of a professional digital piano, with an excellent keyboard and a great feeling in its synthetic ivory keys that simulate very well those of a real acoustic piano. With a remarkable amount of sounds reaching 17, being generated by the Spectral Component Modeling sound engine, which are high quality samples. With its 5 blocks of modeling system: Acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power stage or compressor and speaker emulation, allows to be specific when requesting a function. In addition, it different modes such as: Split and dual allow us to have new sound capabilities. It has a triple pedalboard included which will be excellent for the professional study of the classical piano. It also has USB input and output, to be connected to a computer, or to be connected to USB memories in it. In addition to all these features, if you like music production, a Cubase Al license is included.

Now that we have listed and described the features of this keyboard there is no better way to do so than to take a look at the following videos where they tell us more about the Yamaha CP1 and you can hear how its different sounds sound.

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Now let’s compare the Yamaha CP1 with its more common alternatives. Also at the end of the post you will find a section with the best shopping possibilities for this digital piano. But you can go directly to that part of the post by pressing the following button.

Yamaha CP1 vs Yamaha CP4 Stage

As a first comparison we will have the Yamaha CP1 and as we had mentioned it has a price of €4666/$5199/£4,277 and the Yamaha CP4 Stage, with a slightly lower level, and with the price of £1500 approximately, and knowing this we see that the price of the CP1 is almost triple that of the CP4. We will therefore analyze their differences and similarities in the next section:

  • Both acoustic pianos have 88 weighted, touch-sensitive keys. The Yamaha CP1’s are completely made of wood and have a much higher quality, which satisfies the most demanding requirements of professionals. And those of the Yamaha CP4 Stage use the Natural Wood Graded technology, which are also made of wood and of a high quality. But the CP1’s are better. Remember the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the low register they are heavier keys while in the high register they are Liliana declamations. The sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in our performances, that is, when we press a key with force it sounds higher while when we press one with less force it sounds lower.
  • The Yamaha CP1 offers 17 sounds and 120 notes of polyphony, generated by its SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) sound engine, while the CP4 Stage has 433 sounds and 128 notes of polyphony, generated by the SCM and AWM2 sound engines. Interesting difference between both of them knowing its different prices. Polyphony is the highest number of notes that can be added at the same time in a unit.
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha CP1 are: 5 blocks of modeling system: acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation, VFD type display and Pitch Bend wheel.
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha CP4 stage are: 11 effects including reverb, chorus, etc, Pitch Bend and modulation wheel.
  • Both digital pianos have the 4 zone split function, and dual mode or layer, USB MIDI which allows them to be connected to a computer in order to be used as a MIDI controller in a production or music composition program. And both have conventional MIDI.
  • CP1 also has a Steinberg Cubase Al
  • The Yamaha CP1 weighs 27.2 kg and has dimensions of 1385 x 173 x 420 mm, while the Yamaha CP4 Stage weighs 17.5 kg and has dimensions of 1332 x 161 x 352 mm.

We find excellent digital pianos that have good functions and performance, in the Yamaha CP1 we find very very fine keys and in the Yamaha CP4 Stage we find a lot of sounds, it would be good if you could listen to the sounds offered by each of these devices with quality headphones or studio monitors, in order to appreciate the differences between the two. Another relevant difference is the lighter weight of the CP4 Stage.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Yamaha CP1

Yamaha CP4 Stage

  • 88 weighted keys with synthetic ivory NW-STAGE touch
  • 120 notes of polyphony
  • 17 sounds
  • Sound generation engine SCM (Spectral Component Modeling)
  • 5 modeling system blocks: Acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation
  • 4 zone split keypad
  • Dual mode or layer
  • Pitch Bend wheel control
  • VFD type display
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical line outputs
  • Hull exit
  • Triple pedalboard included with sustain pedal
  • USB MIDI
  • Conventional MIDI
  • USB for storage devices
  • Including feeder
  • It also comes with a Steinberg Cubase AI license
  • Weight 27.2 kg and dimensions 1385 x 173 x 420 mm
  • Weighted keyboard with high quality touch-sensitive keys with Natural Wood Graded Hammer standard. Very good indeed with the white wooden keys
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 433 sounds
  • Sound generation engine SCM and AWM2
  • 11 effects including reverb, chorus, etc
  • 128 Performances
  • Pitch Bend Wheels
  • Modulation wheel
  • 4 zone split function
  • Dual function or layer
  • LCD screen
  • Stereo jack line outputs
  • Hull exit
  • USB MIDI
  • Conventional MIDI
  • 2 sustain pedal inputs included
  • 2 inputs for controller pedals
  • a weight of 17.5 kg and dimensions of 1332 x 161 x 352 mm

