The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc (aka Sound Magic) has announced availability of Imperial Grand, its latest hybrid virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit)
A spokesperson said, “Imperial Grand features 4 Exceptional Bösendorfer Pianos combined into an affordably-priced package, purposefully positioned to give musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry.”
Here’s more details in the company’s own words…
As a dynamic combination of 4 Exceptional Bösendorfer Pianos of varying vintage, Imperial Grand gives musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry all of their own. After all, all pianos sound distinctly different, as is also the case; clearly, with this cutting edge hybrid virtual instrument’s featured: Imperial Grand: A famously rich and dark sound, the Bösendorfer 290SE establishes an incredible level of realism through hyper-detailed sound. From bass to highs, its rarity stands out across music genres ranging from new age to classical. Kaiser II: The carefully selected Bösendorfer 290 sounds different with Imperial Grand, maintaining a deeper, more sustained, full-body resonance that never loses clarity and always creates a lasting originality. Austrian Gem: Another Bösendorfer 290, the Austrian Gem was recorded in a concert hall in Austria and maintains balanced clarity and full-body resonance in all register, making it perfect for living performances. Bösendorfer 225: Though smaller in stature compared to the typical Bösendorfer, the “225” never loses clarity and features an open, sustained resonance tone with balance across all frequencies.
Get this, though: thanks to the trailblazing technology that The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc incorporates into its virtual instruments, Imperial Grand is, in essence, an instrument with a musical soul rather than a machine-like feel — an admirable attribute that sets it apart from an abundance of solely sample-based virtual instruments out there that it could conceivably be pitched against. As such, textually making an appearance on a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is as easy on the eye as it is to use — albeit actions always speak louder than words, the new Neo Piano engine powering Imperial Grand really represents the pinnacle of sound sampling since it lets users effectively express more than 1.6-million sounds on a single note — numerically speaking, this achieves 400 times more variations than a ‘traditional’ sample engine! Every note played is unique, creating vivid sound representation by striking a rich, accurate tone — even with minimal movement.
Musically, then, through using hybrid modelling technology, The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc has succeeded in creating a unique experience — exploited to the full with Imperial Grand — that allows its users to reap the benefits of authentic sampled sounds combined with the playability of a modelled piano, providing for more freedom of expression and potential possibilities to create their own unique sound. Central to this, that new Neo Piano engine elevates proceedings, purportedly by being the industry’s first large-scale application of AI (artificial intelligence) in its software developing phase. Put it this way: while it is common knowledge that recording, editing, processing, and organizing such huge sample data pools can collectively take teams of expert engineers years to complete, conversely AI can conceivably reduce this titanic task to a matter of hours, meaning musicians get their hands on better products much more quickly while also benefitting from financially reduced rates.
Furthermore, that beautifully-implemented Imperial Grand GUI gives users unmitigated control over 40 piano attributes, including an ability to lift the lid, tweak Tone and Harmonics, alter Damping, change Key Dynamics, and adjust velocity response. Ultimately, users can even apply a Style — sets the piano in question’s musical style, be it classical, jazz, rock, or soft, and changes the internal parametric EQ accordingly via a simple Amount control — or sympathetic Resonance to their sound, and adjust the mix by changing microphone Perspective.
Sound Magic has also announced its Kingdom of the Pianos Sale Event, which start from June 21st until June 24th. It has discounts (up to 50%) on several piano instruments, Chinese instruments and effect units.
Pricing and Availability:
Imperial Grand is available to purchase online for €129.00 EUR/$149.00 USD/£119.00 GBP
50% discount for Sonicstate visitors too