The sound of the Thor developed from the most famous Steinway piano - perhaps the most famous grand piano - in history. This is the Steinway D numbered CD443, the piano that Vladimir Horowitz loved most. The CD443, Mr. Horowitz's last piano, was selected by the artist for his own personal home use. When he was first introduced to this instrument, Mr. Horowitz had reservations about the piano's action (which was rather heavy) but came to love the instrument so much that, when he briefly considered concertizing in 1989, he planned to take the CD443 with him. This piano was used for recording sessions made at his home in both 1988 and 1989.
Thor featured an amazing dynamic range which other pianos were hard pressed to compete with. It had more "bite" when it was played really hard but it produced a soft, singing tone when played softly. And Steinway's famous singing tone and bell like sympathetic resonances made it a truly great piano. This vast dynamic contrast and its lighting fast response won this superb instrument the name "Thor", the Norse god of storms and thunder.
Everyone has an ideal piano sound in their mind. Many top piano manufacturers provide customization services to world famous pianists. But with such plug-in like Neo Piano, which has many controls to change the sound, you may need time to explorer all the settings and controls and finally you can have an ideal sound for your usage. Now Sound Magic is the first developer who provides customize service to you. Through our online customize system, you could easily and quickly customize your own unique sound online in a fly. In this way, you can forge your unique piano sound which does not sound like anyone else.
Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimised for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM,DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilised to optimise general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level.
The core of the Neo Piano Engine is the intelligent analyze system which evaluates a MIDI track or performance to determine the Optimum balance between RAM and DFD usage. You can choose the amount of RAM available to Neo Piano to use. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.
The new Neo Piano Engine has been totally redesigned and consumes much less CPU than before (1/10 of the previous version) and also best DFD performance (15mb/s requirement for hard disk speed which is around 1/10 for modern hard disks and even less for SSD, so this minimizes the possibility of glitches and pops due to reading the hard drive)
NEO Piano Engine offers you the best from both sampling and modelling worlds. The Authentic Sound of Sampling combined with the Playability of a Modelled Piano makes for a piano experience that you have to try to believe!
Standard sampled piano sounds are always static with no interaction between the strings while playing, but the NEO Piano Engine recreates these ethereal harmonic changes, generating subtle sympathetic resonances based the notes being played at any given moment. The NEO Piano Engine is constantly evolving, reproducing this interaction between strings, breathing life into the piano sound, recreating the souls of a real instrument.
The new user defined Damping system emulates real damper behaviour precisely and you can decide whether you want to play a ‘tight’ brand new piano, a typical bedded-in piano or a ‘loose’ well-worn old piano.
The NEO Piano 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 adjust. Lift the lid, alter the dampers, change the velocity response, apply a ‘Style’ or Resonance, adjust the player/audience perspective the combination of options is astounding!
A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behaviour, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies ground-breaking technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is an amazing concert hall sound reproduction full of life.
Style Designer is a special function which allows you to quickly and easily set the piano’s musical style, such as pop, jazz, rock, classical or soft. When you move the style level dial, it will change several internal parametric.
The Artificial Intelligence Tools check the response of your keyboard and pedals, and help you to find your ideal velocity response curve. A.I. Tools will:
Scala Tuning System
Scala Tuning System allows you try different tunings on your piano. There are over 4000 tunings waiting for you to try out!
Multi GUI Versions
Neo Piano Engine provides different GUi versions for different usage. Sometimes, you may not want the GUI took much space on the screen, then mini GUI version will be good for you. Another time, you may want to see GUI in good action, so a modern and big GUI will be good for you. We will also add more GUI version in future to give our users more choice on their GUI.
Our Powerful Add-on System brings unlimited extension possibilities to the instrument. Each Add-on focuses on solving one specific problem with the aim of a thorough - but lightning quick - solution. Every musician has his/her own needs, their own challenges and the Add-on System is the ideal tool for providing solutions with great precision and flexibility. Below is a list of Add-ons we recommend to you.
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