Steinway Sampled

Garritan announces the release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano      07/05/08

Steinway Sampled

Garritan has announced the release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano, a sample-based software instrument developed in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, maker of the world's finest pianos.
The company tell us that the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand piano accurately captures the distinctive sound of the hallmark Steinway & Sons concert grand piano - with unprecedented authenticity and musicality.
The library comes in three versions: Professional, Standard and Basic. The Professional version offers the superb Steinway Model D piano with five different listening perspectives:
  • Player perspective from the bench
  • A classical recording perspective
  • An under-the-lid perspective
  • A stage perspective
  • A close audience perspective
Standard version offers the under lid and classic perspectives.
The Basic version, say Garritan, is ideal for students, amateur musicians, and educators. It is a light version that offers a single perspective. The Basic version will also be available in downloadable format.
The Steinway concert grand piano chosen for the sample set is among Steinway's finest Model D's — newly voiced, regulated, and meticulously tuned by a master Steinway technician. Recording was done in one of the finest venues in the world, The Troy Music Hall.
  • Created in partnership with Steinway & Sons
  • The very finest concert grand piano—the Steinway Model D Concert Grand hand-picked by Steinway & Sons
  • Overseen by Steinway & Sons' most accomplished master technician
  • Sustain/Sostenuto/Soft pedal support
  • Proportional sustain pedaling
  • Multiple-stage tracking release triggers to provide the natural release of the hammer from the string
  • Sustain resonance and sympathetic resonance using convolution-based DSP modules
  • Adjustable mechanical noises
  • Adjustable velocity curves
  • Recorded soft pedal samples including releases
  • Adjustable polyphony
  • A variety of historical tunings and Scala file import
  • Aria Sample Player by Plogue included
  • MIDI playback and record in standalone
  • Ambience reverb and 3 band EQ
  • Graceful Copy Protection (no dongles or challenge response)
  • Many more compelling features
About Steinway & Sons
Steinway & Sons, headquartered in New York, produces the world's finest pianos. Steinway pianos are sold by nearly 200 authorized dealers worldwide. Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LVB for Ludwig van Beethoven. Steinway & Sons was founded on March 5, 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway and his sons in New York City, one of the major centers of the piano-making industry in North America at that time. Henry, a master piano-maker, built his first piano in the kitchen of his home in Germany. Over the next forty years, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano, patenting the most significant technologies in the piano industry.
Gary Green, Vice President Business Development and Customer Satisfaction, had this to say, "This was a very important project for Steinway & Sons. We were extremely lucky to have Gary Garritan work with us on this technically and musically complex project. Although both Steinway & Sons and Gary Garritan recognize that nothing can replace the actual Steinway piano, we are extremely delighted that there is now a sampling product that comes closest to capturing the distinctive Steinway sound that we are proud to endorse."
Garritan say that more Virtual Steinway models are expected in the future.
Pricing and Availability:
Professional Version: $399
Standard Version : $199
Basic Version : $99
More information:

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