Forgotten Keys has announced the release of a virtual Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2.

KING-2 for Native Instruments Kontakt brings the sounds of the late 1960s drum machine which can be heard on recordings by Sly Stone.

All the internal sounds have been carefully sampled — not just those on the front panel trigger buttons — while the cymbal and snare sounds are multi-sampled for more realism.

The original 18 rhythms have been re-created as well as two extra — DISCO and PASO DOBLE — that were only included on the MRK-1 model that preceded it.

The built-in MIDI file recorder makes exporting the built-in rhythms and playing them back from a DAW easy and robust.

The Kontakt library is priced £12 GBP + VAT at Loot Audio. It is currently on sale at a 25% introductory discount.

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