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Forgotten Keys releases Yamaha FE-70 Electone Organ – Ensemble strings 1

Forgotten Keys Yamaha FE-70 Electone Organ

Forgotten Keys has released a Yamaha FE-70 Electone Organ sample pack, featuring the sound of Ensemble strings 1.

All 56 notes of the Ensemble Strings 1 sound sampled and seamlessly looped in all their stereo loveliness!

Despite it’s “digital” look, the Yamaha FE-70 and its siblings from the mid 1980s used Ensemble circuitry similar to the Solina and other String Machines of the 1970s to create its lush, stereo string and other ensemble sounds.

Yamaha FE-70 Electone Organ Sample Pack features

  • All 56 notes of the Ensemble String 1 sound in stereo wav files (16bit).
  • Includes sfz and Kontakt mapping files (Kontakt version has some additional echo effects).
  • Size: 15.82 MB.

The Ensemble strings 1 sample pack is available to purchase for £3.50 GBP.

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Forgotten Keys releases WEM/Watkins Copicat MK3 Tape Echo Impulse Response Samples

Forgotten Keys WEM/Watkins Copicat MK3

Forgotten Keys has released a pack of free impulse response samples.

Free impulse response samples of the legendary WEM/Watkins Copicat MK3 tape echo. For use with convolution reverb software.

All seven combinations of the three heads with minimal repeats. If you want pristine digital sound quality, this is not for you!

The impulse response samples are available as a free download.

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Forgotten Keys releases Maestro Rhythm King MRK-1 Sample Pack

Forgotten Keys Maestro Rhythm King MRK-1

Forgotten Keys has released a new sample pack: Maestro Rhythm King MRK-1 Drum Machine.

I don’t know a lot about the history of this machine except that a chap called Sly Stone called it the “Funk Box” and used it on his album There’s a riot goin’ on.

What I do know for sure is that the sounds and patterns are identical to the “Rhythm Unit” (as we used to call them) in some Lowrey organs from the 1960s/1970s. I know because I had one in the 1970s.

You may think that this would be an easy machine to sample as it has eight manual sound trigger buttons on the front. You only have to listen to the built-in rhythm patterns though to realise that there is more going on than these buttons provide.

Maestro Rhythm King MRK-1 sample pack features

  • All internal sounds with five round-robin variations, in 24 bit wav format.
  • Front panel sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Hi-hat Cymbal, Cymbal, Tom Tom, Bongo, Blocks, Clave.
  • Oher sounds not avaiable in isolation either from the front panel or the rhythm patterns: Rimshot, Hi-Drum, Lo-Drum, Lo-Drum Muted, Five envelope variations of Cymbal 1, Five envelope variations of Cymbal 2.
  • Combined sounds as used in the rhythm patterns: Blocks + Clave, Blocks + Clave + Lo-Drum, Blocks + Hi-Drum + Rimshot, Bongo + Rimshot.
  • 18 rhythm patterns divided into three categories (Latin, American, Traditional): BossaNova, Samba, Bolero, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Tango, Pasa Doble, Slow Fox, Slow Rock, Swing, Dixie, Shuffle, Go-Go, Disco, March Polka, Western, Waltz.
  • Samples have not been individually normalised as the original balance between each sound would have been lost.
  • Samples are mapped in (a sort of) General MIDI format.

The Maestro Rhythm King MRK-1 sample pack is available to purchase for £3.50 GBP. A free compact version is available to download (no round-robin variations; no extra internal sounds; 16 bit only).

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Forgotten Keys releases Univox SR-95 / Keio Mini Pops MP-7 Drum Machine Sample Pack

Forgotten Keys Univox SR-95

Forgotten Keys has released a free sample pack featuring sounds from the Univox SR-95 / Keio Mini Pops MP-7 Drum Machine.

The Univox SR-95 (aka Keio MiniPops MP-7) Drum Machine is an analog machine from the 1970s. It was probably most famously used by Jean-Michel Jarre on his Oxygene album in 1976. The Univox branded version was, I believe, for the USA market. This is the version I have and which I paid a bit over-the-top for on eBay in 2009.

Univox SR-95 / Keio Mini Pops MP-7 Drum Machine sample pack

  • All 15 sounds with eight round-robin variations plus the “warm-up” sound you get when you switch the machine on.
  • Sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum 1, Snare Drum 2, Rimshot, Hi-Hat, Cymbal 1, Cymbal 2, Cowbell, Conga, Large Bongo, Small Bongo, Claves, Quijada, Guiro, Tambourine.
  • Format: 24 bit wav.
  • Samples have not been individually normalised as the original balance between each sound would have been lost.

The Univox SR-95 sample pack is available to download at no cost. Donations are appreciated.

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