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The Vienna Imperial from Vienna Symphonic Library is a virtual grand piano based on samples taken of a venerable Bösendorfer Imperial 290-755, equipped with the piano manufacturer's CEUS recording/playback technology. Using the CEUS system, the engineers at VSL were able to record even the most subtle key movements and positions, creating close to 70,000 samples that are accurate to within 0.001 milliseconds of any action.
The 1,200 recorded samples per key represent a magnitude of sampling detail, that includes the implementation of meticulously recorded pedal-up and pedal-down notes in up to 100 velocities, comprehensive sympathetic resonances, and multiple release samples, make the Vienna Imperial a superbly realistic sampled piano. There are simply no audible steps between the singular velocity layers, and every single key has its own authentic velocity curve.
The Vienna Imperial is easy to use, with the Basic View of the user interface allowing you to choose between 3 distinct recording positions (close, player, and audience). The Advanced View provides quick and easy access to more control options such as the convolution reverb, EQ, pedal noises, sympathetic resonances, stereo width, MIDI sensitivity, and more.
Meticulously sampled and rendered Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano virtual instrument
Up to 100 velocities per key with 1,200 recorded samples per key
Selectable audience, player and close microphone recording positions
Multiple release samples for different note lengths, logically selected based on note duration that deliver authentic staccato/staccatissimo performances
Repetition samples for pedal-sustained notes
Sympathetic resonances for sustain pedal up and down positions
Adjustable pedal noises
Convolution reverb featuring 3 halls of the famous Vienna Konzerthaus
Equalizer and dynamic range control
Lossless sample compression for using less hard disk space
Easy to use interface with unique velocity histogram
RAM Optimizer to unload unused samples out of RAM
Functions as a plug-in or standalone
Sustain pedal up
Sustain pedal down
Soft pedal (una corda) down
Repetition tones for sustain pedal down (hitting the sounding string)
Repetition tones for sustain and soft pedal down (hitting the sounding string)
Release samples in different lengths
Release samples in different lengths with the soft pedal down
Sympathetic resonance tones of individual keys (sustain pedal up)
Sympathetic resonance tones of the whole piano (sustain pedal down)
Intel Core Duo OS X 10.5 or higher 3GB RAM with 1.5GB memory available Fast separate hard drive with 60GB free space Host software that supports the Audio Units, RTAS, or VST plug-in formats DVD drive for installation ViennaKey (Vienna Symphonic Library protection device or other USB eLicense) eLicenser License Control Center 220.127.116.11 or higher 88 key master MIDI keyboard (highly recommended)
Intel Core Duo (or AMD 3 GHz) or higher Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) 3GB RAM with 1.5GB memory available Fast separate hard drive with 60GB free space Host software that supports RTAS or VST plug-in formats DVD drive for installation ViennaKey (Vienna Symphonic Library protection device or other USB eLicense) eLicenser License Control Center 18.104.22.168 or higher 88 key master MIDI keyboard (highly recommended)