Yamaha P-120 P-120S Owner's Manual

Yamaha P-120 P-120S Owner's Manual

Yamaha p-120 p-120s
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  • Page 2: Special Message Section

    This product should be used only with the components supplied or; a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc., is used, please observe all safety markings and instructions that accompany the accessory product.
  • Page 3 • Use the specified adaptor (PA-300 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha) only. Using the wrong adaptor can result in damage to the instrument or overheating. • Check the electric plug periodically and remove any dirt or dust which may have accumulated on it.
  • Page 4 Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper use or modifications to the instrument, or data that is lost or destroyed. Always turn the power off when the instrument is not in use.
  • Page 5: G Music Stand

    Thank you for choosing the Yamaha Electronic Piano P-120/P-120S. Your P-120/P-120S is a fine musical instrument that employs advanced Yamaha music technology. With the proper care, your P-120/P-120S will give you many years of musical pleasure. G The P-120/P-120S Electronic Piano offers unmatched sonic realism and natural grand-piano type playability with Yamaha’s original “AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling”...
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    The Control Panel ... 8 Connections ... 10 Selecting & Playing Voices ... 13 Playing the Demonstration Tunes ... 14 I Voice Demo... 14 I Preset Song ... 15 I Preset Song A-B Repeat ... 16 I Preset Song Part Cancel... 17 Synchro Start...
  • Page 7 Connecting to a Personal Computer Connecting to an Apple Macintosh Series Computer ... 41 Connecting to an IBM-PC/AT Series Computer... 42 Using a USB Interface (such as the Yamaha UX256, UX96) ... 43 Factory Preset Recall ... 44 Troubleshooting ... 44 Voice Descriptions... 45 Preset Song List...
  • Page 8: The Control Panel

    The Control Panel 3 4 5 6 PHONES Jacks (Left side panel) (See page 11) [MASTER VOLUME] Control The [MASTER VOLUME] control adjusts the P-120/P-120S’s output volume (level). The [MASTER VOLUME] control also adjusts headphone volume when a pair of headphones is plugged into the PHONES jack (page 11).
  • Page 9 F5 G5 A5 B5 C6 D6 E6 F6 G6 A6 B6 C7 SONG [TRACK 1] and [TRACK 2] Buttons The P-120/P-120S has a 2-track recorder, and these buttons are used to select the track(s) to be recorded or played back. See page 27 for details. SONG [START/STOP] and [REC] Buttons These buttons control the P-120/P-120S’s user song recorder, letting you record and play back just...
  • Page 10: Connections

    After turning the power OFF, simply reverse the procedure to dis- connect the power. • Use ONLY a Yamaha PA-300 AC Power Adaptor (or other adaptor specifically recommended by Yamaha) to power your instrument from the AC mains. The use of other adaptors may result in irrepa- rable damage to both the adaptor and the P-120/P-120S.
  • Page 11 AUX OUT Jacks : L and R Pin jacks (LEVEL FIXED), L/L+R and R Phone Jacks The P-120/P-120S is equipped with both Pin and Phone AUX OUT jacks to deliver the output of the P-120/P-120S for connection to an instrument amplifier, mixing console, PA system or recording equipment.
  • Page 12 Connections SUSTAIN PEDAL Jack This jack is for connecting a sustain pedal to the P-120/P-120S. The pedal functions in the same way as a damper pedal on an acous- tic piano. Connect the supplied pedal to this jack and press the pedal to sustain the sound.
  • Page 13: Selecting & Playing Voices

    Selecting & Playing Voices Before turning the power ON or OFF for all components, set all volume levels to minimum. For instructions on connecting the P-120/P-120S to an amplifier/speaker system, see page 11. Turn Power On ... After making sure that the P-120/P-120S’s AC power adaptor is properly plugged into the P-120/P-120S itself and plugged into a convenient AC wall outlet, press the [STANDBY/ON] switch located on the left-side panel of the P-120/P-120S.
  • Page 14: Playing The Demonstration Tunes

