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Yamaha reface CS Compact Synthesizer



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Product Description

The Yamaha reface Series offers the classic sounds of the 70's and 80's in 4 super compact and individual instruments.

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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 CS

The reface CS is based on the Yamaha CS Analogue synthesizers from the late 70's and early 80's that featured the AM1X Resonance Filters. It has a tremendous range of versatility, capable of being both mono and polyphonic, and it's suited and booted with all of the great synth controls you need to create some breath-taking tones from the classics to today's synth tones.

It's a serious beast with monstrously low bass tones and self oscillation down from 100Hz that will make your speakers go wild!

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 artefacts and intricacies of the original. 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 with fully weighted keys.

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 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! 

CS Control

The reface CS comes with a wide range of controls to help you shape your perfect sound. Featuring a comprehensive LFO that will go fast enough to completely destroy the tone, 5 oscillator types with modulation and a unique to Yamaha texture control which behaves differently according to what oscillator you are using. On top of this is the more standard controls of cutoff and resonance and an Amp/Filter envelope generator. 

The reface CS comes equipped with 5 different effects with depth and rate controls that you can choose from to affect your tone. These are: distortion, chorus, flanger, fazer, delay.

Loopers Delight

The reface CS also features a in built looper so that you can play around and get some ideas together and jam. Combined with it's fantastic portability, the reface CS is a powerful music making tool when on stage or on the go.

In the Box 

  • AC Adapter 
  • MIDI Breakout Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty


  • 5 OSC Types 
  • Effects: Distortion, VCM Chorus/Flanger, VCM Phaser, Delay
  • Number of Keys: 37 keys
  • Type of Keys: HQ mini (High-Quality mini)
  • Initial Touch: Yes 
  • Max Polyphony: 8 
  • Engine: AN (Analog Physical Modeling)
  • Headphones: PHONES (6.3 mm, stereo phone jack)
  • MIDI: MIDI (mini-DIN IN/OUT)
  • AUX IN: AUX IN (3.5 mm, mini stereo phone jack)
  • Output: L/MONO, R (6.3 mm, TS phone jack, unbalanced)
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Customer Reviews


20 reviews





Mr Tom Fair13th Nov 2023

The CS is nearly everything I could wish for in a synth...it's simple, got plenty of voices, and is easy to produce great noises with no menu diving. I do think Yamaha would have created the almost perfect synth if they had forsaken the speakers for a sequencer and / or arppegiator. Also the looper isn't the best thought out function...

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Mr LEE MALLEY17th Jun 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer9th May 2023

An amazing bit of kit. Completely manual, massively versatile, great sound quality. No memory or digital interface so I just note down the settings for any sounds I want to "record".

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Alex Corsini26th Apr 2023

Very sturdy product love the portability and the learning on creating sounds.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr joe allen29th Mar 2023

Just ******* awesome in every way

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr B Woodiwiss12th Oct 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer4th Jul 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mrs Suzannah Coe18th Aug 2021

Bought as gift for my son, he says he is very happy with it

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr John Bradley27th May 2021

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Oli Gittings12th May 2021

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

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