Sampleism
Les Productions Zvon

MC3A Electronic Keyboard

90's Square-Wave Consumer Keyboard

Product Overview

The MC-3A electronic keyboard is a digital square wave instrument. I don't know exactly how old it is but my guess is that it's roughly 20 years old.

It has 12 chromatic sounds:

  • 01- Piano
  • 02- Saxophone
  • 03- Pipe Organ
  • 04- Guitar
  • 05- Trumpet
  • 06- Violin
  • 07- Harpsichord
  • 08- Jazz Organ
  • 09- Synth
  • 10- Cowbell
  • 11- Oboe
  • 12- Clarinet

There's a vibrato button that has no settings, it's either on or off. I've sampled the sounds with and without vibrato. Additionally, it has rhythm styles, a bass and 5 percussion sounds. The bass and percussions are included in the set but not the rhythm styles.

All these do not sound like the acoustic instruments they're named after but more like the Sid chip, 80's and early 90's video games. Very good retro sounds for chip music (or chiptune).

Technical data:

  • - samples were recorded through the keyboard's line out at 24 bits / 44.1 khz and then converted to 16 bits.
  • - all the notes are sampled for the sounds without sustain (piano, guitar, harpsichord, cowbell, bass), the others have 4 notes per octave.

Available in wave, sfz and Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 or better formats.

Listen

If you're unsure whether this is right for you, here's a short example of what's included in MC3A Electronic Keyboard