Here you have a video comparing some Yamaha digital pianos including CP1 and CP4:

And now a video of the Yamaha CP4 Stage:

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Yamaha CP4 Stage

Yamaha CP1 vs Yamaha CP300

Now we will buy the following Yamaha branded keyboards: Yamaha CP1 which as we mentioned before is priced at €4666/$5199/£4,277 and the Yamaha CP 300 which is priced at €2.290/$2500/£2,090, where we found a difference of approximately €2300. We will see their differences and similarities in the following face-to-face:

  • Both acoustic pianos have 88 weighted, touch-sensitive keys. The Yamaha CP1’s are completely made of wood and are of a much higher quality, which satisfies the highest demands of professionals. And those of the Yamaha CP300 use GH keyboard technology. The ones on the CP1 are much better. Remember the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the low register they are heavier keys while in the high register they are light keys. The sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in our performances, that is to say, when we press a key with force it sounds higher while when we press one with less force it sounds lower.
  • The Yamaha CP1 offers 17 sounds and 120 notes of polyphony, generated by its SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) sound engine, while the CP300 has 542 sounds and 128 notes of polyphony with the AMW2 engine. Interesting difference between both of them knowing its different prices.
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha CP1 are: 5 blocks of modeling system: acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation, VFD type display and Pitch Bend wheel. Polyphony is the largest number of notes that can be added at the same time in a computer.
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha CP300 stage are Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels, Integrated 16-track sequencer, FLASH ROM memory for songs and programs you have designed, 5-band equalizer, sustain pedal, and effects such as: reverb, chorus, etc
  • Both digital pianos have the function of splitting the CP1 into 4 zones and the CP300 into 2 zones, and dual mode or layer, USB MIDI which allows them to be connected to a computer in order to be used as a MIDI controller in a production or music composition program. And both have conventional MIDI.
  • The CP1 also has a Steinberg Cubase Al
  • The Yamaha CP1 has a weight of 27.2kg and dimensions of 1385 x 173 x 420mm, while the Yamaha CP300 has a weight of 32.5kg and dimensions of 1391 x 460 x 170mm.

Again, we find good digital pianos with their respective advantages and disadvantages, while the Yamaha CP1 offers a keyboard of the best possible quality, a greater number of split zones, several new effects, while the Yamaha CP 300 offers a large number of sounds, here it depends a lot if you want quantity or quality, as we have already communicated before look at the videos to buy the sounds of each instrument and so you can get a better impression of them. Another thing, if you get the music production you should have a license for Cubase.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Yamaha CP1

Yamaha CP300

  • 88 weighted keys with synthetic ivory touch NW-STAGE
  • 120 notes of polyphony
  • 17 sounds
  • Sound generation engine SCM (Spectral Component Modeling)
  • 5 modeling system blocks: Acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation
  • 4 zone split keypad
  • Dual mode or layer
  • Pitch Bend wheel control
  • VFD type display
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical line outputs
  • Hull exit
  • Triple footswitch included with sustain pedal
  • USB MIDI
  • Conventional MIDI
  • USB for storage devices
  • Including feeder
  • It also comes with a Steinberg Cubase AI license
  • Weight 27.2 kg and dimensions 1385 x 173 x 420 mm
  • Weighted keyboard with sensitive professional keyboard
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 542 sounds
  • Modulation wheel
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Split function in 2 zones
  • Dual function or layer
  • Effects with reverb, chorus, etc
  • Five band equalizer
  • AWM2 technology with 48MB waveform ROM
  • Integrated 16-track sequencer
  • FLASH ROM memory for songs and programs you have designed
  • 5-band equalizer
  • XLR and Jack line output
  • USB MIDI
  • Midi conventional
  • Hull exit
  • Very powerful 30W speakers
  • Sustain pedal included
  • a weight of 32,5Kg and dimensions of 1391 x 460 x 170mm

And now a video of the Yamaha CP300

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Yamaha CP300

Yamaha CP1 vs Clavia Nord Stage 3 88

In the last comparison we have the Yamaha CP1 keyboard, with a price of €4666/$5199/£4,277 and on the other side the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 with a price of €3.490/$4499/£3,185. Having a difference close to £1100, we will analyze its similarities and differences:

