The app's stunning graphics are native to iPhone 4, iPhone 5,and the new iPod touch, meaning that its display utilizes the full screen size of the new devices, but is also optimized for previous models.
iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPod touch provides the same features, sound quality and piano lineup as the recently released iGrand Piano for iPad. Users get a virtual gallery of pianos including grands, baby grands, uprights, and even specialty pianos. The app includes a collection of 8 pianos, which can be expanded up to 17 via in-app purchase.
The pianos get their incredibly accurate sound from high-definition stereo samples, recorded across multiple velocities. The ultra-low latency sound engine provides a natural feel that allows for expressive and nuanced playing. Additionally iGrand Piano offers very high polyphony (up to 64 notes can be played simultaneously on the latest devices) allowing for the most demanding performances to be played flawlessly.
Each of iGrand Piano's instruments can be adjusted with any of seven performance parameters. These include Volume, Ambience, Lid (positioning), Brightness, Transpose, Tuning and Release. All of the parameters can be easily assigned to a MIDI controller number for external control. In addition, iGrand Piano supports MIDI program change and Virtual MIDI.
Besides its stunning piano sounds, the app has a built-in recorder, which offers overdubbing; quantizing; and audio file export using file sharing, e-mail and the copy function. Also included is a large audio/visual metronome with a tap tempo function.
The app provides two different views for onscreen playing, but the best playing experience is obtained when using iGrand Piano for iPhone with an external keyboard. IK offers two excellent options in this regard: iRig MIDI lets you connect any MIDI keyboard to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and control Core MIDI apps; and the new iRig KEYS, an ultra-portable, 37 mini-key controller loaded with performance features, is compatible with Apple's mobile devices as well as Mac/PC; and is bus powered on both platforms.
Pricing and Availability:
iGrand Piano is available for $19.99/€17.99 from the App Store
IK say that purchasers of iGrand Piano get a selection of eight top-quality pianos and can add the other nine through the Piano Expansion Pack available via in-app purchase.
iGrand Piano is also available in a FREE version which comes with two 4-octave, range-limited pianos, and users have the option to add more pianos via in-app purchase.
Yet again the bloodsuckers at IK Multigreedia wait a few weeks and release an iPhone version of their iPad app and try to charge another $20 for it. They really are shameless. And yes, I know it's kinda sad that things like this bother me :)
08-Nov-12 11:33 AM