☢ Yamaha VSS-30  (1987)

Cult Lo-Fi sampler ! We did samples some famous drum machine into the VSS30 Portasound from our stash for any daws
🎧 Format:24 bits/ 44 kHz.
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Texture sounds

■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.

■ 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.

■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  

■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)

 ■ 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)

■ 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.

■ 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. 

■ 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. 

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

■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.

■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

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

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

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