Yamaha's CP5 stage piano takes the core sounds and technology of the CP1 and offers it in an instrument that is flexible and affordable enough to appeal to a wide range of people. In fact, the CP5 ele... Read More
Yamaha's CP5 stage piano takes the core sounds and technology of the CP1 and offers it in an instrument that is flexible and affordable enough to appeal to a wide range of people. In fact, the CP5 electronic piano adds a wide range of sounds to the CP1.
Clavs, organs, strings and more make the CP5 perfect for church and live situations where everything needs to be performed on one piano keyboard. Moreover, the Yamaha CP5 features not only Virtual Circuit Modeling effects, but also many effects taken from Yamaha's Motif XS line of synthesizers.
Yamaha even developed a special NW-STAGE wooden key action for the CP5 stage piano specifically to meet the demands of top pros. Simply put, this combination of touch and tone make the Yamaha CP5 a remarkably expressive stage piano with crowning quality.
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I traded a Roland in on this because the Roland is not user friendly. Unfortunately, it appears that this Yamaha is not going to be user friendly either. But, the key action is much better, and you just can't beat Yamaha's piano and string sounds. It would appear that a lot of "pre-programming" will be necessary before I take it out on the job, but my ears will be happier in the long run.
I am the proud owner of way too many acoustic, digital and hybrid keyboards. Taking the plunge on the CP5 was a bit of a splurge, but I'm glad I did. My trusty CP33 has done very well for me in band settings, but I was getting a bit tired of the limited sonic palette. Sound engine technology has moved on in the last three or so years. I've always gravitated to great piano sounds, and this board has it in spades: from acoustic to vintage to classic to modern -- it's all there. I've spent many hours and only started to dig into what this board can do. The Rhodes and Wurly emulations are amazing. Even if I stopped exploring now, I'd be overjoyed with what I've already figured out. Right now, it's downstairs, plugged into a Bose L1 Model II. The sound is unusually crisp, clear and engaging. It doesn't get boring. I play for hours on end -- it's that involving. The CP5 has "voice" -- you can easily express yourself no matter what's dialed up on the front. I find the action loose but solid: not as tight as a grand piano, but not as sloppy as some digital pianos can be. I thought the rhythm section would be a silly gimmick; it's actually a lot of fun to jam along with. The sound engines are amazing. I don't know how they do it, but I'm completely sold. I especially like the tweakability - if it's not sounding just right, fixing the problem is just a twist of a knob away. Disclaimer: I have yet to gig out with this board. It's going to take a while to figure out how to access all of its power dynamically during performances, but it looks pretty straightforward to lock and load. I'm curious to see how well its sound will stand up against guitars, bass, drums, etc. But, just as a board to noodle around with or play a solo/vocal act, it absolutely rocks. Could I have spent less and gotten 80% of what this board does? The CP50 was interesting, but I found the keyboard action was more on the loose and sloppy side vs. firm and engaging. I also like the fit and finish of the CP5 much better than the CP50 -- balanced stereo outputs, for example. Plug in to the wall vs. yet another stupid wall wart. You pay your money, you take your chances. So far, I'm glad I did. If you're serious about having a rich collection of outstanding piano sounds - as well as the usual organ, strings, synths, etc. -- it's worth auditioning.
I've played classical piano for ten years, so my fingers cannot stand anything that does not feel like a real piano. I despise unweighted keys, bad keyboard action, and most synth keypads. I'm going to college soon and need a portable piano to move in with. I've looked at all Yamaha has to offer (for some reason I only trust Yamaha and Kawai, probably because they actually make acoustic pianos) from the YPG series to the MOTIF XS8, and the CP5 is the closest thing to a real piano without breaking the bank. The keys are wooden and the action is as real as it gets. Only the Clavinova (unportable and very expensive) and real pianos have better key action. The keys are balanced hammer action, meaning each key has the same weight (on acoustics and progressive hammer action, the higher keys are lighter since it takes more force to hit a bass string). It features some 300 voices; enough to play almost everything. There are about 17 piano and electric piano voices alone. The keyboard is portable, but it weighs about 60 lbs (around 75 lbs with a case), so it's definitely not the lightest keyboard. There's stereo and mono output with two unbalanced 1/4" jacks and two XLR jacks. It supports MIDI and USB connection with a computer. There's also a USB port for thumb drive compatibility, pitchbend wheel, four pedal (sustain, three assignable) jacks, and a bunch of buttons (half of which I still have no idea what they do). Usability wise, it's not bad. The manual is lacking, but basic features are easy to figure out. It's the advanced functions that take some tinkering. Compared with the CP1, this is half the price and about 300 more voices. Compared with the S90 XS and the MOTIF XS8, the CP5 doesn't have as many voices or synthesizer functions. However, the keys are what sold me. I don't see why Yamaha can't put wooden keys on their top of the line synths, but whatever. Bottom line, if you want a synthesizer, get the MOTIF XS8 or Roland Fantom G8. If you want a synthesizer/piano, get the S90 XS. If you want a synthesizer/piano with realistic key action, get this.
This product rocks! I used to play grand piano when take lessons at school and practicing at home, but I bought this for midnight practice and I'm extremely satisfied! Keyboards are heavy enough, and its sound system is amazing. I strongly recommend this product!
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