Released to critical acclaim earlier this year, the new Yamaha CP73 and CP88 stage pianos feature a wide range of sounds, including grand piano, upright piano, electric piano and synth samples, plus Virtual Circuitry Modeling of vintage effects and high-end studio signal processors. They also provide authentic touch, with the CP73 offering a newly-designed, 73-key balanced action, and the full 88-key CP88 boasting Natural Wood keys and a tactile response that’s almost indistinguishable from that of acoustic pianos.
In addition, the CP73/CP88 offer a wealth of programming options, accessible via a user-friendly control interface that puts everything at your fingertips and allows real-time interaction for instant sound creation. And now, for those of you ready to take a deeper dive into the intricacies of the instrument, there’s a new series of online “Mastering CP” lessons from synth expert Blake Angelos:
In Menus vs Settings, Blake explains the differences between the two and takes you through a detailed exploration of the many useful functions they offer, including pedal/footswitch assignments, MIDI control settings, and live performance features.
The Basic Splits and Layers lesson provides easy directions for setting up keyboard splits and layers, along with tips and ideas on creative ways to use them. There are even links to download many of the examples via the Soundmondo social website.
The Electric Piano Section, as its name implies, focuses on the “E.Piano” section of the CP, with an in-depth look at the presets and the ways that effects can be used to enhance them, complete with audio examples. Also included is a discussion about the way the Drive control interacts with these sounds.
The CP Advanced Mode lets you put any sound in any Section, and this lesson provides a number of creative ways to use this feature. For example, you can play an upright piano sound with electric piano effects, or you can create a blend of an electric piano surrounded by synth sounds in different octaves. Directions for both can be found here, along with other downloadable examples.
More Mastering CP lessons coming soon! Check the yamahasynth.com website often for new postings.
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