Lostin70s has released Keys of the 70’s, a freeware sample-based keyboard instrument in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for digital audio workstation software on PC and Mac.
Keys of the 70’s is a sample-based virtual instrument developed by Lostin70s. The plugin uses audio samples as the sound source. Additional processing can be done using the built-in modulation tools and effects. Keys of the 70’s features a tremolo effect, a chorus, a reverb, a 3-band equalizer, and an amp simulator with built-in cabinet responses. The plugin also features a tine sound generator that can be mixed with the sound of the sampled instrument.
At the moment, there are six sample libraries available for Keys of the 70’s, all of which can be downloaded for free from the developer’s website. The libraries are provided in a proprietary format (RKS) that is highly compressed to keep the library size low. Here is the list of available instrument libraries:
- Yamaha C5
- Fender Rhodes Mk I
- Tine for Fender Rhodes Mk I
- Wurlitzer EP 200
- Clavinet C6
The plugin doesn’t include any sounds when installed. The user should download the expansion sounds manually from the developer’s website and add them to the plugin folder. Once the sounds are correctly installed, the user can select the active preset using the plugin’s preset manager.
Keys of the 70’s sounds quite good, and it’s worth downloading if you’re a fan of vintage keys instruments. There’s no info available as to where the sampled sounds come from, so I’m not sure if the same sounds are available for download from another source and in a different format. UPDATE: Actually, some of the sample sources are listed (thanks to our reader MRG for posting the info in the comments). The Yamaha C5 is based on the “Salamander Grand” sample library which is available in multiple formats.
The instrument can be downloaded free of charge via Lostin70s. You don’t need to sign up to download the files, but the developer accepts donations. Keys of the 70’s is available in all major plugin formats and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit plugin hosts. A standalone version of the instrument is also available.
More info: Keys of the 70’s (5.60 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)