    • No MIDI reception occurs in the demo/preset song mode. • The demo/preset song data is not transmitted via the MIDI connectors. * Voice demo songs consist entirely of Yamaha original songs (© 2001 YAMAHA CORPORATION). * See page 48 for a complete listing of the preset songs.
  • Page 15: I Preset Song

    Engage the Preset Song Mode... Press the [PRESET] button to engage the preset song mode — the [PRESET], [TRACK 1] and [TRACK 2] indicators will light. Play a Preset Song ... To play any of the 50 preset songs provided, use the [–/NOM], [+/YESL] buttons to select the number of the tune you want to play (the number will appear on the LED display), then press the SONG [START/STOP] button.
  • Page 16: I Preset Song A-B Repeat

    Playing the Demonstration Tunes Preset Song A-B Repeat The A-B Repeat function can be used to continuously repeat a specified phrase within a preset song. Combined with the Part Cancel function described below, this provides an excellent way to practice difficult phrases. Specify the Beginning (A) of the Phrase ...
  • Page 17: Preset Song Part Cancel

    Preset Song Part Cancel The 50 preset songs have separate left- and right-hand parts that can be turned on and off as required so you can practice the corresponding part on the keyboard. The right-hand part is played by [TRACK 1], and the left-hand part is played by [TRACK 2].
  • Page 18: The Dual Mode

    The Dual Mode The dual mode makes it possible to play two voices simultaneously across the entire range of the keyboard. To activate the dual mode simply press two voice selectors at the same time (or press one voice selector while holding another). The voice indicators of both selected voices will light when the dual mode is active.
  • Page 19: The Split Mode

    The Split Mode The split mode makes it possible to play two different voices on the keyboard — one with the left hand and another with the right hand. The Left Voice is played on all keys to the left of (and including) a specified “split point” key, while the Right Voice is played on all keys to the right of the split point key.
  • Page 20: Reverb

    Reverb The [REVERB] button selects a number of digital reverb effects that you can use for extra depth and expressive power. To select a reverb type press the [REVERB] button a few times until the indicator corresponding to the desired type lights (the indicators light in sequence each time the [REVERB] button is pressed).
  • Page 21: The Effect

    The Effect The [EFFECT] button allows you to select one of the effects that can give your sound greater depth and animation. To select an effect type press the [EFFECT] button a few times until the indicator corresponding to the desired type lights (the indicators light in sequence each time the [EFFECT] button is pressed).
  • Page 22: Brilliance

    Brilliance This control can be used to change the tonality or “timbre” of the sound output. The control range is from MELLOW to BRIGHT. For a brighter or “sharper” tone, slide the control towards the BRIGHT position. For a “rounder” more mellow tone, slide the control towards the MELLOW position.
  • Page 23: Touch Sensitivity

    Touch Sensitivity Four different types of keyboard touch sensitivity — HARD, MEDIUM, SOFT or FIXED — can be selected to match different playing styles and preferences. To select a touch sensitivity type press the [TOUCH] button a few times until the indicator corresponding to the desired type lights (the indicators light in sequence each time the [TOUCH] button is pressed).
  • Page 24: Tuning

    Tuning Tuning makes it possible to adjust the pitch of the P-120/P-120S over a 427.0 Hz … 453.0 Hz (corresponding to the A3 note’s Hz) range in approximately 0.2 Hertz intervals. Pitch control is useful for tuning the P-120/P-120S to match other instruments or recorded music.
  • Page 25: The Metronome & Tempo Control

    The Metronome & Tempo Control The P-120/P-120S built-in metronome is a convenient feature for practice, and it can also provide a solid rhythmic guide when recording with the User Song Recorder feature, described in the next section. The metronome sound is alternately turned on and off by pressing the METRONOME [START/STOP] button.
  • Page 26: Using The User Song Recorder

    Using the User Song Recorder The ability to record and play back what you’ve played on the P-120/P-120S keyboard can be an effective practice aid. You can, for example, record just the left-hand part, and then practice the right-hand part while playing back the recorded left-hand part.
  • Page 27: Start Recording

