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The YDP-181 delivers a rich sound thanks to the combined power of 3-Level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling. What’s more, delicate expression is possible using the GH keyboard, offering a touch that is remarkably similar to that of a grand piano. It is a true joy to play. It also features a 2-track song recorder to create your own music and record your performances.

A piano sound sampling taken from one Yamaha Full Concert Grand Piano "CFIIIS". "AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling"

The piano sound is a sampling from the Yamaha Full Concert Grand Piano "CFIIIS", which has won high plaudits at the world’s most famous concert halls and music competitions. The very top piano was selected, and an experienced tuner adjusted it to top condition. Yamaha emphasizes the natural sounds that should emanate from pianos. Sampling is carefully performed over a long period, from the sound start until fadeout, to reproduce a natural sound and attenuation that feels nothing like an electronic piano. In addition, they also focus on the change in timbre due to the strength or weakness of the key strike that is so characteristic of pianos. Sound sampling covered more than 10 stages of key strike strength for each keyboard. Uses "AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling", sounds that most closely express the piano characteristics, obtained through rigorous recording. The Yamaha development team spent a lot of time together with pianists in thorough pursuit of the optimum touch and timbre combination, resulting in achievement of natural sound changes that sound like a person is actually playing a grand piano, no matter how the keyboard is played.

New acoustic system reproduces clearer, more voluminous sound

Uses new amp and speaker The piano sound has become clearer, and volume feel has increased.

Ample expression without unnatural sound cut-off even when pedals overlay the sound "Maximum Simultaneous Tones 128"

Maximum simultaneous tones are an ample 128 tones. Enables enjoyment of rich sounds. Based on Yamaha’s own technology, there is no unnatural sound cut-off even when the pedal is pressed and sounds overlaid, so that a performance with full presence can be achieved, no matter what song is played.

Half-pedal response that widens the range of expression

Yamaha also focuses on the expressive power of pedaling. Three stable pedals are mounted, including the damper, the soft pedal, and sostenuto. The damper pedal offers a half-pedal response. The damper can handle micro-adjustments of its strength, depending on how hard the pedal is pressed.

In addition to piano, many other rich sounds are mounted

In addition to the electric piano, organ, harpsichord, and other keyboard instruments, it offers a varied sound timbre for string and other instrument performance.

Natural playing feel and stability based on Yamaha piano-making know-how "Grade Hammer (GH) Keyboard"

The piano maker that is Yamaha has made use of its grand piano-making know-how to achieve a keyboard that offers a natural playing feel even on an electronic piano. Achieves slight differences in touch, with the low sound regions of the grand piano being heavy to the touch, while the high sound regions become steadily lighter. With stability and endurance in response to any kind of performance, it offers the security and quality expected of Yamaha keyboards.

With 50 famous piano songs built in, and a music book also included in package.

Records 50 deeply familiar piano songs, and includes a music book in the package. Enjoy it as background music, or use it in lessons by adjusting to a slower tempo, or erasing one hand in the music to facilitate practice on that hand.

Record your own performances for checks. Convenient for piano lessons "2-track/3-song recording"

Simple operation enables recording of playing performance. Since it can handle 2-track recording, it can record model performances, or record performances on one-hand at a time, letting you enjoy piano duets all by yourself. Built-in memory can save three songs at a time.

Volume control allows micro adjustment when practicing with low volume levels

The Yamaha volume control knob allows for particularly detailed adjustment at low volume levels. When practicing at home where playing at high volume may not be possible, you can set the optimum sound volume. Naturally, the sound volume can be raised to enjoy impressive piano performance.

Simple, easy-to-understand LED screen and operation panel

Buttons enable direct selection of sound timbre, with LED screen also mounted. So simple that anyone can operate them.

Filled with convenient functions expected of an electronic piano

Because it is an electronic piano with no need for tuning, it is maintenance-free. Also comes with two headphone terminals to enable practice without worry about sound volume. So parent and child can enjoy lessons or piano duets even with Muting on. One set of headphones included in package (Japan only). It also has a metronome function essential for practicing, a headphone hanger for hanging up the headphone, and other small conveniences.

Music data that has been recorded or purchased can be stored on a USB flash memory "USB TO DEVICE Terminal"

With USB flash memory compatibility, storage of recording data and PC data handling are also simple.

Transfer music data purchased in music data shop onto the instrument "Music Software Downloader"

Use the Yamaha free software "Music Software Downloader (*1)" to enable transfer of music data on the PC (MIDI data) to the instrument’s built-in memory (*2). Use music data to expand music enjoyment. *1: Music Software Downloader is compatible with Windows only. *2: YDP-141 requires the USB-MIDI interface "UX-16" to transfer the files.

Simple design that is never boring

The Arius Series concept "Simple & Basic" is also expressed in its design. A life with piano unselfconsciously becomes the daily norm.



  • Scale Type 7 types
  • Metronome Yes


  • Width 1,364 mm (53-11/16")
  • Height 853 mm (33-9/16")
  • Depth 515 mm (20-1/4")
  • Weight 50 kg (110lbs., 4 oz.)

Control Interface

  • Number of Keys 88
  • Type Graded Hammer (GH) Keyboard
  • Touch Sensitivity Yes
  • Number of Pedals 3
  • Half Pedal Yes
  • Functions Damper (with half-pedal effect), Sostenuto, Soft


  • Type LED
  • Size 7-segment, 3-digit
  • Panel Language English


  • Tone Generating Technology AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling
  • Number of Dynamic Levels 3
  • Number of Polyphony (Max.) 128
  • Preset Number of Voices 14


  • Reverb 4 types
  • Chorus Yes
  • Brilliance Yes
  • Functions Dual/Layers Yes


  • Number of Songs 3
  • Number of Tracks 2
  • Data Capacity User songs (100KB x 3), External songs (639KB)
  • Recording Function Yes
  • Compatible Data Format Playback SMF (Format 0 & 1)
  • Recording SMF (Format 0)


  • Tempo Range 32-280
  • Transpose -12 to 0, 0 to +12
  • Tuning Yes
  • Storage and Connectivity
  • Storage Internal Memory 100KB x 3 (ca. 11,000 notes x 3)
  • External Drives Optional
  • Headphones x 2
  • Amplifiers 20W x 2
  • Speakers 16cm x 2


  • Included Accessories Headphones Hanger Yes
  • Song Book "50 greats for the Piano"
  • Number of Preset Songs 14 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Prest Songs

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Reviews on Web

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- Harmony Central (YDP160) (en)
- Thomann (YDP-140) (de)
- Musician’s Friend (YDP-140) (en)


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