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.
- 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
- Tuning Tables
- Dozens of programs and effects presets
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
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.
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.
"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)
"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
"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 - Watch the full review below