November 8, 2016

Spectrasonics Keyscape review by professional pianist Tony Cliff

Tony Cliff is a man gifted with musical talents that most of us could only dream of; an established piano player who also takes interest in guitar and voice, as well as having a developed skill in composition, arranging and songwriting. He has reviewed many of our products in the past and it is always great to get a perspective from someone with such a wealth of knowledge, especially in…

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Stan Kybert
May 12, 2016

UK producer Stan Kybert on why he loves Toontrack EZkeys

When we spotted UK producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert’ tweeting about his fondness for Toontrack’s EZkeys earlier this year we had to get in touch with him to find out how he was using the songwriting software and what he loved about it. This week, fresh out of the studio where he’s been working on a new album with the great Paul Weller, and new artists Harley and Todd Dorigo, we…

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December 10, 2015

Lifting the fallboard on Synthogy Ivory II

Synthogy’s Ivory II is the world’s most popular virtual grand piano software with artists, critics and customers all singing its praises and its easy to see why. Founded in 2003 Synthogy set out it achieve new standards of sound quality and realism. To achieve this goal, the instruments would need to be musical enough to satisfy the most discerning and accomplished professional musicians.

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June 25, 2014

Virtual Piano Software – A Buyer’s Guide

Anyone who has ever set out to purchase a virtual piano will know all too well that there are umpteen products to choose from covering everything from electric to acoustic instruments. So how do you know which is right for you? Here at Time+Space, three of our major brands – Garritan/Make Music, Synthogy and Toontrack – all offer virtual pianos, each with their own individual user interfaces, and in some…

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May 20, 2014

We talk to… The people behind the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

Last September, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios where Gary Garritan, Mirek Stiles and Fred Flowerday were spending time on the final touches for the upcoming virtual piano – the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand. Eight months later, after working tirelessly to perfect this virtual piano, Garritan/MakeMusic whose other software instruments include Personal Orchestra 4, Jazz & Big Band 3, Instant…

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April 22, 2014

Synthogy’s Joe Ierardi stars on the BBC with Ivory II pianos

Having proudly been Synthogy‘s UK and European distributor for many years, we’re well aware of the painstaking efforts the developers go to in order to produce such stunningly realistic virtual pianos such as Ivory II Grand Pianos, Italian Grand, Upright Pianos and American Concert D. The tremendous level of patience required sampling every single note at different velocity levels, waiting mutely and motionless while it decays to silence has to…

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November 29, 2012

Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D reviewed by pro-pianist Tony Cliff

We asked accomplished classical and jazz pianist Tony Cliff to review Synthogy‘s latest Ivory II offering American Concert D and here’s what he sent us… “Synthogy have already set the highest standards with their acclaimed Ivory II range of pianos and I was bowled over by their sheer quality when I tested them out recently. Bearing in mind they have released the original Ivory II (German Steinway Concert D, Yamaha…

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October 19, 2012

Toontrack EZkeys – a professional pianist’s perspective

A few weeks ago we posted a great review of Toontrack’s EZkeys that had been written by guitar player Mark Cohen and gave us an excellent view of the virtual piano instrument from a non-pianist’s perspective. This week, we asked professional pianist and educator Tony Cliff to give us his view on the revolutionary songwriting software. Over to Tony…

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