Yamaha SHS-10

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Yamaha SHS-10
Yamaha SHS-10

Yamaha SHS-10
Hardware designYamaha
Dates1980s
Technical specifications
Polyphony6 voices
Timbre4
Oscillator2 operators
Low frequency oscillatornone
Sound synthesisDigital synthesizer Frequency modulation synthesis
Audio filternone
Attenuator (electronics)1
Aftertouchnone
Keyboard expressionnone
Computer data storage25 patches
Input/output
Musical keyboard32 mini-keys
External controlMIDI 1-16 (out only)

The Yamaha SHS-10 is a Keytar (a Musical keyboard that can be held like a Guitar) manufactured by Yamaha and released in the late 1980s.

It has a small-sized keyboard with 32 minikeys and a pitch-bend wheel, an internal Frequency modulation synthesis (usually referred to as Frequency modulation synthesis) Synthesizer offering 25 different voices with 6-note Polyphony, two operators, and a very basic Chord (music) Music sequencer. It also has a Loudspeaker.

It supports Musical Instrument Digital Interface, having a MIDI Out DIN connector which allows the keyboard to control external MIDI equipment. It does not have a MIDI In connector.

It was manufactured in three colors: grey, red, and black.

Its Synthesizer demo is an arrangement of Wham!'s hit "Last Christmas."

The Voices are the following:

00 Synthesizer
01 Jazz Organ
02 Pipe Organ
03 Piano
04 Harpsichord
10 Electric Piano
11 Celesta
12 Vibraphone
13 Marimba
14 Steel Drum
20 Violin
21 Cello
22 Jazz Guitar
23 Rock Guitar
24 Wood Bass
30 Trumpet
31 Trombone
32 Horn
33 Saxophone
34 Clarinet
40 Flute
41 Oboe
42 Harmonica
43 Whistle
44 Music Box

There are various skips in this list because there are only buttons 0-4 to choose from.

External links


  • Yamaha SHS-10 at SynthMania (featuring MP3 samples of the demo, instruments, and styles available)
  • Yamaha SHS-10 reviews at Harmony Central
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