Toontrack EZ Keys | User Midi For Chords or Melodies | Studio One 4 This video tutorial by MG The Future (MG) is about using Ezkeys to recycle user MIDI, and how this process works in two directions. It also demonstrates how using Ezkeys with Studio One’s chord track can significantly speed up your workflow. […]
This video tutorial by MG The Future (MG) is about using Ezkeys to recycle user MIDI, and how this process works in two directions. It also demonstrates how using Ezkeys with Studio One's chord track can significantly speed up your workflow.
The tutorial begins with MG reading a comment from a viewer named Michael McCarthy, who mentioned that you can feed Ezkeys a non-chord progression like a melody or bass line and have it generate the chords for you. This comment inspired MG to explore this feature further.
In Ezkeys, you can import your own MIDI files. This can be done by going to the menu browser and adding a folder to the browser. You can bring in stuff that you downloaded online or, in MG's case, exports from old beats he made in FL Studio.
MG demonstrates this by importing different parts of a beat he made, including the bass, chords, melody, and stabs. He then creates a simple four-bar chord progression using the circle of fifths. He highlights these chords and applies his stabs to them, demonstrating how Ezkeys tries to make chords out of the bass line.
MG mentions that a common workflow is to use Scaler to analyze the keys in a sample, find a scale, make a four-bar chord progression, and then drag it into Ezkeys. From there, you can go through your whole MIDI library and create new stuff out of old stuff.
The tutorial then shifts to creating melodies and chords. MG lays down a simple melody and imports it into Ezkeys. He then browses through user MIDI to find the right performance for the melody.
MG demonstrates this by recording a simple melody and importing it into Ezkeys. He then browses through user MIDI to find a performance that fits the melody. He then drags the generated chord progression back onto the lead track.
MG then shows how to use Studio One's chord track to add new chords to the melody. He right-clicks on the track, selects “Detect Key Signature”, and the program gives him a key signature. He then right-clicks again and selects “Extract Chord Track” to get the chords.
MG demonstrates this by creating a bass line from the chords generated by Ezkeys. He then changes the sound of the lead and the bass to better fit the track.