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 EZkeys Grand Piano by Toontrack Music is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
EZkeys Grand Piano
EZkeys Grand Piano
Product EZkeys Grand Piano
Developer Toontrack Music
Price (MSRP) €139 / $179.99
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EZkeys is a Piano Virtual Instrument with Extensive MIDI Phrase and Loop Library, Intelligent Transposition Functions, and Highly Streamlined User Interface.

With Toontrack's EZkeys virtual pianist software you don't have to be a world-class piano player to sound like one. EZkeys lets you painlessly add the right piano style in the perfect key to your music. It gives you the same kind of straightforward user interface that's made EZdrummer a success, plus a beautiful integrated Steinway Model D virtual instrument.

Here's how it works. You browse through EZkeys' vast library of professionally performed MIDI loops and phrases, select your key, and drag and drop the results into your DAW.

Toontrack EZkeys Virtual Pianist Software and Plug-in at a Glance:

  • Simple user interface makes finding the right piano style and chord progression easy.
  • Smart transposition adds realism to your piano performances and tracks.
  • Highly detailed Steinway and Sons Model D virtual instrument gives you "world-class" piano sound.

Simple user interface makes finding the right piano style and chord progression easy
Toontrack loaded EZkeys with a MIDI library that includes hundreds of professionally played loops and phrases. This extensive collection of gives you access to every major style of piano performance, covering pop, rock, gospel, country, jazz - the list goes on and on. Each performance is arranged into song section blocks, including intro, verse, chorus, and other parts. A column browser lets you quickly find the right MIDI performance, and drag-and-drop export makes adding your piano parts to your DAW easy.

Smart transposition adds realism to your piano performances and tracks
EZkeys's transposition method goes leaps and bounds beyond what your typical sequencer or DAW can do. On the surface, there's the easy-to-use smart transpose wheel, which lets you choose both the key and the chord variation you want. Under the surface, however, EZkeys actually analyzes every individual chord and progression to provide the perfect transposition for each note. The result is that you get totally realistic performances in any key, without having to be a MIDI guru. And there's no voodoo at work here - EZkeys can even intelligently transpose imported MIDI files in the exact same way.

Highly detailed Steinway and Sons Model D virtual instrument
More than just a MIDI sequencing tool, Toontrack's EZkeys come loaded with a top-quality Steinway and Sons Model D grand piano virtual instrument. One of the most sought-after piano sounds, the Steinway Model D is considered by many to be the industry-standard concert piano.

Toontrack EZkeys Virtual Pianist Software and Plug-in Features:

  • The perfect way to add professional piano parts to your music, without hiring a world-class pianist.
  • Lets you create, arrange, and sequence high-quality piano parts, without being either a MIDI guru or a piano player.
  • Includes a massive MIDI library of expertly played piano performances, phrases, and loops in a wide variety of styles.
  • Covers all major musical genres, including pop, rock, gospel, country, jazz, and more.
  • MIDI content logically arranged into styles and song parts via a simple, column-based browser.
  • Smart transpose wheel makes selecting the chord type and key extremely easy.
  • Smart transpose function analyses chords and notes to create realistic key articulations.
  • Supports third party MIDI as well, allowing you to add your own phrases and loops to your library.
  • Built-in Steinway and Sons Model D virtual instrument provides world-class piano sound.
  • Onboard piano plays back content and also accepts incoming MIDI, making it a full-fledged virtual instrument.
  • Operates in standalone mode or as an RTAS, AU, or VST plug-in for compatibility with all popular DAW software.
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13 March 2012 at 5:16pmRandomChaos11

EZkeys was released by Toontrack on March 13, 2012. After receiving my e-mail notification and a quick look at the specs, I purchased a copy. EZkeys is just the sort of songwriting/music composition tool I was looking for. Like its name promises, EZkeys is both simple and quick to use -- did not even both with the manual -- and I was able to assemble with the 64-bit standalone version a 3-minute 66BPM ballad from the MIDI library. I used only a few of the features and they worked as advertised: randomize a MIDI part so new chords are generated on the fly or use the chord wheel when clicking on a chord segment within a MIDI to pick a new chord. I only have a rudimentary understanding of music theory and rely a lot on my ear and trial and error. EZkeys let me export my MIDI song and import it into my favorite DAWS (SONAR X1 Producer Expanded). The EZkeys VSTi plugin worked just as well as the standalone. The only sour note was during MIDI playback in SONAR near the end there was a bit of audio stutter. I froze the EZkeys VSTi, however, and the audio track sounds perfect. I'm sold on EZkeys and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a safe, reliable and easy entry into keyboard work. Thank you very much Toontrack for another tremendous tool! PS: I don't work Toontrack and this is not a paid endorsement.

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