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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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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
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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Good but pricey. Aimed at players rather than producers.

James4768, 30.10.2015
Although this keyboard is more solidly-built and substantial than you might suppose given what other keyboards in this form factor are like, it still remains rather pricey for what it is, which is a four operator FM digital synth with effects and a looper.

The built in speakers are not bad and it's fun to mess around with but I think this is aimed at people who just want to play rather than producers. People playing live or people just playing for fun will appreciate the keyboard, but music producers would be better off just using FM8 which is cheaper and more versatile.
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