This is an expansion that works with both EZkeys 1 and EZkeys 2. Note: This product only comes with a sound library – no MIDI or software is included. See full system requirements at the bottom of this page.
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 Cinematic Pads EKX.
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 Cinematic Pads EKX is a Bösendorfer* from 1891. It was sampled in traditional Toontrack fashion but had each note reversed in the final product.
*All other manufacturers’ product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Toontrack. See full notice here.
Mattias Eklund, captured at the Farkosten studio during the Cinematic Pads EKX sessions.
Mattias Eklund is the Head of Sound Design and co-founder of Toontrack. Aside from being childishly excited about gear and anything that produces sound in any shape or form, he’s an avid guitar player, instrument collector and vinyl record lover.
Q: Where did the idea for this instrument come from?
A: Pad sounds have always intrigued me and been something I’ve reached for when writing or producing music. That’s why I figured it would be an interesting and challenging task to make my very own library from scratch using some of my favorite instruments and synths. Combining the unpredictable and limitless modular world with classic analogue synths is what got me started, and from there I just let my heart and ears guide me.
Q: How come you landed specifically on a piano, a bowed guitar and the synths you picked? Was there a selective process with lots of trial and error?
A: I was looking for a group of instruments that all had strong personalities but, most importantly, contrasted one another. I wanted the analogue and the digital world to clash and form some some of alternative universe where it was impossible to discern where a sound really originated from. Yes, there was some trial and error, but surprisingly little of it. The vision I had going in is very much intact in the final product.
Q: On a technical note, how exactly does this instrument “work” in EZkeys?
A: Under the hood, Cinematic Pads EKX has 17 different sampled instruments or original sources of sound. All of these I then combined in different ways. For example, I could have a traditional synth on the first channel, a sampled string instrument on the second one and then maybe fatten up the overall tone with the same string sound one octave lower and add in a second synth an octave up. This, in combination with my ability to add in white and pink noise as well as dive into an almost inexhaustible pool of effects, made it possible for me to create literally anything imaginable. As a user of the final product, you will be able to control the filters, ambiences and other parameters specific to each preset.
Q: Both personally and professionally, your projects often have somewhat of an experimental touch to them. Is that an important creative catalyst for you – to do something that hasn’t been done before?
A: I love to experiment. To me it’s just my natural state of being creative and really has nothing to do with trying to be innovative. I think that if you try to do something that hasn’t been done before as opposed to trying to do something that you truly love based on what you feel in your heart and hear with your ears, you’re doomed to fail.
Q: What do you hope users take away from using these sounds?
A: I hope they will get loads of inspiration. I feel that with these sounds, just using minuscule musical ideas, simple chord sequences or melodies you can create huge soundscapes and open doors to your creative self you didn’t know existed.
Cinematic Pads EKX comes with more than 70 unique presets showcasing an
immense scope of sound, creative audio textures and cutting-edge sound design.
1.2 GB free disk space (plus 1.1 GB for download), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended).
A working EZkeys 2.0.0 (or above) or a EZkeys 1.3.3 (or above) installation.