Yamaha reface keyboards are designed around the practical needs of contemporary musicians. The name of the series, "reface," is a conflation of the idea of reimagining and the legacy of Yamaha's many ... Click To Read More About This Product
Yamaha reface keyboards are designed around the practical needs of contemporary musicians. The name of the series, "reface," is a conflation of the idea of reimagining and the legacy of Yamaha's many groundbreaking keyboard instrument interfaces. Among the innovations that it hearkens back to are the legendary CP80, DX7 and Yamaha Combo Organ. This is the reface CS, which has as one of its chief orientations the exciting timbres from the CS5 synth.
WebMIDI and the reface Keyboard
It had to happen, so it did. WebMIDI. And of course, Yamaha is one of the first to offer a way to use it. Introducing Soundmodo (www.soundmodo.com), a social sound-sharing website for sharing reface Mobile Mini Keyboard sounds.
WebMIDI connects MIDI devices to the Internet, allowing musical instruments to play online synthesizers, as well as save or share sounds. Reface Mobile Mini Keyboards are the first instruments to use WebMIDI with Soundmondo, offering an easy way to store, recall, organize and share sounds. Saving sounds on Soundmondo is easy. Once you user connect your instrument and set up an account, simply hit CREATE and give your sound a name, a description and tags. You can also add YouTube video and SoundCloud audio.
BROWSE shows all available sounds (currently thousands), and you can refine your searches using tags. Once you find a sound you like, click on it and hit SYNC. This will send the sound to your connected reface and show them you to move the controls on your keyboard to recreate the sound. How cool is that?
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Comments about Yamaha reface CS Mobile Mini Keyboard:
I have an original CS01mkII that I use to teach beginning synthesis. When Yamaha introduced the reface line last summer I wanted a CS, but the YC caught my eye first. Now I have them both, and the CS was worth the wait. The best part is it's 8 voice polyphonic, plus it has +/- 5 octave range, 5 oscillator waveforms, built in effects, and a looper. Very playable mini keys, great battery life, and small enough to take anywhere.
Yamaha just opened it's reface website (https://soundmondo.yamahasynth.com/), and you can upload and download patches using Google Chrome (for Web MIDI). A great way to get ideas for patches in a hurry.
Yamaha has also updated the operating system, the biggest part being you can adjust the pitchbend lever from +/- one octave to +/- one whole step - I find this more usable beause of the short travel length of the lever.
A very playable and useful musical instrument.