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Yamaha REFACE DX Portable FM Synthesizer
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- 4-operator FM Sound Engine offers dynamic and expressive additive synthesis
- 32 Voice memory locations allow storing and recalling favorite Voices
- Integrated phrase Looper: capture song ideas or just jam!
- HQ mini keyboard (37-keys) allows fast, natural performance with premium feel and response
- Built-in speaker system lets you play any place, any time.Type of Keys-Mini synth keys with initial touch.
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Create your sound any place, anytime.
For keyboardists, music creators and sound designers.
Reface Mobile Mini Keyboards are re-imagined interfaces of classic Yamaha keyboards.
Legendary Sound, Modern Size
Intuitively control big sound in a small size with four unique synths based on legendary Yamaha keyboards.
Reface To Go
Find inspiration any place, any time with built-in speakers and battery power.
Social sound sharing: inspire and be inspired. Discover, connect and share reface voices.
Reface Mobile Mini Keyboards are reimagined interfaces of classic Yamaha keyboards
Analog Modelling Synth:
Simple control, complex sound, endless possibilities.
From nostalgia to trendsetter with modern control.
Retro control, classic sound and incredible response.
A ton of vintage sound and control that weighs less than a small dog!
4-operator FM Sound Engine offers dynamic and expressive additive synthesis. Two programmable effects blocks with seven effect types per block. Multi-touch control Surface for direct access to parameters.
32 Voice memory locations allow storing & recalling favorites
The keyboard is based on the FS action found on the flagship Motif XF, HQ (High Quality) Mini Keys provide premium feel and response for fast, accurate and natural playing.
Mobility & Connectivity
2W 3-centimeter stereo speaker system lets you play any place, any time. Specially designed bass reflex port technology enhances bass response for full, rich sound.
Dual 1/4-inch unbalanced line outputs provide connection to mixers, audio interfaces, DI boxes; A 3.5-millimeter aux line input lets you connect and hear mobile devices, tablets and more through the instrument.
- Continuously variable feedback.
- VCM Touch Wah, VCM Flanger, VCM Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Distortion.
- Integrated Phrase Looper: capture song ideas or just jam.
- Continuous controller pedal input for volume control.
- Uses six 'AA' batteries with five hours of life.
- Connect USB to your computer or iOS device.
Reface DX goes retro 80s to cutting edge modern at the flick of a switch…literally! Multi-touch controls puts powerful FM synthesis at your fingertips. Quickly edit, store and recall 32 of your favorite Voices with the onboard memory. Add to your sound using the two onboard multi-effects.
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of this beautiful synth i realised I was wrong. This thing is amazing Yamaha has outdone itself with this synth and I am certain that if the dx7 was released with an interface like this all those years ago FM synthesis wouldn't be so uncommon. If your curious about FM do not hesitate get it.
I can sit down with this thing and build a patch as simply as a subtractive synth. The reverb and other effects are also top notch. The keys may be mini keys but the action feels far from cheap. There is a whole other world of sonic possibilities behind the FM door.
Heck, even some of the preset tones sound awesome to me (especially the wobble bass patch)! I agree with a review I watched on Youtube though, the presets don't really do justice to this synth's capabilities. It did take a bit of getting used to for me; Not only do I have little experience in FM synthesis, but this synth's workflow is very unique.
There's no knobs to turn here, all parameters are used via button presses and/or the touch sensitive encoders. While you do have to do a bit of menu surfing for some parameters, it's a simple as one to three button presses. In comparison to the Novation Super Nova and MicroKorg I used to own, this unit is far more true to the hands on approach. I'm still getting used to the touch sensitive encoders, but I'm certainly not unhappy about them.
All it took was some reading and a couple of Youtube videos (I watched the videos for ideas and inspiration), and I started making some very unique tones, tones that I could never hope to make on a subtractive synth. I'm currently experimenting with running this in tandem with my Novation Circuit. This synth automatically switches to a External MIDI Clock setting when you connect a MIDI cable to it. Some gripe about this, but it's what I want from it, so I can't complain here. The looper is simple, yet effective, and it's quantization function works. Even with my terrible timing, I was able to sync some notes on this synth to drum patterns on the Circuit.
So I'm really enjoying this synthesizer, and am waiting for the Reface YC organ I ordered to come in, I may even splurge later on for the Reface CS. I just really hope these units prove to be reliable. My previous two musical instrument purchases have both become defective within a week of receiving them. I'll be extremely sad and disappointed if this synth becomes a third to that list.
There are no knobs, only sliders, buttons, and the pitch mod, which would be a welcome replacement for the 4 touch sensitive inputs, other than that, the build quality is excellent. I thought the plastic case it had was black, but it turns out that it's actually a deep maroonish brown color, so it depends of you're into that or not. A notable detail is that under the keys(which are awesome and pressure sensitive) is a textured metal frame for integrity which is really nice. The UI is intuitive for what it is and the backlit screen is easy to read. I've had no problems with recording and using a sustain pedal is decent. What's also neat is that it has a Audio Interface Usb port to use as a functional midi controller. All buttons and inputs function as far as I'm concerned.
Overall, a nice affordable compact synth that's very portable. Great Job, Yamaha.
There are obviously countless iconic records which feature the sounds of Yamaha's FM synths, but Beverly Glenn- Copeland's "Keyboard Fantasies" has to be one of favorites.
The Reface DX has some nice presets out of the box but I'd recommend checking out Yamaha's SoundMondo website for more interesting sounds if you're not already familiar with the ins and outs of FM synthesis. Find a preset you like, and easily sync it to your device, then start tweaking the parameters to make it your own. The DX is very capable of creating lovely, subtly evolving pads.
I've added this to my setup which includes an Elektron Digitakt, Korg Minilogue, and Roland TR8. All of which can be synced nicely via midi. However, as the DX DOES NOT have midi thru, it will need to be the last device in your midi chain (otherwise, you'll need a Quadra Thru).
The mini keys feel incredible, and are nicer than the Korg Minilogue's. However, if mini keys aren't your thing, this chap can easily be controlled via an external midi keyboard.
it can run off batteries and has built-in speakers, there's no excuses.
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but I was upset by the damaged box and dusty & Dirty / lightly scratched product I received. this was possibly returned or a store demo?