SK-51 is an all-in-one keyboard inspired by the Casio SK-1 (and his brother the SK-5), a 8-bit lo-fi keyboard from the 80’s, with sampling features and onboard drum machine.
Called the poor man's sampler at the time, this keyboard was a real instrument and has been used by many major artists such as Fatboy Slim, Portishead, Autechre and Nine Inch Nails.
As some of us at Fingerlab compose their first songs with it when they were kids in the eighties, we wanted to bring back to you this particular feeling from the past, so we created the SK-51.
We recorded all the instruments and drums notes, one by one with a professional audio quality (16bit/44KHz), we recreated the sampling features, and we transcribed all the demo drums patterns.
We also added the sounds from the Casio VL-Tone, a keyboard older than the SK-1 but nevertheless famous.
With its nice and true to life interface, many instruments (Trumpet, Flute, Piano, Vibraphone, …), 4 sampling slot and many drums patterns and sounds, the SK-51 is versatile and fun music tools.
Record your voice, start the drum box, play a chord and you got it!
Free version features:
- 3 instruments (Flute I, Piano I, Trumpet)
- 7 drums kit
- 4 sampling slot
- 6 drums pads
- Drums pitch-bend ribbon
- 3 demo drums patterns
- Full Mixer
- Midi support
- AudioBus & Inter-App Audio support
- Ableton Live support
IAP Full version features:
- 19 instruments (including Brass Ensemble, Vibraphone, Chorus and many more…)
- 7 drums kit
- 21 demo drums patterns
- 3 FX: Phaser, Delay & Reverb
- Live Recording
Soon coming: more instruments, more Fx and new features!
We hope you’ll enjoy it!
This update fix an issue with AudioUnit when used with NanoStudio2.
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Suggestions From A Musician to Improve This Great App
This app is great, simply for allowing us to enjoy the features of the original Casio Sampling Keyboard without having to shell out the cash for an original hardware version. My suggestions for improving this app:
1) Allow the sample to play at the same speed regardless of pitch.
2) Allow the ability to choose different attack envelopes for the type of sound the user is trying to achieve (especially pads).
3) place more of the yellow trigger pads, like on the SK-5.
4) figure out a way to prevent the samples from clicking when they start over in “loop” mode.
5)figure out a way to allow sounds to sustain.
Otherwise, this is an app with a great future! Worth your time/ money.
I haven’t tried the full app even though it could have possibilities. With what I tried I’m stuck with Will this app be worth it or just another app collecting gigabytes.
App Crash - edit
Update - The developer responded directly to the concern and rectified it immediately. One star review is now easily a 5 star review. The app is perfect.
When you try to hit any of the sample buttons or make an attempt to record a sample, the app crashes. Not cool to $5 to not have access to the apps ultimate selling point.
Developer Response ,
Sorry for this issue, we already have sent an update fixing all this issues, it will be available in a few days.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.