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 found 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 storage 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.
|MIDI clock signal to SMPTE time code|
|30, 30 drop-frame, 25, 24 fps|
|7178 beats memory|
|1795 program/control change points|
|150 tempo change points|
|Connection terminals and interfaces|
|SMPTE IN, SMPTE OUT|
|MIDI IN, MIDI OUT (x2)|
|Dimensions and weight|
|439w x 73.5h x 286d (mm)|
|3.8Kg / 8lbs. 4oz.|