Yamaha Reface CP Review – Great Vintage Key Sounds In A Tiny Package

Yamaha Reface CP

Yamaha Reface CP

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show: Yamaha introduced its new Reface Mobile Mini Keyboards line.

The Reface keyboard line was inspired by the form factor of the Yamaha CS-01, a mini synth that featured a built-in speaker. The new keyboards use a similar form factor, but have sound engines designed to recall four different Yamaha keyboard lines.

The Yamaha Reface CP is the combo piano in the Reface line. Of the four, it’s the least ‘synthy’, but also one of the most rewarding to play.

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EGP – ‘The Most Comprehensive Electric Grand Piano Ever Produced’

UVI has released EGP, a new virtual instrument that the describe as ‘the most comprehensive electric grand piano instrument ever produced’.

EGP is inspired by Yamaha’s stage electric grand piano series: Yamaha CP-60, CP-70 and CP-80,


  • Discrete and fully mixable electric, L/R and M/S signals
  • M/S signal switchable to dual mono
  • 10 prepared piano styles, create custom key splits in UVI Workstation
  • Independent effect chains for acoustic and electric signals
  • Independent ADSR amplitude control for acoustic and electric signals
  • Resonance polyphony and volume control
  • Pedal and Release volume control
  • Extended Range switch provides a full 88-note range
  • Wheel Strum
  • 100+ preset library
  • Advanced audio engine
  • Licensing supports 3 concurrent authorizations

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Yamaha Debuts CP4 Stage Piano

Yamaha_CP4Yamaha recently introduced the CP4 Stage 88-key stage piano, (pictured at right), which the company says represents “the pinnacle of what a live keyboard can be.”

The CP4 features a selection of 45 voices from Yamaha’s “premium, hand-crafted” grand pianos, including the CFX, CFIIIS and S6, along with sounds of 47 vintage electric pianos with Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, and a wide variety of 321 sounds based on the flagship MOTIF synthesizer.

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Casio Privia PX5S First Look

Here’s a quick look at the new Casio Privia PX5S from the 2013 NAMM Show.

On first look, the new keyboard could be mistaken for one of Casio’s standard electric pianos. But, as this video demonstrates, it much deeper, offering synthesis features, insert effects, four-zone MIDI controller capabilities, a hammer action keyboard, four arpeggiators, 256 voice polyphony and more.

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New Wurlitzer Piano Virtual Instrument, Wurlie

Acoustic Samples has introduced Wurlie, a new virtual instrument, based on the Wurlitzer 206A piano.

Here’s what they have to say about Wurlie:

Wurlie is a 64 keys Wurlitzer 206A piano, and as the Wurlitzer company named it, a “Student Electronic Piano”, and it has a build in amp and cabinet.

The 206A is a student model, and is very similar to a 200A except for its beige color and build in amp/speaker (it also did not come with a tremolo).  We recorded it both from the direct output using a state of the art DI (Universal Audio Solo 610) and also using a pair of microphones right above the keys next to where the head of a player would be.

We also included our common features like the multiple releases and also included our sympathetic resonance system (both pedal up and down).

You also have access to various commonly used effects and a full control over the midi parameters to make it fit to your keyboards response.

Here’s a preview of Wurlie in action:

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Hollow Sun Intros Tubelitzer Electric Piano Library For Kontakt

Hollow Sun has introduced Tubelitzer, a new Native Instruments Kontakt virtual instrument based on the valve/tube-based Wurlitzer 120 electric piano.

Here’s what they have to say about Tubelitzer:

The mechanical principles with Wurlitzer electric pianos are pretty much the same between models (and very similar to Rhodes pianos – a hammer striking a tuned ‘tine’ … and it is said that Harold Rhodes actually advised Wurlitzer’s deisgner/engineer, Ben Meissner, how to achieve stability with the tines) but the difference between the early models and the EP200A we are more familiar with is that up until the early 60s, the internal circuitry was tube/valve-based giving a mellower, warmer sound and doesn’t ‘bark’ as aggressively as the later models.

The 120 we have here is such a model. Each note has been painstakingly sampled chromatically by Hollow Sun friend, Christohopher Reis, who owns the orginal 120, with up to 27 velocity layers per note and release samples. A mammoth task on which Christopher has acquitted himself more than admirably. All samples are full length with no loops so you hear the actual sound of the original instrument ‘breathing’, warts, blemishes, grunts and all!

You can get details and an audio demo of Tubelitzer at the Hollow Sun site.

Electric Piano Synthesizer Adds CoreMIDI Support

Electric Piano Synthesizer

A few weeks ago, developer Christian Bacaj introduced Electric Piano Synthesizer – a piano modeling synth for the iPad.

While it had an impressive feature list, MIDI was missing in action. We and a lot of readers wondered “Where’s the MIDI?”

Here’s the MIDI – Bacaj has announced Electric Piano Synthesizer 1.1:

Update v1.1 should be available this weekend (submitted to Apple last friday). CoreMIDI via CameraConnectionKit or Network is supported now.

New Oscilloscope design and Sound Engine improvements are also included. Also the possibility to tune or finetune the EPS called “A4 Tuning”. I´ve also added linear knob movement (vertical and horizontal).

EPS 1.1 is now available in the App Store.

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