Toontrack has announced the immediate release of the latest instrument to join its award winning EZkeys product line.

In simple terms, EZkeys Cinematic Grand is a prepared piano – a traditional instrument that’s had its sound altered by objects placed on or between the strings. But in this case, that’s simplifying too much.

EZkeys Cinematic Grand presents an all-new hybrid instrument where perfect fidelity meets altered harmonics and layered textures to form never-before-heard piano timbres.

Based on a classic Bösendorfer from 1891, this one-of-a-kind instrument was recorded in four individual configurations – one where horsehair was used as a bow on each piano string; one where the strings were struck by hand; one where various preparations were added to generate a muffled tone-colour and in opposite, one where the overtones were exaggerated, producing an ambient and soaring timbre.

These four configurations were then saturated with various chains of sound-shaping effects and used in different combinations to form unique fabrics of sound. Welcome to a piano that goes well beyond the tradition, ready to serve as sonic backdrop to virtually any mood, narrative or audio scene you can imagine.

This is the ultimate “grand piano” for out-of-this-world compositions, just as perfect for soundtracks as it is for any stripe of modern music production or sound design. Prepare to be inspired.

EZkeys Cinematic Grand features

  • Ideal for ambient soundscapes, soundtracks and creative sound design.
  • Based on a classic Bösendorfer from 1891, recorded in four octaves and in four different configurations (to be used individually or together in preset combinations).
  • A comprehensive collection of 40 mix-ready presets, offering creative instrument blends of never-before-heard hybrids of sounds.
  • AAX, VST, AU and RTAS instrument as well as a low latency stand-alone application.

The EZkeys Cinematic Grand is now available from Toontrack and distributor PluginFox, priced at 139 EUR / $179 USD.