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Yamaha reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard  

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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 ... Read More

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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 CS5 keyboards. This is the reface YC, which has as one of its chief orientations the authentic organ timbres from the Yamaha Combo Organ.

Note: If you purchase any model reface between 9/1/15 and 12/31/15, Yamaha will send you a free soft carrying case (mail in offer). The reface softcase works as a messenger-style bag or a backpack, it even has a loop for attaching the reface to a suitcase handle. And inside, there's plenty of room to store your cables and AC adapter.

The reface series is small. Incredibly small. But unlike miniature keyboard instruments of the past, the reface touch is satisfying and expressive, and the sound is nothing short of spectacular. The reface family of keyboards features built-in speakers and is battery operable so you can create on the go. An aux line in allows you to play along with MP3 players or whatever other audio device you wish to use. Add MIDI and USB connectivity, and the reface's capacity to interface with external devices is vast.

Reface YC gives you the unique expression of drawbars, rotary speaker, percussion and effects for a complete organ experience that fits under your arm. Five different organ models take you from vintage tonewheel to transistor to classic Yamaha YC combo organ at the turn of a dial. Each organ model features unique percussion behavior plus distortion and reverb effects to get that perfect sound - just pick your model and start shaping your sound using the nine retro-style drawbars. Take your playing to the next level and plug in a Yamaha FC7 expression pedal for the total organ experience.

For keyboardists needing great organ sound you can carry under your arm, Reface YC is a Mobile Mini Keyboard with five unique organ characters and realistic organ control and behavior. Unlike expensive "clonewheel" organs, Reface YC features a complete organ interface you can hold in your hand and easily fits into your keyboard rig.


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?

Features
  • Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 37
  • Action: Synth
  • Key size: Mini
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity (MIDI only)
  • Key Type: Synth-type
  • Sounds
  • Number of voices: 5 vintage organ waves
  • Polyphony (max): 128-note
  • Layers: No
  • Split: No
  • Connectivity
  • AUX input: Yes
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
  • Line output: Yes
  • Line input: Stereo
  • USB Connectivity: Yes
  • Headphone jacks: 1
  • Pedal inputs: 1 (volume)
  • Storage type: External (iOS and MIDI)
  • Expandability available: No
  • Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback Not applicable
  • Rhythms: Not applicable
  • Preset songs: Not applicable
  • Display: None
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: No
  • Other controls: 13 sliders
  • Effects
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Chorus: Yes
  • Delay: No
  • Distortion: Yes
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Yamahareface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Portable (3)

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4.0

Size doesn't matter with this organ.

By Matt

from Daly City Ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard:

      Was planning just to MIDI it up to my Roland VK-1, so I could play the transistor organ sounds with a full sized keyboard. Now it has turned my rig into a two manual organ setup instead. The micro-keys aren't really a problem for me. Playing in "V" mode really does gives you that Doors sound. Its distortion and reverb are better than on the VK-7.
      My only negatives on this are:
      Its edges and corners are way too angular to comfortably play in bed or while walking around. Rounded edges like on the very early Casio MT- series would've given it much better feel for that kind of play.
      The drawbars/sliders only go up to 6, and not 8 like on all the other drawbar organs, though I don't know if that would be a noticeable limitation.

      Bottom line; It is very addicting to play.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Small size-huge sound

      By PanManJeff

      from N. Royalton Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Chorus is weak

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Yamaha reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard:

      Most of my gigs don't give me room for my steel drums & Hammond SK-2/dual keyboard. This gives me the sound I want (plus Farfisa, Vox, great 60's organs) in a 4-lb. 22" package.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best 4 lb. Clonewheel on the market!

      By lightbg

      from Northern New Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Very Usable Leslie Effect

      Cons

      • Lousy Chorus

      Best Uses

      • Backup Gig Board
      • Learning
      • Travel

      Comments about Yamaha reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard:

      My dream has been to have a Hammond organ that is able to be taken and played anywhere. This is the one. In my experience it's the best tonewheel simulation Yamaha has offered to date. The drawbars appear to only have 6 detents instead of 8, but that isn't a limiting factor. The sound is 95% there, including the rotary sim. If the vibrato/chorus wasn't so cheesy I'd give it a 98%. The percussion kills the 1' drawbar just like the real thing, and the variable length slider offers more options than the original. The onboard reverb and distortion complement the overall sound, and the keys, while small, are indeed very playable.
      I haven't tried the other tone settings (V,F,A,and Y), and I'm sure they are as accurate as possible, but I wanted a Hammond sound I could gig with at any time and any place. The yc never leaves my side; if I;m stuck in traffic I play right along with all my organ tunes and this improves my technique since I can't look at the keyboard. The color doesn't detract since I'm also a Sweedish type of guy on portable keyboards, but the yc is a dream come true for me.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Anywhere, Anytime, Tonewheel Rig

      By lightbg

      from New Jersey

      Pros

      • Decent Mini Keyboard
      • Drawbar Controls Accurate
      • Expression Pedal Jack
      • Great sound
      • Rugged-well Made

      Cons

      • Cheesy Chorus

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard:

        I gig with one keyboard since I mainly get organ calls. I used a tablet with a controller keyboard for a backup...... until now. The Reface YC is the real deal! I heard all the buzz online, but when I experienced it live I bought it on the spot. The mini keys take a little getting used to, but are playable and quite responsive. The 9 drawbars operate as expected, but I judge there to be only 6 levels of loudness instead of 8 on a traditional tonewheel - not a deal breaker. The percussion is correct, the reverb works well and the distortion isn't overdone and controlable. The rotating speaker effect doesn't have any adjustments, but doesn't need any - it works fine as is. My only disappointment is the chorus effect - way too warbly, and even the minimum amount of slider is overbearing. Perhaps an OS update could repair that.
        I did not try any of the other organ types (Ace Tone, Yamaha, Farfisa, and Vox) simply because I bought this for the Hammond sound alone. It might seem pricey to some, but to have the ability to play a few choruses of blues while I'm stuck in typical New Jersey traffic will definitely take the edge off.
        Yamaha got this one right.

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