Yamaha MSS1
MIDI synchronizer


Yamaha MSS1

1986

The Yamaha MSS1 MIDI Synchronizer was an east, cost-effective way to synchronize MIDI devices to SMPTE time code. The MSS1 could precisely lock any clock-driven MIDI device to SMPTE time code replayed from a multitrack or video tape, and was fully compatible with all foud SMPTE formats (30, 30 drop-frame, 25 or 24 frames/sec).

A precision SMPTE time code generator was built-in so you could even record your own SMPTE time code tracks.

A large 10-bank memory permitted internal sotrage of tempo data for 10 different "songs", and a chain mode automatically played banks in sequence allowing the creating of extremely long compositions.

Internal memory data could also be saved to external RAM4 data cartridges for high-volume, long-term storage.

At 799£ the MSS1 was well received by the critics, although it came quite late to the market. It performed faultlessly even if the interface shared a common workflow with other complex Yamaha machines.



Technical specs

Synchronization

MIDI clock signal to SMPTE time code
30, 30 drop-frame, 25, 24 fps

Memory capacity

7178 beats memory
1795 program/control change points
150 tempo change points

Connection terminals and interfaces

Click IN
SMPTE IN, SMPTE OUT
Metronome OUT
Foot switch
RAM cartridge
MIDI IN, MIDI OUT (x2)

Dimensions and weight

439w x 73.5h x 286d (mm)
3.8Kg / 8lbs. 4oz.




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