Synth Site: Yamaha: VSS-200: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Cain Burrows. a professional user from Niagra falls, USA. writes:
This lil' jem puts many samplers to shame. It has heaps of fun features. I love (or loved...mine went years ago) the bass chord feature which plays back your sample as a rocking bassline. There are all sorts of ways to play back your samples. Looped. reversed, forward/reversed etc. There is a great delay feature and several fm/DX ways of editing. Am/fuzz etc..all with dedicated buttons! There is a good envelope, as well. You can overwrite your samples. It makes stuff like the mirage and early Akais look under-featured and over-complicated. It makes many (all) expensive samplers look boring. It has 100 fm tones and a drum machine as well. All can be linked to the samples. There is a neat lil' built in microphone. It is linked by a lead to the unit. Very cool and fun. Not like the casios and vss30 where you have to take the unit to the sound source. I don't think that there was ever a vss300. I think that the 200 was top dog. Anyone got ideas here? The vss100 was monophonic and you could monitor the recording level. It is very rare. The sampled sounds cannot be edited. You can zone 4 separate samples. Very cool! Yes, 8 seconds of lofi samples in single sample mode.

A great range of kit. Rare, but well worth seeking out on ebay.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-02-2005 at 03:23
Craig a professional user writes:
A great little unit. Very useable and great fun. Lots of ways of mashing up your sounds. THE easiest sampler to use ever. Each of the vss range has something different. The 30 is tiny and has a sequencer, the 100 has a split/zone sampling facility and can sample up to 8.5 seconds and this has stereo and nice editing facilities. There is a 300 (I understand) which is a bit bigger than the 200 and has a few more synth features. This series puts the casios to shame. Like the cs-01, a great idea and product.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-31-2005 at 09:05
parley a part-time user from scotland writes:
a brilliant keyboard!! 15 years later it's the sampling workstaton of the future....ok maybe not..but it's the best fun you'll have with a keyboard and a microphone!!! Noone mentions that it's got a cooaxial input to the sampler that is input/sound triggered which is excellent and with a bit of tweaking and quirky non-manual easter-eggs you can get a lot of sampling, looping, strange fx....and with the use of a muli dubbin 1960s loop to loop tape recorder it's all you need to make shit techno!!! it's also brilliant for mashing up breakbeats or making vocals sound dark and eletronic. it's also got mad bass if you play preset instruments like cello (hahaha - they are so synth they are all like techno bass) and stuff at the low end - they're nothing like cello or strings but more like hard deep techno bass sounds which are great. Amp it upn and use FX boards/pedal/units - don't use the built in speakers - it takes on a whole new sonic lifestyle! for any hints/tips/info on how to use the ASDR which is awkwad but functional or any of the weird sampler functions mail me...i still have the manual/bible!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-08-2003 at 00:57
Zen writes:
Better than a mini Casio sampler. Good features for what it is. samples can be edited in some depth. About the same sample length than an Ensoniq Mirage. 100 cheesy Yamaha fm sounds and a whole bunch of rhythms. What more could you want?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-02-2003 at 11:43
Alex Theakston a part-time user from UK writes:
I laughed when I saw this little thing on SonicState, but its made me remember, especially now (when I've got thousands of quidsworth of kit) - that its general lofiety is a pretty genuis feature. The actual sounds are pure tack incarnate, but its little sampler ability instantly gives it a use for any breakbeater...its always the case with things such as this - wang them through some effects and they become pretty dangerous. Its a shame that mine won't accept power in - it just refuses to live...not sure if its the socket or the unit is actually dead. It accepts batteries so I might buy some to make it work. Its just so kinkily old school, so very, very cheesy, that it CAN be a perfect little addition of a good little setup...especially through some FX. Don't forget, I remember old ColdCuts Matt Black talking about doing basslines by humming into these little "samplers" and playing the keys. Its all good, if you see one - just get it...whatever happens, it'll be a good laugh.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-08-2001 at 15:29
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