This 1998 Squarepusher interview is present on the documentary named "Modulations". Here, the Yamaha VSS-30 is shown at the 0:16 mark, followed by Tom's description of it: "I've actually got a little Yamaha sampler. It's a little keyboard, like a toy. It's got an input and an output, so basically you can use it on the studio or whatever, make up sounds in it. Loads of stuff from my new album were done in this. People forget how amazing that is and what you can do with it." Also, one of the interviewer's quotes from Squarepusher's Sound On Sound interview (http://www.soundonsound.com/people/squarepusher) refers to this 1998 interview, as well as the VSS-30: "A huge amount of gear has also been and gone, like the Yamaha VSS80 8?bit toy keyboard sampler shown in some late '90s television footage of Jenkinson." It was, however, clearly mispelled. First, there is no such VSS-80 Yamaha sampler. Second, the characteristics mentioned by Tom Jenkinson perfectly matches the ones present in the VSS-30: "Little keyboard, like a toy", "It's got an input and an output" (which can also be seen in the VSS-30 manual). The back part (with the Yamaha logo) is identical to the VSS-30's, and the two orange buttons at the upper-right side of the keyboard (OVERWRITE and SAMPLE) can also be briefly spotted in this video (0:22 and 0:31 marks).more
Feeding this desire to stray from the grid, II made use of a variety of sample and filter sources to achieve a sound that’s “sh*tty in a good way,” according to Ring. The eclectic list includes Roland Space Echo, Korg Stage Echo, Roland MC-202 MicroComposer, TR-77, and TR-808, Vermona DRM-1, Yamaha PSS-570 and VSS-30, CasioTone MT-70, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff pedal, various Boss pitch-shift pedals, Electro- Harmonix Memoryman, Simmons SDS 8 drum synthesizer, Sakae snare drum, Korg Monotribe, Roland Juno-60, Crumar Multiman-S, Waldorf Rocket, Korg MS-10 and Korg MS-50.more
Yamaha's "Toy" sampling keyboard.
Controls for: -Attack -Decay -Sustain -Release -Loop -"U-Turn" -Reverse -Echo -Fuzz -Freq Modulation -Amplitude Modulation & an arpeggiator.
The low bit sampler is enough to break any creative rut. You can also oversample. No time stretching here tho but that's it's own fun. Limits are where all the fun is most of the time anyway. It's gotten WAY overpriced in this one mans opinion...bet if I broke mine I'd still likely buy another but be real pissy about it. I really do love this one. Have fun with ZERO learning curve or stay & go deep you can get so much outta this guy. Endless.
I should try to make a song only with this guy. Damn that sounds fun.