Yamaha Reface CS Review – A Powerful, Menu-Free Minisynth

Yamaha Reface CS

Yamaha Reface CS

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 CS is the virtual analog synth in the line. The CS has an easy-to-understand knob-filled interface, but packs a synth engine that is capable of a surprisingly wide range of sounds.

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Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Offers More Synth For Less Money


At the 2015 NAMM Show, Studiologic introduced Sledge 2.0 – an updated version of its vintage-inspired digital keyboard that offers a lot more synth for less money.

With Sledge 2.0, Studiologic and Waldorf Labs (working as a team) have made it more flexible as a pure synthesizer, added Dual mode for Split/Layer functions, introduced support for user samples, expanded the instrument’s polyphony from 8 notes to 24 and improved its effects engine.

Meanwhile, they’ve dropped the street price by about $600. Here are the details:  Continue reading

Vast Dynamics Intros ‘Brutal’ Vaporizer Synth For Mac & Windows

vast-vaporizerVast Dynamics has introduced Vaporizer – a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows.

Vaporizer is a subtractive software synthesizer that they say offers a ‘fat virtual analog sound with low system CPU resource usage.’

A main focus of the synth is supersaw-like sounds with various unison and detune models. According to the company, ‘Vaporizer does not want to be smooth and gentle. It has sharp edges and can also be brutal.’ Continue reading