Available for download, the Orchestral Grand Piano from Spitfire Audio is a performance-oriented virtual instrument based on 2476 grand piano samples. The virtual instrument draws on the sampled material as you play on your keyboard, recreating your playing in grand piano sound. Designed to sit sonically within the percussion section, rather than to stand out as a solo instrument, the Orchestral Grand Piano blends and mixes into the overall sound of your orchestral arrangements. The samples are recorded both digitally and to tape, giving you the option of switching between the rounder, fuller sound of the tape source and the slightly brighter, more brittle sound of the digital source. Four mic perspectives can be combined and blended for effectful shifts in focus and depth, and are also fully output assignable for surround and 5.1 use. For further sound customization there are sliders which control the instrument's dynamics, overall volume (called "expression"), and release, as well as pedal volume and dynamics.
Orchestral Grand Piano is sampled with multiple slightly varying versions of each sound, known as round robins. Each time you hit a certain key a random round robin plays back, giving your virtual performance a lifelike feel. This library demands less system power than other virtual pianos, making its use in larger settings practicable. Also, by customizing your mic mix and the number of active round robins, you are able to scale the library to the system you are working on at any particular moment. Recorded in situ within the Definitive Range, the Orchestral Grand Piano is designed to blend seamlessly with other Spitfire libraries, including Albion, the British Modular Library range, and part of the Signature range. The full sonic agreement between libraries enables you to combine orchestral sections and instruments, and have them sound as if they were being played together in the same room. The Orchestral Grand Piano captures the beautiful acoustics of the Lyndhurst Hall in London, where it was recorded.