Vienna Symphonic Library Imperial - Vienna Instruments

Vienna Symphonic Library Imperial - Vienna Instruments

Vienna Symphonic Library Imperial - Vienna Instruments

B&H # VIIVGPS MFR # VSLV22
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Product Highlights

  • Virtual Grand Piano
  • Bösendorfer Imperial 290-755
  • 1,200 Samples per Key
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz Stereo
  • Audio Units
  • AAX Native and RTAS
  • VST
  • Standalone
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7
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Vienna Symphonic Library VSLV22 overview

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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
Recorded Styles
  • 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)
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Vienna Symphonic Library VSLV22 specs

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Mac 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 5.4.14.2 or higher
88 key master MIDI keyboard (highly recommended)
PC 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 5.4.14.2 or higher
88 key master MIDI keyboard (highly recommended)

Vienna Symphonic Library VSLV22 reviews

Imperial - Vienna Instruments is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK but not sure I'd buy it again. I own a number of piano plugins including ones from Garritan, Ivory, Galaxy, True Keys, Production Voices, SonicCouture, Spitfire Audio, Pianoteq. I'd put this one towards the bottom. It may be I have a preference for brighter pianos for plugins, but I'm having trouble with dynamics control with this. Seems to go from muddy to bangy with very little change in velocity (I've tried every setting to mitigate this, but there's not much to tweak here). I'm a classical pianist and this VST just doesn't sound that great to me compared to some of the others. As it was the most expensive of all, and I had high hopes. I'll use it from time to time, but right now it's well down the list in my piano collection. I'll keep playing with it. Perhaps I haven't discovered the optimal setting but most of my other plugins sounded good right out of the box. The fact that it requires it's own proprietary USB dongle is another strike (now two: iLock + Vienna Key. Yuk!). I don't usually submit reviews, but doing this one because I bought the Imperial Grand based on glowing reviews saying it was 'the best'. The Bosey's from Galaxy and Ivory would be a better, and more economical choice, in my view.
Date published: 2016-08-25
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