Modern technology has greatly enhanced many parts of our lives. Certainly, music making is no exception, with digital audio workstations and keyboard instruments being major beneficiaries. Nowhere is this better illustrated than with the Yamaha P-S500 Smart Digital Piano. Yamaha has packed a century-plus of expertise in building world-class acoustic grand pianos into the P-S500, as well as their decades of industry leadership in digital technology. It all adds up to a formidable digital piano that’s ideal for the home, classroom, stage, and studio. Equipped with Yamaha’s excellent 88-note GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted keybed, the P-S500 is loaded with premium samples of world-class CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial pianos. It also includes the innovative Stream Lights feature, an intuitive Touch Control panel, smart device connectivity, and more, resulting in a value-packed digital piano that pays homage to tradition while embracing the future.
One of the highlights of the P-S500 that makes it a perfect home piano is Yamaha’s innovative Stream Lights feature. Not an accomplished pianist? Have youngsters in the house? Stream Lights makes it easy and rewarding for budding musicians to play as they learn, with four LED lights above each key that show them which notes to play and when to play them. As the lights move toward the keys (Flow Key), they intuitively guide you by showing the timing of the next note in the song, helping you to learn your favorite songs quickly and enjoyably.
The P-S500 is also compatible with Yamaha’s dedicated Smart Pianist app, which adds a gorgeous graphical interface and a plethora of intriguing features. Smart Pianist gives you full control over the P-S500’s main functions. It also analyzes your favorite songs in your smart device’s music library using Audio to Score chord tracker technology to produce a piano score, making it easy for you to learn how to play your favorite songs. Music students and family members will be inspired by the P-S500 as it transcribes their favorite songs into sheet music!
Yamaha has been building acoustic pianos since 1900 and the company has been on the cutting edge of digital technology for decades. Under the hood of the P-S500 are proprietary digital audio technologies such as Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM), which meticulously models the infinite number of factors that create the sound of a concert grand piano to impart vivid and richly varied expression to your music. Onboard the P-S500 are Yamaha’s meticulous samples of their flagship CFX as well as the famous Bösendorfer Imperial — bringing two of the world's finest and most renowned concert grand pianos to your fingertips.
From the authentic feel of Yamaha’s premium GHS action — which employs matte black keys that wick away moisture and is progressively weighted to be heavier in the bass register and lighter in the treble range — to the advanced technology under the hood, the Yamaha P-S500 Smart Digital Piano is a marvel of the modern age. While its high-tech Touch Control panel lets you immediately access a selection of Voices, Styles, and Lessons, connecting the P-S500 to Smart Pianist will unlock all of its capabilities, opening the floodgates to hundreds of Voices, Styles, and Lessons. You’ll also have control over Voice Layers, Splits, and Split Points, and Reverbs, as well as MIDI and Audio Recording.
Plug a microphone into the Yamaha P-S500’s mic input and sing along with your playing — you’ll hear your vocal through the onboard speakers and you can record your performance to USB memory. Yamaha's onboard VH (Vocal Harmony) audio processing engine even adds professional-quality background vocal harmonies to your masterpiece! With its classic piano cabinetry and Touch Control panel that disappears when not in use, the P-S500 elegantly integrates into the decor of any room. Pianists and keyboardists at Music Experience are gaga over this magnificent instrument. You will be, too.
The Yamaha P-S500 Digital Piano is a smart piano that can show you which keys to play using the unique Stream Lights function. Fully integrated into the Smart Pianist app, the P-S500 is sure to help you progress on your musical journey.
Simply connect the instrument to a smart device and use the dedicated Smart Pianist app to access all instrument controls and configuration tools. You can also enjoy powerful features such as app-generated piano scores of your favorite songs that help you learn and play along.
Red and blue lights above each key show you which notes to play, and when to play them. This extraordinary feature helps you learn how to play, and practice, without ever having learned how to read music, making learning more fun than ever before!
