Yamaha Reface CP - Mobile Mini Digital Combo Piano

Yamaha Reface CP - Mobile Mini Digital Combo Piano

Yamaha Reface CP - Mobile Mini Digital Combo Piano

Expected availability: Jan 2, 2020

Product Highlights

  • SCM - Spectral Component Modeling + AWM2
  • 37 HQ Mini Keyboard
  • 128-Note Polyphony
  • 6 Electric Piano Models
  • Tremolo and Wah Effects
  • Chorus and Phaser Effects
  • Analog and Digital Delay Effects
  • Built-In Speakers
  • Librarian iOS App for Saving Presets
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Yamaha REFACE CP overview

  • 1Description

The Reface CP from Yamaha utilizes spectral component modeling to recreate the classic sounds of the electric piano with simple controls in a small size. Based on the CP80 and other iconic electric pianos, the CP or control piano is a reimagined interface providing 128-note polyphony with 6 piano models, capable of creating a variety of detailed vintage keyboard sounds.

The CP's front panel offers dedicated knobs and sliders for all functions, making sound design and exploration fast and easy. The voice section offers six settings including Rhodes I, Rhodes II, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Toy, and CP80 with an additional drive control. Tremolo and wah effects are selectable via a switch and offer depth and rate controls, while chorus and phaser offer the same switch control with depth and speed controls. The digital-delay and analog delay are also switched with controls for depth and time. A dedicated reverb knob adjusts the amount via the depth control. Additional features include built in stereo speakers, a dedicated volume control, and an octave slider.

The miniature 37-note keyboard utilizes the same High Quality (HQ) technology as Yamaha's flagship Motif XF workstation keyboard, offering a premium feel and fast response for accurate and natural playing. The CP can be powered by 6 AA batteries and offers a connection for a sustain pedal.

Other connections include two unbalanced 1/4" / 6.35mm outputs, a stereo 1/4" / 6.35mm headphone output, a stereo mini TRS 1/8" / 3.5mm input, and a mini-DIN connector providing MIDI in and out. Additionally, a USB connection is offered for connecting the instrument to a computer or iOS device. Although there is no preset memory, an iOS app is available to work as a librarian with parameters responding to MIDI CC controller data. The CP electric piano ships with a power adapter and a MIDI breakout cable.

  • Vintage keyboard sound engine with six detailed vintage keyboard types
  • Each keyboard type matches a carefully chosen drive and tremolo setting to provide an appropriate musical pairing
  • The six keyboard types are:
    • RdI, early '70s tine electric piano
    • RdII, late '70s tine electric piano
    • Wr, late '60s reed electric piano
    • Clv, 70s struck string Clavinet
    • Toy, toy piano
    • CP, Yamaha CP80 electric grand piano
  • Five stomp box-style effects with direct control including:
    • Drive (adds harmonics and distortion)
    • Tremolo (Auto-Pan for Rd) or VCM Wah with adjustable depth and rate
    • Chorus with adjustable depth and speed
    • VCM Phaser with adjustable depth and speed
    • Digital or Analog-Type Delay with adjustable time and depth
    • Reverb with adjustable depth
  • 128-note polyphony ensures dropout-free performance
  • Keyboard: Based on the FS action found on the flagship Motif XF, HQ (High Quality) Mini Keys provide premium feel and response for fast, accurate and natural playing
  • Integrated Phrase Looper: Capture song ideas or just jam
  • Sustain pedal input
Mobility and Connectivity
  • Speakers: 2W 1.2" / 3.0 cm stereo speaker system lets you play any place, any time
  • Specially designed bass reflex port technology enhances bass response for full, rich sound
  • Battery Powered: Uses six "AA" batteries with five hours of life
  • USB: USB "TO HOST" allows MIDI connectivity to your USB-equipped computer or iOS device
  • Audio Output: Dual 1/4"unbalanced line outputs provide connection to mixers, audio interfaces, DI boxes and more
  • Audio Input: A 3.5mm aux line input lets you connect and hear mobile devices, tablets and more through the instrument
  • Soundmondo is a free sound sharing community that lets you discover, create and share reface Voices and Set Lists using Google Chrome any place, any time you're online
  • Powered by Web MIDI, Soundmondo is simple to use - just connect reface to Chrome and you're ready to create or start browsing
UPC: 086792999456
In the Box
Yamaha Reface CP - Mobile Mini Digital Combo Piano
  • PA130 - AC Power Adapter for Entry-Level Portable Keyboards
  • MIDI Breakout Cable (Mini-DIN to MIDI In/Out)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Yamaha REFACE CP specs

    Number of Keys 37
    Type Mini keys
    Touch Initial Touch: Yes
    Tone Generator
    Tone Generating Technology SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) + AWM2
    Polyphony 128
    Voice Type Number of Types: 6
    Effects Drive
    Digital Delay
    Analog-Type Delay
    DC In DC In: 12 VDC jack
    Headphones Phones: Stereo TRS 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Output Output L/Mono: Unbalanced TS 1/4" / 6.35 mm Output R: Unbalanced TS 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Pedal Type Sustain Pedal
    AUX Input Mini-stereo TRS 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    USB USB to Host
    MIDI Mini-DIN In/Out
    Amplifier / Speaker
    Amplifier 2x 2 W
    Speakers 2x 1.2" / 3.0 cm
    Power Supplydrzadxzzvxxedu
    Power Adapter 12 VDC: PA-130 or equivalent recommended by Yamaha
    Battery 6x AA size batteries or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
    Power Consumption 6 W (When using PA-130 power adapter)
    Auto Power Off Yes
    General Specifications
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 20.9 x 6.9 x 2.4" / 53.0 x 17.5 x 6.0 cm
    Weight 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.976 x 9.291 x 4.016"

    Yamaha REFACE CP reviews

    Reface CP - Mobile Mini Digital Combo Piano is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound The tone on these sounds is fantastic ! Especially the brilliant sound of the "secret hidden" acoustic piano. That puts this keyboard over the top. Yes, keys are a little small, but you can always midi trigger with different keyboard if it bothers you. Also, any cheap sustain peddle works nicely. Secret hidden sound acquired by turning keyboard on while sound setting type is in between any of the factory settings, ie RDI and RDII.
    Date published: 2018-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yamaha Reface CP is a portable powerhouse! There are a ton of reviews and videos out there for this product, so I'd just like to point out a couple of the features I was particularly pleased with. I was skeptical at first about the playability of the mini-keys, but they are actually really pleasant and responsive to the touch. You really have to hammer them down for the strongest attacks on the velocity sensitive keys, though. I haven't had the chance yet to use it as a controller for another keyboard, but I hear this tends to persist on the second keyboard when used as a controller. The vintage sounds are startlingly accurate for something that looks like it might be a toy, but the real convenience is in the built-in effects, which can save the space of several pedals. If you're looking to save space in your car or on stage, I'd definitely recommend this guy!
    Date published: 2018-08-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Sounds but Limited Use Great sounding little keyboard however you cant record the sounds into Ableton Live. You can only use this keyboard as a controller...Kind of a bummer I was hoping for a bit more interface capability. I wouldnt have made this purchase if I had known this, but theres not a lot of clarity on the Internet for this type of function :-(
    Date published: 2018-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Generally a great buy! very portable and easy to play. Great for gigs--easy to transport, incredible tone. The built in speakers are tinny and distort somewhat easily, but honestly that's not really a big deal for me. Be aware the actual key size is small, so it takes a bit of adjusting if you're used to standard sized keys. Generally a great buy! very portable and easy to play.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sounds, fun to play PROS - Sounds / effects are top-notch - Portability - Popped in the 6 AA batteries and now I can have a decent sounding keyboard anywhere with no computer or wires. - Fun - This instrument has brought me immediate joy, Ive just had a blast playing this thing. CONS - Non-standard MIDI port (adapter included, but still) - Internal speakers are not great, but do the job for noodling around in a quiet space. - MIDI Rx channel is all be default. It can be changed through a specific CC message, but it doesnt appear to save across power cycles. Minor, but noteworthy. OTHER NOTES - Keys - theres no arguing that these keys are small, they are. With that said, like most of the reviews I read before making this purchase, for the size, they feel really nice to play. Youre probably not going to use these for performances, but they are fun and the keyboard can be played with a controller. Ive played this instrument every single day for the 2 weeks Ive had it. - Sounds - Would have been cool to have an onboard tone/eq control.
    Date published: 2018-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Portable & HQ Sound I'm in love with my new Reface CP because its portability and its sound, maybe not with its built-in speakers but it's such a good thing you can connect it with an external amplifier.
    Date published: 2018-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yamaha reface CP Great little keyboard. Keys feel semi weighted. I had a chance to try out all 4 of the reface keyboards at a recent music event. This one was my favorite.
    Date published: 2018-07-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sound, mobility - odd design choices As a college student, this is keyboard is perfect for it's light-weight mobility. While I leave my larger and heavier keyboards at home whenever I go back and forth between dorms and apartments, the Yamaha Reface CP goes where I go. Not only that, it's perfect for trips or being taken on-the-go as a mobile piano since it has the option to run on batteries.It's the perfect compositional tool. I take it with me to my songwriting club, and it's flexibility lends itself to being the perfect little improvisational tool - just enough keys to jam out or get a point across to other musicians. Not only that, but the variety of sounds (including a Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clav, and Toy piano to name a few) gives the freedom to make most sounds you could ever want out of an electronic keyboard. The dials up top may seem bare bones, but allow a shocking amount of variety of tones that can be produced by this little instrument - I was surprised at how much the base timbres could be affected - and the Drive knob is a godsend.That being said, Yamaha made some very odd choices with this keyboard (and the rest of the Reface series). The most shocking of which was the need for an Audio Interface to send audio into a computer. Most keyboards today can plug in USB - and the demoes led on that this was possible - but it turns out that the USB port is exclusively for use with Yamaha's experimental Soundmondo program, which is buggy, useless, and often times unavailable. I figured, in that case, that I could at least use my headphones to hear the sound - rather than through the cheap toy speakers - since all my preamps were at home. Wrong again! It takes 6.5mm jack headphones, and doesn't provide a converter for normal headphone jacks. Who did Yamaha think their audience was for this product? These design choices are so contradictory.Despite it's flaws, the Yamaha Reface CP is a very nice electronic keyboard, and perfect for anybody who needs a portable keyboard to jam with in their room or with friends. The sounds are fantastic and wholly malleable thanks to the dials up top which provide a shocking amount of freedom in affecting the tone. The mini-keys aren't too big of an issue, and I'm quite glad it's three octaves, which means you can still use two hands to play (as long as you aren't playing any Liszt, that is). This is the perfect instrument if you're looking to improvise neo-soul or r'n'b. I would NOT recommend it if you don't own any of the required equipment, such as a nice preamp. This isn't necessarily meant for recording, and I don't think I would use it as such. That being said, I think it's great for beginners or casual pianists looking for something to take to college or songwriters who travel often. Is it worth the original price of $$? No. Is it worth the current price of $$? Almost. It depends on what you already own, else you're in for a heft investment to make it suite your needs. It certainly makes more sense at this price, considering the Roland Boutique series that came out around the same time, which also happens to be a miniature rerelease of their famous old sounds, and is also $$.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
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