MK Digital Keys

Nucleus SoundLab

80s keyboard sounds

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MK Digital Keys is a retro keyboard sample library by Nucleus SoundLab. Bring the 80s keyboard sound to your productions with this faithful sampling of the MKS-20 keyboard synthesizer. Packed with 3.6gb of samples and 50+ patches - MK Digital Keys updates this retro classic for your modern sampler, while removing original limitations like polyphony and noise.

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MK Digital Keys is a retro keyboard sample library by Nucleus SoundLab. Bring the 80s keyboard sound to your productions with this faithful sampling of the MKS-20 keyboard synthesizer.

Back in 1986, there weren't many good ways to take a good keyboard sounds with you while touring. Sampled pianos were in their infancy, with extremely low samplerates and small ROM sizes. One answer to this problem was SAS synthesis. This unique form of synthesis uses no samples whatsover, and produces a very realistic sound. Still, its not a 'real piano', so these days the sound is more useful for its retro character. It still sounds great!

MK Digital Keys brings this retro sound to your modern sampler, while removing original limitations like polyphony and noise. This is an extremely comprehensive sampling, with 6 samples per octave, 7 octaves, and 6 velocity layers per note. All 8 tones of the MKS are represented (3 pianos, 2 EPs, Clav, Harp and Vibes). All of this comprises a total of nearly 2100 mono 24-bit 44khz samples!

MK Digital Keys is built to be scalable. At times due to CPU/RAM constraints, you won't have need for the full extent of the sampling described above. For those times, 3 alternate smaller versions of each tone are contained inside - L, M and S sizes. The S versions weigh in at under 50mb and can fit into even the most RAM-starved projects.

3.6+ GB of 24-bit 44khz samples

8 different classic keyboard tones

20 Combinators

32 NN-XT patches