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

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).


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
  • 11_CELESTA
  • 13_MARIMBA
  • 21_CELLO
  • 24_WOOD_BASS
  • 32_HORN

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:


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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