The Bottom Line
This is quite possibly the lightest 76-key keyboard I’ve encountered. At 12 lbs., it’s great for travel, and is really easy to store. It’s also one of the few electric pianos I’ve seen that can be powered by AA batteries (which lasted a lot longer than expected I might add – over the course of two days, I logged about ten hours in battery-mode).
But, as soon as you feel the keys you’ll understand why this model is so light. Yamaha advertises this keyboard as being semi-weighted, which, I came to realize, meant not-weighted-at-all (see Keys & “Action”).
To sum things up, this is more of a portable keyboard than a digital piano. If you’re in search of an inexpensive beginner instrument, or a keyboard to take on roadtrips, this would get the job done; if you’re looking for a keyboard with the feel close to that of an acoustic piano, I would not recommend this model.
- Extremely lightweight at 12 lbs!
- Can be powered with 6 AA batteries (not included)
- May be dual-layered (see Keys & “Action”, below)
- Half-pedal effect supported with optional FC3 pedal (see Accessories, below)
- AC power adaptor not included (see Accessories, below)
- No sustain pedal included (but does have pedal input)
- Keys slightly smaller than genuine piano keys
- Keys are quite light to the touch (to be expected at 12 lbs.)
- Keys: 76
- Polyphony: 32-note
- Touch Sensitivity: 3 velocity settings; may be turned off
- Reverb/Chorus: 4 reverb settings; no chorus
- Metronome: Yes; from 32-280 BPM
- Available Colors: Black
Review - Yamaha NP-30
Keys & “Action”:
The keys were a disappointment, simply because this model was advertised as a digital piano. In my opinion, this is really more of a portable keyboard, but without the large voice and song libraries customarily found on one.
The keyboard has a very amateurish feel: light, plastic-y, slippery, and small. The accidentals are more rounded-off than normal, and in between them, the naturals are difficult to depress, so certain chords are nearly impossible to play.
Transposition from -6 to +6.
Voices & Touch-Sensitivity:
There are 10 voices, and for a portable keyboard the grand piano tones are quite pleasant! As for the rest: they aren’t the most impressive sounds on a Yamaha instrument (the strings and harpsichords in particular sounded phony and electronic); but, you do have the option of connecting the keyboard to a computer, so you can take advantage of the hundreds of genuine-sounding voices included with most music editing programs.
Dual-layering is supported, so you can use two different voices on one key at the same time (however, it should be noted that polyphony becomes limited to 16-note when playing in dual-mode). An excellent feature is that the volume of each layered voice may be controlled separately.
Available tones are:
- 2 Grand pianos; one full, one bright
- 2 Electric pianos; one versatile, one brighter and dynamically sensitive
- 2 Organs; both pipe, one with coupler
- 2 Harpsichords; one with two choirs (no touch-sensitivity on harpsichords)
Touch-sensitivity may be adjusted with 3 preset velocity curves, or can be switched off.
Preset Songs & Recording
The NP-30 contains 10 preset songs, and 10 abridged demo songs to preview each of the ten voices.
There are no recording capabilities on-board; however, since this instrument may be connected to a computer, recording may be acheived with proper music editing software.
Keyboard Speakers & Quality:
The 6W speakers leave something to be desired, and I found the voices actually sounded more genuine when using headphones or external speakers. For a portable piano, the speakers are sufficient for home use (simple desktop computer speakers tend to stay around 6W); but since this product was advertised as a digital piano, I had higher expectations.
- Matching, removable sheet music rest
- AC power adaptor: Yamaha recommends this model be used with the PA-150 or PA-5D adaptor models to avoid instrument damage.
- Keyboard stand model # PKBS1, or any x-style keyboard stand.
- Sustain pedal model # FC3 with half-pedal support; or, model # FC5 foot switch style pedal.
○ Headphone jack; may be used to connect external speakers or amplifier
○ MIDI in/out (no cable included)
○ Damper pedal input, 1/4"
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