AudioKit Releases FREE Retro Piano App For iOS


AudioKit has released Retro Piano, a free acoustic piano app for iPhone and iPad. The app is will be available as a free download in the App Store until August 31st, 2020.

Retro Piano is based on the AudioKit engine, a free platform for building sample-based instruments for iOS devices. It is an acoustic piano instrument with a lo-fi twist. The clean piano sound is mixed with vinyl noise, and there are multiple ways to modulate the pitch. The user can adjust the amount of noise and pitch wobble that is added, so Retro Piano can sound both clean and lo-fi, depending on your taste.

See also: Free Piano VST Plugins

The instrument also features a retro analog synth sound sampled from the legendary Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer. It can be used as a layer in combination with the piano sound, or as a solo instrument. The patch itself lovely – it’s a brassy synth preset with a soft attack, and it sounds especially nice with a bit of pitch modulation.

The user interface is well-designed, featuring a touch keyboard (with adjustable octave), pitch and modulation wheels (adjustable range), and several knobs for adjusting Retro Piano’s modulation and voice controls. The pitch drift effect has adjustable depth and speed, and the user can also fine-tune the instrument’s tone (using a low-pass filter) and the master volume.

Retro piano is a handy little piano app, and it works very well as a lofi hip-hop instrument. We recently released a similar instrument called Upright Piano on 99Sounds. It is available in VST and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac.

The app is offered as a free download for a limited time only.

Download Retro Piano for free from the App Store until August 31st, 2020. If you download and install the app by then, you will be able to access it later even after the free download offer has ended. The app is released as a part of AudioKit’s ongoing Limited Edition App Drops series. They released two apps for free so far, with eight more to go.

More info: Retro Piano (iOS app, free until August 31st)

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Tomislav is a music producer and sound designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief at Bedroom Producers Blog.


  1. Hi Tomislav. You should check out Genesis Pro. Its a fantastic new synth priced at 1 dollar. Only windows, only 32 bit (it can be bridged, of course)

  2. Rene Scherpenhuizen


    I have installed the retro piano on my ipad.I like the sound very much. But when I’m playing the volume changes continually.What can it be.What’s the problem??


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