Yamaha Reface DX - Mobile Mini-Digital FM Synthesizer

Yamaha Reface DX - Mobile Mini-Digital FM Synthesizer

Yamaha Reface DX - Mobile Mini-Digital FM Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • FM - Frequency Modulation Synthesis
  • 37 HQ Mini-Keyboard
  • Built-In Phrase Looper
  • 8-Note Polyphony
  • 4 Operators and 12 Algorithms
  • Digital Display
  • Touch Control Interface
  • Built-In Speakers
  • Built-In Effects
  • Librarian iOS App for Saving Presets
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Yamaha REFACE DX overview

  • 1Description

The Reface DX from Yamaha is a frequency modulation synthesizer offering simple controls and complex sounds in a small size. Based on the DX-7 synthesizer, the DX is a re-imagined interface providing 8-note polyphony with four operators and twelve algorithms that capable of creating a variety of sounds from retro 80's to modern EDM.

The DX's front panel offers a display screen and a multi-touch control interface to access functions, making sound design and exploration fast and easy. The operator section offers four operators arranged with twelve algorithms allowing various combinations of carriers and modulators. Full editing is available within the system menu allowing access to modes, frequency, and detune. Additional parameters include level controls, velocity sensitivity, feedback, and keyboard scaling rate. The envelope generators feature the classic attack, decay, sustain, and release (ADSR) controls. An envelope sets volume levels for carriers, while modulators offer a degree of modulation. The LFO or low-frequency oscillators offer seven waveforms which can modulate any of the operators. There is also a pitch envelope which changes the operator's pitch over time.

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, touch wah, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, and reverb with additional controls for depth and time. The DX 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 DX can be powered by six "AA" batteries and offers a foot control 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. There are 32 on-board preset memories and an iOS app is available to work as a librarian with parameters responding to MIDI CC controller data. The DX synthesizer ships with a power adapter and a MIDI breakout cable.

  • 4-operator FM sound engine offers dynamic and expressive additive synthesis
  • Sound engine offers continuously variable feedback on every operator allowing for a wide-range of sound creation
  • Two programmable effects blocks with seven effect types per block including: VCM Touch Wah, VCM Flanger, VCM Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Reverb and Distortion
  • Multi-touch control interface offers direct access to four simultaneous parameters
  • 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
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: 086792999531
In the Box
Yamaha Reface DX - Mobile Mini-Digital FM 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 DX specs

    Number of Keys 37
    Type Mini keys
    Touch Initial Touch: Yes
    Tone Generator
    Tone Generating Technology FM - Frequency Modulation
    Polyphony 8
    Voice Type Number of Types: 12 (Algorithms)
    Number of Voices 32
    Effects Distortion
    Touch Wah
    Phrase Looper Yes
    Display Type Full Dot LCD: 128 x 64 dots
    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
    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 6.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.134 x 9.134 x 4.016"

    Yamaha REFACE DX reviews

    Reface DX - Mobile Mini-Digital FM Synthesizer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you B&H Photo What a amazing device and at a greatr price.B&H cam through and delivered me this little beast.This thing sounds amazing.I read alot of reviews where people were concerned with it only having 4 operators vs the dx7's 6 but i get plenty out of this.Its very easy to program and synced with my mpc sequencer allows me to have great work flow as not only a synth but a midi controller.I only had one issue with noise via usb connectivity on the audio output but switched to midi and no more noise.Yamaha says its a ground loop issue but im not complaining as midi is the way you really want to run this anyway.
    Date published: 2018-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Keyboard. EPIC SOUNDS Really blown away on this unit. Easy to dial in amazing sounds, great for recording, and surprisingly, but huge hands work well on the tiny keyboard. A must have option for a simple synth sound option.
    Date published: 2017-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful This instrument looks, feels and sounds great. The moment you switch it on you will be taken down memory lane back to the 80's. Love that warm FM sound! MIDI implementation is perfect, all parameters are available via MIDI, so you can hook it up to your software of choice. But even in standalone, it's just a ton of fun to play. Such a rewarding experience. I'm taking down one star from the perfect score due to the following dislikes: Editing the parameters happens using touch sliders which lack the tactility of real knobs. It's especially awkward when using the built in recorder, where you need to hit the start/stop button precisely on the beat. The other gripe is that it only has 4 FM operators, the original DX7 had 6. It makes it for a slightly thinner sound. Not a big deal but the more the better. Lastly, it uses a breakout cable for MIDI in/out, which is something I'm sure I will lose. Standard ports would have been better. All these issues are minor relative to the FUN you'll be having with this device! It's one of those things that you will LOVE as opposed to just owning it.
    Date published: 2017-08-18
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