    Select the Record Track ... When the record mode is engaged in the previous step, the last- recorded track will automatically be selected for recording and its indicator — i.e. the [TRACK 1] or [TRACK 2] button indicator — will glow red. If you want to record on a different track, press the appropriate track button so that its indicator glows red.
  • Page 28: Changing The Initial Settings

    Using the User Song Recorder Changing the Initial Settings ... The initial voice, tempo, time signature, reverb type, reverb depth, effect type and effect depth settings made in step 2 of the recording procedure are actually recorded by the P-120/P-120S. These initial settings can be changed after the recording is fin- ished by pressing the [REC] button to engage the record ready mode, pressing the appropriate track button, making the required...
  • Page 29: Synchro Start

    It is also possible to store it to an external MIDI storage device such as the Yamaha MIDI Data Filer MDF3 by using the Bulk Data Dump function described on page 39.
  • Page 30: The Function Mode

    The Function Mode The [TEMPO/FUNCTION#] button provides access to a range of functions that give the P-120/P-120S extraordinary versatility. The functions are catego- rized in groups as follows: F1 Tuning ...31 F2 Scale...31 F3 Dual Mode Functions...32 F4 Split Mode Functions...33 F5 Pedal Functions ...35 F6 Metronome Volume ...36 F7 Preset Song Part Cancel Volume ...36...
  • Page 31: I F1: Tuning

    F1: Tuning ________________________________________ In addition to the tuning method described on page 24, overall tuning can also be accom- plished via the F1 function. After selecting “F1”, use the [–/NOM] and [+/YESL] buttons to lower or raise the pitch in approximately 0.2 Hz increments (the first time the [–/NOM] or [+/YESL] button is pressed simply switches to the tuning value display without actually changing the tuning).
  • Page 32: I F3: Dual Mode Functions

    The Function Mode F3: Dual Mode Functions ____________________________ After selecting “F3. Y ”, press the [+/YESL] button to engage the dual-mode function sub- mode, then use the [TEMPO/FUNCTION# M, L] buttons to select the desired dual mode function, as listed below. If the Dual mode is not engaged “F3.
  • Page 33: F3.5: 1St Voice Effect Depth

    F3.5: 1st Voice Effect Depth... F3.6: 2nd Voice Effect Depth ... These functions make it possible to individually set the depth of the effect for the 1st and 2nd dual-mode Voices (“1st” and “2nd” is explained on page 18). Use the [–/NOM] and [+/ YESL] buttons to set the effect depth for the corresponding voice as required.
  • Page 34: F4.3: Right Voice Octave Shift

    The Function Mode F4.3: Right Voice Octave Shift... F4.4: Left Voice Octave Shift ... Depending on which voices you combine using the split mode, the combination may sound better if one of the voices is shifted up or down an octave. Use the [–/NOM] and [+/YESL] buttons to set the octave of the Left or Right Voice as required.
  • Page 35: I F5: Pedal Functions

    F5: Pedal Functions ________________________________ After selecting “F5. Y ”, press the [+/YESL] button to engage the pedal functions sub mode, then use the [TEMPO/FUNCTION# M, L] buttons to select the desired pedal functions, as listed below. F5.1: AUX PEDAL Mode ... This function conveniently lets you set operation of the AUX PEDAL to one of the modes listed below.
  • Page 36: F5.3: Soft Pedal Effect Depth

    The Function Mode F5.3: Soft Pedal Effect Depth ... This function sets the depth of the soft pedal effect. The effect depth range is from 1 to 5. A setting of “1” produces minimum effect depth while a setting of “5” produces maximum effect depth.
  • Page 37: I F8: Midi Functions

    F8: MIDI Functions _________________________________ G A Brief Introduction to MIDI MIDI IN MIDI OUT Synthesizer Tone Generator MIDI Cable possible to create “systems” of MIDI instruments and equipment that offer far greater versatility and control than is available with isolated instruments. For example, most MIDI keyboards (including the P-120/P-120S, of course) transmit note and veloc- ity (touch response) information via the MIDI OUT connector whenever a note is played on the keyboard.
  • Page 38: F8.3: Local Control On/Off

