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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:
- 16 kHz (max.1,8 sec)
- 9 kHz (max.3,5 sec).
The sampled sound can be edited with 5 basic functions:

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





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WAVETABLE11 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.

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
 
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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




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

LEFT - VSS30 internal,

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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.

Yamaha VSS-30 free sample

VSS SAMPLEKIT - FREE gift from
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Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines
recorded with a VSS30.

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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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