Yamaha Reface DX

Compact Synthesizer

  • With FM Sound Engine (frequency modulation)
  • 37 HQ Mini-action keys
  • 8 Voice polyphony - switchable to monophonic mode
  • 4 Operator with feedback
  • 12 Algorithms
  • 32 Voice memory locations
  • 7 Effects (2 can be used in parallel)
  • Phrase Looper
  • LCD Display
  • Touch slider/-switch
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm Jack, unbalanced
  • AUX input: 3.5 mm Mini jack stereo
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm Mini jack stereo
  • USB
  • Foot pedal input
  • MIDI in/out (mini-DIN)
  • Power supply connector
  • 2 Integrated loudspeakers
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 530 x 60 x 175 mm
  • Weight: 1.9 kg
  • Incl. power supply, MIDI breakout cable and user manual
  • Powered by batteries (not included)
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Further information

Number Of Keys 37
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Amount of simultaneous tones 8
Sound Engine FM Synthesis
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, USB
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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Lovely portable instrument

Gusztav, 11.09.2015
Since I am a freetime keyboard player it always gave me headache that I couldn't easily take my instruments with me for longer holidays or business trips - where (in a hotel) you often have more free time and less things to do than at home. So I was eager to put my hands on one of the Refaces and price-wise I considered the risk (of the instrument not being so usable) to be reasonable.

I can happily report that I am very satisfied with the purchase. Yamaha just cut out the right balance (for me), the size, the weight, the mechanical durabilty and the feel of the keys and controls are just right - good enough for serious playing. Even the mini keys can be well played with a big hand, though it's a bit tougher with both hands. It boasts some very serious sound, while nothing is overdone and the instrument remains very portable. The built-in speakers don't distort, but are not very loud and cannot handle lower registers - so headphones or amplification is recommended for the joy.

The human interface is surprisingly good and easy to use, the touch controls exceeded my expectations. The connectors are professional in size and variety, even the headphones jack is the 6.3mm version. There is no noise - it could even be used for stage purposes, save for the limited number and size of the keys (but, having MIDI, the DX sounds can be played on normal keys too).

I haven't tried the accompanying iPhone app yet (I need to order a cable), but this is the only instrument of the 4 Refaces that can store sounds itself too.

It also has a usable looper that can store 30 minutes of music (limited by the 8-note maximum poliphony!), but the recorded loops cannot be stored after the instrument is switched off, and the sound cannot be changed for the next layer of recording. Or, it can be changed, but the sound of all layers are changing at once.

I think however that at this price point the keyboard delivers enough, even exceeding my expectations. I really enjoy bringing it everywhere with a good headphones, running on 6 AA batteries.

Before purchasing, I hesitated which Reface I should select and bought the DX for a few reasons:
- it is an FM synthesizer I never had and is fun to learn (I already had a piano and a Hammond organ)
- but it also has (pre-stored) electric piano sound and 8 notes poliphony, which I prefer when studying music theory
- it has a looper
- it has 4x8 internal storage places for storing sounds (the only one of the 4 Refaces)
(however, you can always store sounds in the iPhone/iPad apps)

Considering that it was a blind purchase, I'd never tried the instrument before, I am quite happy I did buy it and can easily recommend it to you.
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Amazing capabilities, interesting interface

seventimeshome, 14.11.2018
TL;DR: Amazing sound, good quality, a bit hard to program but lots of sounds already out there (Soundmond)

I picked this up to create FX-like sounds. I was not interested in the classic FM sounds, too 70s-80s for my liking. FM synthesis is really difficult, however the interface kind of makes up for it. But what is best for me is Soundmondo. This is Yamaha's platform where you can share presets. I have downloaded lots of presets already and this thing can create so many different / weird sounds, it is useful for almost any context.

From soundtrack-y, long and atmospherical presets to very deep bass sounds, it can do wonders. The sound quality is top notch, stereo outputs a huge plus and the onboard FX while they're not 100% configurable (I found no way to tempo sync the delay with incoming MIDI clock) they certainly can be used to create interesting textures.

The build quality is pretty good, it's really sturdy and feels very professional, I do however miss a modulation wheel.
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