The Forgotten Keys FK6 Kontakt Instrument is based on the legendary Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 analogue drum machine. It features isolated multi-samples of each drum sound at seven accent levels and re-creations of all the internal rhythm patterns and intro/fill-ins, as well as the (enhanced) programmability of the original. Attention to detail means that both the short and slightly longer tambourine hits have been sampled, and the guiro sound is tempo synced like the original.
The CR-78 can be heard on many famous recordings by various artists such as The Buggles, Phil Collins, Enigma, John Foxx, Genesis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Gary Numan, OMD, Roxy Music, Scritti Politti and Visage. The Patches menu is a fun/interesting feature that re-creates the settings used on these songs.
The Setup tab offers control over how the FK6 sounds and operates. There are volume, pan, tune and mute controls for each sound. Incoming MIDI notes can be mapped to any rhythm or sound and outgoing sounds can be assigned to any available Kontakt output. Random tune and volume controls add a little human element to the sounds.