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EZplayer pro (Browser/ File Player - MIDI Plugin)

Toontrack EZplayer pro

EZplayer pro
plugin name EZplayer pro
developer / manufacturer Toontrack
price €39
licence type commercial - must be purchased to be used, a demo version may be available
plugin type

Browser/ File Player

available formats -
available platforms Windows 32bit
plugin status Released
plugin version 1
date added 30 March 2008 at 21:08
date updated 30 March 2008 at 21:08
EZplayer pro description
EZplayer pro Q and A

EZplayer pro at a glance
EZplayer pro is a multi track MIDI organizer, arranger and format conversion tool between mapping formats that allows you to gather all your MIDI clips in one browser. You can use EZplayer pro to preview those MIDI clips and drag and drop them directly into your host. The multi track arranger in EZplayer pro also makes it possible to arrange MIDI clips into fused sequences to either be saved back into the EZplayer pro browser for later use or be dragged into your usual sequencer as part of a composition.

So what is EZplayer pro?
EZplayer pro is the much boosted version of Toontrack Music's EZplayer FREE. It is available as a separate product from Toontrack Music and associated distributors but is also included as the MIDI drag and drop engine for Superior Drummer 2.0. To learn more about Superior Drummer 2.0 please visit the S2.0 product page.

How do I use EZplayer pro?
You simply connect any track in EZplayer pro to a track in your host pre-assigned to the sampler that you want to use as a sound source using the MIDI OUT function (check the manual found in the help menu of the EZplayer pro interface for specific procedure in various programs).

Once attached to your sampler, it could not be easier to build your tracks, right there in our intuitive built-in arranger: use the EZplayer pro's browser to audition your MIDI clips and arrange them on the timeline, on as few or as many tracks as is convenient or required.

But it does not stop there, using an intelligent cataloging system EZplayer pro is also capable of isolating most percussive instruments from your MIDI files, allowing you to re-combine patterns from different grooves to form exciting new beats.

Used in conjunction with Toontrack solo and EZdrummer or Superior Drummer, the award winning samplers from Toontrack Music, EZplayer pro also becomes a stand alone workstation for creating MIDI beats independently from your regular sequencer.

Will EZplayer pro work with any sampler?
EZplayer pro is General MIDI compatible out of the box and will of course drive any Toontrack sampler with no further setup, but tracks in the EZplayer pro arranger can also be connected to any other sampler instrument in your host software (to choose among the extensive 3rd party support list, see below), and thereby be used to audition and organize all your MIDI clips, regardless of where they came from.

EZplayer pro's more specialized features focus on use with percussive samplers. As mentioned above EZPlayer pro is capable of translating MIDI files between different drum sampler. To do so simply select the appropriate mapping from the menu next to the relevant EZplayer pro's track (or browser for audition purposes). Conversely, source material can be identified when incorporated into the browser so that any format can be translated into any other.

Supported sampler mappings at the time of writing are: dfh-Superior (including Custom and Vintage), EZdrummer, DFH 1&2, Digidesign's Strike, Battery, BFD 1&2, Addictive Drums, Reason Drum Kits and of course any GM software or hardware sampler, percussive or not.

What else do I get with EZplayer pro?
EZplayer pro comes with a generous amount of percussive MIDI files to get you started. The files are played by Toontrack artists David 'Fingers' Haynes and Per Mikaelsson (drummer of the Claustrophobic EZX).

Can I use my existing MIDI libraries with EZplayer pro?
Of course, just add your MIDI folders in the EZplayer pro browser by using the Add Path function or drag them straight into the EZplayer pro basic browser. Tell EZplayer pro what mapping format the files are in. Instantaneously your MIDI files (complete with folder structure) will show up in the browser of EZplayer pro ready to be auditioned, arranged on the timeline or dragged into your host.

Where can I get more MIDI files for EZplayer pro?
Either purchase any of the Toontrack EZdrummer EZX expansion packs and install on your computer**. The MIDI files included will show up in your EZplayer pro browser automatically. You can also scroll to Content Delivery in the help menu in the EZplayer FREE interface to find weblinks to third party content delivery sites.

** The sampled sounds in the EZX:s however can only be utilized together with EZdrummer or Superior Drummer 2.0 and are not accesible through EZplayer pro.

EZplayer pro point by point
*MIDI engine available as a plug-in from your host that lets you organize and preview all the MIDI on your hard drive with the sampler of your choice.
*Imports your MIDI libraries by using the Add Path menu in the EZplayer pro interface or by dragging the folders into the EZplayer pro window.
*Multi track arranging capabilities. Sequence, edit and fuse your MIDI into new arrangements to save back into the EZplayer pro or to drag and drop into your host for use in new compositions.
*Works with all major host applications on the market but also with Toontrack solo (Toontracks own host application, free for all registered users of Toontrack samplers, version 1.1 required). See compatibility list for details.
*Supports any GM compliant software and hardware samplers as well as virtually all leading drum samplers on the market (including Toontrack EZdrummer and Superior lines of course). See compatibility list for details.
*Supports all common time signatures internally in addition to syncing to host tempo and signature.
*Split percussive MIDI files into kit pieces. Combine instrument kit pieces from one file with instruments from another to create new beats.
*Time stretch separate MIDI clips or kit pieces patterns and add accented cues to your beats with the accent tool.
*Adjust velocity, lengths or transpose single clips or entire tracks to create more dynamics in your grooves.
*Translate MIDI content between all common drum sampler formats on the market.
*Control and trigger sequences live with the MIDI hardware learn functions.
*Record and fuse multi part arrangements into single MIDI file clips.
*Search and buy MIDI content on the internet from the third party content providers listed in the interface.
*Stand alone workstation for creating MIDI beats when used in conjunction with Toontrack solo and EZdrummer or Superior Drummer, the award winning samplers from Toontrack.
*MIDI content played by David 'Fingers' Haynes and Per Mikaelsson (Claustrophobic EZX) included.
*EZplayer pro is part of the Toontrack Software Tools line and works as a Universal Binary compatible plugin in RTAS, VST and AU formats.


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