With Toontrack´s EZkeys software, you don´t have to be a piano player to put together a professional sounding piano part. Songwriters will love how simple it is to create a song from parts, or turn a complete song into a beautifully played piano piece. Want to transpose the key for a song or section? It´s easy! Experiment with different chords and progressions? Simple!
No matter what genre your project falls into, EZkeys has you covered — with professionally played samples that fit all kinds of different musical styles. Perfect for songwriters, arrangers, and performers alike, EZkeys works inside your DAW or in standalone mode.
Songwriting made easy!
EZkeys is a revolutionary plugin and stand alone instrument that combines a world-class piano player, songwriting partner, arranger and a meticulously sampled grand piano - all in one package. Developed with Toontrack Music´s forward thinking approach to music composition, EZkeys will aside from deliver breathtakingly rich tonal qualities also allow the user unlimited creativity through its groundbreaking functionality.
The songwriting & MIDI
EZkeys comes with an extensive MIDI library (over 700 MIDI files) performed by a professional session pianist. Played with increasing complexity in full eight bar song sections and covering all major genres such as Rock, Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues and Funk, this library is not only a creative boost, it’s an untapped source of inspiration for your yet unwritten songs. Drag, drop and lay down the foundation to a track in no time!
The smart transpose functionality
When you drag and drop MIDI in the timeline of the song browser, EZkeys will immediately analyze and separate all chords. If you click any of the blocks, an intuitive wheel of fifths will open. This allows you to transpose or alter any chord or full song on the fly. This works just as well with the included as well as any user imported files.
The timeless sound
EZkeys comes with a mint condition Steinway and Sons model D grand piano, sampled to perfection in a world-class recording studio using only the best of the best in vintage and modern recording gear. The model D grand piano is the undisputed industry standard among performers and producers worldwide and has over the past century and half had an overwhelming amount of musical history and heritage created on it.
The sounds were mixed to sit perfectly in a production environment without any additional tweaking. There is also a selection of ready-made and user controllable presets available, making your sound options seem almost endless.
EZkeys - Feature Overview
32- and 64-bit VST, AU and RTAS instrument as well as 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
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
Transpose individual song blocks or full songs with a single mouse-click
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
Thirteen 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
EZkeys - Sound Library Overview
Recorded in a world-class studio using only the best of the best in modern and vintage equipment
All sounds are designed to be mix-ready. Just pick a preset and the sound will sit right in your mix
Uncompromising dynamic response for great playability
Includes Sympathetic Resonance based on real samples
Due to our proprietary loss-less compression algorithm TPC, EZkeys Grand Piano is extremely low on system resources and only needs 500 MB of RAM. Normal loading time from launch to ready-to-play is less than ten seconds
EZkeys - Preset Overview
The included signal chain presets are based on high quality effects from Overloud. Effects used range from reverb to tape simulation and distortion. You can control each preset by using a set of controls that will affect the individual parameters
The default sound. A very rich and fresh tone that will work perfectly in any type of contemporary pop/rock, country or classical composition. Customize the level of room reverb and compression by tweaking the controls
A true bypass preset that represents what the piano sounded like from the raw recording. Also, in this preset, you can adjust the level of hammer, sustain pedal and releases as well as detune the piano
A stunning plate reverb subtly blended with that mellow tone that will give the sound that characteristic, warm feel used on a lot of the classic jazz records
Retro Space Ballad:
A nice spring reverb blended with a fast repeating tape delay gives this preset a great retro feel
A chorus based preset that also includes a spring reverb for that 70s Swedish pop sound
Old Time Boogie:
Distorted through a 15lPS tape machine and with the addition of a spring reverb as well as a tape slap delay, this preset represents the vintage sound reminiscent of the dirty recordings of the 60s
Optimized to add extra presence in a stage monitor
Drive In Cabinet:
In this preset, the piano is going through a speaker cabinet and hitting distortion on the way
Going through a guitar amplifier with a distortion pedal and a spring reverb, this preset is great as a solo sound or for long swelling chords
A tremolo based preset with options for tape delay, spring reverb as well as tremolo speed and depth
A classic piano tone blended with a pad-like sound for the typical dreamy, contemporary ballad sound
Perfect for long swelling chords and atmospheric ambience
This preset builds on the same fundamental idea as the Dreamscapes preset, but adds a slightly different flavor
"This is the most fun I´ve had with a virtual instrument for years. Highly recommended" - John Waldon, Sound on Sound
"This is an amazing tool for both songwriters and composers that will not only speed up the writing process but also teach you a lot about music harmony." - Music Tech
"If you´re a songwriter who can´t play the piano, EZkeys is flexible enough to bend to your creative will." - Computer Music
"The smooth playing of the included MIDI files helped save the chords from sounding random or disconnected and we started writing melodies that simply wouldn´t have occurred had we been playing these chords by hand." - Future Music
"EZkeys is an excellent tool for generating keyboard parts. If you don’t play keys yourself then you can easily generate parts for a song demo which might lead people to believe you have been practising hard!" - Read the review in full at weareworship.com
"EZkeys is more than a piano-based, semi-auto-accompaniment device; it’s a MIDI chord analyser, compositional power tool and excellent music theory tutor all rolled into one." - Muzoblog