Fingerlab SK-51 Is A New iOS App That Recreates The Casio SK-1/SK-5 Keyboards

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Fingerlab has today released SK-51, a new retro-style keyboard app for iOS that is heavily inspired by the Casio SK-1 and SK-5. The app is available for free and can be expanded via iAP. With the free version, you can already have fun and has all the features you need  (MIDI support, AudioBus, IAA…) Unfortunately, the app doesn’t feature yet AUv3, hopefully in future.

Fingerlab SK-51


SK-51 is an all-in-one keyboard inspired by the Casio SK-1 (and his brother the SK-5), an 8-bit lo-fi keyboard from the 80’s, with sampling features an 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 it’s 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
  • 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!

Fingerlab SK-51 is available now for iPhone and iPad for free. The IAP full version cost $2.99 USD.

More information here: Fingerlab 

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