Vienna Grand

Expanded Concert Grand

 

• Energetic and deep sound of a 290 Imperial concert grand

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Extended low octave down to C0

Vienna Grand

 

A huge Boesendorfer 290 Imperial with great depth, a powerful character and a wide dynamic range.

Instrument

 

Galaxy II’s VIENNA GRAND is comprised of sampling a Bösendorfer Imperial 290 grand piano. Established by Ignaz Bösendorfer in 1828, Bösendorfer are the oldest piano manufacturers still in production and have a history of constructing some of the worlds finest instruments.

Personality

 

The 9’6” grand piano, is famous for its powerful soundboard and its extended keyboard. Going as far as a bottom C0, it offers a full eight octave range or 97 keys. Sometimes these extra keys are hidden under a small hinged lid, on other pianos, the colours of the extra white keys are reversed (black instead of white). The extra keys are added primarily to increase the resonance from the associated strings. They vibrate sympathetically with other strings whenever the damper pedal is pressed, creating a fuller tone.

The Recording

 

The Vienna Grand was recorded at Hansahaus Studios/Germany which is famous for its outstanding Jazz recordings and has received two Grammy Awards. We put great emphasis on capturing the Bösendorfers huge dynamic range and energy, especially its powerful low end; using additional microphones in the lower register.

The Interface

 

The VIENNA GRAND’s extensive tweaking options make it perfect for all contemporary productions: Control the levels of the pedals, damper, string and hammer sounds. Adjust the timbre with the Color knob. Turn the Dynamic knob to change the dynamic range. The Lid control adjusts brightness. And built-in effects allow you to you fine-tune the sound without ever leaving the interface.

Realism

 

The GALAXY STEINWAY brings a true piano feel to life. Over 2,000 individual samples and 13 velocity zones allow each note to come through with stunning realism. With mechanical and string 'noises' being a main part of a piano's realism, it also features the 'dying string' release sounds, the hammer noises and the pedal, damper and vibrant string noises, all individually adjustable.

Timbre

 

With the GALAXY STEINWAY's color knob you can change the tone color or timbre from soft to hard by readjusting the sample mapping. It's a dynamic way of mapping, while balancing the volume differences between softer and harder samples. As a result of turning the 'Color' knob to the right, you will hear the piano sound 'harder', crispier, and with 'more attack'. Turning it to the left it'll sound 'warmer', 'softer' and with less 'attack'.

Resonance

 

We sampled the resonating strings with the sustain pedal up and down separately, enabling an individual adjustment of the VIENNA GRAND’s resonance using the 'Resonance' and the 'Overtones' controls.

Galaxy II

 

Vienna GRAND is a part of GALAXY II – an unique collection of three grand pianos also featuring GALAXY STEINWAY and 1929 GERMAN BABY GRAND. Depending on the musical style and genre the GALAXY II grand pianos offer different tonal characters ranging from open and brilliant overtones to warm vintage sounds, each adjustable with great detail. The GALAXY II collection is available for a special bundle price.

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Expanded Concert Grand

 

• Energetic and deep sound of a 290 Imperial concert grand

• State-of-the-art sample quality for rich, dynamic performance

• Extended low octave down to C0