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Have you seen TV, Netflix, and closely listened to the scores of many contemporary movies today? If yes, then you can’t miss the fact the 80s/ 90s Sound is back BIG TIME!

We wanted to pay homage to the sounds of the great soundtracks from the 80s from composers and tv series /movies such as John Carpenter, Harold Faltermeyer, Jan Hammer, Michael Jackson, Prince, Night Rider, The Terminator, Commando etc..

Certain iconic sounds showed up in many such projects, and we decided to embark on the journey of bringing you the very sounds you know, sounds you can identify immediately as soon as you hear them!

We sampled and tweaked these patched from original synths such as Fairlight, Synclavier, Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50, EMULATOR II, KORG M1, OBERHEIM OBX, PROPHET 5, SYNTHEX and many more…

These sounds were recorded using analog outboard gear such as NEVE 1073, Thermionic Culture Rooster, and Electrodyne pres, Distressor, API 2500 and Drawmer 1978. Also, External effects were used for Eventide, Lexicon.

Hardware Eq, compression and reverbs were applied to the dry samples to re-create the original 80s vibe. These sounds will be instantly recognizable and will inspire you to work fast and sound great.

What is Retro Keys?

Retro Keys is a Virtual Instrument rompler inspired from 80s Soundtrack for Films and TV series, as well as Pop Music. Features sounds that you have heard countless times from that era and always wanted but couldn’t find! Here they are, sampled from original 80s Synths and samplers using high outboard gear for maximum fidelity.


  • Multisample and Multi-velocity Patches.
  • 100+ Sampled Patches

Global Controls:

  • Attack: Controls the Attack time for the amp envelope.
  • Release: Controls the Release time for the amp envelope.
  • Decay: Control and add Decay.
  • Sustain: Change the tuning.
  • Reverb: Control and add reverb.
  • Glide: This is the built-in portamento for legato sounds only, and the control yes you increase or decrease the time to move from the last note played to the next note played.
  • LFO and LFO Type: This is a control to change the speed of the Low-frequency Oscillator set to affect the pitch of the sound, and you can also select the type of waveform – sine/ triangle, sawtooth, square or random.
  • Preset Selector Window: Use this to choose from presets, or use the back/forward arrows to browse the presets sequentially.
  • The current version of this plugin provides a stereo out (L/R Channels).

Note for Certain Patches:

  • The Glide Control works for Legato patches only.
  • For certain patches, the sustain and decay controls won’t work because these are looped internally.

System Requirements


  • macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra - 10.15 Catalina (macOS Big Sur/ M1 not supported)
  • VST, AU (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD Required
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768


  • Windows 10 or later
  • VST (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later  / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Please note:* *No PROTOOLS Support *AAX/RTAS version is not available for this *macOS Big Sur/ M1 not compatible

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