Two exceptional Studio Grands recorded in legendary studios
Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands boasts two exceptional studio grands - Steinway B Grand Piano recorded at Power Station New England, Connecticut, and the Bösendorfer 225 Grand Piano, recorded in California´s Firehouse Recording Studios.
Ivory II Studio Grands features up to 24 velocity levels, harmonic resonance modeling, multiple levels of soft pedal and release samples, plus numerous other features that make this collection one of the most expressive and realistic playing experiences possible in a virtual piano today.
Ivory II Studio Grands is also the first Synthogy piano collection to ship with their new Ivory 2.5 Piano Engine which now means an iLok is no longer compulsory for authorisation.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES:
Extremely versatile instrument for all styles of music.
Up to 24 Velocity Levels
Multiple Levels of Soft Pedal
Multiple Levels of Release Samples, triggered by Velocity and Duration
Harmonic Resonance Modeling for true Sympathetic String Vibration
Custom Soundboard Emulation DSP
Pedal Noise Enhancements
Native 64 Bit Support
Timbre-shifting, Parametric EQ and Synth Layer controls for powerful sound sculpting capabilities
Sample Interpolation Technology used for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions
World class digital FX including Real Ambience, Chorus and EQ
Customizable User Controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective, Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, Lid Position and more
Dozens of programs and effects presets
Steinway B Grand Piano (Recorded at Power Station New England—Waterford, Connecticut)
The Steinway B is one of the most recorded pianos in history and is widely considered the ideal studio piano. Its unique balance of size and power make it an extremely versatile instrument for all styles of music. This particular instrument was hand selected and prepared with the kind cooperation of Steinway & Sons® at their factory in Astoria New York. Before recording, all piano regulation, voicing and tuning was done on-site by a Steinway concert technician before painstakingly sampled by Synthogy’s expert team. The recording sessions took place in the classic tuned live room of Power Station NE, an acoustic replica of the famed Power Station New York.
Bösendorfer 225 Grand Piano (Recorded at Firehouse Recording Studios—Pasadena, California)
This Bösendorfer 225 Grand Piano possesses a deeply resonant tone and balance in all registers and has a distinguished place in the history of recorded music. Slightly longer than most studio grands at 7´ 4", and with four additional low keys, this instrument has appeared on numerous Grammy®-winning and Grammy-nominated recordings. The sessions were engineered by Tony Shepperd in the state-of-the-art Studio A at Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, its venerated sound captured in this historic piano room.
Do you own other Ivory pianos?
IvoryII´s "unified interface" feature enables you to use just a single instance, and one interface, to play and control all of Ivory´s pianos, no matter how many pianos you install. So whether you own one, any two, or all five products, IvoryII´s intelligent browsing feature allows you to load any piano from one convenient interface
Ivory II-Studio Grands will be the first Synthogy piano collection to ship with their new Ivory 2.5 Piano Engine. This update will support PACE’s machine-based license authorization scheme as well as the traditional PACE iLok™ key. Additionally, the Ivory 2.5 Piano Engine includes new features, such as:
Shimmer: a powerful new sound design feature that provides unique control over the decay/sustain portion of the piano note.
New Half-Pedal Controls to provide the flexibility necessary to make adjustments suited to your controller
Assignable MIDI Controls
High Resolution MIDI Velocity Response
"Certainly there´s no way, in a mix, to tell that a Studio Grands MIDI part isn´t a real piano recorded in a great studio. There´s not one whiff of artificiality. The playing experience is great too: these instruments feel alive, and encourage lengthy explorations at the keyboard. [...] There´s character, quality and flexibility in abundance in this new Steinway/Bosendorfer pairing." - Sound on Sound
"A couple of hundred quid is not too expensive for a well-made instrument, but Studio Grands has two of them. Super detailed, super real, they sound amazing. A great double whammy of piano action." - Music Tech(Rating 9/10)
"I don´t think you´ll find a more comprehensive package. Certainly in all the many piano sample libraries I own, nothing has the versatility of this new engine nor the iconic sound of these two specific model pianos which really have been expertly captured and post-processed to perfection. This is definitely a recommendation!" - The SampleCast
"Both pianos sound absolutely magnificent, and contrast well with each other - the raw Bosendorfer being the weightier of the two, the Steinway having the brighter sound. Another fine addition to the Ivory II line up." - Rated: 9/10, Computer Music
"About as close as you can get to owning and performing on these famed instruments (without the bank loan or moving fees), and its sounds are versatile enough to fit into just about any live or recorded situation. As a piano purist myself, I would have no reservation using Studio Grands onstage or in the studio. It’s that good." - emusician.com Click here to read the review in full
"If you have a professional or home recording studio and you have been wanting to upgrade your library with high quality, realistic piano sounds, Studio Grands is a great choice. There are so many parameters and effects that you can control, it sounds like you are getting much more than two pianos." - Harmony Central Click here to read the review in full
Any AU, AAX, or VST 2.4 plug-in host, or the included Ivory Standalone application
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or newer
2 GHz Quad-Core CPU
1.5 GB RAM
112 GB free hard drive space
Hard drive speed of at least 7200 RPM
2.4 GHz Quad-Core CPU
2 GB RAM
112 GB free hard drive space
iLok key optional
PLEASE NOTE, YOU NO LONGER REQUIRE AN ILOK KEY TO USE SYNTHOGY PRODUCTS