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    My New Steinway D

    I don't post much in the General Discussion, but I just
    had to let everyone know that my Steinway D arrived,
    has been installed, and played briefly.

    I cannot relate how much this instrument inspires a pianist.
    My 88-key MIDI keyboard has a simulated, "real" piano action
    and when the Steinway is coupled with it, it makes the keyboard
    itself seem like a real Steinway piano. This is an absolute
    revelation to me as I have played many sampled piano libraries with my
    MIDI keyboard. Many have sounded credible, but the new
    Steinway D is a sampled "miracle."

    Also, for those that are anticipating purchasing the Steinway D,
    the User's Manual is a thing of beauty. Not only cosmetically, but
    the way it was written. Everything is so well sequenced (no pun
    intended) and fully explained that there leaves no doubt in your
    mind as to what is expected of the user to make this instrument
    play and sound magnificently. And it does............

    Thank you Gary Garritan and your wonderful team of scientific
    and literary minds. I can't believe this virtual instrument is real
    yet........and for such a nominal investment. In this troubled
    universe, there is light at the end of the musical tunnel--the
    Garritan Steinway D Virtual Piano.

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    Congratulations, Jack. I'm envious as I patiently wait
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    and wait
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    (sigh!)
    Jerry
    Dayton, Kentucky
    Personally, I'm waiting for caller IQ.

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    Jack, I too am waiting for the arrival of my GASP. Your praise just activated my anticipatory drool. I need to go find a towel.

    What keyboard controller are you using? I have just posted a question in the "Tips & Techniques" area regarding the pedalling capabilities of the new software. What is your setup for pedalling? I have a single damper pedal now and am wondering if I should look for a device that has the three pedals of a "real" piano. Any thoughts on this? I have listened to your contributions in the listening room and your piano skills are way above my rudimentary playing. Just wondering what your take on pedalling is? Thanks, John

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    Hi John:

    I use a Peavey C8p Keyboard Controller (no sounds, just 88 keys and 4 sliders plus two modwheels and a pitchbend wheel). Pretty neat setup for
    most anything you would want to do.

    For pedals, about 6 years ago, I purchased a unit that has TWO pedals. The
    right one is, of course, the DAMPER PEDAL which, when pushed down gives the same sound that a piano does when its damper pedal is pushed down--
    sustained notes. I never did remember what the left pedal was for, but I
    know it wasn't a CC11 expression pedal.

    The Steinway D interface shows a picture of its pedals and when you activate
    the damper pedal, it lights up. Additionally, when I activate the LEFT pedal, the "soft" una corde pedal lights up, so I guess that's what my left pedal can be used for.

    This is great for me as I don't have to go out and buy a new pedal assembly.
    Also, the Peavey C8p has a marvelous "real" piano action touch which can be
    changed by the user. You go through a series of windows and find a graph
    which shows you in picture form the type of touch you can program into the
    keyboard.

    BUT, the Peavey C8p is not in production anymore. I'm glad I acquired one
    when it was fairly popular. There are other keyboards, though, that are just
    as good, but they are kind of pricey.

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    Nice! I'm jealous! Now, let's hear your work, yes?
    Styxx

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    It'sa comin', Mike, it'sa comin.'

    Working up an arrangement with the Stradivari and Gofriller
    to accompany the new Steinway D.

    Cheers,

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    Mine arrived today. I just totally have to agree with everyone who like this instrument. It's simply a joy to play. If you previously had GPO Steinway and you just got this instrument (like me), you'll find a new pleasure in playing your midi keyboard. Simply amazing.......!!!! It's just the way this instrument sounds under your fingers and responds to your playing. The detail there is is like playing a real instrument.

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    Oh! And the "Player perspective" in pro version is really worth the extra money alone! If you like practising with a virtual instrument, it's a must!

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    Mine just walked in the door! Hooray!

    Time to start reading and installing. I'll be back later.

    (We really need a happy pianist icon!)
    Jerry
    Dayton, Kentucky
    Personally, I'm waiting for caller IQ.

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    Re: My New Steinway D

    I guess it's time for me to add to the chorus of people who just received their Steinway. Went with the Standard, and thus far, it's great. Unfortunately I don't have my keyboard hooked up as my office is completely torn apart as we build a new desk and workspace. Tax season was good to my wife and I and it ended up going towards a new desk, an 88 key controller, Virtual Drumline, and the Steinway.

    Tangent aside, if this is any indication of what the other libraries will be like, the Aria engine is a welcome change. Can't wait for the PC drivers to get it to play nice with Finale!

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