Furthermore, there are four different sensitivity levels to choose from, allowing players to get the right level to match their playing ability and style. However, when set to the lower settings, the keyboard may be a little too noisy on low volume settings or using headphones.
The inclusion of the Advanced Memory Wave (AWM) sound engine provides two distinct piano tones to play with. Each one offers the upmost clarity and perfectly replicate the tones they produce.
There is also a selection of additional tones from other instruments, including electric pianos, organs, and Yamaha’s famous vibraphone tone.
The AWM engine really helps the P-45 shine, no matte what tones and instruments are used. The piano tone produced is exceptional quality, namely thanks to the inclusion of a new 63-note polyphony.
This results in an incredibly deep and expressive piano, as the double the number of notes is held when the sustain pedal is used. A similar effect can also be created when using the dual layer mode, so there are a few ways to create these rich tones.
Not all the other instruments offer the same tone quality as the piano tones, but that is to be expected, and the tones produced are still impressive – they just don’t match the incredible sound of the piano tones.
The P-45 also comes with cool features that make it a great piano for playing with friends or even teaching students.
For instance, the duo mode setting splits the keyboard into two different sections to be played at the same time. Similarly, dual mode lets two people battle it out by creating layered sounds using two different voice setting.
An attractive stand is available for the P-45, although the L-85 stand is sold separately. However, if you plan on using it mostly at home, it’s a great investment as it really transforms the piano into a showpiece you can proudly display.
All in all, the Yamaha P-45 is a great entry-level digital piano. The 64-note polyphony makes it easy to produce several notes at once, with the piano tones in particular sounding fantastic. A lightweight chassis makes transporting the piano easy, whole the 88-key GHS keyboard feels as good as an acoustic, making the P-45 a great option for beginners.