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Yamaha reface CP 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 i...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-03-2018

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Miniature keyboard with satisfying touch and sound.

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 is hearkens back to are the legendary Yamaha Combo Organ, DX7 and CS5 keyboards. This is the reface CP, which has as one of its chief orientations the thrilling electrified string pianos from the CP80.

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 CP puts a van full of iconic '70s stage keyboards and vintage effects into a portable retro-styled package without sacrificing sound, playability or polyphony. Choose Tine, Reed, Clavi, Toy or classic Yamaha CP80 electric grand piano, then, enhance your sound using the built-in drive, modulation, delay and reverb effects.

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. 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 can use WebMIDI to songs to 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
Key Type: Synth-type
Sounds
Number of voices: 6 vintage keyboard 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 (sustain)
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: Nine knobs
Effects
Reverb: Yes
Chorus: Yes
Delay: Yes

Order today and take the power of a CP80 and more with you wherever you go.

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Yamahareface CP Mobile Mini Keyboard
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

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  • Accompaniment (3)
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5.0

Great little recording tool

By Mac

from Skagit, WA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Recording

    Comments about Yamaha reface CP Mobile Mini Keyboard:

    Full disclosure, I'm not a keyboard player. I play strings and thought it'd be nice to have a little something to add some color to home recordings. That being said, the small footprint is a plus for me but I can see how a real keyboard player be reluctant to play this little guy in a live setting. With some background in music theory it's not difficult to outline simple 1-3-5 triads and a bass note that could really fatten up a recording. The midi out adds to that home recording functionality
    The sounds are great, easy to dial in what you want quickly with the onboard effects. Love the rhodes 70's jazz kind of sounds, and the wurly/phaser combo for lush Steely timbre.
    It's surprizingly dynamic, not only does it sound louder with a harder attack on the keys, but the sound produced changes. I imagine much like it would on the real modles it's emulating.
    For my needs it's a great fit!

     
    4.0

    Not Sure How Useful, But Great Fun

    By Guitar

    from Calabasas, Ca

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    Comments about Yamaha reface CP Mobile Mini Keyboard:

    This is an odd mash-up of good and not so good.

    Out of the box, it's essentially useless. The on-board speakers don't generate enough SPL to deliver the quality of the sound samples, which - when attached to headphones or an outboard sound system - turn out to be very good. So, at a minimum, headphones must be added. This preserves portability and makes sense of the other quirky piece here, a mini keyboard that's useable but not very rewarding to play. In this configuration, the CP is fun. A built-in recorder of some kind would make it useful for capturing ideas on the fly, but alas....no dice. So fun, but not terribly useful.

    Attached to a half decent FRFR, the sound quality gets pretty impressive. However, you lose portability and still have the keyboard limitations. So.....add a midi controller (no USB here, you need the multi-pin) and use the CP as a sound module. From scratch, this may seem silly to build such a configuration, but if you already use a controller, it's a straightforward swap out. The advantage turns out to be the CP's hardware interface. If (like me) you prefer this to a VSTi software GUI, you're in business.

    Bottom line is: Great digital sounds on-board, and great hardware control over those sounds, but nothing more than that included. I'm happy with mine, but satisfaction with the CP is definitely going to depend on the user and his/her expectations. If you understand what it can't do, you're likely to dig it.

     
    5.0

    This is a great piece of gear.

    By Nils

    from NYC

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Yamaha reface CP Mobile Mini Keyboard:

      Don't normally review gear, but this is worth a few words.

      I love this thing. It sounds truly wonderful. It's easy to operate, and it's layout encourages tweaking sounds on the fly - and pretty much everything (toy piano notwithstanding) sounds great. Heartily recommended.

      I even figured out how to get a traditional piano sound out of it, if you turn it on with the instrument selector in between two of the sounds, it will boot up with a regular piano sound.

       
      5.0

      Nice very nice

      By Gypsin

      from Wisconsin

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Travel

        Comments about Yamaha reface CP Mobile Mini Keyboard:

        Nice keyboard has many options that I haven't even touched yet. Very lightweight and easy to use. Nice sound. Can't beat the price.

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