Toontrack EZkeys Cinematic Pads v1.3.0
For most of us, the anatomy of sound and its inner workings as a creative catalyst is a peculiar thing. The moment we hear something we can’t define – a new instrument – our minds inevitably open up to interpretations beyond the convention. Sound becomes visuals that in turn transform into tangible ideas. This library of sounds for EZkeys is a prime example of just that.
EZkeys Cinematic Pads is based around several analogue and modular synths as well as a vintage grand piano and an electric bowed guitar. Together, these components form a never-before-heard hybrid instrument of reverberant, peculiar, fluttering, ominous, visceral, fluid and literally out-of-this-world audio landscapes. With this at hand, you’re an intrepid explorer at the helm of an audio vessel headed straight into the unknown – weightlessly drifting through an interstellar cosmos en route to uncharted sonic frontiers. If you let yourself go, you’ll enter a realm where the divide between reality and dream is nothing but a lucid gradient ready for you to pierce though.
Welcome to a new source of sound and ideas – literally as diverse as the universe. Climb in, start the engine and head straight for the great unknown.
EZkeys Cinematic Pads – Walkthrough
A hybrid instrument of never-before-heard textures of sound
Based on several analogue and modular synths as well as a grand piano and an electric bowed guitar
In excess of 70 mix-ready presets offering a widely creative panorama of ambient sounds
Ideal for anything from soundscapes, scores and sound design to modern pop and electronic
In simple terms, a modular synth is a make-your-own-synth system where modules like oscillators, filters, amplifiers, LFOs, envelopes and more are used to produce one-of-a-kind sounds in real-time. Several classic modular systems were used to create the unique sounds in EZkeys Cinematic Pads.
A handpicked selection of classic analogue instruments were blended in as a contrast to the modular sounds.
The bowed guitar is a Togaman GuitarViol.* Essentially, this unique instrument is a hybrid of a guitar and a viola or cello. It’s traditionally tuned like a classic guitar but played with a bow.
The piano featured in the back end of EZkeys Cinematic Pads is a Bösendorfer* from 1891. It was sampled in traditional Toontrack fashion but had each note reversed in the final product.
EZkeys – Feature Overview
32- and 64-bit AAX, VST, and AU instrument as well as a low latency stand-alone application
Drag and drop the included MIDI straight to the built-in song track
Drag and drop support for your own or third party MIDI straight into EZkeys
Drag and drop MIDI from the song track or directly from the song browser to your DAW or to your desktop
EZkeys will analyze and chord-separate any MIDI on the fly
Record or overdub MIDI directly in EZkeys
Use your own, the included or any third party MIDI/chord progressions and transform with playing styles found in other MIDI files
Quickly add basic chords to the timeline or drag and drop any chord from the Chord Wheel
Real-time chord display that enables you to instantly see what chords you are playing
Chord selector, based upon the circle of fifths, allowing you to change chords instantly
Presets for the most commonly used chord types
Customize the coloration of any chord by opening up the detailed view
Alter the voicing of a chord on the fly by clicking the – or + buttons in the Chord Wheel
“Humanize” any pre-quantized MIDI upon import in EZkeys
Transpose individual song blocks or full songs
Export songs or files as wave files straight from the EZkeys interface
Comes with an easy to understand music theory document including MIDI examples
Possibility to tune the piano by octave, semitone or cents
Dynamics controls that let you adjust the velocity response to match your keyboard or playing style
Three pedals: sustain, sostenuto and damping
MIDI-learn and automation
Ready-made presets utilizing high-quality effects from Overloud. The presets range from raw and unprocessed to heavily distorted and tweaked
EZkeys – MIDI Overview
Extensive MIDI library played by a professional session pianist
All major styles covered (Pop/Rock, Soul/RnB, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Boogie, Funk)
All songs performed in full 8 bar or longer blocks
All songs performed with increasing intensity as intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus and bridge variations
Single, rhythmical and broken chords in different variations as well as FX and endings
Straight/swing variations in 4/4 and 6/8
Intuitive browser that lets you add you own favorites and arrange them in folders