Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano : When Maria Cristina Mena said that,” The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colours in your mind”, I think she was actually reading the mindset of each individual. Nothing can be more soothing and relaxing than the sound of a piano. According to various studies, apart from being a great stress buster, playing a piano tends to keep you healthier and smarter too.And of course, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by a musician.
According to various studies, apart from being a great stress buster, playing a piano tends to keep you healthier and smarter too.And of course, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by a musician.
Piano industry is loaded with different styles, designs, shapes and sizes. Pianos have two basic categories: the vertical and horizontal pianos. Different styles of piano have different attributes and vary in their number of keys and number of pedals. The full concert grand pianos are the largest pianos available in the market.
Stage pianos are basically designed in a way to serve the needs of the live performer. They are 88-key digital keyboards with weighted keys that focus mainly on the sound. They give a rich feel to the whole playing experience.
Usually stage pianos are heavy duty machines, but of late, the market has witnessed the demand of the lightweight stage pianos. A lot of gigging players demand portability as one of the elemental factors in the stage pianos.
Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano Review
A lot of brands like Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Kurzweil, Clavia, and Korg come up with some of the best stage piano models that deliver a power packed performance. One of the bestsellers and amazing piano comes from the most trusted and reliable brands: Yamaha.
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About the Brand
Yamaha the most trusted brands by consumers has been in the segment of making musical instruments for over 100 years. It is headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Japan. Their products broadly define innovation and speaks of the quality and prolonged experience of the brand. In fact, not only pianos Yamaha is also known for its flutes, violins, guitars, drums, and a variety of other things.
From uprights to concert grand’s, Yamaha makes all kinds of pianos.If you go and ask any musician, they would rate Yamaha number one in terms of credibility and product quality. Be it a beginner, skilled pianist or a teacher or student, everyone seems to be adoring the products by Yamaha.
Take a glance at one of the leading products by Yamaha:
With CP4, Yamaha basically has improvised a lot of shortcomings that were observed in its previous models. Yamaha CP4 is a retro style portable high-end stage piano that come with a textured panel. The whole piano bespeaks of the classy touch.
Let’s dig deeper into the details of the piano:
The CP4, despite being a stage piano weighs only 17.5kg, thus is portable for a high-end stage piano. It somewhat comes in a retro design that simply reminds one of the vintage pianos of the 1970’s. The top surface of the piano is coated with a textured panel that adds a touch of class to it.
It comes with a sustain pedal that adds to the convenience. It comes with the blue backlit display that conveys parameters and functions smartly. Complementing it, is a scroll wheel that allows for easy navigation.
Overall, all the features are well laid out and the design is simple and sleek.
Key Action :
The CP4 Stage uses Yamaha’s 88-key NW–GH (Natural Wood Graded Hammer) keyboard action.The Graded Hammer action means that the lower keys are a little heavier and the higher ones a bit lighter. It has one of the best keybed action.The CP4 is unusual in having wooden keys covered in synthetic ivory, which are much better than any plastic-keyed pianos.
There are 341 voices in total in the CP4 and these focus heavily on keyboards.The keyboard can be split and layered which divides the keyboard into two and makes it easy to balance the volumes of the two.
The best part about Yamaha CP4 is that it responds well to all the different playing styles, a feature that is rare to find. The front panel is comparatively simpler, which makes it easy to control the functioning of the piano.
Sound System :
CP4 includes a selection of voices from Yamaha’s Premium hand-crafted grand pianos including CFX, CFIIIS and S6, vintage EPs with VCM effects, i.e. Yamaha’s CFX, CF and S6 grands are available in the CP4 Stage, in the form of three dedicated front-panel buttons. Each of them has 14 alternative versions.
Yamaha CP4 also has 321 additional built-in sounds based on the industry-leading MOTIF synthesizer, including bass, clavinet, organ and drums. There’s a master EQ section on the front with five sliders that conveys the signal.
There is a Voice Category function using which, you can store your favourite sounds in each category. Overall the sound quality is beyond words can explain. It is simply magnificent.
Yamaha CP4 comes with two USB ports. USB A and B ports for external drives and connects to a computer. One port can be used to connect your PC or Mac and the other is for connecting a USB thumb drive to store and exchange files with the keyboard. There is MIDI I/O ports and four quarter–inch jack sockets for connecting footswitches and controllers.
Additional features :
In addition to headphone and 1/4″ stereo outputs, the CP4 includes balanced XLR outs. Each Performance can have three internal sounds (Main, Split, and Layer) as well as address four zones from external sound sources. But this doesn’t imply that you need to play on all the sounds at once. The Main sound always stays active, while the Split and Layer sounds can be set to off.
Various reverb and chorus effects, including the 62 VCM effects (Virtual Circuit Modeling) along with a Master Compressor, a five-band master EQ, and an on-board metronome are features that add to the functionality of the piano.
However, for any insights or problems you can always refer to the software menu to make more detailed changes to effects.