Korg PSS-50 Programmable Super Section

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The sound architecture of this thing is pretty unique - it utilizes PCM samples but plays them through an analog filter.
For that reason, it's generally considered as an analog unit. You can't adjust the filter without messing with the circuit, but it interacts with the presets well and there's never a time where it feels absent. It has a certain warm/vintage character about the sound that you can't get with a digital filter. It was released around the time that Korg was producing a ton of hybrid synths, such as the dw-8000 and the poly 800. This unit is kind of a like an 80's proto-electribe (imagine some preset-based combination of the poly 800 and the super-drums units).
Noticeably absent of MIDI ports - though, if you can count - you can sync it up pretty easily. You can even use it as a pseudo-omnichord if you wanted to. I personally believe that it has the most practical application when you isolate one of the sections (mute all but one) and send it through a channel strip/compressor, since it's generally going to need some gain for recording. You may have to ride the tempo knob to get what you're looking for - but it's generally more intuitive than it seems. 
The accompanying track/bass are each bound to the pattern presets (specifics in the manual) 
I could be wrong, but the bass section might be analog (seems like a saw wave) 
Hard for me to give much insight, as there's very little information on the unit and Korg describes things pretty vaguely in the manual. (manual is still available on their website) 
I still don't fully understand it, but a decent look through the manual will give you a better understanding than my description - so I'll save the grueling details. 

This specific unit is in very good condition. There are some scuffs and blemishes across the body as a result of age/storage/use. A couple of the keys have small indentations, which have no effect on functionality - since it's a switch membrane. I recently cleaned, tested, and inspected the circuit/contacts - no damage whatsoever. 
The function knob doesn't seem to be pushed in as well as it should be - I'm assuming that you'll need to fidget with the shaft to get it to sit right. I just didn't bother messing with it to avoid accidentally damaging the unit. I only note this because the unit will return to a default function if you don't push the knob. That's about all I could gather from my time with it. This never caused an issue with using the unit, but it will happen if you're switching between functions frequently. Should be an easy tweak if you're handy with that sort of thing. 
Does not come with the power adapter, as I only used it with batteries. It requires 8 x AA batteries - compartment and terminals are clean. (adapter is standard DC 9V -- you likely have one that'll work)

40 preset patterns, 8 break/ending variations
8 song memory - each with 80 bars
Switch on the rear for a tape interface (leave it as disabled unless that's a relevant feature to your setup)
Master tune knob on the rear as well
1/4" stereo output
1/4" headphone output 
Independent knobs for level (rhythm, accompaniment, bass, ext. level, and stereo mix)
Master volume and tempo knobs
Function selection for arrange, write, play, song chain, tune, battery check, and power off
1/4" input, switchable between mic/line/guitar level. I can't tell if the input signal is processed through the filter or sent directly to the output, but there is a subtle difference compared to the raw audio.
Footswitch inputs on the side for start/stop and triggering the fill patterns

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Product Specs

Listed6 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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