What we think of the P255 digital stage piano
The Yamaha P-255 stage piano is the successor to the hugely popular P-155 stage piano, and offers a much better specification, drawing technology from the more expensive Clavinova models. The keys now have synthetic ivory tops meaning that you get much more grip on the keys, and the polyphony has increased from 128 to 256 resulting in minimal note drop out, even during the most dense legato passages. Another step forward is that when used with the L-255 stand, you can add a 3 pedal unit to give you the same control over the sound as you get from an acoustic grand piano.
The Yamaha P-255 digital piano is always on display and ready to try in our Haslemere showroom.
88 Keys, Graded Hammer Action with synthetic ivory keytops
Pure CF sound engine
Stereo sustain sampling
256 note polyphony
24 preset instrument voices
10 rhythm accompaniment styles
4 reverb settings
3 band EQ - slider operated
Sound boost with 3 settings
Dual/split performance modes
7 Scale Types
Song Recording recording/playback, 3 User Songs
Audio recording - 80 minutes capacity as .wav file
7 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs
Sustain-Pedal, AUX Pedal(optional)
AUX OUT (Variable) L/L+R, R (1/4" jack)
USB TO DEVICE
2 x 15 watt amplifiers
2 x 10 and 2 x 2.5cm speakers
Synthetic ivory keytops let you play in comfort for hours on end
The lower keys are heavier to the touch and the higher ones are lighter, making the P-255 feel just like a real grand piano with GH keyboard. What’s more, the white keys feature synthetic ivory keytops with excellent moisture absorption properties, meaning that your fingers won't slip even when playing for extended periods of time. The keytops are also ideal for rapid finger movement, so you can play any type of music with confidence.
The P-255 keyboard can also be set to four different sensitivity levels. When practicing Hanon exercises, for example, you can configure the keyboard requiring more powerful touch; alternatively, you can set it to sound louder even when played lightly. It’s totally up to you.
Maximum polyphony of 256 notes—unsurpassed in the world of digital pianos
The P-255 is the first P-Series model to offer top-class maximum polyphony of 256 notes. Thanks to this improvement, you’ll find that notes sound more beautiful when held and while sustaining. And there’s no need to worry any more about sounds cutting out when you play busy songs with lots of notes and intricate pedal work. This is yet another feature that makes playing the P-255 more like playing a grand piano.
Impressive piano voices reproduce the sensation of playing a concert grand piano
The P-255 uses an Pure CF Sound Engine to produce its piano sounds. As with the much-lauded sound engine of our Clavinova, this tone generator features the recorded sounds of Yamaha concert grand pianos. As such, it can easily replicate the nuances of delicate playing or wide dynamic ranges, so you can enjoy the sensation of playing a concert grand. In addition, as the only digital piano in our P-Series to feature the following three functions, the P-255 can also recreate the characteristic acoustics of the grand piano sound in a more realistic fashion.
Meticulous acoustic design for a more exquisite sound
Round speakers vibrate in a highly natural manner to produce well-balanced sounds, and it is this type of speaker that has been integrated into the P-255. Thanks to this design, lower notes in particular have a much richer. The P-255 also features built-in tweeters, so that higher notes sound brighter. In addition, we gave careful consideration to sound propagation direction when positioning these speakers. With these great advancements in the digital piano’s acoustic design, we have achieved excellent sound quality over the full length of the keyboard and made the instrument much more expressive. What’s more, the pair of 15W amps built into each P-255 can deliver a very powerful sound.
Designed to faithfully emulate a real piano
In addition to a simple yet elegant design, the P-255 features a rounded finish, much like a real piano, and is available in two colors, black and white. While the overall number of buttons has been reduced for a smarter appearance, this digital piano is still very easy to operate. And as with grand pianos, synthetic leather has been used for the music stand.
In terms of sound, meanwhile, we have taken many steps to make playing a more enjoyable experience, such as adding spaces that work as tone escapement, meaning that the player can also enjoy a clearer sound. Optional extras such as the L-255 and LP-255 make playing the P-255 much more like playing a real piano, even at home.
