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Digital Piano Yamaha CP300 Full Review. Is it a great choice?

Yamaha CP300 Digital Piano Review Complete Is it a good choice?

Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese company with a wide range of products and services, mainly musical instruments and electronic devices. The Yamaha brand is always a plus when it comes to digital pianos, and now we will look at your CP300 digital piano, which is priced at €2.290/$2500/£2,090, and the following features:

  • 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard (Weight that the keys of an acoustic piano have and that digital pianos try to imitate to match 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 a professional sensitive keyboard. Keyboard with GH technology (See video).
  • 128 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)
  • 542 sounds (480 voices + 12 Drum kits + 50 voices XG) Where we have instruments like: grand pianos, electric pianos, strings, vibraphones, guitars, basses, and so on.
  • Modulation wheel, which serves to modify a note with modulation effects such as tremolo or vibrato.
  • Pitch bend wheel (Functionality that changes the height of a note you play and then returns to its original state)
  • Split function (divide the keyboard into two different instruments) in 2 zones
  • Dual function (Dual mode allows you to combine two sounds to create a more complete one. Typical is the combination of piano + stringed instrument sound) or layer
  • Reverb effects, chorus, etc
  • Five-band equalizer, which allows an increase or decrease in the intensity of five different frequency ranges
  • AWM2 technology with 48MB waveform ROM
  • Integrated 16-track sequencer
  • FLASH ROM memory for songs and software you have designed
  • XLR line output and jack, for connection to a mixer/mixer or amplifier.
  • 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)
  • Midi conventional
  • Hull exit
  • Very powerful 30W speakers (various piano and other instrument sounds)
  • It comes with a sustain pedal (The sustain pedal of a piano or keyboard is used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key) included
  • a weight of 32,5Kg and dimensions of 1391 x 460 x 170mm

demo review yamaha-cp300

Thanks to Yamaha’s tradition and experience, these instruments provide the player with all the sound and expressiveness of an excellently sounding grand piano, with the advantage of the portability and versatility of a modern digital instrument. It is an excellent instrument more than anything else thought for playing live, thanks to its powerful 30W speakers, allowing you to play with them in a closed room without extra amplification.

Here is a video explaining how the GH technology of Yamaha digital pianos works:

Now that we have listed and described the features of this keyboard there is no better way than to take a look at the following videos where they tell us more about the Yamaha CP300 and you can hear how its different sounds sound.

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Now let’s compare the Yamaha CP300 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 CP300 vs Yamaha CP4 Stage

Now let’s make a comparison of the Yamaha digital pianos: the CP300 which as we have already seen is priced at €2.290/$2500/£2,090, and the Yamaha CP4 stage which is priced at about €1500/$2500, so the price difference between the two is about £700. With the following face-to-face, we will see their similarities and differences, so that you can find the best one for you:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys, remember that the counterweight is the weight of the keys on a real acoustic piano, in the low range the keys are heavier while in the high range they are lighter. They also have sensitivity in their keys, sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in the performances, that is to say when we press a key with force it sounds higher than another one pressed with less force.
  • While both keyboards are very similar in their number of keys and functions, they have different technologies: the CP 300 uses GH technology (which we have already reviewed) and the CP4 stage uses NW-GH or Natural Wood Graded Hammer technology, which are white keys made of real wood, with black keys with synthetic ebony. Where the CP4 Stage has a great advantage.
  • In terms of sounds, the CP 300 offers 542 sounds, 128 notes of polyphony and all this produced with its WM2 Sound Engine with a 48Mb table wave rom memory, while the CP4 offers 433 sounds, with 128 notes of polyphony and two sound generation engines that are the SCM and AW2. Polyphony is the maximum number of notes that can be played at the same time in a computer.
  • Both equipments have pitch bend and modulation wheels. Both also have Split functions, the CP300 in 2 zones and the CP4 Stage in 4 zones, and dual or layer.
  • In terms of effects, the CP300 has Reverb (24 types), Chorus (24 types), and insert effects (112 effects), and the CP4 Stage has Reverb (11 types), Chorus (9 types), insert effects (62 types) and a Master Compressor. Both have a 5-band Master EQ.
  • As mentioned earlier, the CP 300 has a Flash ROM for storing songs and user-designed programs
  • In connections, the CP300 has XLR and Jack output, headphone output, MIDI input and output, AND very powerful 30W speakers. The CP4 Stage offers Stereo Jack outputs, Headphone output, MIDI input and output.
  • Both digital pianos have USB MIDI, which allows them to be connected to a computer to be used as MIDI controllers, in a production or music composition program.
  • In terms of weight, the CP 300 has a weight of 32.5 kg and dimensions of 1391 × 460 × 170 mm. The CP 4 has a weight of 17.5 kg and dimensions of 1332 × 161 × 352 mm. In both units the Sustain pedal is included.

