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Yamaha PortaSound VSS-200

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    Description
    The VSS-200 is one of three sampling keyboards in the PortaSound series, along with the VSS-30 and the VSS-100. It uses FM Synthesis to generate sounds and contained 100 presets. It can also record short samples using the built-in microphone, or via a line in on the rear of the unit. It is also possible to sample the internal sounds in order to process them with the DSP effects. Samples can be assigned to the melody (default setting), bass, and chord sections, allowing them to be used as part of the auto accompaniment modes. The VSS-200 has become a popular keyboard for circuit bending in recent years.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Sampling
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Sine
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Oscillator
    Oscillator Notes:
    + FM preset sounds
    + Sample sounds
    + Re-sampling of FM sounds
    Sampling: 8 bit
    Sampling Notes:
    + 1.9 seconds sample time
    + 16 kHz sample rate
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 6
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Patches ROM: 100
    Arpeggiator
    + Single Finger A.B.C., Auto Bass, Auto Bass Chord
    Effects
    + Loop, U-Turn, Reverse, Echo, Fuzz, FM, AM, Level, Pitch
    Percussion
    + 10 rhythm patterns: 8 Beat, 16 Beat, Rock-A-Ballad, Samba, Bossa Nova, Tango, Swing, Disco, Waltz, March[
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 49 keys, Mini-Keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Sliders, Arpeggiator
    Display Type: LED
    Weight: 5.94 lbs / 2.7 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Inputs: 1 x RCA
    DAC Bits: 8
    DAC Frequency Rate: 16 kHz
    Power: 9v DC / 6 x C batteries
    Production
    Year Released: 1988
    Manuals & Documents
    Pricing
    Used Price: $75 - $175 - convert
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    References & Sources
    Related Synthesizers
    VSS-30 (1987)
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