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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Vienna Imperial

VSL Vienna Imperial - basic view

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Vienna Imperial, a virtual grand piano for Windows and Mac.

The venerable Bösendorfer Imperial 290-755 that our team hosted at the Silent Stage for two months was equipped with the famed piano manufacturer’s CEUS technology, which allowed for the most precise and by far most extensive piano sample recordings ever conducted in the history of music technology. 1,200 recorded samples per key represent a magnitude of sampling detail that has been unthinkable up to now.

The innovative implementation of meticulously recorded pedal-up and pedal-down notes in up to 100 velocities, comprehensive sympathetic resonances, and multiple release samples make the Vienna Imperial quite honestly the most realistic sampled piano ever created.

Vienna Imperial features

  • Up to 100 velocities per key, 1,200 recorded samples per key.
  • Audience, player, and close microphone recording positions.
  • Powerful proprietary piano engine.
  • Multiple release samples for different note lengths (supports authentic staccato/staccatissimo performances).
  • Repetition samples for pedal-sustained notes.
  • Sympathetic resonances for sustain pedal up and down positions.
  • Adjustable pedal noises.
  • Easy to use interface with unique velocity histogram.
  • Convolution reverb featuring three halls of the famous Vienna Konzerthaus.
  • Equalizer.
  • Dynamic range control.
  • Lossless sample compression for using less hard disk space.
  • RAM Optimizer to unload unused samples out of RAM.
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz, stereo.

Vienna Imperial is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) at a price of $875 USD. A purchase also entitles you to download the free Vienna Ensemble 2 mixing and host software.

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information and audio demos.


Steinberg announces The Grand 3

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Steinberg The Grand 3 - Yamaha C7

Steinberg has announced The Grand 3, a virtual piano suite for Windows and Mac.

The Grand 3 recreates the expressiveness, playability and sound of three of the world’s finest and most famous grand pianos: Yamaha C7, Bösendorfer 290 Imperial and Steinway D. Additionally, the classical Yamaha CP80 Electric Grand as well as the charismatic vintage upright piano model by Nordiska Pianofabriken have been included to round out the palette of piano greatness.

By generating the source material to highest standards using latest recording technology, a uniquely warm, transparent and flexible sound is present in The Grand 3, delivering the same distinctive character of the individual pianos in exacting detail.

And it doesn’t stop here. With two different microphone positions that provide optimal tone and spatial positioning in the mix, its sustain and sostenuto pedal support, subtle mechanical noises and true resonance, The Grand 3 is the most ambitious and innovative development in piano modeling to date.

The Grand 3 features

  • Five top-flight piano models in one VST instrument.
  • Astoundingly authentic piano sound that comes courtesy of three of the world’s finest, most expensive concert grand pianos.
  • Full-length sustain samples, no loops, with every key sampled individually at varying velocities.
  • Unrivaled dynamic response.
  • Amazingly authentic sustain pedal resonance, damper and hammer emulations, velocity adapts individually to suit your touch, style of play and keyboard’s response.
  • Powerful options for tweaking tone and variable room simulations.

The Grand 3 will be available in Q3 of 2009.

Visit Steinberg for more information