Yamaha Reface YC

37-key Mobile Mini Keyboard with 5 Vintage Organ Waves, Onboard Effects, Expression Pedal Input, Built-in Stereo Speakers, MIDI Connectivity, Aux Input, and Dual Line Outputs
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Authentic, Portable, Great-sounding Organ Sounds

The Yamaha Reface YC mobile mini keyboard provides you with authentic, great-sounding organ sounds that you can carry under your arm. You get five different organ models ranging from vintage tonewheel to transistor to classic YC combos, as well as a full assortment of drawbars, rotary speaker, percussion, and effects to add depth and expressiveness to your performance. The Reface YC makes it simple: pick an organ model, tweak the drawbars, add reverb and distortion, plug in an optional expression pedal, and enjoy a realistic, totally awesome organ experience. The keyboardists here at Sweetwater have been looking for a portable alternative to their "clonewheel" organs, so we're really excited about the Yamaha Reface YC mobile mini keyboard!

Yamaha Reface YC Mobile Mini Keyboard Features at a Glance:
  • Combo Organ Sound Engine with 5 vintage organ models
  • Onboard distortion and reverb for adding depth to your sound
  • 128-note polyphony ensures a dropout-free performance
  • Drawbars, percussion, vibrato, and rotary speaker control for a realistic organ experience
  • HQ mini keyboard allows fast, natural performance with premium feel and response
  • Expression pedal input for foot volume control
  • Stereo speaker system lets you take your sounds anywhere
  • Specially designed bass reflex port technology enhances bass response for full, rich sound
  • Can operate on 6 AA batteries for up to 5 hours for true portability
  • USB To Host port allows MIDI connectivity to your USB-equipped computer or iOS device
  • An aux line input lets you play along with mobile devices, tablets, and more
  • Dual line outputs provide connection to mixers, audio interfaces, DI boxes, and more
Take classic organ sounds anywhere with the Yamaha Reface YC mobile mini keyboard!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Advanced Wave Memory 2, FM-X
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Mini synth keys with initial touch velocity
Other Controllers Rotary speed control
Polyphony 128-note
Number of Presets 5 Organ types
Effects Types Rotary speaker, Distortion, Reverb
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (left, right), 1 x 1/4" (headphone)
USB 1 x USB Type B
MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI jack with breakout cable
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (optional FC-7 foot controller)
Power Supply 12V DC power supply or 6 x AA batteries (5 hour lifespan)
Height 2.37"
Width 20.87"
Depth 6.87"
Weight 4 lbs. 3 oz.
Manufacturer Part Number REFACE YC

Customer Reviews

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Surprisingly versatile!

I bought this keyboard entirely for the combo organ sounds, but I've found that I really enjoy putting all the drawbars at 0 and utilizing only the percussion. The "A" perc sounds like a cheesy harpsichord, and the "Y" has some nice bass capabilities. It's also nice to draw one or a few bars for simple waveforms. I've been layering the percussion with synthesizers and the reface CP for some nice attack and cool sounds. The distortion and reverb are really nice, too! My one complaint is that the vibrato and chorus are really similar. This keyboard plays well with effects. Especially the EHX mel-9(which I also highly recommend), since you can reduce the sound to a single narrow frequency range with polyphony.


Better than I expected. Gig with this in a classic rock/modern rock band. Impressive sounds and great key action ( for small keys)Lightweight, sturdy and lot's of punch for the money. Couldn't be happier.
Music background: Classic rock.modern rock band and free-lance keyboardist for over 30 years

Great Invention!

First, let me say what a great idea the Reface series is! I had a Yamaha YC-20 organ and CS-60 Synthesizer and I still have my original DX-7, so I love the instruments they decided to reinvent! Anyways - I've played the organ many years and it is my favorite instrument. I have a number of pro-quality organs around, and the Reface YC is the perfect addition! I travel a lot and I get bored during those long flights and waits in airports. Soon after I got the YC I flew to Trinidad and Tobago. On the plane I put the YC on the fold down table, plugged in my headphones and had a ball! I was looking out the window and played for hours! Waiting in the airport it was even more fun - I plugged my mp3 player into the organ and played along with all my favorite tunes - even learning some I'd never played before. When I wasn't playing, the YC fit in the overhead bin easily. I stayed for a couple weeks and always had the YC on a desk so I could play during my free time. It is also great to play from a standard sized midi keyboard. The Hammond sound is very smooth and nice - the Vox and Yamaha combo organs are rich and full - the Farfisa has the bright buzzy sound you'd expect and the Acetone is nice and trashy. The Leslie sim is very nice at slow speed and not bad at fast speed. The vibrato is perfect for the combo organs - unfortunately the chorus isn't the chorus vibrato you'd expect on a Hammond - it's just a very fast vibrato that is kind of unusable. One of the nicest features is the reverb which is great - in the airport through the headphones it sounds like you're playing in a nice hall with all the friendly folks milling around as your audience! If you travel at all (or just have a small place), this could be just what you're looking for!

Must have if you're a real pro keyboardist.

I'm just an every day pro musician who plays at church mainly. If you've ever played a true B3, then this is a must have for any real pro keyboardist. $499.00, so what! I'd pay 3X that price for such an awesome and a high quality instrument. Awesome flexibility, works also with batteries, plug and play with iPad, midi in and out to the outside world, great sounding machine. Simply amazing. Sweetwater as always the finest place to get your musical instruments gears, greatest customer service in the business. Back home in Haiti we say: si'l bon, di'l bon. which means if it's good say so.
Music background: Pro-Pianist

my thoughts

I'm an honest to goodness Reface YC owner (purchased here from Sweetwater!) and I've been playing it for a month or so now. I'm not a great keyboard player, but I've been wanting something that can accurately pull off a Farfisa for years and this little sucker totally nails it. the sounds you get out of it are very very cool. I know a lot of people are knocking the price, but compared to the nord I was saving my pennies for to get the same tonality, I've actually saved a lot of money. The other complaint point among the masses is the mini keys - which are not an issue for me as I just plug it in via the included midi cable into my full size keyboard and the issue is gone. I haven't found much that really bothers me about it - the one thing I find a bit annoying is the way the sound cuts off for an instant when you go from 'stopped' rotary effect to 'off' rotary. perhaps this is intentional, but I find it a bit bothersome. Sweetwater service as always was amazing. fast shipping and great interactions with their sales team.

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Carson McClain

What an amazing little keyboard. As a sound designer, sampler, synth nerd, I normally don't even consider organ-type instruments. Why? I don't play organ! The Reface YC has changed my mind about that. It has five organs that everyone knows and loves: Hammond, Vox, Farfisa, Acetone, and Yamaha. They are punchy, edgy, sometime subtle and lush, moody, and even a bit raucous when you add distortion. I see this in the studios of Hip Hop producers, house producers, gospel organ players, and of course live church musicians who need another versatile solution. This is also perfect for the cover band musician who needs a better-sounding organ.
See also: Organs, Yamaha, Yamaha Electric Organs