This is a review of the Yamaha p35.
I’m a 15 years piano player and recently also a music producer. I’ve researched the Yamaha p35 in-depth to help you determine if this digital piano is a good choice for you.
I’ve found that the Yamaha p35 is a high-quality and solid choice for piano players.
The Yamaha P45 has replaced the P35, but they are mostly identical, and the p45 is overall slightly better.
This digital piano review will check in-depth into the features that the Yamaha p35 offers, its pros and cons, The difference between the Yamaha p45 and the Yamaha p35, and some potential alternatives for a digital piano.
Let’s get into it!
Every digital piano has its features and relies on which company makes it. Some features are more important for a specific pianist than others and vice versa.
Advanced Wave Memory Technology
A real acoustic piano can produce a variety of sounds with the same key, depending on the strength you hit the key. To mimic those sounds, Yamaha made a sampling system(Advanced Wave Memory) that keeps more samples for each key in the piano memory. This way, you get way more realistic piano sounds from this digital piano.
The Keys Feel
The Keys feel very important for some people when it comes to a digital piano. Some don’t even have the “heavier” real piano feel.
The Yamaha p35 includes weighted keys, and they are also weighted differently, so the lower notes are heavier and the higher notes lighter, like a real piano. This is great for you if you are a beginner that wants to practice and keep the sense of a real piano, but also an Advanced that wants the real piano keys feeling.
Most digital pianos come with a way to connect to a different musical instrument, computer, laptop, and even your phone, with some ports. In this case, the Yamaha p35 is equipped with a MIDI-out port, so it’s great for music producers and whoever wants to use his piano with the computer.
This digital piano also has a headphone port if you want to play without disturbing your family or to play at night.
The Yamaha p35 comes with a function called the DueMode, which lets you separate the digital piano into two areas and let two players play with four hands with the same range.
It’s also good if a teacher wants to demonstrate to the student how to play something with the same octave range.
The Yamaha p35 comes with ten sounds choices
- Two grand piano sounds
- Two electric piano sounds
- Two church organ sounds
- One string sound
- Two harpsichord sounds
- One vibraphone sound
You can even combine two sounds at the same time.
For example, a string sound with the piano one.
- Lightweight and portable, and easy to take outdoor.
- Shutting down after an amount of time to help the digital piano last longer and save energy.
- Weighted keys feel great.
- 88 keys like in a regular acoustic piano.
- You cant record notes you play.
- It comes without a case, so it’s less portable.
- It supports only the damper pedal, while the acoustic piano is with another two types.
- No LCD screen makes him a little bit harder to operate.
Yamaha P35 Vs. P45
The difference between the Yamaha P35 and the Yamaha p45 is minor; they are of the same weight, the same speaker size, look identical, and you can’t record in both.
But the difference is the output connection. The Yamaha P35 used MIDI and the Yamaha p45 only with USB. another thing that changed is the polyphony number of the Yamaha P35 with 32.
The Yamaha p45 doubled, so it’s 64. A simple explanation of polyphony is the number of notes you can play simultaneously. It is crucial when you use the sustain pedal to get more expression and feelings (less decaying keys when playing more notes).
The Korg b1 has Many similar features to the Yamaha p35, but it is able for 120 polyphony notes.
Fewer voices(8 voices instead of 10 in the Yamaha p35). And without the USB port, which lets you connect your digital piano to the computer.
Casio Privia PX160
This piano is able for 128 polyphony notes instead of 64 in the Yamaha p35.
The Casio does have a recording feature and bigger speakers.
This is probably a more expensive option, but the Yamaha p125 has more features.
The Yamaha p125 has 24 instrument sounds and 192 Note Polyphony.
The Yamaha p-35 is an excellent piano choice for beginners and a great price for the quality you get.
From the weighted keys to the 10 voices, it is just an overall great choice for a piano player.
It is lightweight and portable (the P35 is for portability).
Note that the Yamaha P45 has replaced the P35.