We found two digital pianos with good performance, however the Yamaha CP4 Stage is not bad at all, for the price. With an NW-GH keyboard and its Flash Rom, it stands out from the CP300, which also stands out for its greater number of sounds, effects and balanced outputs. Something else to see is its portability, the CP300 has 32.5Kg of weight making it less portable than the CP4 with only 17.5Kg.

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

Yamaha CP300

Yamaha CP4 Stage

  • 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
  • Counterbalanced keyboard with high-quality touch-sensitive keys with 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

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 CP300 vs Clavia Nord Electro 6 HP

Now we will analyze and face the Yamaha CP 300 which as we mentioned before is priced at €2.290/$2500/£2,090 and the Clavia Nord Electro 6 HP digital piano which is priced at €2.139/$3000/£1,955. With a minimum difference between them of about £150, we will see their differences and similarities in the next section:

  • The Yamaha has 88 weighted keys with NW-GH (Natural wood graded hammer) technology and the Nord has 73 weighted keys with Nord Hammer Action Portable technology. Both have sensitivity in their keys. Remember that the weighted keyboard is the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the low range the keys are heavier while in the high range they are lighter. And sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in the performances, that is, when we press a key with force it sounds higher than another one pressed with less force.
  • In terms of sound, the Yamaha offers 542 sounds, 128 polyphony notes and all this produced with its WM2 Sound Engine with a 48Mb table wave rom memory, while the Nord offers 1GB of memory storage for the Nord Piano sound library with 120 polyphony notes AND 512MB of memory storage for the Nord Sample sound library with 46 polyphony notes. Polyphony is the highest number of notes that can be played simultaneously.
  • Both units have pitch bend and modulation wheels. Both also have Split functions, the Yamaha in 2 zones and the Nord in 6 zones, and dual or layer.
  • In terms of effects, the Yamaha has Reverb (24 types), Chorus (24 types), and insertion effects (112 effects), and the Nord has a large list of effects, which among others, we have: Pan, Tremolo, Wah and Ring Modulator. Master effects and the interesting option of having all effects in stereo.
  • Other features of the Nord are: Main functionality Pipe Organ Model, The Leslie 122 simulation of the Nord C2D (rotary speaker), Seamless Transitions sound changes, Tube Overdrive and Vibe organ effect, three pedal inputs: for control, for sustain and for the rotary speaker.
  • In connections, the CP300 has XLR and Jack output, headphone output, MIDI input and output, AND very powerful 30 W speakers. The Nord offers Stereo Jack outputs, Headphone output, MIDI input and output.
  • Both digital pianos have USB MIDI, which allows them to be connected to a computer to be used as MIDI controllers, in a production or music composition program.
  • In terms of weight, the CP 300 has a weight of 32.5 kg and dimensions of 1391 × 460 × 170 mm, the Nord has a weight of 11.4 kg and dimensions of 1332 × 161 × 352 mm.
  • In both equipments we find the Sustain pedal included.

Both are excellent options as stage pianos, however the Nord has many advantages over the Yamaha, starting with the large amount of samples we will have, as well as its effects. Going through all the extra features that the Nord offers and finally in the weight the CP300 has 32.5 kg compared to the 11.4 kg of the Nord, almost triple the difference in weight. One of the advantages of the CP300 is its integrated 30W speakers, which the Nord does not have.

