Keep in mind I am not a keyboard players left butt cheek.
Its well laid out and functions great. It also has inbuilt speakers (defeatable) and can be battery powered. I have only run it on mains.
The organ sound is really really good. The Hammond I mean.
The others I am not sure I will ever use.
Draw bars are notched, which is a bonus over continuous ones on my other keyboard controller.
The rotary speed switch is good and it has a notched octave slider on the face which is cool as well.
The reverb sounds nice, and the distortion is .. well distortion.
Now you guys know the sort of music I do, and I am comparing this to LOGICs Vintage organ. I used to own Native instruments B4 and B4II.... no one has ever done better than the original NI B4 plug in...it was great.
The Reface YC cost me 550 AUD (370ish USD I guess) so price of an expensive plug in.
I have it connected to LOGIC Via USB. and using the External Instrument plug in within logic.. I can record midi from the YC, monitor its sound, and then play back and add things like CC info. Modulation CC1 controls the Rotary Speed, with the following values. 0 = OFF, 42 +STOP, 85= SLOW, and 127 = FAST.
that will save you working it out.
it can also turn on and off MIDI CONTROL and LOCAL CONTROL.. consult the manual.. it consists of powering on the YC with certain keys held down... eg turn on with C2 Held down disables the internal speakers.
The internal speakers sound fine, and would be fun to jam with an acoustic guitar next to you.
It has an external foot switch which I think is for a volume pedal....
Will I keep it?
It really does the hammond thing very very well. Its compact enough to sit between my iMac and keyboard infront of me.
I think it sounds better at what it does than VINTAGE ORGAN in logic..but that's really context dependent.
I just want a good, easy to use organ sound, that I can play basic stuff on, and have the ability to overdub the rotary speed,as I really can't manage anything fancy as a player.
I have 30 days to return it so I will keep using it and see how it goes.
Today, I played it in a few songs... and I like the sound.
I wonder if the CP version is as good....
Honestly though..if say their new YC61 keyboard they have out, has these sounds in it...and the sounds of the CP (Assuming its to electric pianos what this is to B3) as well, and the other sounds are good.... it might be better plonking down my hard earned for that... as the YC and CP would add up to 1100 AUD, I think the YC is about 3 grand.
I mean from what you said about the organ sounds and the videos, I’m pretty sure I’ll like it...and like others have said, I love that it’s one less hog I’d have to worry about freezing and all that jazz. Plus - having to actually perform and print something is always quicker to me than futzing with all the midi rabbit hole. But yeah - always the return policy.
well after 3-4 days of messing with it...I am going to return it.
I love the sound. Don't get me wrong, it plays and sounds absolutely killer... if I were a better player, it would be a no brainer...and if you are a good keys player and are looking for something like this I highly recommend it.
Why am I returning it.
Its midi implementation.
It can't do what I need it to do. I have spent tens of hours trying to work out a way to get it to work how I need it.
I will for the moment, continue with my present controller and logics Vintage organ. Which is easy to implement the way I wish to work.
So, there you go
See my latest video clips in a you tube playlist....