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Ivory II - Studio Grands bundle (Steinway B NY recorded at Power Station, New England, and Bösendorfer 225 from Firehouse Recording Studios) is $100 Off through October, 2021.


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I also got this offer by email... Would prefer some new contenders in piano VST arena, though. I think the VST producers keep stretching their vintage products quite a lot and there is little novelty. All in all, those are nice pianos


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Originally Posted by EB5AGV
I also got this offer by email... Would prefer some new contenders in piano VST arena, though. I think the VST producers keep stretching their vintage products quite a lot and there is little novelty. All in all, those are nice pianos

It still costs $199 + VAT after "$100 off" for a 112 GB download.

I have a great Yamaha CFX and a Bösendorfer, I don't have any use for this stuff.


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On the website of synthogy it costs really 199 USD+VAT
https://register.synthogy.com/resonate/shop2/index.jsp

But on the website of Ilio or any other website you can buy it without VAT for 199 USD.
https://www.ilio.com/ivory-2-studio-grands

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It seems to me that there are not many here who own the Studio Grands. I do, however, and they are what I play something like 90% of the time. Some days I may play Pianoteq, and very rarely Garritan CFX Lite. The Studio Grands sound "real" to me, and therefore I prefer them. Garritan sounds "nicer", but not as real. Pianoteq is a welcome change of pace, but I don't want to listen to its sounds for more than one day in a row.


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I don't know. I was so so so disappointed by American D, I don't know if I trust anybody on the Studio Grands.

Good reviews, but I I just don't know.

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I bought these this week. Unlike many people here, I have always liked the Ivory German D and American D. But then I'm old and have a tin ear.

First reaction to the studio grands was a bit of disappointment. I play 99.999% of the time with headphones and the Steinway B sounded as if I had cotton in my ears.
While there are a number of parameters, with the Synthogy stuff you get the one set of mics that they've used. (Although there is a perspective switch between player and audience).

In doing some online reading I found a few other complaints about the rather distant, muffled sound. But one was interesting - the poster said that going DOWN in sample levels opened up the sound.

It does seem so to me.

I've uploaded several renderings using a MIDI file I recorded 15 years ago with a different keyboard from the one I now have. So I switched the MIDI velocity map to the straight linear one and loaded the default "Model B Grand Piano" preset. Perspective set to Player.

No other changes except for the keyset. I rendered the same file with the "24 Level", "24 Level 2", "16 Level", "16 Level 2". (According to the Ivory manual, "'2' Keysets have an alternative set of velocity switch points that favor the softer dynamics.")

I've uploaded the 4 recordings. Perhaps that will help in the evaluation. If so, I could run the same file through the Boesendorfer.
https://soundcloud.com/user-2030456...tudio-grands-steinway-b-different-levels


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Originally Posted by JaneF
First reaction to the studio grands was a bit of disappointment. I play 99.999% of the time with headphones and the Steinway B sounded as if I had cotton in my ears.

Be sure to mess about with the velocity curve. I have had to use the "Power" curve, in order to get correct sounding instruments out of both of them. With the B this is particularly important at pp, or even p, because the Steinway B is naturally a bit muffled at these levels (as far as I have been able to discern).


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I like Studio Grands.
Bose 225 high trebles are weak though, but this might be caused by original piano, not by sampling.


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I should confess that I had them already... And didn't remember! blush ha

I got them in a similar offer in October 2020. But I didn't like them back then and so forgot completely...

So I will give them a try again. Now I am curious grin !

It is true that on some VSTs I used seldomly, after some time playing others and learning some tricks, as better balancing mics, using less mics (if available), removing reverb, modifying velocity curve and other settings, I have appreciated them better on a second try.

Yes, I have too many VSTs eek

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Hello,

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So I will give them a try again. Now I am curious grin !

Yes, I have too many VSTs eek

Jose

Yay! Two "new" pianos and they cost you nothing! 😁

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Originally Posted by JaneF
I bought these this week. Unlike many people here, I have always liked the Ivory German D and American D. But then I'm old and have a tin ear.

First reaction to the studio grands was a bit of disappointment. I play 99.999% of the time with headphones and the Steinway B sounded as if I had cotton in my ears.
While there are a number of parameters, with the Synthogy stuff you get the one set of mics that they've used. (Although there is a perspective switch between player and audience).

In doing some online reading I found a few other complaints about the rather distant, muffled sound. But one was interesting - the poster said that going DOWN in sample levels opened up the sound.

It does seem so to me.

I've uploaded several renderings using a MIDI file I recorded 15 years ago with a different keyboard from the one I now have. So I switched the MIDI velocity map to the straight linear one and loaded the default "Model B Grand Piano" preset. Perspective set to Player.

No other changes except for the keyset. I rendered the same file with the "24 Level", "24 Level 2", "16 Level", "16 Level 2". (According to the Ivory manual, "'2' Keysets have an alternative set of velocity switch points that favor the softer dynamics.")

I've uploaded the 4 recordings. Perhaps that will help in the evaluation. If so, I could run the same file through the Boesendorfer.
https://soundcloud.com/user-2030456...tudio-grands-steinway-b-different-levels


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Cheers,
That's wonderful. I like the tones of the Steinway, but the bass is a bit shallow to my taste. I don't know why, but whenever I play a sampled piano, I wish to get a concert grand, as I can always get the sound of a smaller piano in a room if I want it so. In fact, there's a new Steinway B in the teaching assistant studio I share with 2 other colleagues and it sounds great, so long as it's in tune.

Thanks for convincing me not to take up on this offer, this is better when I hear others play. smile

David


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