Voices and rhythm tracks for more sophisticated performances
While the P-255 can perform in exactly the same way as a genuine piano, it also lets you express your creativity in many other ways. As such, it is the perfect choice for those who wish to enjoy a wide range of music and for players who are keen to explore new possibilities.
Spice up your performances with built-in rhythm tracks
Boasting new rhythm track functionality, the P-255 comes complete with ten different rhythm patterns that are perfectly suited to pop, jazz, bossa nova, and many other types of music regularly performed on the piano. Using these rhythms, you can easily add spice to your performances and accentuate the mood of individual songs. When you start a rhythm track, the P-255 begins with an intro section; and when you stop it, the instrument plays an ending to bring your song to a neat and tidy end. This function is perfect for singers who accompany themselves and for other live performers. What's more, you can also adjust the tempo of rhythm tracks to use them in place of a metronome, which makes practice more fun.
Vibrant range of voices
In addition to piano voices, you can enjoy playing organs, strings, synth, bass, and a wide variety of other instrument sounds on the P-255. This digital piano also lets you change voices to suit individual songs and to layer different sounding voices, allowing you to explore many other interesting sounds besides the piano.
Sound can be adjusted for different playing environments
The P-255 is also the only instrument from our P-Series that offers functions to conveniently change the voice, volume, and other settings based on where you will play. All in all, the P-255 is a highly adaptable digital piano that can be used in many different ways to suit individual needs.
Use EQ sliders to match the sound to personal taste or the performance environment
The P-255 is equipped with three EQ sliders—one each for the low, mid, and high frequency bands. By simply moving these sliders, you can easily adjust the digital piano‘s sound to your liking or to better suit the current song or acoustic environment. Not only will this make your performances sound better, it will also let you to express yourself musically in a unique way. For example, with just this one instrument, you can produce bright and shimmering sounds tones that are clear and highly present, or powerful sounds that pack a punch.
Sound Boost instantly provides a louder sound with greater presence
At the touch of a button, you can easily make the sound of the P-255 louder and enhance its presence using the built-in Sound Boost function. Rather than simply making the sound more powerful, this function allows for a clear-sounding performance that retains its dynamics without becoming any less expressive. As such, the instrument will beautifully project both loud and soft notes. When playing along with other instruments, Sound Boost makes your performance stand out in the mix with clear tonal delivery, and when playing solo or accompaniment in spacious venues, or when accompanying yourself singing, it delivers beautiful, sustained tones.
Additional functions that make live performances more fun
When the P-255 is connected to external speakers, its built-in speakers can be conveniently muted; furthermore, the control panel can be temporarily locked to prevent settings being changed by accidentally pressing buttons while playing. Thanks to functionality such as this, the P-255 helps to ensure that nothing goes wrong during those all-important performances.
Recording and playing back performances using a USB flash drive
The P-255 can store your performances on a USB flash drive as audio songs. In the past, you would have had to connect external equipment in order to record in this way, but USB flash drives can now be plugged in directly. What’s more, these songs are stored in .wav format, meaning that you can conveniently play them back on a computer or transfer them to a portable music player. This makes it very easy to monitor how you are improving by comparing newer and older recordings, to share your songs with friends, and to enjoy music in countless other ways.
Dedicated, intuitive controller app available
By simply downloading the free app P-255 Controller to your iPhone or iPad, you can control a wide range of the digital piano’s functions in a highly intuitive manner. This visual approach to configuring the instrument makes it easy to try out functions that you have never used before, and these functions—many of which are available only on digital pianos—are certain to make your playing experience more enjoyable. You can also use the app to store your favorite settings and recall them instantly whenever needed.
*An Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter/iPad Camera Connection Kit or dedicated Yamaha cable such as the i-MX1/i-UX1 is required for connection.
Manufacturer warranty: 2 years