Extensive piano recordings of the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial - 30% off
The sampled Bösendorfer 290 Imperial was outfitted with CEUS technology, enabling the most precise and by far most extensive piano sample recordings ever conducted in the history of music technology. 1,200 samples per key paired with a powerful proprietary piano engine and an easy-to-use interface make the Vienna Imperial the most realistic sampled piano ever created.
Thanks to the CEUS technology the velocity range of the grand could be exploited to an unprecedented degree. Up to 100 velocities were recorded per key and playing technique, i.e., with and without pressing the sustain pedal, and alternatively with the soft pedal down. There are simply no audible steps between the singular velocity layers, and every single key has its own authentic velocity curve.
Bösendorfer’s computerized grand also allowed for another innovation, the recording of perfectly timed release samples, depending on the length of the note played by the user. The Vienna Imperial reproduces totally natural release sounds, most audible when playing short staccatos in the lowest range.
No less importantly, the Vienna Imperial is very easy to use. The Basic View of the user interface offers a choice between three recording positions, close, player, and audience. The Advanced View gives the user quick and easy access to more control options such as convolution reverb, EQ, pedal noises, stereo width, MIDI sensitivity and more.
Under the hood of the slick user interface is a new proprietary piano engine that has been specifically designed to drive this massive amount of sample data and processing power. The new engine also supports sympathetic string resonances in two variants – sympathetic resonances of individual strings (pedal-up) and of all non-damped strings (pedal-down).
- Up to 100 velocities per key, 1,200 recorded samples per key
- Audience, player, and close microphone recording positions
- Powerful proprietary piano engine
- Multiple release samples for different note lengths (supports authentic staccato/staccatissimo performances)
- Repetition samples for pedal-sustained notes
- Sympathetic resonances for sustain pedal up and down positions
- Adjustable pedal noises
- Easy to use interface with unique velocity histogram
- Convolution reverb featuring three halls of the famous Vienna Konzerthaus
- Dynamic range control
- Lossless sample compression for using less hard disk space
RAM Optimizer to unload unused samples out of RAM
Your purchase also entitles you to download the free Vienna Instruments player software that includes the Vienna Ensemble mixing and host software.
The Vienna Imperial Collection is not divided into Standard and Extended Libraries like other Vienna Instruments Collections. The Standard package includes the full set of samples along with the software instrument/engine.
The Library contains 500 GB of uncompressed sample data in 44.1kHz/24-bit. Due to a specifically developed optimization process, the Vienna Imperial engine decompresses the samples in real-time, so that they take up only 50 GB of space on your hard disk.
Vienna Imperial is part of the following bundles: