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New action and improved sample engine for premium, portable play.

The Yamaha P85 Contemporary Digital Piano features 88 keys with improved graded hammer action and improved multistrike piano sample/recordings for rich sound and play in a lightweight and portable keyboard. The P85 has 64 note polyphony; built-in song recorder and metronome; onboard speaker system; and a headphone jack so you can practice silently. Sleek contemporary design fits in any room dcor.

The P85S gives you realistic, acoustic-like touch response with Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) stereo-sampled piano voices in a compact digital piano with the high quality you expect from Yamaha.

Exceptionally high-quality sound
The gorgeous piano sounds of the P-85 feature meticulous digital sampling of a full concert grand piano”that change in tone and volume depending on how you play”thanks to Yamaha's sophisticated AWM stereo sampling.

Realistic, acoustic-like touch response
Enjoy authentic, naturally expressive key touch”modeled after an actual acoustic piano, from the low notes to the high”with the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard.

Ultra-compact, stylish design
The attractive, slim, lightweight design of the instrument”less than 25 lbs.”suits virtually any room decor, while the built-in speaker system fills your room with luscious sound.

Extensive voice selection and dual-voice function

The versatile P-85 also gives you a variety of other high-quality instrument voices, including electric pianos, organs, strings, and harpsichord”plus a Dual Voice feature for playing two voices at once.

Record your performance
You can capture your own playing with the song recording feature, then play it back for studying or accompaniment. There's even a built-in metronome for practicing and recording in perfect time.

Expressive half-pedal control
Features a half-pedal effect that gives you greater acoustic-like expressive control over the sound (with optional FC3 Foot Controller or LP-5 Pedal Unit).

Matching Stand (optional)
The optional stands provide stability and optimum sound projection for the instrument”as well as a stylish appearance.

Three-pedal unit (optional)
The optional LP-5 Pedal Unit gives you three pedals for the same kind of comprehensive sustain, sostenuto, and soft control found on grand pianos.

FEATURES
  • Improved multistrike piano sample/recordings
  • Improved graded hammer action
  • 64-note polyphony
  • Built-in song recorder and metronome
  • Half-damper effect using optional FC3 Pedal or LP5 pedal unit
  • Built-in amplifiers and speakers
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone jack
  • Black finish
  • Contemporary slim design
SPECIFICATIONS

P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano

  • 88 key Graded Hammer Standard keyboard (A1-C7)
  • 64-note max polyphony
  • 10 voices
  • AWM Stereo Sampling engine
  • Reverb and chorus effects
  • Metronome
  • 1-track recording/playback
  • 10 voice demos/50 piano preset songs
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone jack
  • Sustain pedal jack (FC5 pedal included)
  • 6W x 2 stereo sound
  • 52-3/16''W x 11-5/8''H x 5-15/16''D
  • 25 lbs., 9 oz.
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YamahaP-85 Contemporary Digital Piano
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive / good action (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

No Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fine piano for gigging

If you're playing on anything less than a piano with graded hammer action, you will notice a big difference when you step up to the P85. If you're already playing an acoustic piano,...Read complete review

If you're playing on anything less than a piano with graded hammer action, you will notice a big difference when you step up to the P85. If you're already playing an acoustic piano, you'll be very happy with the action and tone you get from this instrument.
Real pianists (not me) will llike the three-pedal option -- something not generally found on these small portable pianos.
I've only had this for two weeks, so here are my first impressions. It replaces an M-Audio ProKeys 88 thast died on a gig. By contrast, the Yamaha feels like a real piano. Great action and touch. Super-responsive. The two grand pianos, two electric pianos, harpsichord and vibes sounds are great. The two organ sounds are fine if you're doing a church gig, I suppose; but they're not very helpful for my cover band. Fortunately, I use a Roland Sound Canvas for organ sounds and the MIDI out on the Yamaha works great with the Roland.
I'm a guitarist by trade, doubling on keys, so I'm not the greatest keyboard player. But the transition to this instrument from the plastic, sponge-key junk (sorry M-Audio) is profound. I'm playing better and more confidently - a side-effect I wasn't counting on.
I always have it plugged into a keyboard amp and PA, so I can't talk about the built-in speakers. The 6W amp and mini-speakers tells me they're just for practicing, and I would use heaqdphones as an alternative to that.
It looks like the P85 is being replaced by the P95 -- I see no difference in the specs, so I suggest you snap one of these up while MF is blowing them at at a great discount.
I'm knocking one point off fthe features rating for missing a couple of features that would have made this a better MIDI keyboard, like pitch and mod wheels, MIDI through, transpose and, of course, a better selection of organ sounds. If you rate this strictly as a piano, it's a solid ten.
It's a Yamaha, and it feels very solid. Of course, the case is plastic, so you'll need a transport case if you're gigging with it. The plastic is what keeps the thing at 25 pounds. I play an all-metal Korg88 at home and I would never want to haul that 75-lb.+ monster to gigs.
Huge bang for the buck. I was going to spring for the Yamaha CP3 but at less than half the price, I went with this. Had I spent the extra bucks, I would have gotten the modern organ sounds, mod wheels, and the other stuff I was missing here. But again: the P85 (and P95) is a piano, and the very best one at this price point.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Doesn't play well with others

I bought the p85 for use in my church's contemporary service. I am the music director and main keyboard player/pianist/organist. I wanted a keyboard that I could use as a great feeling...Read complete review

I bought the p85 for use in my church's contemporary service. I am the music director and main keyboard player/pianist/organist. I wanted a keyboard that I could use as a great feeling controller for some Korg Modules and 61 note unweighted keyboards. It works great in that capacity. I also wanted a keyboard that would function as a piano when I need to be away. Not all players are comfortable working with synths. As I mentioned before, the piano sounds will get thin when held out. In an ensemble situation, it probably won't be that noticeable, so it passes(just) in that application. I really expected better sounds from Yamaha, though.

What surprised and disappointed me about the instrument, is whenI tried to use it with my Mac to sequence or score music parts. I emailed Yamaha for product support and learned that my M-Audio USB/MIDI interface is not compatible with the p85. What? Every other piece of gear I own from the cheapest to most expensive works with that interface. I was told that the recommended interface was, (surprise) Yamaha's interface. Read the reviews on that product and decide it it's worth the $50.00 invesrtment. I suppose I will take the chance and order one, but that adds 50 bucks to the price of the istrument.

I would really advise any possible buyers to give the instrument a really good listen before buying. Do not just go withYamaha's reputation with digital pianos.
adequate amount of voices for a digital piano at this price.

Great feeling keyboard.

No output other than headphones.
Keyboard feel gives this a 5 rating rather than a 4.

Piano sounds get thin and electronic sounding as they decay. Play a note and let it hold till it fades and you will notice it. Strings are awful as usual, but most folks just want a piano anyway.

Speakers are ok.

Problems with compatibility when using as a controller for computer software. Does not work with some USB/MIDI interfaces.
I've heard better sounding instruments in this price range.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good piano

By Keys Marsh

from Arizona

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Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

Despite the broken key, I love the look, sound and feel of this keyboard. It makes the noises I require and makes me sound like I know what I'm doing. I'd buy another if I needed one.
The features on this piano were just what I was looking for. An authentic piano sound. Period. I don't need fancy voices or effects. Just a piano. And this fit the bill...splendidly. The only issue I had is that I use it as a stage piano rather than just a home piano. The outputs are stereo, so I had to find the adapters required to get it to play through my amplifier without sounding like a Fisher-Price product. Once I accomplished that, I had the piano sound I wanted for my solo jazz shows. I'm satisfied.
For the most part, it's been fine. However, one of my essential Eb's broke where it attaches to the...well, wherever it attaches...and commenced to clack and clank and make an awful ruckus and would occasionally drag an adjacent key into the frey, creating a cacophany of disharmony. Not cool. It was, however, fixed under warranty at a little shop in Phoenix who required 3 weeks to even look at it. I was forced to buy something else to fill in during it's absence.
It would have received a top rating had it not been unable to withstand some solid boogie improv without breaking a key.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good feel, poor speakers

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

I was in the market for a tactile digital piano to practice on that I could keep in my bedroom. I tried both this and a Casio Privia 120 and noted that the Casio actually sounded better. What I noticed was that the poor sound is due to the built in speakers. Despite this, I purchased the p-85 and plugged in my headphones. The response is fine with headphones (I have Sony MDR-700's) and even better through my studio monitors (Krk Rokit 8's). Though the Casio was $100 less and the built in speakers were better, I still went with Yamaha for quality.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Digital piano

By Willito8524

from Puerto Rico

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Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

A great digital piano.Nice sound and feel,almoust like the real thing.Lightweight, perfect for the musician on the go.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Satisfying

By LOS

from So. Cal by way of New Jersey

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

Purchased for family and was not dissipointed. It was between this and the Casio. The deign money in the Yamaha went to the sound quality and the key action (best for the money). The casio is still a good toy and the Yamaha is a musical instrument. The cons are the bottom shape which make it unstable unless you use the Yamaha proprietary stand. Also, needs eq'ing through my Fender 100watt.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fine piano for gigging

By Scafeets

from North Carolina

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Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

If you're playing on anything less than a piano with graded hammer action, you will notice a big difference when you step up to the P85. If you're already playing an acoustic piano, you'll be very happy with the action and tone you get from this instrument.
Real pianists (not me) will llike the three-pedal option -- something not generally found on these small portable pianos.
I've only had this for two weeks, so here are my first impressions. It replaces an M-Audio ProKeys 88 thast died on a gig. By contrast, the Yamaha feels like a real piano. Great action and touch. Super-responsive. The two grand pianos, two electric pianos, harpsichord and vibes sounds are great. The two organ sounds are fine if you're doing a church gig, I suppose; but they're not very helpful for my cover band. Fortunately, I use a Roland Sound Canvas for organ sounds and the MIDI out on the Yamaha works great with the Roland.
I'm a guitarist by trade, doubling on keys, so I'm not the greatest keyboard player. But the transition to this instrument from the plastic, sponge-key junk (sorry M-Audio) is profound. I'm playing better and more confidently - a side-effect I wasn't counting on.
I always have it plugged into a keyboard amp and PA, so I can't talk about the built-in speakers. The 6W amp and mini-speakers tells me they're just for practicing, and I would use heaqdphones as an alternative to that.
It looks like the P85 is being replaced by the P95 -- I see no difference in the specs, so I suggest you snap one of these up while MF is blowing them at at a great discount.
I'm knocking one point off fthe features rating for missing a couple of features that would have made this a better MIDI keyboard, like pitch and mod wheels, MIDI through, transpose and, of course, a better selection of organ sounds. If you rate this strictly as a piano, it's a solid ten.
It's a Yamaha, and it feels very solid. Of course, the case is plastic, so you'll need a transport case if you're gigging with it. The plastic is what keeps the thing at 25 pounds. I play an all-metal Korg88 at home and I would never want to haul that 75-lb.+ monster to gigs.
Huge bang for the buck. I was going to spring for the Yamaha CP3 but at less than half the price, I went with this. Had I spent the extra bucks, I would have gotten the modern organ sounds, mod wheels, and the other stuff I was missing here. But again: the P85 (and P95) is a piano, and the very best one at this price point.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great lightweight piano

By Daahoud

from New Jersey

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

I began looking for a lightweight (that was my key requirement) full-size keyboard about 4 months ago. Talked to other pros and tried many and best I found for my needs (straight ahead piano player pretty much) was the Yamaha P70 although with a few shortcomings. Then I found out about the Yamaha P85 and ordered it sight unplayed. All of the P70 shortcomings (bulkiness, clunky after touch, some just ok non piano sounds) are corrected in this completely portable, sleek design. This piano plays like my Yamaha studio upright with a solid voice improvement (even though the same sounds as the P70) and no dropped notes. Standalone organ sounds are not that exciting but don?t care and I?m getting some great 2 sound layer mixes. Using stereo phone plug from headphone jack with 2 wires either going into my board or amplifier for a good full sound. When amplified I do notice a bit of thinness in piano 1,2 in c4 - c5 but eq'ing and touch sensitivity adjustment seems to be addressing that. Besides all the pluses of this keyboard so far outweigh that. Still not sure why Yamaha did not add stereo aux outputs because I cannot be the only person on the planet looking for a 25 lb. piano for gigs (although this will serve that purpose.) Kudos to Yamaha for what I consider the best in class lightweight full-size piano available right now.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bang for the buck

By Dr Fingers

from North America

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

This is a very good digital piano. Please don't confuse this with an electronic keyboard. This has a wonderfully authentic piano feel. Only on close listening can a digitized piano sound be detected. Full marks all around, especially considering the price! Wow! It sounds very OK when plugged into a bigger sound system. Good punch with fully developed rich tones.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Doesn't play well with others

By Tim

from Warner Robins, GA

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Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

I bought the p85 for use in my church's contemporary service. I am the music director and main keyboard player/pianist/organist. I wanted a keyboard that I could use as a great feeling controller for some Korg Modules and 61 note unweighted keyboards. It works great in that capacity. I also wanted a keyboard that would function as a piano when I need to be away. Not all players are comfortable working with synths. As I mentioned before, the piano sounds will get thin when held out. In an ensemble situation, it probably won't be that noticeable, so it passes(just) in that application. I really expected better sounds from Yamaha, though.

What surprised and disappointed me about the instrument, is whenI tried to use it with my Mac to sequence or score music parts. I emailed Yamaha for product support and learned that my M-Audio USB/MIDI interface is not compatible with the p85. What? Every other piece of gear I own from the cheapest to most expensive works with that interface. I was told that the recommended interface was, (surprise) Yamaha's interface. Read the reviews on that product and decide it it's worth the $50.00 invesrtment. I suppose I will take the chance and order one, but that adds 50 bucks to the price of the istrument.

I would really advise any possible buyers to give the instrument a really good listen before buying. Do not just go withYamaha's reputation with digital pianos.
adequate amount of voices for a digital piano at this price.

Great feeling keyboard.

No output other than headphones.
Keyboard feel gives this a 5 rating rather than a 4.

Piano sounds get thin and electronic sounding as they decay. Play a note and let it hold till it fades and you will notice it. Strings are awful as usual, but most folks just want a piano anyway.

Speakers are ok.

Problems with compatibility when using as a controller for computer software. Does not work with some USB/MIDI interfaces.
I've heard better sounding instruments in this price range.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice keyboard, great value

By p85 user

from Ottawa, Canada

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

Great, inexpensive keyboard with a nice feel. I wanted something I could just plug in and play without disturbing anyone and this has served me very well.I had no problem getting this to fit properly on a "Z-style" keyboard stand. I recommend this style of stand as it seems to be the sturdiest available. I agree with the user who recommended headphones for the best sound. The built-in speakers are ok, but just ok. For really practicing expressive playing I think you need better feedback than the speakers can deliver. Listening with headphones demonstrates that the sampling quality is very high, but the internal speakers let things down a bit. Maybe a small amp and speakers plugged in through the headphone jack would help?All in all a great keyboard.

(3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha p85-friendly pocket digital piano.

By Iraq&Afghan Veteran.

from Sacramento, CA.

Comments about Yamaha P-85 Contemporary Digital Piano:

The Yamaha P85 " isn't that bad" it sounds like the "real" yamaha acoustic piano. But Yamaha stores should include the L85 stand atleast as a part of the whole package for a lowest price. Some features are just simple as ABC. Between Yamaha and Roland, I would go for Roland but for the cheapest price I'll pick Yamaha. Yamaha P85 not that bad. Good for the beginers.

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