Roland MKS-20 Revisited

Nucleus Soundlab release MK Digital Keys - Retro Keyboard Sampleset      04/11/08
Roland MKS-20 Revisited

MK Digital Keys is a new retro keyboard sample library by Nucleus SoundLab. Here's what they have to say about it...
Bring the 80s keyboard sound to your productions with this faithful sampling of Roland's MKS-20 keyboard synthesizer. MK Digital Keys is available in three format packages: Reason Refill, WusikEngine, and Kontakt/EXS/SFZ. 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 low polyphony and noisy outputs. 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 also built to be scalable. At times, you won't have need for the full extent of the sampling described above, due to CPU/RAM constraints. 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.
Key Features:
  • 3.6+ GB of 24-bit 44khz samples
  • 8 different classic keyboard tones
  • 20 Combinators and 32 NN-XT patches inside the Refill
  • 78 WusikEngine presets, including 46 custom presets by Daniel Stawczyk
  • Kontakt/EXS/SFZ format pack contains raw .wav files plus patches for all 3 formats.
Pricing and Availability:
MK Digital Keys is available now. It is priced at $49.95 USD for a single format package, or $59.95 for the multi-format package delivered electronically. Also the product is available shipped on DVD anywhere in the world for a $15 flat rate.
Existing Nucleus SoundLab customers can take advantage of a 10% customer loyalty discount for the next 60 days. More information, demo MP3s and a free Demo Refill:


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    shekhar dhain    Said...

    Thats quite an achievement, but the mks20 was really awful then and isnt even appealing in a "ooh, it sounds so bad its now kitsch" fashion, now.

    Now if someone did a version of the jx3p/mks 30, that WOULD be something else. One of the most underrated synths out there imho. But second hand prices are starting to shore up fast.

    04-Nov-08 08:30 AM

    Elton John    Said...

    Great initiativ

    I wish there were demo-mp3's with the actual sounds played on their website

    05-Nov-08 01:52 PM

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