The instrument features 403 built-in songs covering a wide range of genres, from pop songs to classical pieces. You can play the melodies along with the backing of a full band arrangement. The powerful Audio to Score feature automatically creates piano accompaniment scores from your favorite audio songs so you can play along with the original recordings.
P-S500 features piano sounds captured from the flagship Yamaha CFX concert grand and the famed Viennese Bösendorfer Imperial grand. These piano samples put two of the world’s finest and most prominent concert grand pianos at your fingertips.
Binaural sampling is a method of sampling in which special microphones are placed on a mannequin’s head in the same positions as the pianist’s ears to capture piano sounds the way that they sound in reality. We chose this method to create the ambience and full, natural resonance of acoustic pianos in the P-S500. This makes pianists feel as though they are sitting at a grand piano even when they play with headphones on. The experience is so pleasant that they forget they are wearing headphones, no matter how long they continue to play.
In a grand piano, strings and sounds resonate throughout the entire body of the instrument producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener in sound. Not only are the strings you are playing vibrating, but other strings ring as a reaction to ones you play. This is one reason the piano sound is so complex and rich. This phenomena is reproduced perfectly in the P-S500 through Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) which calculates the various states of the strings for each of the 88 notes on the keyboard from one instant to the next. As a result, the P-S500 reflects the limitless number of factors inherent in playing an acoustic piano such as which keys are pressed, the strength with which the keys are played and pedal timing.
The Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard features a weighted action with heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Great for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique and strength for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano.
The P-S500 is equipped with 660 varied, high-quality Voices including stunning pianos, electric pianos, organs, brass, strings, percussion, and more. From breathy saxophones to ringing guitars and warm, resonant strings, the P-S500 impressively replicates sounds down to the finest nuances. Thanks to acclaimed Super Articulation technology, the distinctive characteristics of each instrument are reproduced in incredible detail as you play.
Accompaniment and rhythmic backing patterns (called ”Styles”) covering a wide range of musical genres, including pop, jazz, and many more, lets you single-handedly recreate the sound of a full band or orchestra.
The P-S500 lets you record your own performances in two different formats: audio and MIDI. Audio recording allows you to capture your playing conventionally, which you can then play back on your smart device. MIDI recording, on the other hand, lets you record up to 16 tracks, with separate left- and right-hand parts or complex multi-instrumental arrangements.
Since a microphone can be connected to the P-S500, you can enjoy singing along with your keyboard performance or along with Song playback. Moreover, you can apply various studio-quality effects such as chorus to your singing voice, and even cancel the vocal part on audio recordings—letting you sing along with (or instead of!) your favorite artists and groups, and enjoy performing even more.
Smart Pianist App supports not only wired connection but also wireless connection with the optional UD-WL01 Wi-Fi USB wireless LAN adaptor.
|Number of Keys||88|
|Type of Keys||GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) keyboard with matte black keytops|
|Presets||660 Voices, 370 Styles, 403 Songs|
|Audio Recording||WAV/AAC, 16 Tracks|
|Audio Inputs||1 x 1/4" (mic in), 1 x 1/8" (aux in)|
|Audio Outputs||2 x Aux L+R, 2 x 1/4" Headphones|
|iPad||5 V, 2.1 A (iPad Sold Seperately)|
|USB To Device||Yes|
|USB To Host||Yes
|Pedal Inputs||1 x 6-pin DIN (pedal unit), 1 x 1/4" (aux pedal)|
|Pedal Included||Yes, FC Footswitch Style (sustain)|
|Built-in Speakers||Oval (12 cm x 6 cm) + 2.5 cm (dome)x 2|
|Amplifier||(20W + 6W) x 2|
|Display||Full dot LCD|
|Accessories||Owner’s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, AC adaptor PA-500, Music Rest, Footswitch, USB cable, USB conversion cable|
|Height||167 mm (6-9/16")|
|Width||1,329 mm (52-5/16")|
|Depth||410 mm (16-1/8")|
|Weight||21.8 kg (48 lb, 1 oz)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PS500 BK|