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The Yamaha reface Series offers the classic sounds of the 70's and 80's in 4 super compact and individual instruments.
The reface Series is based around 4 legendary Yamaha Keyboard ranges; The CS series for classic analogue Synths, CP Series for Stage Pianos, EY Series for Combo organs and and the DX series for Digital FM synths. All featuring the same basic compact chassis, they each have their own flavour with both styling sounds, and internals taken from their original ancestors!
The reface YC
The Reface YC is based on the Classic 70's Yamaha Combo Organ featuring the recognisable rich red finish of the original with a wide range of draw bars and old school rocker switches to create your sound. Its a super tactile instrument with no pesky screens or menus. Even if you weren't that knowledgeable about traditional organ features and were not that bothered about traditional organ sounds, you could treat the drawbars as subtractive synthesis to create something to your taste. Fantastically versatile, the YC is perfect for the classic organ enthusiasts and modern tone creators alike.
Looks Like a Toy, Behaves like a beast
At first look, you may be fooled into thinking that the reface pianos are somewhat of a toy. With their super compact design mini keys and in built speakers, it does seem reminiscent of a few mini-starter-keyboard instruments that i grew up with in looks.
HOWEVER, in terms of both sound quality,playability and features, the reface series completely blows those keyboards out off the water!
Thanks to its internal circuitry the sound is warm and rich and has all the artifacts and intricacies of the original. Featuring speaker modelling from the Classic Leslie design, you can plug the YC into anything and it will sound great. If you wanted, you could plug the reface into a larger rig and just use it as a compact top quality sound module for a larger keyboard.
Mini Keys, Mighty Control
With mini-keys becoming more prominent in a range of keyboards these days, many players have been disappointed by their lack of playability and responsiveness compared to a proper keyboard action. having been used to the proper hammer action of a real piano myself, I have in the past sometimes wondered whether mini-keys is that one step too far!
What's great about the reface key bed is that you'll find that the Mini-Keys on the reface are like none that have been before. The keys not only feel better to play, there's a huge amount of expressiveness and sensitivity that is sometimes lost in other mini key setups. In a Reface promotional video a reviewer remarked “It seems like a piano player actually made the keys”!
There is obviously a reason why Yamaha decided to use mini-keys on the reface series, and as soon as you start taking that keyboard out and about, you really start to see the benefits of its compact nature. Whether your on your (usually dull) train ride to work with some headphones on or your sitting in a park with your mates on a sunny day, you can make awesome music and be creative.
The reface slogan is "Your Sound. Any Place, Any Time". This really sums up why you should get a reface. It's a no-brainer to easily perch somewhere in your performing rig to add an extra layer, or one of your main creative outlets when you're out and about. reface is more than just a toy, it offers a powerful collection of instruments that you can take wherever, whenever!
5 Rich Organ Sounds
Plugged into that great modelled Leslie speaker, the YC offers 5 different classic organ models to choose from. They are:
You also get a few other effect controls to fully shape your sound including:
- Percussive Click