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☒ Yamaha VSS-30 Portasound Cult Lo-Fi sampler (1987)

We did samples some famous drum machine into the VSS30 from our stash for any daws
🎧Format:24 bits/ 44 kHz.

🎁 FREE edition: tr808 and TR909 (20 Pcm)

βœͺ Deluxe edition  
- add new kits: linn, tr707, tr606, xbase 09, drumulator,  mfb522 and miami 
- 25 lofi noisy textures
- 112 pcm  for 33 mb

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Yamaha VSS30 SOUND LIST:

606
707
808
909
drumulator
Linn
mfb522
miami
x09
Texture sounds



β– Toy keyboard sampler at 8 bits with interetsing edit functions. Like Casio SK-1, the VSS samplers are considered cult lo-fidelity addicted and toy-synth geeks.
Portable 32 minikeys with a 8 cm speaker, the main panel features 42 buttons, a slider for volume and a built-in condenser (cheap) microphone.

β–  VSS system handles sampling process + a bunch of presets on the ROM wavetable.
Monophonic SAMPLING process is based on a YM2416 IC (common on all VSS series) + DRAM at 8 bits resolution.

β– The VSS30 is able to record with 2 different modes and quality:
- 16 kHz for a maximum of 1,8 seconds of sampling
- 9 kHz for a maixmum of 3,5 seconds of sampling  

β– Sample edit The sampled sound can be edited with 5 basic functions:
- loop mode
- reverse sample
- uturn: alternates forward + backward
- overwrite: sound on sound, bu it quickly saturate
- voice editor (see "VOICE EDITOR" below)

 β–  FX section VOICE EDITOR 4 internal sound effects, quite surprising for such a "toy":
- ECHO is a kind of delay, not really a DSP effect but a kind of envelope trick with 15 preset settings.
- FUZZ adds a simple fuzzed effect No control on fuzz.
- MODULATION is a simple modualtion LFO on pitch - 8 presets fixed rates
- AMPLITUDE MODULATION is another LFO but on EG vibrato
(note: AM modulation shares same LFO rate as FM frequency modulation)

β–  WAVETABLE 11 internal preset sounds with no possible edit, however they can be arpeggiated or processed by various amplitude or modulation functions.
PRESET LIST: piano, vibes, strings, clarinet, harpsichord, marimba, jazz organ, galaxy, banjo, crystal and brass.

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

β–  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. 

β–  No midi, but third part Highly Liquid UMR-2 were available.

β– Related Family
- Yamaha VSS-100 It is bigger than vss30 and handles 4 parts. 
- Yamaha VSS-200 49 keys, and 2 seconds of sampling and 9 effects. Special internal resample mode.

β– Company: Yamaha Corp.
Model: VSS-30
Class: Toy sampler
keyboard: 32 mini keys
Dates: 1987
Country: Japan
Weight: 1 Kg
Dimensions: 467 (w) x 180.4 (h) x 57,4 (d) mm
Speaker: 8 cm / 4 Ohm
Amplifier: 1,5 W RMS

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

β– 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

β– PSU: 9V DC 9V with center negative (original model is PA-1 or PA-1B) or use 5X 1,5V batteries.

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