Digital Piano Yamaha P 35 vs Yamaha P 45

Welcome to the review of one of Yamaha’s most balanced piano keyboards, the Yamaha P-35. This article is an extension of our selection of the best Yamaha keyboards in value for money.

You may wonder why we named you the Yamaha P-45 if you’re looking for a P-35. Well, the reason is that the Yamaha and the P-35 and the P-45 are the same and cost the same (around €625/$620/£566). Yamaha has released the new version and discontinued the old one. And as it is evident the new one is the P-45 which in addition has some improvements.

Today if you buy a Yamaha P-35 you will be buying the latest stock or you can buy it second hand but if you buy it new we advise you to go to the new model.

The review that we are going to do next is valid for both and then we will comment on the improvements that the P-45 includes over the P-35 for the same price.

AWM Sampling (Advanced Wave Memory)

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Well, when we’re talking about a digital piano like the P-35 we have to keep in mind that the sound is actually recorded. Even the sound that sounds based on the force with which we press the keys are various recordings of a real piano.

These recordings are made with a special sampling system so that the sound is real and does not lose any harmonic called AWM.

If you want to get a bit involved with the technical evolution of this technology we leave you the official Yamaha link that will give you an idea even if the translation is not perfect.

It is true that if you go to more expensive models (about 150€ extra) like the Yamaha P-115 the sampling is done with the CF3S standard which is a little better. But come on, you’ve got to have a very tuned ear to tell the difference. We’re talking about a higher conservatory level ear.

Hammer Action System

They both use Yamaha’s GHS system. What is the one that usually goes in the range of counterweight systems up to €1000? It has 4 levels of Pulsed or Touches Sensitivity which are Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed or Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed.

Yamaha’s Hammer Action system is considered by many to be the best on the market above Casio and Roland. So that’s always a plus.

They have 88 touch keys very similar to real and the keystroke is very successful.

In case you don’t know, Hammer Action’s system is vital for something to be called a piano. The basis of the piano is that the key can be pressed with different intensities by adjusting the volume with the sound of a note. Basic characteristic for the expressiveness when touching a work. Hence its original name of Piano-Forte.

Portability and sound

Both weigh approximately 11.5 kg making them the perfect tool if you carry them in a bag with backpack handles. The power of the speakers is 6 W in both the P-45 and the P-35. They can be used for performances in small restaurants or acoustic rehearsals. But if you’re already going to bigger rooms, you’ll have to take your sound signal to a more powerful table or amplifier.

Is Ok the P-45 and P-35 for all levels?

The answer is yes because we would all like to be taken a grand piano to the live show we are going to play but the reality is usually different. Most sites do not have a piano and it is normal for the musician to have to carry a keyboard.

And then there’s the price which is super balanced because it costs around 420 € with a Hammer Action GHS system and more than acceptable sound. Many professionals use it regularly and for small or medium-size format. If you make good money it’s normal to go to keyboards with a more live punch like the P-115 (actually p 125).

To study if you don’t have a grand piano or upright piano available and your neighbor wants to kill you, put on your headphones and you can do the higher conservatory with it. Many will kill me for saying this but the truth is that many high school students do their studies with these digital pianos, as they do not have an acoustic one within reach and are perfectly matched. Above all in modern, in a classic, it matters more than it is an acoustic with the super brutal level of the conservatory superior but you can shoot with this one. What really matters is that you study hard.

And to connect it to the computer?

Both are MIDI controllers because they have a MIDI connector. Although this is where the Yamaha P-45 stands out because it has the new USB-MIDI connector in front of the P-35’s 5-pin connector. In addition, the P-45 always comes with three months of free Flowkey piano lessons. An interesting interactive app in English.

You can also compose music with programs like Cubase, or write scores with software like Sibelius while playing in real-time. Below are the related articles we will link you to articles where we talk to you about all these possibilities.

Apart from this, the P-45 is superior to the P-35 in that it has a polyphony of 64 as opposed to that of 32 of the P-35.

Both come with power supply and sustain or sustained pedal to keep the note even if you stop pressing the key, but with this, we are done because you know the aspects that really matter in a digital piano like the Yamaha P-35 or the P-45.

Yamaha P 45 and P 45B are the same. The B comes from black, it’s just the color.

The Yamaha P45 can now be purchased at the following stores. In America and Asia, I really encourage you to check Amazon. If you live in Europe check Thomann. Here the direct links to the product:

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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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