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    Garritan Announces Release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano

    GARRITAN ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE GARRITAN AUTHORIZED STEINWAY VIRTUAL MODEL D PIANO

    First and Only Sampled Piano Authorized and Endorsed by Steinway & Sons

    NAMM Convention, Anaheim, CA (January 17, 2008) - Garritan announces the release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano, a sample-based software instrument developed in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, maker of the world's finest pianos.

    The Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D piano accurately captures the distinctive sound of the hallmark Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. This new software instrument will allow the musician to play a virtual Steinway Model D concert piano with unprecedented authenticity and musicality.

    The library comes in three versions: Professional, Standard and Basic. The Professional version offers the superb Steinway Model D piano with five different listening perspectives, including a player perspective from the bench, a classical recording perspective, an under-the-lid perspective, a stage perspective and a close audience perspective. The Standard version offers the under lid and classic perspectives. And the Basic version, ideal for students, amateur musicians, and educators, is a light version that offers a single perspective. The Basic version will also be available in downloadable format.

    At the heart of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Piano sample library is the warmth and brilliance of the renowned Steinway Model D grand – overwhelmingly the “piano of choice” for the world’s greatest performers. Captured with state-of-the-art recording technologies, the rich essence of the Steinway piano springs forth with realism never before possible. The Steinway concert grand piano chosen for the sample set is among Steinway's finest Model D’s – newly voiced, regulated, and meticulously tuned by a master Steinway technician. The “perfect instrument” – it was hand-picked by Steinway & Sons and delivered for recording to one of the finest venues in the world, The Troy Music Hall.


    Powered by the robust and reliable ARIA Player, the Garritan Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D runs on these platforms: MAC OS X 10.4 and higher and Windows XP/Vista (both 32 and 64 bits). A Linux version is being developed. Standalone, Plug-in (VST 2.4 -VST 3.0 – Audio Units -RTAS), as well as supported notation programs.

    The Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D has unique virtuosity and versatility. Advanced programming also makes this a truly “playable” and responsive library. Among its many features: Sustain/Sostenuto/Soft pedal support, animated perspectives (listener positions zoom into place), multiple-stage tracking release triggers, sustain resonance and sympathetic resonance using convolution-based DSP modules, adjustable mechanical noises, adjustable velocity curves, recorded soft pedal samples including releases, adjustable polyphony, a variety of historical tunings and Scala file import, MIDI playback and record in standalone, ambience reverb, 3 band EQ, proportional sustain pedaling, Graceful Copy Protection (no dongles or challenge response) and more.


    "This was a very important project for Steinway & Sons,” states Gary Green, Vice President Business Development and Customer Satisfaction. “We have long recognized the need for a Steinway sampled sound set that would best reflect the complex architectures of the Steinway sound. We also understand the importance of quality samples and their use by amateur music enthusiasts, as well as prominent producers, composers, recording studios and other venues. We were extremely lucky to have Gary Garritan work with us on this technically and musically complex project. Although both Steinway & Sons and Gary Garritan recognize that nothing can replace the actual Steinway piano, we are extremely delighted that there is now a sampling product that comes closest to capturing the distinctive Steinway sound that we are proud to endorse."

    "The world has come to recognize the legendary Steinway Model D as a benchmark for excellence in engineering, craftsmanship and musicality" said Gary Garritan. "We believe the Garritan Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano library has captured the essence of this great piano and will set the new standard in quality, performance and innovation in software instruments." More Virtual Steinway models are being developed.

    Pricing:

    Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Professional Version: $399
    Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Standard Version: $199
    Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Basic Version: $99

    The Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D will begin shipping shortly after the NAMM show - late January/early February 2008


    COME SEE US AT THE NAMM SHOW - BOOTH 6721 & 6919


    About Steinway & Sons

    Steinway & Sons, headquartered in New York, produces the world's finest pianos. Steinway pianos are sold by nearly 200 authorized dealers worldwide. The company's corporate parent is Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., which also owns Conn-Selmer, the nation's leading manufacturer of orchestra and band instruments. Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LVB for Ludwig van Beethoven. Steinway & Sons was founded on March 5, 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway and his sons in New York City, one of the major centers of the piano-making industry in North America at that time. Henry, a master piano-maker, built his first piano in the kitchen of his home in Germany. Over the next forty years, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano, patenting the most significant technologies in the piano industry. www.steinway.com

    About Garritan Libraries

    Garritan is the worldwide leader and pioneer in sample libraries and soundware. Garritan Libraries are the recipient of numerous industry, education, and professional awards and accolades in the music press and among professional musicians. These same libraries are required for classes at leading music colleges and universities. Garritan has also developed the first sample libraries that integrate with popular notation programs, such as Finale and Sibelius. The Garritan Libraries are known the world over for quality, and are an indispensable staple in film, television and interactive productions, as well as live performances. www.garritan.com.



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    Re: Garritan Announces Release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano

    Whoopee!!!!!!!!!!!!! All my credit cards just reached zero balance, but I bet that will change shortly!!

    Richard

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    Congratulations, Gary. And congratulations to Jeff!!!

    I spoke with Jeff last year about the project, and it was really clear that he was looking at all of the angles and tradeoffs for getting just the right touch from the instrument. I have no doubt that he and the team captured the piano exquisitely.

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    Congratulations, Gary, and to the whole crew!

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    Well .. another congratulations Gary and this, again, proves that ARIA has reached a milestone. Now we can look forward to all your libraries being moved to ARIA.

    Whilst I disagree with some of the accolades heaped on Steinway pianos, personally I loathe them, this most certainly does not detract from yet another phenomenal success.

    As far as I know, this is the first time you have offered tiered purchase options (Basic, Standard and Professional) in any of your libraries. I think this is a good idea and I shall be watching with interest to see if any of your other products will follow suite.

    Although I won't be purchasing this library I have no doubt it is superb and will be hugely successful.
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    Fantastic! Tiered pricing! Thanks Gary!

    What does "multiple-stage tracking release triggers" mean tho?!

    Ben

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    Re: Garritan Announces Release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk
    Whilst I disagree with some of the accolades heaped on Steinway pianos, personally I loathe them, ....
    Well, I prefer older model Baldwin pianos, but from the perspective of pianist and technician, I consider Steinway a superb instrument. To me, the most over rate piano is Bosendorfer.

    What is your preference?

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_uk
    Whilst I disagree with some of the accolades heaped on Steinway pianos, personally I loathe them, this most certainly does not detract from yet another phenomenal success.
    What do you find works for you Michael?

    I'm trying to find a piano I can be happy with. The problem is I've only ever really played Steinways and Yamahas. I find the action on Yamahas about 1000 times too heavy, and the sound on the cheaper ones (which is relative - up to about £15000, which isn't really cheap) is just downright tinny. I prefer the Steinways, but never really fell in love with them as a player. I have a Bluthner in my classroom, and love the action on it, but the poor thing is all but dead, and sounds dreadful. So what should I try?

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    Congratulations with the new baby. It looks promising - I can't wait to hear demos And the pricing doesn't seem unreasonable. I suppose a cheaper version is a true subset of a more expensive version. Is there an upgrade path between the versions?

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    Re: Garritan Announces Release of the Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano

    BRAVO and Congrats to Gary, David and Jeff for your hard work and vision in this project. The Garritan Authorized Steinway will set the standard.

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