Since virtual instruments have become popular, we musicians keep asking one question: how do we achieve the same skill level shown in the official demos? Now that the physical modeling era is here, we're asking another question: how can we shape our own unique sound? Although many modeling instruments give you control over many parameters of the sound, it's still difficult to achieve your own ideal sound for the very simple reason that we are musicians and not technicians.
Bad luck has no limits!
Sometimes it's not your piano software that's the problem - it might just be the keyboard that you play. Most players don't realize that nearly all keyboards have a non-linear velocity response. Combine this with the fact that hardly any keyboard players have the skills or desire to actually play an accurate linear velocity response and achieving a good dynamic is a really challenging task!
To get beyond these technical limitations, we musicians have had to spend a lot of time and energy learning the quirks of not only our instruments but our software as well. And when a software developer decides to issue an "upgrade" that thoroughly changes the basic parameters, we get to start over again. While a new trumpet is something to enjoy, modern musicians cringe at the thought of having to learn an entirely new keyboard or new software!
A.I will auto test your keyboard - learn all about it - and then use artificial intelligence to make suggestions for you. It is A simple to use and it speaks the same language as musicians - YOUR language - not the geek-speakS of technicians. A.I will test your keyboard velocity response, pedal support and most importantly suggest ways to shape the sound that you are looking for. A.I makes it simple to quickly achieve your ideal sound.
Here are two demos showing the effect of HD Velocity Layers, Rendering with same MIDI file. The simple MIDI file has only one note repeated 12 times with the same velocity. You can hear a big difference between with and without HD Velocity Layers.
Please note HD Velocity Layers are completely different with using repetition samples with Round Robin. Repetition samples with Round Robin always has fixed pattern and fixed number of variations. But with HD Velocity Layers, you will have infinite variations.
Scala Tuning system allows users access to different temperaments for their music. Many Musicians now are using different temperaments for their music to create a special sound effect or new harmony combinations.Scala Tuning System enables you to load 4 scala format files so that you can switch 4 different temperaments at the same time!
Imperial Grand achieves a new level of realism by emulating the behavior of Piano Legato. When you are playing legato phrases on a real grand piano, the transition between two legato notes is created by subtle variations of key pressure. Imperial Grand is able to respond to these differences and truly allows your sound to sing when playing legato phrases.
Sound Magic's NEO Hybrid Modeling is a completely new way to offer the best of both worlds, the Realistic Sound of Sampling and the Playability of Modeling. The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine leads all other virtual pianos by providing a smaller footprint, lower latency and a truer, richer sound that makes our piano live and breathe!
Standard sampled piano sounds are always static with no interaction between the strings while playing, but the NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine forges these ethereal harmonic changes, generating subtle resonances based on which notes are being played at any given moment. The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine is always changing, always reproducing this interaction between strings, giving it a living, breathing sound, creating a real instrument with its own soul.
The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine achieves this realistic and authentic sound by using physical modeling to shape the sound's "skeleton" and then maps it to a series of harmonic components in real time to provide the resonance between the strings and the sound of the piano "box". IR and Convolution Reverb provide for a sense of realism essential to the live sound. Too often, reverb is added as a gloss to emulate playing in some sort of cavern, but here the reverb is replicating the reverb that occurs inside of a large vibrating instrument. (You can add your cavern playing on top of this essential sound if you need to!)
All of this number crunching can put a serious load on your computer. That's the real magic in Sound Magic. Literally hundreds of tricks are included behind the scenes - the pre-rendering of samples for example - to lower the CPU demand. You don't need a super computer to create an authentic, living piano sound - we've done the magic behind the scenes so you can create your own magic with your current computer - on stage or in the studio!
The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine gives you absolute control over every aspect of a piano - you can even design your own piano! There are nearly 40 controls waiting for you to tweak! Some of you just HAVE to dial up the hammer hardness and velocity, play with the dynamic response, even control the interaction between different strings. Not a tweaker? Right out of the box, there are 16 preset modules to choose from letting you jump into your choice of pianos right now!
The latest version of the NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine is 60% faster than our previous engine. Couple this speed with our Sound Magic (extremely low CPU usage and low latency) and you've got the ideal piano for live performance and other heavy duty jobs.
But really, as spectacular as the sound is, as efficient as the Engine is, as friendly as the computer load is, the real Magic comes from the touch! Some sampled pianos will suddenly glitch or pop with hard playing - you won't experience this playing the Imperial Grand with our NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine. Has your current piano ever lagged behind, unable to keep up with your flashing fingers or those quirky sparks of inspiration that drive your music? This simply will never happen on a piano using the NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine. The behind the scenes alchemy provided by our NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine makes worries about latency or velocity curves or the thousand and one parameters that you, as a musician, simply should NOT have to worry about, a thing of the past. We've got the technical magic covered, you've got the freedom to make your own Sound Magic!
Convertible Version is the latest expansion of our world renowned Sound Magic piano sound. It brings our piano to more formats and platforms allowing more musicians access to these fantastic sounds. Convertible Version uses the core of the NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine and adds a new simplified interface - allowing "out of the box" performance without a lot of setup time. Convertible Version introduces an add-on data bank which makes getting a huge variety of sounds fast and easy.
For the first time in history, you can custom design the look of your virtual instrument, making it your own personal creation. Spice it up - cool it down - make it your own! Our Convertible Version is the first virtual instrument that allows users to customize the GUI by adding their own personal icons/pictures. Every Convertible Version is unique!
Imperial Grand gives you absolute control over every aspect of a piano. You can adjust hammer actions, microphone positions, sympathetic resonances, dynamics and more. You can even design your own piano!
HD Velocity Layer supports up to 65,536 Velocity Layers! *
Multi-microphone positions enable users to mix between different microphone positions and create new sounds that easily fit into a mix. *
Real Piano Legato make the legato passage so real with a sustaining tone. *
Scala Tuning Sysytem enable users to select different temperaments for their music *
Powerful Add-on System *
Meticulous Dynamic Response controls enable users to adjust the dynamics of the piano, change the keyboard response, and achieve both realism and playability at the same time!
New! Our 264-string Sympathetic Resonance System adds beautiful harmonies to both pedal up and pedal down notes. *
Imperial Grand is able to detect repeated notes and activate True Staccato Mode which precisely reproduces staccato notes.
Built-in professional Reverb Engine simulates resonances with environment and soundboard, adding extra realism to the sound.
Actual modeling and soft pedal samples vividly present the sound of three kinds of pedals.
Customizing pictures/icons on GUI '
Add-on data bank which makes getting a huge variety of sounds fast and easy '
Faster load times. Smaller hard drive footprint, less memory and less CPU usage.
Imperial Grand now provides standalone and VSTi version running under Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7.
Imperial Grand now provides the following format and platforms
Windows VST Native Version/Convertible Version
MAC VST/AU 32bit/64bit Convertible Version
Windows 64Bit VST Convertible Version
* Native Version ' Convertible Version
Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz or higher CPU
Mac,Intel Core 2 Duo 2,0Ghz or Higher