YAMAHA NP12 61-Key Lightweight Portable Keyboard, Black

Al Capp once said, “The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke.”

The word “piano” stems from clavicembalo col piano e forte (key cimbalom with softer and louder) and fortepiano, the Italian term for early 1700s versions of the device.

The Italian melodic terms piano and forte mean “soft” and “loud,” respectively, in this context making reference to the different variants in quantity (i.e., loudness) generated in reply to a pianist’s contact or stress on the keys:

The higher the velocity of a keypress, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and thus the noisier the audio of the note produced and the bigger and more powerful the attack.

The term came up as a contrast to the harpsichord, a musical instrument that does not allow volume change; the original fortepianos in the 1700s had a quieter tone and a smaller dynamic range than the harpsichord.

Yamaha has a number of apps for the Piaggero series. With a Lightning Camera Adaptor (sold separately) on your Piaggero instrument, or wirelessly with the optional UD-BT01,

Users may quickly connect any iOS smartphone (sold separately) to the USB to Host terminal for easier control and added performance and capability.


YAMAHA NP12 61-Key  Keyboard

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Quick information:

  • Product Dimensions: 46.9 x 14.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Product Weight: 15 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Style: 61-Key
  • Brand: Yamaha
  • Size: Keyboard Only

Product Features:

Easy to Carry:

Because Piaggero is light enough to be carried in one hand. It also runs on batteries, so users can practice and play more.

Unique Designing:

The Piano-Style keyboard is incredibly emotive and intuitive. The 61 touch-sensitive piano-style keys are an excellent way to get a feel for playing the piano.

Superior Quality:

The iOS controller app features a sophisticated, graphic user experience. This allows for quick navigation and setting.

Multipurpose Keyboard:

On a PC or mobile device, the USB to host interface allows users to join and interact with a number of instructional and musical production apps. Hence, the keyboard appears to be versatile.

Power Source:

Operated by batteries. It runs on six AA batteries with five-hour battery life. It uses 8 W of electricity.

Other Accessories:

64-note polyphony along with a song recorder is included in the package. Longer battery life is among the other enhancements.

Take Notes and Listen to Them Afterwards: The Record button allows anyone to record daily practice sessions, concerts, or unique creations in a simple one-touch operation. The users can listen to it later or share it with friends and family.


The form factor has been kept quite modest for a 76-key keyboard because it contains very few flashing lights, bells, and whistles, thus it’s just over 1 meter in length, giving it a small wheelbase.

Constructed Audio Speakers:

Users don’t even need to carry an amplifier because it has built-in voices. It’s best suited to tiny settings with light accompaniment – it’s ideal for accompanying a singer, but not so well for a brass band.

Our Opinion:

I’m a complete newbie when it comes to piano and composition. I used to own a Nektar Impact GX61 controller, which I adored because of its compact size. It was inconvenient for me to have to open my laptop and load Logic every time I wanted to practice piano over time.

I debated between the Yamaha NP12 and the M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3, which is cheaper and smaller, but ultimately chose the Piaggero. First and foremost, I must state that I enjoy using it as a stand-alone piano without having to connect it to my computer.

The tone is pleasant, and the keys are reminiscent of those found on a midi controller. People have complained that the volume is too low.


Is there any form of music sheet support included?

Yes, it comes with a detachable stand.

Is there a hammer action on the keys?

There is no hammer action on the keys, and they are not weighted. This means they have the sensation of an electronic keyboard rather than a piano. The keys, on the other hand, are touch sensitive, which means that the harder one press them, the louder they will play.

What is the best ac power adapter for the Yamaha NP-32?

The Yamaha PA-150 is the one that usually comes with it, although other models will function as well.

Is there a jack for headphones?

Yes, however it features a 6.35 mm stereo amplifier jack. To utilize a 3.5 mm headset or earphone, one will need to acquire an adaptor.

Is it possible to transfer recordings from one device to another?

No, it isn’t capable of doing so.

Is there a quarter-inch output on the left and right sides?

No, there’s only one for phones and output. The remaining quarter inch is used to connect a sustain pedal. It’s right next to the USB port.

How many voices are pre-programmed?

There are a total of eight. Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, and Harpsicord all have two variants, plus strings and vibes.

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