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

Yamaha CP300

Clavia Nord Electro 6

  • 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
  • 73-key weighted, sensitive keyboard with Nord Hammer Action Portable technology
  • It is a synthesizer keyboard with very powerful functions for live
  • Split and dual functions in all sections of the keyboard
  • 6 points for splitting with LEDs as indicators
  • 1GB of memory storage for the Nord Piano sound library
  • 512MB of memory storage for the Nord Sample sound library
  • Nord C2D B3 Tone Wheel Simulation
  • Main functionality Pipe Organ Model
  • The Leslie 122 simulation of the Nord C2D
  • 120-note polyphony in Piano Library and 46 notes in Sample Library.
  • Setlist function for program selection
  • Sound changes without any interruption in the sound. This is the Seamless Transitions system
  • New Dual-Organ mode that allows quick access to two manual settings
  • 9 physical shooters
  • Support for the Nord Half-Moon-Switch not included with three speed settings: slow, high and fast
  • The effects all come in stereo
  • Tube Overdrive and Vibe organ effect, both in stereo
  • Reverb Effects
  • Separate reverb delay effects
  • Double line output Jack for live playing without injection box
  • Minijack with monitor input, great also for live
  • Hull exit
  • Input for foot control
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Input for Rotary Speaker pedal, which is an effect pedal with rotary speakers, loop recording, …
  • MIDI input and output
  • Also comes with USB (MIDI)
  • A weight of 11.4kg makes it a great stage piano-synthesizer

And now a video of the Clavia Nord Electro 6

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Clavia Nord Electro 6

Yamaha CP300 vs Roland FP-90

Now we will analyze the following digital pianos: the Yamaha CP300 And as we have already mentioned at the price of €2.290/$2500/£2,090 and the Roland FP-90 at €1.659/$2000/£1.499, we will analyze their differences and similarities in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys, let’s remember that the weighted keyboard is the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the low range the keys are heavier while in the high range they are lighter. They also have sensitivity.
  • While both keyboards are very similar in their number of keys, they have different technologies: the Yamaha uses GH Graded Hammer technology. The Roland offers the PHA-5 technology, which also provides a great simulation of a real acoustic piano keyboard.
  • In terms of sound, the Yamaha offers 542 sounds, 128 notes of polyphony and all this produced with its WM2 Sound Engine with a 48Mb table wave rom memory, while the Roland offers 350 sounds, with 384 notes of polyphony and the Roland’s own SuperNATURAL sound generation engine.
  • The Yamaha has pitch bend and modulation wheels. Both also have split, and dual or layer functions. The Roland has USB memory stick input.
  • In terms of effects, the CP300 has Reverb (24 types), Chorus (24 types), and insert effects (112 effects), and a 5 band Master EQ and the Roland has Ambience, Rotary Speaker and Speed modulation and has a 3 band Master EQ.
  • As mentioned above the CP 300 has a Flash ROM to store songs and designed programs.
  • In connections, the CP300 has XLR and Jack output, headphone output, MIDI input and output, AND very powerful 30W speakers. Roland offers Stereo Jack outputs, Headphone output, MIDI input and output, and microphone input.
  • Both digital pianos are equipped with USB MIDI, which allows them to be connected to a computer for use as a MIDI controller in a music production or composition program.
  • In terms of weight, the CP 300 has a weight of 32.5 kg and dimensions of 1391 × 460 x 170 mm. The Roland has a weight of 23.6 kg and dimensions of 1340 × 390 x 136 mm.
  • In both equipments we find the Sustain pedal included, in the Roland we have a triple pedal input.

We found two good pianos, with a big difference in their keyboards, the Roland has an improvement in its simulation to a real acoustic piano and with a polyphony of 384 notes sure to delight many, the advantages of the Yamaha are: its powerful 30W speakers and its greater amount of sound.

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

Yamaha CP300

Roland FP-90

  • 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
  • Digital piano with 88 weighted keys PHA-50 of superior quality. It emulates an acoustic piano in a very faithful way. One of the most successful tacts I have used
  • Roland’s premium supernatural sound engine
  • 350 sounds
  • 384 notes of polyphony
  • Many additional sound possibilities such as electric pianos, strings, organs and synthesizers, as well as 30 memory spaces for own configurations including layer and split configurations
  • Effects like reverb and chorus
  • Split function
  • Dual function and layer
  • Metronome
  • Transposition
  • Conventional MIDI input and output
  • USB MIDI
  • Line output for live
  • USB port for storage
  • Microphone input. Numerous voice effects
  • Bluetooth functionality and wireless connection possibilities expand the possibilities for managing rhythms, piano functionality and learning apps
  • Includes multi-function pedal and DP-10 sustain
  • Triple pedal unit RPU-3 is available separately
  • Four very powerful speakers that are good for playing in a restaurant without extra amplification
  • Color: White
  • a weight of 23.6 kg and dimensions of (W x D x H) 1340 x 390 x 136 mm

And now a video of the Roland FP-90

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Roland FP-90.

