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Yamaha reface CS

Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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Yamaha reface CS
Yamaha reface CS
400.00 street price

reface CS is a 37-note mini synth keyboard with initial touch reproducing the legendary CS-80 analog poly synthesizer. There are 5 types of synthesis which can be tweaked in many ways due to special individual texture and mod sliders.

The unit delivers 5 effect types (chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, distortion) and 5 oscillators. Modeling engine with Pulse, Multi-saw, Oscillator Sync, Ring modulation and FM generate the sound. The keyboard has an 8-note polyphony while mono mode will do great for thick and dense leads and basses. There’s a possibility of creating some overdubs owing to the onboard phrase looper. The instrument comprises a stereo speaker system and has a continuous control pedal integrated. CS provides portability (can be powered with AA batteries allowing for standalone operation), USB host port, aux line input for mobile devices and tablets, and dual line outputs for mixers and audio interfaces.

As any keyboard of the Reface series Reface CS has a playable keybed even though it doesn’t support aftertouch or velocity but is capable of transmitting velocity via MIDI.

It was meant for the “synth” sound and synth sound enjoys tweaking. 21 sliders help it evolve and play with character. No patch memory, pure sonic improvisation but control presetting consumes your inspiration. Yamaha has an app called Capture thought it’s hardly a problem solver. The MIDI syncable LFO has 4 mod destinations available and at audio rates it delivers some amusing textures.

The Multi-saw oscillator type provides the Roland’s Supersaw kind of deal – get a few detuned saws. FM supplies you with no fuss DX-style voices straight away. Ring modulation is here to add some metallic character. Go smooth or punchy, gritty or sonorous – is all about tweaking.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Analog Modeling (AM) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
AN (Analog Physical Modeling) 
Types of Oscillators5
MIDI in/ out
mini DIN IN/OUT 
Type Synth Action
Mini Keys 
Initial Touch 
Number of Keys37
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
Slider/ Drawbar21
External controllers
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)1
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Audio in
Analog 1/8"1
Built-in speakers
Stereo, 2 speakers 
Power Supply External
Power Supply Internal, Accumulators
Power consumption6 W
Height60 mm
Width530 mm
Depth175 mm
Weight1.9 kg
Case/ body
Production start2015

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