Yamaha Debuts Soundmondo, A ‘Social Sound-Sharing’ Site For Synths

yamaha-soundmondoYamaha has launched Soundmondo – a new website for Yamaha keyboard owners to share and find synth patches.

Initially, Soundmondo supports the recently introduced Yamaha Reface line of mini keyboards.

‘Soundmondo is social sound-sharing for synthesizers,’ says Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. ‘Back in the day, synthesizers had patch sheets where sound re-creation was a manual process of duplicating settings from a printed diagram. Soundmondo instantly sends the sound to your instrument and visually shows you how to re-create it.’ Continue reading

The 10 Most Interesting Synth Introductions Of 2015

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2015 has been an amazing year for synth introductions – with major new synth lines from Roland, Yamaha and Korg; new modular synths, both big and small, from Moog and others; a new Prophet from Dave Smith Instruments; innovative new synths from smaller companies and hundreds of new synth modules.

Here are the 10 most interesting synth introductions of 2015, ranked according to what new synths the most Synthtopia readers chose to read about this year.

Check out the list – and then let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015!

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Yamaha Reface Keyboard Review Overview

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, one of the most surprising introductions was the new Yamaha Reface line of mini keyboards.

While some were hoping for a new monster synth, what we got instead was four new mini keyboards – and mini keyboards that are designed with very different goals than minisynths like the Korg microKorg or Novation MiniNova. Continue reading

Yamaha Reface YC Review – The Most Compact Combo Organ We’ve Seen

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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 YC is the combo organ in the Reface line. Like the other Reface keyboards, it differs from most mini keyboards in focusing on doing one thing well – in this case, vintage organ emulation – vs being a jack-of-all-trades keyboard.

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