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Yamaha Reface CS

Compact Synthesizer

  • With AN sound engine (Analog Physical Modeling)
  • 37 HQ Mini-action keys
  • 8-Voice polyphony - switchable to monophonic mode
  • 5 Oscillator types: Multi-saw, Pulse, Oscillator Sync, Ring Mod., Frequency Mod.
  • 4 Effects: Distortion, VCM Chorus/Flanger, VCM Phaser, Delay
  • Phrase Looper
  • Slide controls: Stepless and with increment markings
  • 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
Number of simultaneous Voices 8
Sound Engine Modeling
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, USB
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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47 Customer Ratings
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A monster in the body of a toy
Nikolay_, 16.06.2021
As you might have imagined by the pictures and the price, the keys are plastic and the sound coming out of the reface speakers is simply bad.

One would think that the sound generated from this device is just as toy-like. But they'd be wrong.

For most of us, the crappy keyboard and low quality speakers were never necessary in the first place - but then how would Yamaha attract attention towards yet another module? I guess they tried to be quirky, and frankly, thanks to the mobility of the device, I've started to carry it while travelling just to play it whenever I get bored. And at the end of the day, I'm glad they took the decision to include these cheap peripherals.

While I can't describe sound with words, I would say that this is sitting next to a Moog One and a Prophet, and it's still seeing use. The limited knob space is brilliantly utilised by having one knob do several different things depending on your choice of oscillator, for example.

This cute little gadget would be my recommendation to anyone trying to learn subtractive synthesis quickly. It just fits so much power into such a small package. As for people who already own quite a few synths - it really depends on what synths you already have in your studio, and whether you're a fan of the oldschool Yamaha sound. As for me, this will be sitting on top of my desk for the foreseeable future.
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Amazing synthesizer!
KindEdward, 10.01.2018
I was a bit skeptical in regards torwards buying this synth, however I must admit I was surprised by it's amazing potential. What this synth will give you that other won't is simple:
- Great controls
- Good quality sound
- The 2 speakers are a welcoming addition
- You can create anything because of the freedom of the controls

Considering that there are no presets with this synth (Which can be both a good or a bad thing) I was hoping to be able to store my own presets, which you can, but you need an Apple based product to do so, and since I own a Samsung, I can not store any of my previously made sound combinations, so at time it might be hard for you to remember how exactly you made a specific sound.
However, this synthesizer is not meant for such performances, this synth is intended for you to have maximum creative options and be able to manipulate the sound in any shape or form for your pleasing.
Overall, I highly recomend this synth, considering the price and the quality that you are getting for what you have paid for.
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It doesn't get much better in this price tag
jordirissech, 01.05.2021
The Yamaha Reface series is astonishing.
This little synth is very powerful, sounds great and is packed with a lot of interesting features (even though I will list some things I wish Yamaha would have done).

What I like:
- the sound: it sounds great and it feels very organic. You can get a lot of well-known 80s sounds, ranging from big lushful saw waves pads to chunky fm basses.
- it's fun and easy to use: even if you know nothing about synthesis, it is very funny to mess around with the faders and, surprisingly, most of the times you end up with good sounding presets just adjusting faders randomly and listening :D
- it's cheap and practical: let's be honest, it doesn't get much better than this in this price tag. If you're in a studio and you have plugins, there might be cheaper options, but if you play in a band or just want a physical synthesizer, it is a very good option for a budget.
- the app: the Soundmondo app comes in handy to save presets. Also, you can use it live to change sounds fast.
- comes with midi and therefore you can connect it to another synth or keyboard to control it.

What could be better:
- the app is only compatible with browsers and iOS devices, not Android. The browser app is slow and therefore not usable live and the mobile app, while good, is only available in iOS devices.
- only one envelope: the synth has only one envelope and a "mix" fader, that lets you control how much of the envelope affects the volume and how much of it affects the filter.
- you need a midi adapter, sold separately, to use the midi of the keyboard.

All in all, it is a veeeery good synth, at a cheap price. I recommend it a lot, especially if you want to use it live and not use computers which, as we know, fail when you need them the most.
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Intuitive and lot of fun
Rafa Wallace, 22.05.2021
The synth is very fun to play, all the parameters are there ready to be tweaked and get nice sounds out of this little boy. Very 80´s vibe.
The small keyboard is really pleasant to play, although its size.
The sound is not very "fat", but you can achieve a lot of nice textures very easily. It comes with a nice set of stereo effects which sound great, especially on headphones. In the mix are a little bit weak.
Also is portable run by regular batteries. Faders work quite well, the construction feels quality.
I would recommend it for beginners and also for add a nice, fun, affordable machine to your collection
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