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    GG's Steinway Grand

    Are there any demos for Garritans Steinway anywhere?

    I can't seem to find a demo at the site. Maybe an interview from somewhere.


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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    I guess its been delayed again. Is says Fall release but we are running ou of days left in Fall.....

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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    I too am very excited about this proudct. I like the idea of having something of even higher quality than the Ivory steinway that I play now.

    I would imagine all the delays are due to not being willing to settle for anything less than a product that puts everything else to shame. I'm willing to wait however long that takes, because that's exactly what I want

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    The hope... the expectation... is that because Steinway itself is putting its name to the project it HAS to be good.

    We're waiting. The actual delay has been about a year, to date.

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    I agree 100%.

    Never Serve A Wine Before It's Time.

    I am sure this piano will be a major hog on the resources, that's fine.

    I already have too many libraries to choose from for ensemble work.

    I want this to be my solo piano, so it can take up as much memory as it needs.

    I need the real deal to pull off some old style ragtime, Debussey, Chopin, material that requires the real sostenuto style.

    On a side note here. I drug out my ancient KX88 and was shocked at the action is perfect still. I haven't played it since 1999 in Atlantic City. Funny how Yamaha made such quality equipment back then. My QX-1, TX816 still work flawlessley as well. These items made me so much money from 1984 till 1999. I currently use an Oberheim MC3000, and a couple of KS88's. There are great for VSTi's, and external analog synths, etc. But I will get a controller based on action only for the GGSG if it does the expected.

    Truth of the matter is, that live piano performances go over big these days in Las Vegas. One person, one instrument, and of course being able to bring in some quality symphonic samples of strings, and brass, make it even better.


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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    No doubt, it will be a great Steinway

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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    I have to admit that I haven't kept up with the new about it after the first
    announcement. Do we know if it's entirely sample-based? A huge instrument of several gigs?

    At some point, someone mentioned that a new engine was being developed, since the available engines lacked features. Were the new features or parameters discussed?

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    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    British Columbia, Canada

    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Johnson
    At some point, someone mentioned that a new engine was being developed, since the available engines lacked features. Were the new features or parameters discussed?
    In January Gary listed some features of his new sampler.(Now named Aria).
    • 64 bit sampler that is x64 and Vista capable
    • Assignable controllers
    • Skinable: users would be able to redesign and move controls to suit their workflow better
    • High order filtering
    • Ambience built-in
    • Convolution built-in
    • Shared data across all instances
    • Intelligent MIDI programming built-in
    • Custom features for each library - the engine's core can be supplemented by custom MIDI processors, generators, advanced DSP and effects; custom made for each product in the most efficient manner
    [EDIT: A few more features:]
    • Centralised Engine : Shared data across all instances, only one Engine to update and not all your libraries once a fix is ready
    • VST/AudioUnit/RTAS plugin versions
    • Standalone and ReWire versions
    • and...NO DONGLE!

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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    Isn't that the shell that allows GG instruments to be played in 64bit. like VSL's VE?

    Life just get's better every day.

    I know that Grand's going to be awesome. I am watching Mr.G very closely.

    His old GS Harp from the last century set the standards long ago IMO. So being numbero uno is something he seems to be accostimed to 'round these parts.

    No dongle is way cool also.

    I have lost count of e's I have on my dongle. I have it re routed internally on my live DAW, for if it ever got lost, or I pissed off the wrong dame,.... YIKES !!!!

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    Re: GG's Steinway Grand

    Is the size of the instrument known? Is this going to be another many gig piano, with the emphasis on getting the sound from the actual samples and with a reduced set of synth parameters similar to those in the Kontakt player or the Synthology piano? (So that the envelopes are hidden or simplified, for example.) I was asking about the new features and parameters partly because I was hoping that the new engine pressed further into programming and gave the user full control of the sound.

    It may just be psychological--somehow, when I read about some of the newer, huge pianos, I almost feel the weight of all of those gigabytes of samples. (And I really don't want to buy another hard drive...) So much is being done with modeling, as in Pianoteq, and with coding filters for fewer layers, as in the Tascam CV piano, and some sample-playback engines are so good, that I'm still working myself towards, and hoping other people are working towards, a piano that uses both modeling and the conventional combination of samples and synth technique.

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