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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.
*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 EZkeys Cinematic Pads 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, EZkeys Cinematic Pads 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.
EZkeys Cinematic Pads comes with more than 70 unique presets showcasing an
immense scope of sound, creative audio textures and cutting-edge sound design.
This bundle includes EZdrummer 2, EZbass, EZmix 2 and one EZkeys of your choice. Welcome to a world of sound and a songwriting experience that covers the entire range from drums and bass to keys and mixing/mastering.EZ LINE SOFTWARE COLLECTION
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Supported Hosts *
|Ableton Live||(version 9 or above)|
|Cakewalk||(version 2018 or above)|
|Cubase||(version 6 or above)|
|Digital Performer||(version 9 or above)|
|GarageBand||(version 10 or above)|
|Logic Pro||(version 9 or above)|
|Pro Tools||(version 12 or above)|
|REAPER||(version 6 or above)|
|Studio One Artist||(version 5 or above)|
|Studio One Professional||(version 2 or above)|
|Waveform||(version 10 or above)|
* The list consists of hosts where the main features of our software work. There might be cases where features like drag & drop of MIDI, multi-channel-out, MIDI channel filtering or other non-critical features do not work. If unsure, we recommend that you investigate with the respective manufacturer what limitations may exist in their environment. If your host is not listed it means that we have not tested it. It may still work but a prerequisite is that the host supports VST2, AU or AAX instruments.
1.2 GB of free hard disk space.
Windows 7 or newer, Pentium 4 or Athlon processor with 2 GB RAM.
macOS 10.9 or higher, Intel-based Mac with 2 GB RAM.
Audio Unit, VST or AAX host application (64-bit on Mac) and professional sound card recommended.
Stand-alone version included.