Galaxy Instruments announces Galaxy Vintage D

Galaxy Vintage D

Galaxy Instruments has announced the release of Galaxy Vintage D, a virtual grand piano that is based on samples of a Vintage Steinway D, a true legend of its class, located at Bauer Studios in Germany.

The Model D-274 by Steinway is very likely not only the most popular concert grand, but also one of the most acknowledged ones. Bauer Studios’ Vintage D was built in 1920 in Hamburg, the German factory of Steinway & Sons. Over almost 90 years this instrument has achieved a very deep and intimate timbre, thus providing an energetic personaltiy and a beautiful singing tone, typical for great Steinway grand pianos. Some of the best pianists have recorded legendary albums on this 1920 Steinway D, among them Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Guillermo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Wolfgang Dauner and many others. Rich Beirach called it ‘the best piano in the world’.

Galaxy Vintage D features

  • Powered by Kontakt Player 4 engine.
  • Direct access of all controls.
  • True half pedalling and repedalling.
  • Una Corda samples.
  • Real overtones.
  • Adjustable noises.
  • One knob control of tone colour and dynamics.
  • Convolution reverb.
  • Velocity editor.
  • Compressor for pop piano sounds.
  • Warp Engine for sound design beyond regular piano sounds.

Galaxy Vintage D for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) will be released January 2010 with an MSRP of 149 EUR.

Galaxy II Grand Piano Collection will also be upgraded to the new Kontakt 4 Player engine (February 2010).

More information: Galaxy Instruments / Galaxy Vintage D

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I just started using this and so far it has alot of pops and clicks. I changed it over from another Steinway brand that was being used in my cubase 5 song as a VST. This product just caused pops and clicks that was not there with the old VST piano and at this time I would say go with the other brands on the market. This might have a certain sound that people would like but in all honesty it does not live up to the feel of the other rival on the market and the overall sound is… Read more »


Reading the one comment posted below this blog, I have to say that it is absolutely nonsensical and might as well be spam. I have used the Vintage D library for months now on a slightly above ‘average’ computer below the recommended system specs and it is wonderful to play. I think Galaxy has done a tremendous job of sampling this piano. I am not a tone purist and I’ll bet you’ll complain much more about a real Steinway D and its price tag, if you are looking into products like this in the first place. I prefer the vintage… Read more »

Terry Byrne
Terry Byrne

I bought the Galaxy Vintage D some time ago. But I still can’t use it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have a Yamaha P85 digital piano. I also have a midi lead with two leads going into my piano with the USB end going into my computer. I have plugged my headphones into the computer but cannot hear the Vintage D sound. What do I need to do next? (The Galaxy Vintage D has already been successfully downloaded.)


Are you using the instrument as standalone software within the Kontakt Player? You might need to setup your MIDI, did you check? (Chapter 2.1.3)