Art Vista has released Virtual Grand Piano Version 2.0 and announced the Malmsjö GVI, a new enhanced version of its sampled Malmsjö Grand Piano.
Virtual Grand Piano Version 2.0 features a new multi-function interface with new features:
- Mac-Intel compatibility.
- Sample pool has been re-edited.
- Now includes a large number of calibrated keyboard-specific presets, and allows you to choose your controller keyboard from a list.
- Numerous recording/playing styles presets available directly from the main interface.
- Release samples on/off controllable from interface.
- Three-band parametric EQ, exciter, surround sound panning.
- “Musical” sustain pedal noises that interprets and adjusts to playing style.
- Compression in three levels as well as tape saturation.
- Reverb on/off with control of parameters from interface.
- Accurate authentic handling of release sample playback when triggered by sustain pedal release.
- Programmable user presets.
- Improved unisons and minor tuning corrections.
Virtual Grand Piano 2.0 offers full backwards compatibility with version 1.0, and all presets from the previous version are available in version 2.0, including a large number of “Recording Styles” presets emulating piano sounds from famous piano recordings of all genres from 1950 until today.
Virtual Grand Piano 2.0 is based on Native Instruments’ Kontakt 2 Player engine, and it is now compatible also with Mac-Intel (UB) computers. It is shipping now for an MSRP of $199 USD.
The new MALMSJÖ GVI has been given a substantial face-lift, and an increase in dynamic range, by the use of the new DEF technology offered by Tascam in its Giga software.
“The result of this combination of modeling and sampling is quite stunning” said Jim Van Buskirk, Giga technology innovator. “This piano, via DEF, breaks the ‘stair-step dynamics’ paradigm that has plagued all sampled instruments before it. Just like the acoustic instrument, MALMSJÖ GVI has continuous dynamics and ever changing spectral depth.”
To prepare the Malmsjö samples for this new technology, Art Vista optimized the recorded samples from the lowest level. The result is an instrument with pristine audio representation from the very intimate, to “larger-than-life” presentations.
MALMSJÖ GVI has also been enhanced with eight-level release sample ambience from a medium size hall with wood floors, and custom impulse responses by Larry Seyer, the multiple Grammy Award-winning recording engineer. The new MALMSJÖ GVI is backwards compatible with the old sample library Malmsjö Acoustic Grand, and includes the presets from the previous offering.
The new GVI format offers increased versatility, as it can be used either as a stand-alone application, or as a VSTi plug-in. It can also be loaded as a sample library into the GigaStudio software.
MALMSJÖ GVI from Art Vista is shipping in January and has an MSRP of $199 USD.
Visit Art Vista for more information.