Synthogy continue to do what they do best, with another pair of stellar virtual pianos.
Synthogy have a serious track record when it comes to piano sampling. Their Ivory collection of three grands dates back to 2004, when its 30GB library would have been considered absolutely gargantuan. Ivory II came along in late 2010, upped the library size to over 80GB (which is still considered big, by some standards), and added all kinds of nuance and sophistication. We’ve since had another Steinway, a Fazioli and some uprights added to the product range, and the very latest offering is what’s on test here: Ivory II Studio Grands.
With so many competing virtual pianos on the market now, and competition for the top spots fiercer than ever, companies are going beyond just developing great but generic instruments. The trend now is towards individualistic pianos, that can be identified with specific model numbers, years, places or some other kind of provenance, and preferably with an original manufacturer endorsement. In this case, in Studio Grands, it’s a Steinway and a Bösendorfer, sampled in two identifiable American studio acoustics by experienced...
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