Multi-award winning virtual instrument developers Synthogy have been releasing products powered by their Ivory piano software engine for many years now. 2010 saw the unveiling of version 2 of Ivory which featured many improvements, including Sympathetic String Resonance, Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables.
Their flagship instrument, Ivory II Grand Pianos contains 3 sampled pianos, a German Steinway D, Bosendorfer 290 and a Yamaha C7. It is well established as an industry standard with countless high profile users including Take That’s Gary Barlow and Pete Townshend from The Who.
Legendary piano manufactures Steinway & Sons have had factories at locations in New York City and Hamburg in Germany for over 125 years. In 1853 Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg started making pianos in New York after emigrating from Germany to the US in 1850. After rapid expansion of his operation in the decades that followed, in 1880 a factory was established in Hamburg to service the European market.
It is true that some leading pianists prefer instruments made in one factory over the other, despite them being made to the same specification. This is why Synthogy decided to release software based on the American version of the Steinway Concert D.
The American Concert D is Synthogy’s largest sampled piano release to date with a core library coming in at 49 GB, that’s up to 20 velocity layers per note. The piano itself was recorded in the same hall and using the same equipment as the German Concert D included in the Grand Pianos package.
Synthogy state that the New York Steinway Model D “…combines mature overtures with a youthful clarity” but why not find out for yourself by listening to the demos on our Ivory II American Concert D page.