Yamaha P-85

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Yamaha P-85.jpg
P-85 with L-85 wooden stand and LP-5 three-pedal unit
Manufacturer Yamaha
Dates 2007–2010
Price ~$600
Technical specifications
Polyphony 64
Timbrality Multitimbral
Synthesis type Sampler
Aftertouch expression no
Velocity expression yes
Keyboard 88-key
External control MIDI

The Yamaha P-85 is an entry-level digital piano introduced in 2007.[1] It is the successor of the Yamaha P-70 and introduces a MIDI sequencer.

The P-85 features 10 different patches (2 acoustic pianos, 2 electric pianos, 2 harpsichords, 2 church organs, strings, and vibes), some of which are in stereo and use multi-sampling. The action used is Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard). The P-85 weighs about 25 lbs (11.6 kg) and has two 6.3 mm headphone jacks in the front. It can be used in conjunction with the L-85 wooden stand and the LP-5 three-pedal unit.

The P-85 is alternatively also available in silver (P-85S) instead of black.

The successor to the P-85 is the Yamaha P-95, introduced in 2010.[2]

End of Life and Service[edit]

The P-85 is now replaced by a newer model and parts and service are no longer supported. However an excellent service manual is online ( search with google ) and detailed schematics as well as a well marked PCB allow anyone with some electronics background to resolve basic problems ( like no sound output) as the products age.


  • 50 built-demo songs and 10 patch demos
  • MIDI sequencer, capacity about 11,000 notes
  • Half-pedaling support; metronome; reverb; layering
  • 6 W amplifiers
  • 20 W power consumption


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