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The Vintage D has its fans in this forum, but the other Galaxy instruments are rarely mentioned (Galaxy II Vienna Grand, Steinway, and German Baby Grand).

Are they loved too?

Also, do the Galaxy pianos have the possibility to change the velocity curve?


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Originally Posted by QuasiUnaFantasia
Also, do the Galaxy pianos have the possibility to change the velocity curve?


yes, you can adjust velocity curve in velocity editor:

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Originally Posted by QuasiUnaFantasia
Also, do the Galaxy pianos have the possibility to change the velocity curve?


yes, you can adjust velocity curve in velocity editor:

[Linked Image]

Thanks, that is nice to know! I did not see that in any of the Youtube videos I watched, so I had some doubts.


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I have the Galaxy II Blüthner Baby Grand, but I don't play it much anymore. Always felt it had a supressed sound, but I've been told that's how baby grands sound, in many cases.

The presets show that you can get a variety of different sounds out of it, and I have a feeling it can be made to sound a bit like Galaxy Vintage D.

Can't confirm that though, as I don't have the Vintage D, but I like the Brilliant preset, if I turn down the Tone a little bit.

Despite my opinion the Galaxy II Blüthner Baby Grand sounds a little thin, if I mix it with Concert Grand from Kontakt 5, it gives it more depth in the sound.

All in all, if you're after that Vintage D sound, I would look elsewhere, and I feel the individual Galaxy II pianos are not worth the money, even after the 30% discount, which Best Service occasionally offers.

It's just my opinion, and maybe not many agree with it, but I don't turn to VSTs with just one microphone position anymore. When paying 100 Euros, plus/minus, one should demand at least three microphone perspectives.

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Galaxy pianos have 2 mic setups; you can easily create a mix by loading two copies of the same instrument (baby grand, for example) to the KONTAKT, and have one instrument set to player listening position, and another - to audience. Steinway also has surround mic set.


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Yes, there's that Kontakt velocity curve adjuster thingy. You can bend the curve this way and that.
But if you don't get what you want then you must use a mouse to tweak 128 tiny slider bars.
Try it! Swear at it! Thrown a brick at it!

It's the devil's invention!

So ... instead get the freebie software called "Velocity Curve" for the PC.
It has a velocity editor very much like that found in Pianoteq.
You put down points wherever you wish, and move them around to suit. Simple.
[Linked Image]

You can create and save many different curves to suit different purposes or different instruments.
And then EVERY piano software you own has its own velocity tool.
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Also, do the Galaxy pianos have the possibility to change the velocity curve?
yes, you can adjust velocity curve in velocity editor.
Thanks, that is nice to know! I did not see that in any of the Youtube videos I watched, so I had some doubts.

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@ TheodorN, VladK, and MacMacMac:

Thank you for your insights, and reviews. Much appreciated!

The "Velocity Curve" software seems very interesting to me, since I have a few VI's whose velocity curves can't be changed, and I can't get sound out of them unless I pound on the keys in a manner sober people just don't do. smile

I never really considered the Vintage D, because I have had an overdose of Steinways in my life (through listening to records etc.), but maybe I am about ready to actually go for such an instrument. Otherwise I am mostly inclined in the Bösendorfer direction.


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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
So ... instead get the freebie software called "Velocity Curve" for the PC.
It has a velocity editor very much like that found in Pianoteq.
You put down points wherever you wish, and move them around to suit. Simple.
[Linked Image]

You can create and save many different curves to suit different purposes or different instruments.
And then EVERY piano software you own has its own velocity tool.

Thank you, Mac, I didn't know about "Velocity Curve" for the PC. It could be very helpful.


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I was asking myself how I found this Velocity Curve tool way back when ... so I googled.
I can find it ... but I cannot download it:

The original developer's site is down. . . . http://www.trombettworks.com
This site produces an AV alert . . . . . . . . http://downloads.fyxm.net/MIDI-Velocity-596.html
This site gives no response . . . . . . . . . . http://publisher.brothersoft.com/trombettworks.html
This download link fails. . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.softwaresea.com/Windows/download-MIDI-Velocity-Curve-Changer-10075553.htm

If you, too, cannot find it I can offer you the original download.

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I succeded download the file from http://downloads.fyxm.net/MIDI-Velocity-596.html by ignoring all security alerts. Then scanned file by Kaspersky Internet Security 20 and fed the file to Kaspersky Application Advisor, Kaspersky Security Network, and Virus Total file scan: The file is clean.

Thanks again, Mac.


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You take your chances when going to those sketchy web sites!

The download might be safe (as proven by your AV) ... but your browser was exposed while you were on the site.
And updated browser should protect you ... but there are scoundrels out there, always looking to find ways around the security.
You never know ... so I recoil when I see such a warning.

Funny thing ... I got a warning like that once ... from my employer's internal company web site.
Sometimes that's just an expired certificate, but this time it was something else.
Was it an "inside job"? smile frown

One more thing: I virus-check every download using the AV. But I also send to Virus Total.
They have an online checker that runs around 60 different AV packages at once.
I really like this all-encompassing approach.
You just drag a file into the browser (up to 128 MB) ... or you can get a context-menu click-n-load option.
It's at virustotal.com

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One could use a 15 Aug 2019 version at archive.org of the website for the free version of "velocity curve 1.2".

No threats were identified on the file by Windows Defender, MalwareBytes or VirusTotal but you should scan that for yourself.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190815192729/http://www.trombettworks.com/velocity.php


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