EZkeys Operation Manual

EZkeys Operation Manual

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CREDITS Project manager: Erik Phersson Interaction design: Henrik Ekblom Programming: Christoffer Lindmark, Patrik Wall and Olof Westman Additional programming: Olof Hermansson and Jacob Norén Graphic artists: Fredrik Ärletun and Ulf Larsson Sound recordings: Sampletekk Sound editing and presets: Mattias Eklund Piano consultant: Jon-Anders Marthinussen MIDI performance: Rickard Frohm MIDI editing: Henrik Ekblom, Nils Eriksson, Henrik Kjellberg and Jacob Norén Web and database: Daniel Dermes Configuration manager: Rogue Marechal Quality assurance: Damian Blunt, Stefan Bränberg and Mikael Stenberg Ulf Edlund, and Martin Kristoffersson Manual writing: Rogue Marechal, Scott Sibley and Göran Turborn Proofreading: Erik Phersson and Henrik Ekblom

Effects powered by Overloud Betatesters: Kevin Afflack, John Alcock, John Braner, Chuck Butler, Jeff Clark, Nathan Fairweather, Chaim Goldman, Scott Griggs, Brad Holland, Emmanuel Lorant, Keith Lubrant, Harry Maes, Mehdi Occy, David Modisette, Murray McDowall, Wilfredo Nanita, Kirk Pennak, John Rammelt, Michael Sanfilipp, Conley Shepherd, Scott Sibley, David Snow and Mark Williams. Additional thanks to our hard working distributors, supporting families, and of course, all the Toontrack fans out there! Mac, Mac OS and Audio Units are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technology AG. RTAS and AAX are trademarks of Avid Corp. Overloud is a trademark of Almateq srl. All other trademarks held by their respective owners. This manual is copyright Toontrack Music AB. No duplication or copying permitted without written permission.


TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 - INTRODUCTION 2 - INSTALLATION 2.1 System requirements 2.2 Installing EZkeys on your PC 2.3 Installing EZkeys on your Mac 2.4 Authorizing EZkeys online 2.5 Authorizing EZkeys offline

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3 - EZKEYS IN OPERATION 3.1 The Keyboard area 3.2 Sound libraries and presets 3.3 The MIDI Browser 3.4 Song Track overview 3.5 Songwriting tools in details 3.6 The Chord Selector 3.7 Using other Sound Generators 3.8 Standalone operation

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1 - INTRODUCTION Combining a world-class piano player, songwriting partner, arranger and a meticulously sampled piano, EZkeys marks the next step in creative music software. EZkeys comes with an extensive, pro-played, MIDI library covering all major styles from pop, rock and gospel to country and jazz. This, combined with EZkeys’ revolutionary smart transpose functionality, makes writing songs easier than ever. Drag and drop MIDI phrases, be it from the included library or your own imported material, add color and transpose them on the fly. It is that simple! Because EZkeys is a virtual instrument that combines fantastic keyboard sound with a simple and easy to use MIDI browser and built-in song track construction facilities, you can be sure you have all the tools you need to create the perfect keyboard part, effortlessly and efficiently! We hope you enjoy using EZkeys and find it an indispensable songwriting tool. Thank you for your support and purchase!

Note that this manual is intended as a comprehensive operational manual for the EZkeys Player and some functionality may not be available in all individual products in the EZkeys line. Furthermore, screenshots featured in this manual are representative of the EZkeys Grand Piano, and it is possible that some visual references used for illustration are not applicable or may differ in positioning in other EZkeys products.


2 - INSTALLATION 2.1 System requirements • Windows XP SP3 or newer, Pentium IV / Athlon 1,8 GHz with 1GB RAM (32 and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported as per host application) • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, G5 or Intel processor with 1GB RAM (32 and 64-bit hosts are supported on the Mac Intel platform) Audio Unit, VST or RTAS host a