Equipment Review

Retro Modern Yahama Keyboards

The reface line of compact keyboards have been designed to be simple enough for beginners to tinker with, yet boasting a feature set to satisfy the needs of experienced musicians. They each have 37 professional-grade mini keys and sport satisfying physical knobs, rectangular buttons or sliders to change the sound.

The mini keyboards can run on six AA-sized batteries for about 5 hours of portable play or from a wall outlet for extended performance. Yamaha promises users a thick, powerful sound, though that’s probably going to be via cabled up external speakers rather than the built-in 2 W sound throwers (though they are supported by bass porting for extra low end thunder), and there’s a headphone jack for “don’t disturb the neighbors” practice.


Each series member features USB “to host” functionality, which caters for MIDI connectivity to computers and smart devices. Smartphones, tablets and music players can also be hooked up to the 3.5 mm audio input jack to allow for jamming and improv.

The reface DX synth is inspired by 1983’s DX7, which can be heard on chart-toppers like Africa by Toto and Axel F’s Beverly Hills Cop theme. Naturally, this model includes 80s tones in its sonic arsenal, but also features modern sounds, and a multitouch control interface for tone customization via the unit’s frequency modulation synthesis engine.

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Retro Modern Yahama Keyboards
Riding on the crest of a video teaser wave, Yamaha has revealed its new reface series mini keyboards.