Yamaha reface CS

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Manufacturer's ID: YAM-REFACE-CS

Relive the lush analog sounds of Yamaha's classic CS synthesizers with the new reface CS. Its powerful virtual analog engine is equally capable of producing both vintage and cutting-edge synth sounds, including pads, bass, leads and much more. With it compact size, battery power and built in speakers you can take it anywhere!

A new mobile instrument generation

It started as a sketch of a young Yamaha design team: Under the concept name “reimagined interfaces of classic Yamaha keyboards” the group presented a series of four compact instruments, in which every single one celebrates the personality of a legendary Yamaha instrument – but with a character of its own reimagined for today’s ‘on-the-go life style’. The concept also integrates a web-based sound exchange between musicians and allows a cooperative sound design. With the introduction of reface, this vision becomes reality.

Inspiration guaranteed

At home, in a studio, in a park or on a train – the compact design and the powerful integrated stereo speakers allow inspiration in seconds – without any equipment to set up. Creativity can be realised anywhere: Thanks to the battery power, all reface Mobile Mini Keyboards are ready at any time – even when there is no power socket nearby. The setup is done in seconds, even the connection to notebook, iPhone or iPad for the recording and saving of sounds.

It’s (not) a toy!

All four reface models are presenting themselves as a creative toy for sound design. But despite their compact design, they are professional instruments that are inviting to play. All models feature Yamaha’s brand new ‘HQ’ Mini-Action keyboard with 37 keys (3 octaves). The user interfaces were designed separately for each instrument introducing features such as drawbars for the reface YC organ and the capacitive Multi-Touch surface on the reface DX.

reface CS: analogue Synthesizer

With the legendary Yamaha Control Synthesizer series, introduced in 1976, music history was written by artists like Vangelis, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. In keeping with tradition the reface CS unites simple handling and creative sounds with a massive dynamic. But the concept was not to clone a monophonic synthesizer: The polyphonic tone generator with 8 voices and 5 oscillator types (multi saw, pulse, oscillator sync, ring modulation, frequency modulation) offers a rich bandwidth of exciting sounds from analogue to digital. All parameters are changeable intuitively using sliders.

Discover and share sounds online

All four reface models offer a rich potential for creative sound design – and the opportunity to get in touch with the whole world: With Soundmondo, Yamaha created an online hub connecting the reface community all over the globe. Soundmondo offers creative possibilities to create, share and discover sounds. The connection is established intuitively using a special Web MIDI technology for Google Chrome. As soon as a reface model is plugged in, it offers the possibility of direct synchronisation. Voices and set lists can be stored in a private area as well as shared with the community.

reface iOS App for iPhone and iPad

Quick and easy storage as well as management of sounds with iPhone and iPad: The free reface iOS app for Apple mobile devices makes data transfer extremely simple. A name, a picture and multiple tags can be applied to stored voices; they can be sorted in different ways as well. Search functionality is also included. Using a set list, voices can be arranged in a specific order and recalled one after the other. Another impressive feature is the possibility to exchange voices using QR codes: A distinctive code can be generated from any stored voice and can then be shared using the different options available with iOS. It can for example be sent via email or read using the camera of another iPad to import it into the app.

Specification

Amplifiers 2 W x 2
Speakers 3 cm x 2
Power Consumption 6 W (When using PA-130 power adaptor)
Battery Life Approximately 5 hours
Auto Power Off Yes
Power Supply PA-130 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
Batteries Six “AA” size batteries or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Included Accessories AC adaptor*, MIDI breakout cable, Owner’s Manual, Warranty* *May be included depending on your locale
Number of voice types 5 OSC types
Effects Distortion, VCM Chorus/Flanger, VCM Phaser, Delay
Width 530 mm (20 7/8")
Height 60 mm (2 3/8")
Depth 175 mm (6 7/8")
Weight 1.9 kg (4 lbs, 3 oz) (not including batteries)
Number of Keys 37 keys
Type HQ mini (High-Quality mini)
Initial Touch Yes
Maximum Polyphony 8
Engine AN (Analog Physical Modeling)
Phrase Looper Yes
DC IN DC IN (12 V) jack
Headphones PHONES (6.3 mm, stereo phone jack)
MIDI MIDI (mini-DIN IN/OUT)
AUX IN AUX IN (3.5 mm, mini stereo phone jack)
OUT PUT L/MONO, R (6.3 mm, TS phone jack, unbalanced)
USB TO HOST USB (TO HOST)
Pedal FOOT CONTROLLER: FC7 (optional) (to adjust the volume)

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5/5 (3 reviews)

This is my first Synthesizer. I'm very pleased with the build quality and the internal speakers are surprisingly good. Hooking it up to the computer requires an additional cable, but once connected using it as a midi controller is really easy. I've also tried connecting to soundmondo through chrome and that's a really nice way of getting a range of sounds out of the CS without spending a lot of time getting used to the controls. Other reviews mentioned that the looper was tricky, and whilst it was more difficult than a looper pedal it didn't take long to get a feel for it.

Katherine K. - 24/5/2022

Reface CS. Wanted one for ages and not disappointed! Very nice quality feel and sounds. No presets doesn?t affect it. It?s great for messing with sounds and very inspirational!

darryl e. - 29/3/2021

Marcus B. - 31/8/2020

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