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      MOTU Electric Keys Virtual Instrument (104906979)
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A Virtual instrument that delivers authentic sounds of 50 classic, vintage electric keyboards.

Released at the 2008 Winter NAMM show, MOTU's Electric Keys is a cross-platform virtual instrument that delivers authentic sounds of 50 classic, vintage electric keyboard instruments from the past 40 years. This massive 40GB sound library includes over 20,000 meticulously crafted 24-bit/96 kHz multi-samples of legendary electric pianos, electric organs, clavinets, Wurlitzers, tape samplers, string machines, keyboard basses, and other rare and exotic electric keyboard instruments. These include models from names like Fender, Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Hammond, Wurlitzer, Hohner, Elka, Farfisa, Mellotron, Moog, RMI, and Arp.

Though the authentic nuance of each original instrument was captured at 24-bit/96kHz resolution, they can be played at any standard sample rate via Electric Keys' flexible 32-bit UVI playback engine. Presets consist of carefully crafted multi-samples with multiple velocities, layers and/or release samples, depending on the instrument. Samples are streamed from disk, so even the largest presets load quickly while conserving computer memory. Sounds are organized in 12 banks, each with its own custom look ("skin"), letting you to install on your hard drive only the banks you wish to use.

The Electric Keys interface offers a few simple controls, including volume, pan, tone, and tremolo settings, along with two preset slots, which allow you to layer two sounds using the convenient multi-column preset browser. When a preset loads, the background displays the "skin" for the corresponding bank, but the controls and their operation remain the same. Once one or two sounds are loaded onto MOTU's Electric Keys, the user can simply play, adjusting parameters as desired, while CPU-efficient 256-note polyphony ensures that notes are never cut off due to voice-stealing.


MOTU Electric Keys Virtual Instrument Features:

  • 40GB library
    24-bit/96kHz multi-samples
    More than 20,000 samples of over 50 keyboards from the 60s to today by Fender, Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Hammond, Wurlitzer, Hohner, Elka, Farfisa, Mellotron, Moog, RMI, Arp and more
    Standard rate playback via Electric Keys' flexible 32-bit UVI playback engine
    Each instrument has it's own custom skin
    Each instrument has access to an effects rack which includes: Amp Simulation, Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Filters, Phaser, Flanger, UVinyl (wear and tear sound)
    Effects can be loaded, created, and saved independently of instrument presets
    Samples streamed from disk, so large presets load quickly and conserve computer memory
    3D piano keys across the bottom of window highlight during playback
    Simple controls include volume, pan, tone, and tremolo settings, along with two preset slots, which allow users to layer two sounds using the convenient multi-column preset browse
    Dozens of factory presets and combis included
    Load and save combis consisting of a snapshot of the entire plug-in, including effects
    MIDI learn
    256 polyphony
    Effects parameters are MIDI Controller assignable
    The software is available as a standalone virtual instrument as well as an RTAS, AU, MAS, VST, and DXi
    iLok included
    Cross-platform: Mac OS X and Windows (XP and Vista)




MOTU Electric Keys Virtual Instrument

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  • Best Tron out there

    As reviewed by Mark Burgh on 4/8/2010

    MOTU virtual keys is the best sample-based emulation out now for Mellotron, String synths, Clavinet, Hammond, and other great keys. Though some might say that MTron offers more sounds, the MOTU offers the best Tron sounds period. I've checked this with actual Tron users, and they say that MOTU virtual keys sounds just like a raw Tron. A Memory hog, true, but I love this package and use it constantly. Worth every penny.

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