Soundmondo Social sound sharing for Yamaha Reface users
Soundmondo was launched alongside the awesome Reface range of pocket-sized keyboard instruments from Yamaha.
The Reface range is Yamaha’s foray into the laptop-wielding-music-producer-on-the-move generation where you can create and/or make music anytime, anywhere. Their portability and the fact that they are battery operated, but still deliver authentic vintage Yamaha sounds, make them a genuine proposition for musicians and producers. Plus it’s Yamaha so that’s already a good enough reason to check them out.
In keeping with the target market the Reface is aimed at, Soundmondo is a website that offers owners of these instruments a chance to share the sounds they create with other users.
Notably Soundmondo is also one of the first sites to implement WebMIDI a new API (pioneered by Google Chrome) that connects MIDI devices to the Internet allowing musical instruments to play online synthesizers, as well as save or share sounds with Soundmondo.
Soundmondo works on Mac, PC and Android devices.
The Yamaha Reface models are the first instruments to work with Soundmondo.
“Soundmondo is social sound-sharing for synthesizers,” said 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. It’s like having your own personal synth programmer on call 24/7.”
How Soundmondo works
If you own a Reface instrument simply connect it, set up an account and hit the CREATE key and name your sound, input description and tags. You can even add YouTube video or Soundcloud audio if you want to impress people with your sound.
The portal is designed as both a discovery and sharing tool. As much as users want to upload their sounds and share the good work, it’s also an amazing platform to discover 1000’s of sounds created by other users. The better the sounds are tagged the more you can refine your search and, of course, the better you tag your sounds the easier they will be discovered too.
Hitting the SYNC button will send a newly discovered sound to your Reface device and the also show you which controls to use to recreate the sound.
The Reface DX is based on the iconic FM synth, the DX7 and there’s an added bonus for users of this device, since it really is all about tweakablity; there’s a full editor showing all parameters with full navigation and editing using a computer keyboard.
With built-in speakers, battery power, an excellent keyboard interface and incredibly authentic sounds these Reface instruments are the ideal modern day producer companion.
Soundmondo just makes the whole package even better.
Check out Soundmondo here