  • Both acoustic pianos have 88 weighted, touch-sensitive keys. The Yamaha CP1’s are made entirely of wood and are of a much higher quality, meeting the highest demands of professionals. And those of the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 use GH keyboard technology. The ones on the CP1 are much better.
  • The Yamaha CP1 offers 17 sounds and 120 notes of polyphony, generated by its SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) sound engine, while the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 has 2 GB of memory storage, to include your Nord Piano Library or Nord Samples Library samples with a maximum polyphony of 120 notes.
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha CP1 are: 5 blocks of modeling system: acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation, VFD type display and Pitch Bend wheel.
  • The features that characterize the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 are Creative Piano filters and effects, Smooth transitions between sounds, String Resonance function (Gen 2), Noise pedal and Long-Release option, Input for sustain pedal and supports triple pedal, Input for rotor jack pedal, Also simulates the Leslie Vintage 122 and an ICC c14 type network cable, Also supports organ, switch and control pedal with stereo jack
  • Both digital pianos have the Split function, the CP1 in 4 zones and the Clavia Nord Stage in 2 zones, and dual mode or layer, USB MIDI which allows them to be connected to a computer in order to be used as a MIDI controller in a production or music composition program. And both have conventional MIDI.
  • The CP1 also has a Steinberg Cubase Al
  • The Yamaha CP1 weighs 27.2kg and measures 1385 x 173 x 420mm, while the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 weighs 32.5kg and measures 1391 x 460 x 170mm.

We find two digital pianos are excellent proposals each, however for all its functions and features we can say that the Claudia Nord Stage 3 88 is the winner. Thanks to its Fluid Transition functions, the large amount of effects that can be fitted, its string resonance, Leslie simulations and different pedal inputs. They make this one of the best keyboards to play live. Not for nothing is the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88 one of the most famous digital pianos among professional musicians.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Yamaha CP1

Clavia Nord Stage 3 88

  • 88 weighted keys with synthetic ivory touch NW-STAGE
  • 120 notes of polyphony
  • 17 sounds
  • Sound generation engine SCM (Spectral Component Modeling)
  • 5 modeling system blocks: Acoustic/electric piano, preamplifier, modulation effects and power/compressor stage and speaker emulation
  • 4 zone split keypad
  • Dual mode or layer
  • Pitch Bend wheel control
  • VFD type display
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical line outputs
  • Hull exit
  • Triple footswitch included with sustain pedal
  • USB MIDI
  • Conventional MIDI
  • USB for storage devices
  • Including feeder
  • It also comes with a Steinberg Cubase AI license
  • Weight 27.2 kg and dimensions 1385 x 173 x 420 mm
  • Digital stage piano with synthesizer functions and 88 touch-sensitive weighted keys. We’re talking about the red keyboard you’ll see in any professional keyboardist’s music video. It’s very popular
  • 2 GB memory storage
  • 120 notes of polyphony
  • Creative Piano filters and effects
  • Transitions between very fluid sounds. No perceived pause
  • A large section with piano sounds, which is a real treat
  • String Resonance function (Gen 2), Noise pedal and Long-Release option
  • Powerful synthesizer capabilities with Subtractive, FM, and Wavetable synthesis
  • Arpeggiator function
  • has Master Clock and Unison modes
  • includes modes for the famous B3, Vox/Farfisa and Principal Pipe organs very similar to the original
  • It also simulates the Leslie Vintage 122
  • OLED display for Program and Synth sections
  • 4 assignable audio outputs Jack (for whatever you want and they are asymmetrical)
  • Stereo Headset Jack Output
  • 1 mini-jack input for monitor
  • Input for sustain pedal that supports triple Nord Triple Pedal that is not included
  • Input for rotor jack pedal
  • Also supports organ, switch and control pedal with stereo jack
  • DIN MIDI input and output
  • Also USB MIDI
  • ICC c14 type network cable
  • a weight of 19 kg with dimensions 1287 x 334 x 118 mm
  • It includes a case and although it does not have a triple pedal, it comes with a very acceptable Sustain pedal. It also comes with Nord Samples and piano DVDs and USB cable

And now a video of the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Clavia Nord Stage 3 88

Where to buy Yamaha CP1

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  • Usually Best price.
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