Yamaha Reface CS


Unleash your creativity with the Yamaha Reface CS – an ultra-portable, feature-packed synthesizer that lets you create the music of your dreams!



Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer: A Compact Wonder for Synth Lovers

Yamaha has been in the business of producing high-quality synthesizers for decades. They have consistently set the bar when it comes to offering synthesizers with cutting-edge features and innovative design. The Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer is another example of their pursuit of excellence. It is a compact and portable synthesizer that comes with a rich selection of sounds, intuitive controls, and advanced features. This synthesizer is tailored towards musicians, producers, and sound designers who value high-quality sound, inspiring creativity, and portability.

Design and Features

The Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer is designed to deliver a classic analog synthesizer experience, but in a compact and portable package. It weighs only 4.2 lbs and measures 2.1 inches by 22.21 inches by 6.6 inches, making it easy to take on the road, to the studio, or anywhere you need to make music. Despite its small size, it has a sturdy build and feels durable.

The Reface CS comes with a 37-mini key keyboard that is touch-sensitive and can be played with two hands. The keys are slightly smaller than the keys on a standard keyboard but are comfortable to play. It also features a hold button and pitch bend and modulation sliders that can add expressive performances to your playing. The synthesizer can be powered by using the included AC adapter, or it can be powered by batteries, making it truly portable.

The Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer provides ample sound palettes to choose from, including fat and punchy basses, vibrant leads, and atmospheric pads. It also has a noise-generator, which can be used to create various percussive and ambient sounds. To further shape the sound, there are five effects available: distortion, chorus, phaser, delay, and reverb. The effects can be used simultaneously and can be tweaked to your liking.

The heart of the Reface CS Synthesizer lies in its sound engine, which is inspired by the legendary CS-series synthesizers from Yamaha. It uses analog modeling technology to recreate the sounds of some of the most iconic synthesizers in history. The engine is capable of producing fat, warm, and rich analog sounds that are perfect for various genres of music.


Playing the Reface CS Synthesizer is a joy. The mini-keys have a satisfying feel, and the touch-sensitivity is excellent. The synthesizer is very responsive and allows for expressive performances. The interface is well laid out and easy to navigate, with dedicated knobs for various parameters. This makes it easy to create sounds from scratch and to tweak existing sounds to your liking.

The synthesizer also has a sequence looper that allows for recording up to 16 steps. You can use this to create complex patterns, arpeggios, and more. The looper is easy to use and can be synced to external devices using the MIDI out port.


In conclusion, the Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer is an excellent choice for musicians, producers, and sound designers who need a portable, compact, and versatile synthesizer. It is designed to deliver inspiring sound, intuitive controls, and advanced features that make it a joy to play. The synthesizer is suitable for various genres of music, from electronic dance music to ambient and everything in between. It is also easy to use and can be learned quickly, making it perfect for beginners and professionals alike. If you’re in the market for an analog modeling synthesizer that can deliver high-quality sound and portability, then the Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer is an excellent choice.

Yamaha Reface CS properties

Product name Yamaha Reface CS
Brand Yamaha
Type Synthesizers
Keys Yes
Number of Keys 37 pcs
Drawbars/Sliders Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Pre-Programmed Rythms Yes
Pre-Programmed Songs Yes
Pre-Programmed Sounds Yes
Pre-Programmed Drumset Yes
Pre-Programmed Effects Yes
Built-In Tuner Yes
Portable Yes
Speakers Yes
Connections 3.5mm (AUX), Headphone, Keyboard Pedal, MIDI, Microphone, USB, XLR
Colour White
Power Supply Electrical Cable to Wall Socket, USB

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1 review for Yamaha Reface CS

  1. Matthew

    As an architect and a music enthusiast, I was excited to try out the Yamaha Reface CS synthesizer. I anticipated a lot from this compact instrument, given its popularity among musicians. Unfortunately, my experience with this synthesizer has led me to rate it at a mere 2 out of 5 possible.

    One of the pros of the Yamaha Reface CS is its pre-programmed songs. However, this feature is not enough to compensate for the weaknesses of the instrument. The drawbars and sliders are functional, but not impressive, and do not allow the level of control that other synthesizers offer.

    When compared to other known synthesizers, the Yamaha Reface CS falls short in its capabilities. The sound quality and range of features do not match up with what is available from other competitors. The user interface itself is not intuitive and often leaves me confused.

    I purchased this synthesizer in June and was disappointed in the delivery to St. Louis, as it arrived later than expected and was not packaged as well as I would have liked. Overall, my experience with the Yamaha Reface CS has not met my expectations. I would recommend looking elsewhere for a more advanced and versatile synthesizer.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you explain how I can create and save my own patches on the Yamaha Reface CS?

Creating and saving your own patches on the Yamaha Reface CS involves two main steps: editing the current patch and storing it. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you:

1. Editing a patch:
- Press and hold both "Function" buttons (FUNC 1 & FUNC 2) while turning on your Reface CS. This will enter the "Patch Edit Mode".
- Use the data dial to navigate through different parameters such as oscillator type, filter cutoff, envelope settings, LFO rate/depth, etc., depending upon the current mode you're in (Poly Mode or Mono Mode).
- Make any changes you wish by pressing the corresponding button or using the data dial.

2. Saving a patch:
- Once you have finished editing your patch, press and hold both "Function" buttons again until the screen reads "SAVE".
- Press FUNC 1 or FUNC 2 to select one of the 8 user locations (A1 through A8). You can also save it as a System Patch by pressing BOTH FUNC 1 & FUNC 2 at the same time.
- When you see the "SAVE" message on the screen, press and hold both data dials until you see "YES". Release them when you're ready to save your patch.
- Your patch is now saved in the selected location. You can verify this by turning off your Reface CS and turning it back on again. When you enter Patch Edit Mode, you should see your newly created patch listed among the other user patches.

Remember that you need to turn off the instrument completely before saving a patch. If you only switch between banks (e.g., from A to B), unsaved changes will be lost.