    The Function Mode In any MIDI control setup, the MIDI channels of the transmitting and receiving equipment must be matched for proper data transfer. A “Multi-timbre” receive mode is also available, which allows simultaneous reception of different parts on all 16 MIDI channels, allowing the P-120/P-120S to play multi-channel song data received from a music computer or sequencer.
  • Page 39: F8.5: Control Change On/Off

    MIDI OUT terminal. This is particularly useful if you will be recording performances to a MIDI sequence recorder such as the Yamaha MIDI Data Filer MDF3 which will be used to con- trol the P-120/P-120S on playback. By transmitting the P-120/P-120S panel settings and recording them on the MIDI sequence recorder prior to the actual performance data, the P-120/P-120S will be automatically restored to the same settings when the performance is played back.
  • Page 40: I F9: Backup Functions

    The Function Mode F9: Backup Functions ______________________________ After selecting “F9. Y ”, press the [+/YESL] button to engage the backup function sub-mode, then use the [TEMPO/FUNCTION# M, L] buttons to select the desired backup function, as listed below. • The backup settings themselves, and the contents of the user song recorder memory, are always backed up. NOTE •...
  • Page 41: Connecting To A Personal Computer

    Connecting to a Personal Computer Although the P-120/P-120S can be connected to a personal computer via the MIDI IN/OUT connectors and a MIDI interface, the TO HOST connector and HOST SELECT switch allow direct connection to Apple Macintosh or IBM-PC/AT personal computers for sequencing and other music applications without the need for a separate MIDI interface.
  • Page 42: Connecting To An Ibm-Pc/At Series Computer

    HOST SELECT switch to “PC-1”. • When using the TO HOST terminal to connect to a personal computer using Windows, a Yamaha MIDI driver must be installed in the personal computer. The Yamaha MIDI driver can be obtained at Yamaha’s home page on the World Wide Web, <http://www.yamaha-xg.com/>.
  • Page 43: Using A Usb Interface (Such As The Yamaha Ux256, Ux96)

    Using a USB Interface (such as the Yamaha UX256, UX96) ... Connect the USB interface (Yamaha UX256, UX96 or equiva- lent) to your computer using a USB cable. Install the driver soft- ware supplied with the interface (or other appropriate driver software) on your computer according to the supplied instruc- tions.
  • Page 44: Factory Preset Recall

    4. The P-120/P-120S Reproduces Radio or TV Sound This can occur if there is a high-power transmitter in your vicinity. Contact your Yamaha dealer. 5. Intermittent Static Noise This is usually due to turning ON or OFF a house- hold appliance or other electronic equipment which is fed by the same AC mains line as your P-120/P- 120S.
  • Page 45: Voice Descriptions

    Voice Descriptions Voice Descriptions/Beschreibung der Stimmen/Descriptions des voix/ Descripciones de las voces Stereo Touch Dynamic Voice Name Sampling Response Sampling*1 GRAND PIANO 1 VARIATION GRAND PIANO 2 VARIATION E.PIANO 1 — VARIATION — — E.PIANO 2 — VARIATION — — HARPSI- —...
  • Page 46 Voice Descriptions/Beschreibung der Stimmen/Descriptions des voix/ Descripciones de las voces Stereo Touch Dynamic Voice Name Sampling Response Sampling*1 E.CLAVI- — — CHORD VARIATION — — VIBRAPHONE VARIATION CHURCH — — ORGAN VARIATION — — JAZZ ORGAN — — — VARIATION —...
  • Page 47 Voice Descriptions/Beschreibung der Stimmen/Descriptions des voix/ Descripciones de las voces Stereo Touch Dynamic Voice Name Sampling Response Sampling*1 CHOIR — — VARIATION — — GUITAR — VARIATION — WOOD BASS — — VARIATION — — E.BASS — — VARIATION — —...
  • Page 48: Preset Song List

