The wind beneath your wings? Electric Keys is free plugin that gives you those classic ‘80s ballad FM electric piano sounds

Karanyi Sounds Electric Keys
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Fans of big ‘80s ballads can start preparing their truck driver key changes, because Karanyi Sounds has just released a free plugin that focuses on those classic FM electric piano sounds that were found in the likes of Yamaha’s DX7 and helped to propel the likes of Whitney Houston, Chicago, Bette Midler and Phil Collins to the top of the charts.

Electric Keys is described as a set of “comeback electric pianos”. It comes with “10+” presets (does that mean 11?), one of which gives you that classic ‘LA’ sound. Sounds have three individually tweakable layers and there are dual DSP effect units: Vapor Dimension MK2 contains 10 algorithms, and Ethos offers 20 types of reverb. 

There are various randomisation options, too, and all controls offer MIDI learn.

Electric Keys has a regular price of $29 but can be downloaded for free for a limited time by using the code on the Karanyi Sounds website. It runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU formats.

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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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