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Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - Virtual Instrument

You Pay: $169.00
Product Highlights
  • 10 Foot Italian made Concert Grand
  • Over 28GB of Samples
  • All Keys Sampled up to 18 Dynamic Levels
  • Half-Pedaling
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • Standalone
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Ivory II Italian Grand from Synthogy is a virtual instrument that features samples of an extraordinary Italian 10 foot Concert Grand Piano. The instrument features a greatly expanded sound set and is fully integrated with the powerful new Ivory II piano DSP engine with Harmonic Resonance Modeling for true Sympathetic String Vibration.

The original sampled piano was handcrafted in Italy and is renowned for its expressive dynamics and full-bodied character. Its tone is remarkably versatile, equally at home in large scale classical works, intimate jazz playing, as well as a full range of pop styles. Additionally, the instrument is captured in great detail with up to 18 velocity levels, additional soft pedal and release samples and pedal noise enhancements.

Sympathetic String Resonance is a long sought after but elusive characteristic of real pianos. Using Harmonic Resonance Modeling (a technology that does not rely upon triggering additional samples, ordinary sine waves, or recordings in any way), allows struck notes that are harmonically related to excite the actual complex overtones of the notes that are being held. This functions in the same manner that un-damped strings ring in a real acoustic piano.

Other features include Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables to provide even greater detail and control. Additionally, features like Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, and a Synth Layer controls offer powerful new sound sculpting capabilities for custom piano programming and sound design.

Note! An iLok is required if one is not already on the user's system.

Over 28GB of world-class samples featuring a premium 10 foot, Italian made Concert Grand
All 88 keys individually sampled in up to 18 discrete velocity layers with Sample Interpolation Technology for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions
Harmonic Resonance Modeling for the most realistic Sympathetic String Resonance possible
Half-pedaling
Sustain Resonance DSP for realistic Damper Pedal response
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, Tuning Tables, and more
Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ and new Synth Layer controls for powerful sound sculpting capabilities
Real Release samples, Soft Pedal samples, and Pedal Noise enhancements
Optional synthesizer pad layer for modern/pop combinations
Dozens of user-adjustable presets
System Requirements Minimum Hardware:
2GHz Dual Core PowerPC G5 or 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo or equivalent CPU
1.5GB RAM
28GB free hard drive space
Hard drive speed of at least 7200 RPM
DVD ROM drive for installation
iLok key (not included)

Recommended Hardware:
2.5GHz Dual Core PowerPC G5 or 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
2GB RAM
28GB free hard drive space

Mac:
Any Audio Units, RTAS, or VST 2.0 plug-in host or the included Ivory Standalone application
OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Windows:
Any RTAS or VST 2.0 plug-in host or the included Ivory Cantabile application
Windows XP SP2 (32-bit), Vista (32- or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)

Specialties The instrument'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 three products, Ivory II's intelligent browsing feature allows you to load any piano from one convenient interface

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SynthogyIvory II Italian Grand - Virtual Instrument
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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  • Good audio (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Professional recording (3)

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    4.0

    another flavor

    By pixeleyes

    from New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - Virtual Instrument:

      I also own the American Concert D Steinway instrument, and this makes a nice alternative sound. The potential for customizing the character and responsiveness of the instrument is outstanding, allowing the user to tailor not only the timbre, but subtleties like sustain resonance, hammer noise and pedal noise. Also lots of expressive possibilities from the many velocity response curves, and MIDI cc67 will give you access to another set of samples made with una corde. The investment of time and attention will yield a level of expressivity and customization that I haven't seen in any other sampled piano.

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      5.0

      Get it now! Stunning Piano Sampler!

      By raomcz

      from Brazil

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - Virtual Instrument:

        This piano sampler is amazing. I was looking for a good AC Piano library to play live with my Motif XF. I've tested every piano, from NI Kontakt libraries (White Grande, Galaxy Piano, Akoustic, etc) and others (4True, EZ Keys Piano, Reason Refills, Logic, Motif Samplers, etc). This is, so far, the best piano library that I have played. I'm using this at studio and live. The sound is stunning. It's worth every cents. You have to use an iLok key.

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        5.0

        Best I've found

        By rfindley

        from Clarkesville, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • ILok dongle

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand - Virtual Instrument:

        Virtual piano preferences vary according to the style of music you play, and the piano model you prefer... but quality of the instrument rendering, whatever your preference, is a huge factor in rating a virtual piano. And this one does the best piano rendering I've seen (after many years of searching). I like the Italian Grand variant more than the other instruments from Synthogy (personal piano taste)... and fortunately it's the cheapest package.

        I must say, though... I really hate dongles, and this requires one. People who want to pirate are going to pirate anyway. I'm a legitimate customer, and have to suffer the dongle. Fortunately, this is my only software requiring iLok, so I don't have the version-conflict issues that other people have to deal with.

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