Yamaha Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Yamaha Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer

Yamaha Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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Yamaha Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer


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Product Highlights

  • AN - Analog Physical Modeling
  • 37 HQ Mini-Keyboard
  • Built-In Phrase Looper
  • 8-Note Polyphony
  • 5 Oscillator Waveforms
  • Low Pass Filter with Resonance
  • Envelope Generator and LFO
  • Built-In Speakers
  • Built-In Effects
  • Librarian iOS App for Saving Presets
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Yamaha REFACE CS overview

  • 1Description

The Reface CS from Yamaha is an analog modeling synthesizer offering simple controls and complex sounds in a small size. Based on the CS-80 synthesizer, the CS or "Control Synthesizer" is a re-imagined interface providing 8-note polyphony with five oscillator modules capable of creating a variety of sounds from analog to digital.

The CS's front panel offers dedicated sliders for all functions, making sound design and exploration fast and easy. The oscillator section offers five waveforms with additional texture and mod controls, while the 18 dB-per-octave low-pass filter offers cutoff frequency and resonance controls. The envelope generator features the classic attack, decay, sustain, and release (ADSR) controls. An envelope generator balance slider assigns the control to the filter when at the top, or the amplifier at the bottom, and blends the two when placed in the middle. The LFO or low-frequency oscillator offers a fixed waveform with a four way switch to route the signal to pitch, filter, amplifier, or off.

Additional features include a pitch-bend lever, built in stereo speakers, a dedicated volume control, an octave slider, and a looper section which operates a phrase looper for recording and playing back multiple, overlaid loop phrases. On-board effects include distortion, chorus/flange, phaser, and delay with additional controls for depth and time. The CS can be switched between mono and poly and offers portamento or glide.

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 CS can be powered by 6 "AA" batteries and offers a foot control connection for hands-free volume control.

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 CS synthesizer ships with a power adapter and a MIDI breakout cable.

  • Analog Physical Modeling Engine with multiple synthesis and oscillator types
  • Each oscillator type has flexible LFO and ADSR routing plus unique TEXTURE and MOD controls that work as follows:
  • Multi-saw
    • Texture: Adds sub-oscillator
    • Mod: Layers multiple sawtooth waves
  • Pulse
    • Texture: Changes pitch of second pulse wave
    • Mod: Changes pulse width
  • Oscillator Sync
    • Texture: Changes pitch and tone of second oscillator
    • Mod: Sets pitch change amount
  • Ring Modulation
    • Texture: Changes pitch of first oscillator
    • Mod: Changes pitch of second oscillator
  • FM
    • Texture: Sets modulation amount
    • Mod: changes pitch of the modulator
  • Onboard Effects Processor: OFF (effect bypass), Delay, VCM Phaser, VCM Chorus/Flanger, and Distortion
  • 8-Note Polyphony: Allows complex chords and pads or switch to mono Mode for fat synth bass or solo leads
  • 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
  • Pedal: Continuous controller pedal input for volume control
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: 086792999418
In the Box
Yamaha Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer
  • 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 CS specs

    Number of Keys 37
    Type Mini keys
    Touch Initial Touch: Yes
    Tone Generator
    Tone Generating Technology Analog physical modeling (AN)
    Polyphony 8
    Voice Type Number of Types: 5
    Effects Distortion
    Phrase Looper Yes
    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 Foot controller
    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 Supply
    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 6.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.2 x 9.3 x 3.9"

    Yamaha REFACE CS reviews

    Reface CS - Mobile Mini-Analog Modeling Synthesizer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little synth & great shipping from B&H The synth is pretty much limited to what you see on the front panel, but you will be surprised at how much it can cover and most importantly it sounds great. �I bought it for a portable simple VA to use on the couch. �It's capable of your bread and butter analog sounds, but so much more. �It has that Yamaha CS filter as well which I love. �The best thing is it is 8 voice poly, not downscaled to 4 like others. �I do wish it had a velocity sensitive keyboard though. �B&H was fantastic as usual. �Zero hassle, best price, tracking, and it came a day early! �I'm sure they do that on purpose, but I'm not complaining. �:)
    Date published: 2018-03-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty happy with it It's a fun, easy, fake-analog synth with a nifty looper that I can run a drum machine into and make simple tracks on the couch or have fun making noise with my kid. The sounds are good enough to record with, but controls not quite as smooth as real analog. These days it would be better priced a little cheaper with the Keytar kit thrown in for free, since Korg and Arturia have real analog machines just as cheap. I like it overall.
    Date published: 2018-03-25
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