Update to Steinberg's virtual concert grand 07/04/05Steinberg have announced the much-anticipated update
to its The Grand virtual concert grand piano product. The Grand 2
features an entirely new added grand piano, surround capabilities
as well as a range of features designed to maximise computer
"This update firmly establishes The Grand as one of the leading
virtual piano instruments worldwide," comments Helge Vogt,
Steinberg's Product Manager for Virtual Instruments. "Not only
have we paid meticulous attention to achieving an extraordinarily
high quality in the audio material used, but we've also aimed at
further enhancing both playability and realism to an even higher
level than the first version of The Grand," continues Vogt. "And
that was tough."
Building on the acclaimed The Grand VSTi, the new version offers
numerous new features and capabilities. The Grand 2 features an
entire, new grand piano model, painstakingly sampled from a real
concert grand made by one of the world's leading manufacturers.
Users can easily switch between the two models with only a single
mouse click. Added key click and pedal sounds as well as hammer
samples further increase the level of realism offered. The unique
new four-channel surround implementation allows The Grand 2 to
be placed anywhere inside a virtual room, with the position
adjustable from directly within the VSTi's user interface.
Further new features enhance the resource efficiency of The Grand
2. Incorporated into The Grand 2 is the RAMSave technology
first seen in Steinberg's HALion 3 virtual sampler VSTi, which
allows for highly efficient use of the host computer's RAM by
allowing the 'freezing' of the instrument and automatically
unloading unneeded samples from memory. While the general disk
streaming performance has also been enhanced in the new version,
the new 'Eco' mode can further reduce demands on the
computer's resources, freeing up power for other processing tasks.
The Grand 2 supports all major plug-in formats such as VST, DXi,
and AU. ReWire support offers easy integration into Pro Tools,
while the standalone version allows The Grand 2 to be used
without a host application.
Price and availability
The Grand 2 will be available for â‚¬239.00* from May 2005.
Existing customers can update to the new The Grand 2 version for
*SRP includes 16% German VAT. Prices subject to regional