Yamaha is a leading manufacturer of pianos and has been the preferred choice of many users because they have been able to replicate music even in a digital form. They have several digital pianos to suit the various needs of customers.  One of their products, the Yamaha NP-30 represents a newer range of pianos. The piano designed to offer quality, value and portability has 76 graded soft touch keys and includes stereo sampled piano voices. Featuring grade soft touch for medium resistance, it is ideal for aspiring pianists who suffer repetitive stress disorders. But is it good for those who do not suffer from those disorders, read on to find out.

Yamaha NP30 Portable Digital Piano

Design:

Simple yet Sleek:
The design of the NP30 Digital Piano is simple and classy. It has a design that replicates a traditional acoustic keyboard. It has 76 graded soft touch keys compared to 88 that a standard keyboard has. The keys are neatly arranged and are easy to use. The keys are 140mm long versus 145mm and an octave span is 163mm versus 165mm making them marginally smaller than the conventional keys.  They get lighter to the touch, and as one gets to the higher key replicating the feel of an acoustic device. The device is made up of plastic and might not feel like a real acoustic device, but it is a great combination of a good design and high quality material. The NP30 is available in piano black, but is also available in silver with the model being named NP30S.

Light and Compact:
The Yamana NP 30 Piano is 49 inches long but amazingly light. Thanks to the physical aspects of Graded soft touch action, the weight of the piano has come down to 6.5kg that is lower than the NP 70 – Yamaha’s lightest digital piano. Thus it is highly portable and that is something professional musicians on the move would want.

Features:

Graded Soft Touch Action:
The biggest feature of the NP 30 is not the light weight of the keyboard but the weightless feeling in the keyboard action. With a lighter touch than Yamaha’s graded hammer standard or graded hammer effect bed, it still manages to have an excellent graded feel. The Graded Soft touch provides medium resistance in the left hand that gets lighter as one moves up the keyboard allowing easier and faster passages with the right hand. It provides the stiff resistance one would expect and one could not help but like it.  For low impact playing, this semi weighted action is ideal for people suffering from arthritis and stress disorders. One can adjust the touch response from fixed for no response to hard for sensitivity with soft and medium in between.

Vocal performer:
The NP-30 Piano Keyboard has a selection of 10 voices that cover most of the sounds one would expect from a keyboard. You get 2 Grand pianos, 2 organs, 2 electric pianos, 2 harpsichords, a vibraphone and a strings setting. The sound engine has a 32 note polyphony, which works well, thanks to the Advanced Wave Memory technology (AWM) that has managed to capture the overall range of sound from an instrument and replicates it, accurately enough to make it sound natural.  Try playing the NP 30 softly and it would produce a soft tone and play it hard, the tone is bright and loud. We also noticed that the keys were very even and responsive.

Yamaha NP30 Piano Keyboar Silver

Dual Voice and Metronome:
A feature we liked on the Yamaha NP 30 is the dual voice feature that allows one to play two voices at the same time. We tried playing the piano and string together and it happened easily. The keyboard also has a built in metronome making it perfect for practice. One could also use a metronome in different time signatures such as ¾ waltz, 4/4 rock and 6/8 jazz. One can set the temp directly using a numeric pad. If the piano says the temp needs to be 72bpm, you can set it, and you would know how fast it has to be played.

Other features:
Yamaha NP 30 also features layering of the sounds and MIDI. The NP 30 has nine more built in sounds apart from the stereo piano sound. The MIDI lets one connect the digital piano to a computer giving a scope for creating different types of music.

Performance:

Sound:
The NP-30 Keyboard has a clean and pleasant sound. It produces a lot of sounds that are distinct from each other. The sounds were good enough considering the price tag and we did not expect such clarity from this budget baby.

Speakers:
When we played the NP 30, we thought the sound was not very strong. We thought that it was perhaps due to us standing over it and we pulled over a keyboard bench and sat down and everything sounded much better. The speakers were designed with an oval type cone to project the sweet spot towards the ears when seated. Marvellous use of acoustics and bravo Yamaha!

Distinct Sounds:
The Grand Piano 1 was amazing. It sounded like the piano on the Yamaha P series of digital pianos. It has a very nice sound when played softly and gets louder when played with more passion. The second piano is a bit brighter. The Electric Pianos are typical Yamaha ones. They sound well and respond to velocity switching. When it comes to organs, one sounds like a reed organ and the other a church organ. The Harpsichords sound pretty nice and so were the strings and vibes.

Yamaha NP30 Complete Set

Battery Life:

The Yamaha NP 30 runs on six AA batteries and has a battery life of 30 days on light usage (~ 1 hour a day). It could be lesser if used more. There is an optional power adapter available that one could use to power the keyboard.

Warranty:

The Yamaha NP 30 is covered by a warranty of 3 years on service and labour. The Yamaha Rock Solid Reliance Warranty ensures years of trouble free music making.

Verdict:

If you are a beginner and just started learning the piano and do not want complicate composers or worthless features, the NP 30 is a solid choice. It offers great sounds and a great feel at an amazingly low price without any needless extras. Features such as built in sounds and 2 layer contrast also help in experimenting.  If performance is your criteria and you will not want to loosen the strings of your purse, the NP 30 provides everything you need and nothing you do not.

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Yamaha NP30 Piano Keyboard – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Yamaha
Model Name Yamaha NP 30
Model Number NP 30
Dimensions (H x W x D) 49 x 4 x 10.2 inches
Weight 12lbs
Finishes available NP30: Piano Black
NP 30S: Silver
Keyboard Graded soft touch
Number of keys 76 keys
Keyboard touch sensitivity Hard, Medium, Soft, Fixed
Tone Generating Technology AWM Stereo Sampling
No of preset voices 10
Polyphony 32notes (max)
Voices 2 Grand Pianos
2 E-Pianos
2 Harpsichords
2 organs
Vibes, Strings,
Dual Voice with layer volume adjustment
Digital effects Reverb, Chorus
Demonstration Yes
Music Reset Yes
Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 32 to 280
Transpose -6 to 0, 0 to +6
Tuning Yes
Speaker Type 2 x 6 Watt amplifier
4.7 x 2.3” speakers
MIDI Yes
Connections Headphones x 1
Stereo Out
MIDI In
MIDI Out
Power Adaptor
DC IN 12V
Sustain Pedal
Amplifiers 6W x 2
Power Supply Adaptor (PA-5D/PA-150), or batteries (Six “AA” size, LR6 or equivalent batteries)
Power Consumption 20W
Highlight features Graded Soft Touch Keyboard
Slim, Light and Compact Keyboard
Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling
Built-in Stereo Speaker System
Piano Preset Songs
Warranty Three years