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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ben Anderson a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I got mine for £40 from ebay with it's box, manual, power adapter and a stand! Bargain I say. I thought it would be a nice little edition to my studio which at the time was software only. A sample loaded in, effects in FLStudio and some mucking about with the onboard effects and I was in a lo-fi dream. Evil gritt oozes from this thing!

The onboard tones are crap, I mean really crap, they're poorly programmed tones ripped from a DX7. It uses miniture keys, not a very good thing when you're used to using full-sized keyboards, be prepared to hit wrong notes on a regular basis. It's a nice addition for any genre that needs some lo-fi love. Acid House and techno seems to fit the bill quite nicely. Sadly the samples are lost when the power is cut.

Despite it's downfalls I still give it a 4 because it's a great little sampler with some wild and unque effects. It's just fun to boil it down to a point... pure and simple fun and I can't live without it's unique brand of lo-fi techno blabber. :]

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-11-2008 at 19:48
KillerBill a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This was my first foray into sampling and it was fun and simple to use. The quality is lo-fi but why do you want CD quality sound? I like to record unusual sounds like a plug hole gurgling then play around with it. Admittedly I can do a lot more with my Akai S3000xl but I can't take that into the kitchen or bathroom. What I often do is record sounds on a Dictaphone, record it onto my PC hard drive, then send the unadulterated sound into my Akai for morphing. However, the VSS200 still has a place in my sound creation. I recommend it for fun and ease of use.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2007 at 18:12
Gary Baxter a professional user from England writes:
I'm the proud owner of 2 VSS 200's at the moment and am a massive fan of this unit.I overlayed the sound of sweet wrappers with the ping of a ringpull to create a mad industrial rythym.By layering various patches from my DX100 i had the sound of heavy traffic in the rain.It really is the daddy of 80's sampling keyboards.I use mine live alongside Rolands MC303,EG101 and the afore mentioned DX100 and it more than holds it's weight,turning heads along the way.IF YOU SEE ONE,BUY IT!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-23-2006 at 14:45
Mike the Mender a professional user from England writes:
I've got the vss200 and 100. I use them to teach my daughter the priciples of sampling, and for parties...great fun. The 100 samples for ever..about 8secs. You can't edit the sounds. The 200 has much less time and you can mangle the sounds. Not really children's toys...more, cult toys. They weren't cheap new. The modulation on the 200 is great fun. It is the best of all of the vss and Casio sk series. Not cute, but quite powerful. The FM tones are crap, but aren't all FM tones crap? The drums are the usual pss stuff.

My vss100 was a basket case when I got it..picked up for me by a friend of mine from the corporation dump where he was depositing his garden waste. I located a battery cover..most Yamaha and Casio battery covers are standard sizes. A 2 quid pss keyboard will provide a battery cover for your otherwise mint vss30. Worth checking out. I got a keyboard (keys)off something else Yamaha and it all works. Another one back from the dead! The vss200 keyboard often gets dirty keyboard contacts. These can be cleaned, though Yamaha keyboards are a nightmare to work on.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-14-2006 at 11:32
lildave a part-time user from usa writes:
I still have this little thing in the original box with the manual. I've had it since x-mas 1988. It's my second keyboard being the the yamaha pss-02 was really my first. It was one the the first portable keyboard from yamaha back in the early eighties. I don't use it anymore and I haven't used it in years but when I did use it, I absolutely loved it. I was so much fun to use and very easy. I may sell it one of these days since I don't use it anymore, but then again, maybe not. If you can find one, buy one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-22-2005 at 23:39
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