An 8-voice polyphonic digital/analog hybrid synthesizer with a limited sampler and a 61-note keyboard. Released in 1986.

The DSS-1 offers 2 oscillators per voice. Sounds can be generated by re-shaping 128 sampled waveforms with 2 sliders. Another method is to use the unit's 12-bit sampler with 256k memory (5.5s at 48KHz). The samples are treated as waveforms, allowing filter and envelope modulation.

As a filter, the DSS-1 features a non-resonant VCF switchable between 12 and 14dB per octave. Also available is a dual effects unit with echo, chorus, phaser and flanger. The DSS-1 can be turned into an extremely thick 16-voice monophonic synth using the unison mode.

Other features include a 3.5" floppy drive for storing samples, a velocity and aftertouch sensitive keyboard and MIDI support.

An expanded rackmount version, the DSM-1, was released a year later.

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