Umeå, Sweden, April 3, 2018 — Today Toontrack announced the release of EZkeys Dream Machine, a new hybrid instrument tailored for modern pop, ambient soundscapes and soundtracks. In addition, today Toontrack also released the Melancholic Pop EZkeys MIDI pack, the thirty-eighth individual title in the company’s ever-growing and widely popular collection of MIDI expansions for EZkeys.
About EZkeys Dream Machine
EZkeys Dream Machine is a hybrid and preset-driven instrument designed for use in modern pop, ambient soundscapes and soundtracks. It’s centered around two main components from opposite ends of the audio spectrum: a Rhodes Mark 7 electric piano as well as an undisputed cornerstone in the melodic percussion family, the celeste. Both main instruments can be used individually, but together they form unique sonic texture unlike anything ever heard. In addition to these two instruments, a marimba and a xylophone are utilized in the background of several of the many included presets to paint even richer timbres of sound.
All in all, EZkeys Dream Machine ($179) is a new creative vantage point for your songwriting tools—percussive, melodic, and dreamy.
• Perfect for modern pop, ambient soundscapes, and soundtracks
• Two main instruments: a Rhodes Mark 7 and a celeste (to be used individually or together in preset combinations)
• Includes sounds from a marimba and a xylophone (used in preset combinations)
• A comprehensive collection of mix-ready presets, offering creative instrument blends of never-before-heard hybrids of sounds
• Uncompromising dynamic response for great playability
Get more information and audio demos on the Dream Machine Pop product page.
About the Melancholic Pop EZkeys MIDI pack
In music, there’s something about melancholy that strikes a chord. Some songs leave unquestionable footprints, cling to you and make emotional dents that can’t be denied or easily erased. Somehow, there’s an illogicality in the fact that melancholy in music is as uplifting as it is brooding with sadness. It emotes, provokes and uplifts, just like art is supposed to.
This EZkeys MIDI pack takes on a broad inspiration base in all walks of tempo and style when it comes to pop music of the last few decades. We’re exploring those hooks, melodies, harmonies and progressions that all have that undeniable melancholic twist. Think The Cure, U2, Coldplay, R.E.M., OneRepublic, and Keane, and you’ll hear it.
• Piano MIDI inspired by melancholic pop songs of the last few decades
• Performed by professional session player
• 4/4 and 6/8 in straight feel with tempos ranging from 68 BPM to 126 BPM
• Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus and bridge sections
Get more information and audio demos on the Melancholic Pop ($29) product page.
Toontrack is a developer of software for music production, known for its attention to quality, design and innovation. In 1999, Toontrack changed the industry with the groundbreaking drum sample library Drumkit From Hell. Today, the company is excels in sampled drums and has extended its product range to include mix tools, software piano instruments, and a wide assortment of expansion content. Some of Toontrack’s most known brands include EZdrummer 2, Superior Drummer 3, EZmix 2, and EZkeys.