VS-880 is a digital system designed for audio recording and post-production.
The system provides a 8 tracks recorder, a digital mixer, two multieffect
processors, internal hard disk and SCSI interface for external mass
storage. All this is included in a small and portable unit.
The operating system is stored into a flash RAM, allowing an easy
and constant software upgrading.
VS-880EX is an improvement of VS-880 in terms of price/performance
ratio and operation. In fact, it includes built-in effect processors,
backlit display and light keys able to simplify inputs-tracks routing.
of all, VS-880 is compact and portable: a real digital studio available
in the same size of a cassette portastudio.
Digital technology advantages are immediately noticeable in terms
of audio quality and mix settings recall through "scene memories"
(up to 8 each song).
Mixing parameters can be easily remote controlled through continuous
MIDI control messages.
Recording and dynamic mixing can be controlled by the most popular
sequencing programs, according to total recall logic.
The VS-880EX model includes also built-in automix functions.
The system audio quality is remarkable, able to satisfy the most
advanced recording/post-production needs: the frequency response
is already good at 32KHz sampling frequency, while, on the other
hand, distortion due to data compression can be heard only selecting
the recording modes that use the highest compression ratios (i.e.:
MT2 or Live modes).
The 8 tracks hard disk recorder can be used in a traditional way,
but it provides all the speed and location accuracy adavantages
offered by the random access technology.
On the other hand it is possible to use the advanced editing functions
to freely cut and paste the tracks.
Up to 4 tracks can be recorded simultaneously (8 in EX version),
while up to 6 tracks can be played in linear mode (no data compression)
or up to 8 tracks in data compression modes.
The system, providing a maximum of 64 virtual tracks (128 in the
EX version),brings users high flexibility during production phase.
Installing the internal optional board (standard in the EX version),
two powerful, indipendent multi-effects units can be added to the
These signal processors can be used both in recording and mixdown.
Finally, using S/PDIF digital out for mastering, VS-880 can offer
a full-digital final audio product.
the built-in functions and the audio quality, VS-880 is a cost effective
Anyway, the powerful integration/optimization of resources requires
an user's effort in learning VS-880 operation.
operating system, extremely logic, is quite complex, due to the
"multi-function buttons" philosophy. This means that the professional
user can be able to manage the unit after a few days learning.
Operation is based on a logic that requires parameters selection
and consequent values editing, unfortunately limited by the small
display (backlit in VS-880EX version).
Sometimes, it's necessary to set cut and paste location points on
the basis of the pure listening.
On the other hand, it must be underlined that immediate and really
effective preview functions (conceived for location) are available.
Digital mixer control is very flexible but not intuitive, due to
the above mentioned "access to parameters" logic.
Being a compact system, the inputs number is limited (4 unbalanced
analog mic/line, increased to 6 in EX version, and a S/PDIF stereo
digital input), but convenient considering the "virtual" recording
The VS-880 allows song data backup on HD (or removable cartridge
such as Iomega ZIP or JAZ), CD-ROM or DAT.
has been one of the first available portable recording system considering
both size and versatility.
The main limits consist in the inputs number and in the small display,
that reduces the amount of information immediately available on
These limits, anyway, are widely compensated by the advantages provided
by integration and flexibility.