INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS
Keys is a realistic piano simulator with optimized CPU and memory usage. This plugin plays back multi-samples and is effectively a
specialized sampler designed for 'keyboard' instruments.
With the help of several additional modules included in FL Studio, FL
Keys can also operate as Rhodes &
Roto Organ (NOTE: additional modules might be available from www.flstudio.com).
Here you can select the sample set to be used by FL Keys for synthesis. Default
is Piano. Click on the small 'i' button to the right to display information about the sample set, including author, sample rate, number of velocity layers, etc.
- Decay - Sets the note decay while the key
is pressed. The higher the knob value, the longer time it takes for the tone
to decay. You can also adjust decay to minimum to set FL Keys to sustain
mode (notes do not decay). This is useful for organs and other non-decaying
- Release - Sets the release (fade out) time
after the key is released.
- Pan - This knob combines two functions: from middle position to left, the knob applies, respectively, 0% to 100%
of auto panning effect to the sound. The auto panning speed depends on the LFO parameter in the Misc section; from middle position to right,
the knob applies, respectively, 0% to 100% of tremolo effect to the sound.
The tremolo speed depends on the LFO parameter in the Misc section.
- Stereo - Sets the key to pan position ("left" piano keys are panned to
left, "right" piano keys are panned to right), with additional stereo ambiance
at high settings.
- Overdrive - Applies a soft overdrive to the
- LFO - Sets the frequency of an LFO unit which
is used in the auto panning and tremolo effects (see above).
- Treble - A simple peaking filter which allows
you to decrease or increase the treble levels of the generated sound.
- Stretch - Sets the amount of "stretching"
used for high-pitch notes (C#5 and above: the higher the note pitch, the
more the stretching that is applied
to it). The knob has a range of -50 to +50 cents. Set to 0 cents (middle)
to turn the effect off.
- Muffle - Applies a subtle low pass filter to "muffle" the generated sound.
Use the linked velocity knob to determine how velocity affects muffle.
- Hardness - Adjusts the sample ranges up or down to change the virtual "size" and
brightness of the piano. Use the linked velocity knob to determine how velocity
- Sensitivity - Adjust the volume sensitivity
of FL Keys to the note velocities. Set to minimum to make the synthesizer
- Tune - Allows you to offset the tuning of all notes from -100 cents to
- Detune - Allows you to apply a custom amount of random detuning to the
pitch of the notes. This effect allows you to simulate a Honky Tonk piano
Light amounts of detuning can add realism to the piano sounds. Set the
Detune amount to 0 for perfect tuning (unless Stretch is
used, see above).
Click on the small keys button (below Detune) to show/hide the piano keys.
Plugin Credits: Paul Kellett (engine), Frederic
Vanmol (FL Plugin adaptation & interface)