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Yamaha reface CP Compact Electric Piano


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Ollie Mason

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 CP

The reface CP is based on the long running CP stage piano series first released in 1976 with it's latest and most up to date model still available today! With the reface series however, Yamaha wanted to get the soul of those original 1970's CP instruments and you can see this with the awesome aluminium panel design old style switches and pots for you to tweak all of the different sounds.

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. 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 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. You may not be playing Rachmaninov or channelling your best Rick Wakeman solo, But the reface is more than just a toy!

6 Rich Electric Piano Sounds

  • Rhodes 1
  • Rhodes 2
  • Whirly
  • Clav
  • Toy Piano
  • Yamaha CP Piano

The 6 sounds available on the CP offer many of the bread n' butter, basic go to sounds for a keyboard player. Connected to all these sounds is a drive knob that has a different amp model that matches depending on what patch you have chosen.

There is also a range of 4 classic high quality effects to get that perfect electric piano sound. Featuring;

  • Tremolo- with Depth and rate controls(can be switched to a touch wah)
  • Fazer- with Depth and Speed controls
  • Digital/Analogue Delay (modelled)- with Depth and Time
  • Reverb

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