    Preset Song List Preset Song List/Verzeichnis der Preset-Songs/ Liste des morceaux de musique de preset/ Lista de canciones preajustadas Title Invention No. 1 Invention No. 8 Gavotte Prelude (Wohltemperierte Klavier No.1) Menuett G dur BWV.Anh.114 Le Coucou Piano Sonate No.15 K.545 1st mov. Turkish March Menuett G dur Little Serenade...
  • Page 49: Factory Setting List

    Factory Setting List Factory Setting List/Liste der Vorgabeeinstellungen/ Liste des réglages/Lista de ajustes de fábrica Voice GRAND PIANO 1 Variation Dual Mode Split Mode Split Mode Left Voice WOOD BASS Reverb Type Preset for each voice Reverb Depth Preset for each voice Effect Type Preset for each voice Effect Depth...
  • Page 50: Midi Data Format

    MIDI Data Format MIDI Data Format/MIDI-Datenformat/ Format des données MIDI/Formato de datos MIDI If you’re already very familiar with MIDI, or are using a com- puter to control your music hardware with computer-gener- ated MIDI messages, the data provided in this section can help you to control the P-120/P-120S.
  • Page 51 • Caution: If an error occurs during MIDI reception, the Damper, Sos- tenuto, and Soft effects for all channels are turned off and an All Note Off occurs. 6. SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE MESSAGES (Yamaha MIDI Format) Panel Data Transmit Data format: [F0H] -> [43H] -> [0nH] -> [7CH] -> ... -> P.C.#...
  • Page 52 (1) XG Native Parameter Change Data format: [F0H] -> [43H] -> [1nH] -> [4CH] -> [hhH] -> [mmH] -> [llH] -> [ddH] -> [F7H] = Exclusive status = YAMAHA ID = When received, n=0~F. When transmitted, n=0. 4CH = Model ID of XG...
  • Page 53 MIDI Data Format/MIDI-Datenformat/ Format des données MIDI/Formato de datos MIDI <Table 1> MIDI Parameter Change table (SYSTEM) Address (H) Size (H) Data (H) 00 00 00 020C - 05F4(*1) 00 - 7F — 34 - 4C(*2) TOTAL SIZE *1: Values lower than 020CH select -50 cents. Values higher than 05F4H select +50 cents. *2: Values from 28H through 33H are interpreted as -12 through -1.
  • Page 54: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart YAMAHA [Electronic Piano] Model: P-120/P-120S Function Basic Default Channel Changed 1 - 16 Default Mode Messages Altered ***************** Note 9 - 120 Number : True voice ***************** O 9nH, v=1 - 127 Velocity Note ON O 9nH, v=0...
  • Page 55: Specifications

    • Les caractéristiques techniques et les descriptions du mode d’emploi ne sont données que pour information. Yamaha Corp. se réserve le droit de changer ou modifier les produits et leurs caractéristiques techniques à tout moment sans aucun avis. Du fait que les caractéristiques techniques, les équipements et les options peuvent différer d’un pays à...
  • Page 56 Compliance with FCC regulations does not guarantee * This applies only to products distributed by YAMAHA CORPORATION OF AMERICA. OBSERVERA! Apparaten kopplas inte ur växelströmskällan (nätet) sá länge som den ar ansluten till vägguttaget, även om själva apparaten har...
  • Page 57 For details of products, please contact your nearest Yamaha or the authorized distributor listed below. Pour plus de détails sur les produits, veuillez-vous adresser à Yamaha ou au distributeur le plus proche de vous figurant dans la liste suivante. NORTH AMERICA CANADA Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
  • Page 58 Este documento se ha impreso en papel sin cloro alguno, con tinta de soja. M.D.G., Pro Audio & Digital Musical Instrument Division, Yamaha Corporation © 2001 Yamaha Corporation V813490 209POCP3.3-08C0 Printed in Japan...

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