Yamaha CP300 vs Roland RD-2000

Finally we will analyze the digital pianos: the Yamaha CP300 which as we have seen before has a price of €2.290/$2500/£2,090 and the Roland RD-2000 which has exactly the same price, €2.290/$2600/£2,090. We will see their similarities or differences in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys. They also have sensitivity, they have different technologies: the Yamaha uses GH technology. The Roland offers the PHA-5 technology, which also offers a great simulation of a real acoustic piano keyboard.
  • In terms of sound, the Yamaha offers 542 sounds, 128 notes of polyphony and all this produced with its Sound Engine at WM2 with a table wave rom memory of 48Mb, while the Roland offers 1113 sounds, and two sound engines, the first for piano with a complete polyphony, i.e. infinite and the second for other sounds with a maximum polyphony of 128 notes.
  • The Yamaha has pitch bend and modulation wheels. Both also have split functions (the CP300 with 2 zones and the RD2000 with 8 zones), and dual or layer functions. The Roland has two USB stick inputs.
  • In terms of effects, the CP300 has Reverb (24 types), Chorus (24 types), and insert effects (112 effects), and a 5-band Master EQ and the Roland has Modulation (4 systems and 62 types), Tremolo/Amplifier Simulator (4 systems and 6 types), Reverb (6 types), Delay (5 types), a 3-band Compressor and a 5-band EQ.
  • As mentioned above, the CP 300 has a flash memory rom to store songs and designed programs, and the RD2000 has 2 USB inputs for USB sticks.
  • Both have XLR and Jack outputs, headphone output, MIDI input and output, and also offer Stereo Jack outputs, headphone output, MIDI output and input, as well as a microphone input.
  • Both digital pianos have USB MIDI, which allows them to be connected to a computer to be used as MIDI controllers, in a production or music composition program.
  • The CP300 features powerful 30W speakers
  • In terms of weight, the CP 300 has a weight of 32.5 kg and dimensions of 1391 × 460 x 170 mm, theRD2000 has a weight of 21.7 kg and dimensions of 1412 x 367 x 140mm.
  • Only the CP300 includes a sustaining pedal.

Interesting both proposals, however starting with the quality of the keyboard, the Roland has the advantage of having a PHA-5 technology that has a great simulation of real piano, a quantity of sounds that almost doubles that of the Yamaha, and also a greater quantity of effects. The advantage of the Yamaha is, as always, its 30W speakers, which would serve us very well for playing live in an enclosure.

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

Yamaha CP300

Roland RD-2000

  • Counterbalanced 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 output
  • Very powerful 30W speakers
  • Sustain pedal included
  • a weight of 32,5Kg and dimensions of 1391 x 460 x 170mm
  • PHA-50 keyboard with molded hybrid and wood construction for superior touch and long life
  • 2 sound engines and advanced real-time control possibilities
  • The acoustic sound engine is very very real and total polyphony
  • Second supernatural engine with 128 notes of polyphony
  • Eight knobbed wheel controls and nine slider controls for sound parameter control
  • You can split into 8 different zones and configure each one with the instruments and programs you want
  • Of course layer function
  • 1113 sounds including mythical acoustic pianos
  • Many vintage tones sampled in near-analog quality
  • Over 1100 sounds from other wind instruments and everything you need
  • Two holes to expand the amount of sounds you can download from Roland’s website
  • 100 settings you can program to retrieve in one click
  • Lever for traditional Roland tone and modulation and two assignable wheel controllers
  • 2 assignable drivers like Picth Bend or whatever you want
  • USB MIDI output
  • Stereo Jack and XLR line output
  • a brutal amount of effects with the typical reverb, chorus, etc
  • Stereo mini-jack input
  • Several stereo ‘damper’ or sustain inputs, fc1, fc2
  • MIDI connectors (in, out1, thru/out2)
  • USB port for external storage
  • Stereo headset jack output
  • AC power input jack
  • A weight of 21.7 kg and dimensions of 1412 x 367 x 140mm (width x depth x height)
  • Powered by Jack and does not include a sustain pedal or built-in speakers

And now a video of the Roland RD-2000

 

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Roland RD-2000.

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