Skatik | A Hacked and Bent Casio SK-5


Skatik is a collection of instruments, sound effects, percussion kits and looped digital freak-outs sourced from a heavily circuit bent Casio SK-5. It has been recorded, programmed and formatted as an Ableton Live Pack, Kontakt Instrument and Logic Library.

The most interesting on-board sounds have been multi-sampled and then recorded in circuit bent variations. The system sampling engine was exploited for it’s lo-fi specification (8bit/9khz) and then under-powered to create exceptionally textured sound effects and percussion kits.

At one point during the modifications we unlocked a mysterious tweak that caused the internal SK-5 sequences to re-arrange themselves randomly and loop irregularly. These bizarre tonal oddities have been meticulously looped and programmed into three large instruments for endless experimentation.

Skatik features

• A complete circuit bent Casio SK-5 synthesizer emulation.
• Hundreds of high quality samples.
• Ableton Live Racks with precise incremental controls.
• Kontakt KSP easy edit GUI.
• Logic EXS version includes Channel Strip Settings with Logic effects.

Requires Ableton Live 9 and higher, Logic X and higher, or Kontakt 5 and higher