Yamaha SHS-10 Toy Keytar Sessions (Free Sample Pack)

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Yamaha SHS-10 Toy Keytar Sessions (Free Sample Pack)

Taking a short break from Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions, I’ve decided to release this set of free samples from a Yamaha SHS-10 toy keytar which I used to own.

It’s a cool looking little keytar with some nice and cheesy FM sounds, but I had to sell it since there’s hardly any space left in my room for such little gadgets. Of course, I listed it in the ads only after sampling all of its preset sounds.

The Yamaha SHS-10 is essentially a toy keyboard, but it can also be used as a MIDI controller. It even has a miniature pitch bend wheel! The keys are quite small and there’s no velocity sensitivity of course, but it definitely looks way cooler than most other MIDI keyboards out there. If you don’t believe me, click here to see the SHS-10 used in some everyday situations (yeah, lol).

Contents

Yamaha SHS-10 Toy Keytar Sessions includes my favorite 8 instrument presets rfrom this little toy keyboard, along with the lovely lo-fi Yamaha SHS-10 drum kit. All the samples (69 samples in total) are 16-bit WAV files, with Kontakt 5 and Shortcircuit 1 patches included. Download size is 19.8MB (26.4MB on disk). Here’s a list of included presets:

  • 03_PIANO
  • 10_ELECTRIC_PIANO
  • 11_CELESTA
  • 12_VIBRAPHONE
  • 13_MARIMBA
  • 21_CELLO
  • 24_WOOD_BASS
  • 32_HORN
  • DRUMS

The patches have a key range from F1 to C3, just like the real SHS-10 does. The SHS-10 also has a vibrato button, so I’ve mapped that to the mod wheel. If you’re going for full realism, make sure you switch off velocity sensitivity in your sampler – I’ve decided to leave it on by default. Unfortunately, there are no custom Kontakt GUIs this time – all the photos I have were taken with a crappy phone camera, and they generally look too grainy/smudged to be used for a decent GUI.

Audio Demo

Check out the Yamaha SHS-10 Toy Keytar Sessions demo:

License

All sounds in this sample pack are provided free of charge and are 100% royalty free. Feel free to use them in any of your music projects, including commercial ones. The sounds, including modified versions of the sounds, may not be redistributed, nor included in other sample packs. Please do not share direct download links, but link to the original BPB article instead. Thanks!

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About Author

Tomislav is a musician and a blogger. He writes about free and affordable music production tools on a daily basis here at Bedroom Producers Blog.

23 Comments

  1. Thanks for that! I love these cheap synths!
    And I loved the photos too. (Some of these Japanese girls comes bundled with this keytar?):D

    By the way, you will sell the instrument? Sends to Brazil? :D

  2. Hi there,

    I really don’t know what is the problem with Ubuontone host, but as I said in the Commodore 64 (Part 2), I still can’t download stuff from that host. The download starts, but it ends on the middle of it, since the velocity keeps being reduced until zero (it doesn’t happen with other hosts). Maybe that host has some problems with European IPs, namely, Iberian ones.

    Can you please host the files in other website? It would be great if you could.

    Regards

    • haha – nah, i’m very proud of my C64 Synthesizer Sessions series. ;)

      the main problem is that i’m still lacking an original C64 (fatso version), which is essential for the third pack. there’s one in the ads currently, but i have to negotiate the price a bit.

  3. Hi, thanks for the pack.
    Maybe you can help me… Is it possible to find the sounds of each key? I mean the notes (Weird? jeje). I want to try making a virtual Yamaha SHS-10 keytar; so that’s what I need.
    Thanks again.

  4. I am a novice with kontakt and i want to know how to use the this patch in kontakt 5?
    I anybody can help me?

  5. Hi thanks for creating this, love the pack.

    I have a SHS-10 and find your samples very useful for recording the keytar, especially the drum kit as I can’t find a way to play individual drum sounds, only the preset drum styles. How did you sample the drum kit?

    Also, I don’t know if it’s because of different versions, but my SHS-10 drums comes with one less hihat sound and one extra tom sound compared to your drumkit. Any idea why?

    Cheers,
    Ron

    • Bedroom Producers Blog on

      Hi Ron, cheers for the comment! I’ve recorded the drum loops first and then edited the recordings in Wavosaur to come up with drum hit one shots. I’m not sure about the extra tom though, it’s quite possible that I’ve missed it when creating the pack.

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