Skip to product information
1 of 1

Leisure Class Audio

SK-8X Drums

SK-8X Drums

Regular price $10.00 USD
Regular price $15.00 USD Sale price $10.00 USD
Sale Sold out

600+ raw and processed drums samples from the classic Casio SK-8 keyboard

The Casio SK-8 is well known for its lo-fi sampling capabilities, but it's the sound of the crunchy PCM drums that really set it apart. Leisure Class Audio takes it to another level with SK-8X Drums including brand new drums created on the SK-8. 

Lo-Fi by nature; Hi-Fi by design.

View full details


   Audio Demos
  • SK-8X in Detail

    Leisure Class Audio has taken these drums far beyond their original sound by creating new drums to fill out the stock kit: toms, open hat, crash, and shaker are now included with the kick, snare, clap, closed hat, ride, congas, rim, and ride.

    Through re-syntheses, re-sampling, and Jurassic Park-style DNA splicing we created all new drums for the SK-8 that really sound like they belonged originally.


    What's inside? Over 600+ files. Here's the folder layout:

    01. KITS & MODS

    We took one of our two SK-8s apart and modified it to allow repitching the drums. The best of these repitched kits are included in 13 sets of one-shot samples:

    1. Stock (unmodified)

    2. Tuned Up

    3. Clocked High

    4. Tuned Down

    5. Tuned Down More

    6. Chirp & Blip Glitch Kit

    7. Minneapolis Low

    8. Aliasing Kit

    9. Low Crunch

    10. ST-224 Kit

    11. Stock - Preamp A

    12. Stock - Preamp A Pushed

    13. Wild Beach

    These kits are provided as raw samples (as they came off the machine, sampled cleanly through our Audient preamps) and in two levels of processing. Processing Level 1 gives each a subtle lift with EQ and compression/limiting; Processing Level 2 gives each a more aggressively processed sound including saturation, clipping, etc.


    This is where things get really interesting. We took these samples to the next level with the PROCESSED ONE SHOTS folder. In here you will find highly processed and stylized samples with a focus on bringing out the best features of the SK-8's drums for a modern and punchy sound. Deep and snappy kicks, wide claps, some of the punchiest snares we've ever made, crispy hi hats, and more. 

  • 03. LOOPS

    The LOOPS folder contains all the SK-8's original stock loops AND the 2 hidden loops provided at 3 tempos (90, 100, 120bpm). There is a small sampling of weird and glitchy loops we pulled out while wiring everything to everything under the hood and then tempo fixed. There is no additional processing to any of these loops.


    The NOISES & GLITCHES folder contains a few handfuls of useful(?) noises the machine made while modifying. Included here is what's referred to as "shitshot" where connecting points that don't necessarily want to be connected causes the machine to sputter out a mess of keyboard and drum sounds. The usefulness of this is up to you, but was included for interest (and in service of the obsessive nature of Leisure Class Audios process.)