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Yamaha VSS-30

 

 

yamaha vss30

info Country: Japan
Weight: 1 Kg
Dimensions: 467 (w) x 180.4 (h) x 57,4 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 100€
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Yamaha VSS-30 Portasound
Digital Voice Sampler (1987)

 

Toy keyboard sampler at 8 bits with interesing edit functions.

Like Casio SK-1 the VSS samplers are considered cult amongst lo-fidelity addicted and toysynth geeks.

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info TOY KEYBOARD portable 32 minikeys with a 8 cm speaker.
The main panel features 42 buttons, a slider for volume and finally a built-in condenser (cheap) microphone.

Rear pannel terminal connectors:
- headphones signal out
- RCA mono sample input


ac Power supply
is DC 9V with center negative (original model is PA-1 or PA-1B) or use 5X 1,5V batteries.

 

 

edit SOUND VSS system handles sampling process + a bunch of presets on the wavetable.
VSS SAMPLING process is monophinic and based on a YM2416 IC (common on all VSS series) + DRAM at 8 bits resolution with 2 fixed rates:

sampling

- 16 kHz for a maximum of 1,8 seconds of sampling

- 9 kHz for a maximum of 3,5 seconds of sampling





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SOUND EDIT The sampled sound can be edited with 5 basic functions:

sampling - loop mode
- reverse sample
- uturn: alternates forward + backward
- overwrite: sound on sound, bu it quickly saturate
- voice editor (see "VOICE EDITOR"




edit
WAVETABLE 11 internal preset sounds with no possible edit, however they can be arpeggiated or processed by various amplitude or modulation functions.

wavetable

PRESET LIST: piano, vibes, strings, clarinet, harpsichord, marimba, jazz organ, galaxy, banjo, crystal and brass.

demo HEAR Internal sounds

 



editEDIT INTERFACE quite simple: all under your (tiny) fingertips.

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interface



 


edit VOICE EDITOR
4 internal effects. quite surprising for such a "toy":)

echo ECHO is a kind of delay, not really a DSP effect but a kind of envelope trick with 15 preset settings.  
fuzz FUZZ adds a simple fuzzed effect
No control on fuzz.
demo
LFO FREQUENCY MODULATION is a simple modualtion LFO on pitch - 8 presets fixed rates demo
AM AMPLITUDE MODULATION is another LFO but on EG vibrato
AM modulation shares same LFO rate as FM frequency modulation
 




edit ENVELOPE 1 EG 4 segments ADSR control for sample amplitude: just choose the segment and change to one of the 8 stepped values tapping the increase/decrease buttons.

adsr EG  





edit SEQUENCER
the very simple MUSIC PROGRAMMER offers a maximum of 500 notes recorded in real-time (also chords) at 1/48 resolution. No other special functions.

sequencer adsr EG






edit MODIFICATION
considered as cult machine with obvious toy limitations, but some damn freaks created a Midi interface not to mention circuit bendings

vss30 circuit bending

editVSS30 internal, click to magnify



edit RELATED MODELS:

yamaha vss100 Vss-100 is bigger than vss30 and handles 4 parts. 1 single channel for sampling but no more interesting effects.

Yamaha vss200

Vss-200 - biggest of the series 49 keys, and 2 seconds of sampling and 9 effects. Special internal resample mode.

 

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are no official PLUGIN versions of VSS30 sampler.

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Roland TR-808 and TR-909
recorded withVSS30.


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edit GALLERY:

yamha vss30 hires

 

 

Company: Yamaha Corp.
Model: VSS-30
Class: Toy sampler
keyboard: 32 mini keys
Dates: 1987
Speaker: 8 cm / 4 Ohm
Amplifier: 1,5 W RMS
Synthesis: sampler
Resolution: 8 bits
Polyphony: 4 notes
Presets: 11 sounds
Memory: 3,5 s sampling
Frequency: 16 / 9 kHz
Sequencer: 500 notes
Resolution: 1/48
LFO: 1 modulator
Envelope: 1 EG
Main IC: YM2416
Filter: none
PSU: 9V DC

 

demoDEMO:

demo factory (ugly) demo
demo sample + ADSR
demo sample + freq mod
demo sample + amp mod
demo sampled Roland SH101 bass (manual + seq)
demo sampled 808
demo sampled 909


 

 

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inside the vss speaker ICs
awardSPECIAL AWARDS:
solid
solid
TOY CULT ACHIEVEMENT LO FI KING

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REVIEW " Just sample anything on the fly and mangle it! Totally raw sample with many audio artefacts"

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-lofi -pricey
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-limited
-portable -polyphony


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