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Colossus Piano

By Christian Schoenebeck d/b/a Crudebyte

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Description

Colossus Piano sets a new standard in terms of realism, detail and overall quality of piano sounds on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. There are currently 3 piano models available as 3 individual in-app purchases with this app, together those 3 piano models make up 24 Gigabyte of sound material. All keys of all piano models were recorded in full length with a recording quality of 24 bit and 96 kHz stereo.

Note: this app requires in-app purchases to provide its functionalities!
Minimum Requirement: at least iPad 3 / iPad Air 1 / iPad mini 2 / iPhone 5 / iPod touch 6th gen.
Recommended: iPad Air 2 / iPad mini 4 / iPad Pro / iPhone SE / iPhone 6s or higher.

The dark brown „Colossus Concert Grand” model:³
• 24 velocity layers per key.
• Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
• Release hammer sound.
• 14 GB in size (SSD space).

The white „Baby Grand” model:
• 12 velocity layers per key.
• Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
• Release hammer sound.
• 6 GB in size (SSD space).

The „Upright Piano” model:
• 8 velocity layers per key.
• Sympathetic resonance (sustain sound).
• Release hammer sound.
• 3.4 GB in size (SSD space).

This app supports Audio Unit v3, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus for audio & MIDI connections from/to other audio apps, as well as Bluetooth LE MIDI !

All available piano models support the following features:
• A warm pad sound of a well known analogue synthesizer can be turned on/off as support for the piano sound, and its volume can be controlled both by modulation wheel and expression controller.
• Modulation wheel support for controlling the most relevant sound parameter of the currently selected sound.
• Sustain pedal support for holding notes.
• Sostenuto pedal support for holding individual notes.
• Soft pedal support for playing notes with a more gentle sound.
• Expression pedal support for controlling the optional pad layer volume.
• Hammer sound when releasing keys, uses round robin and can be turned on/off and volume controlled.
• Polyphony of up to several hundreds of stereo voices.²
• Low latency disk streaming.
• Configurable audio latency down to 5 ms.
• Integrated effects with 18 presets.
• MIDI velocity response curve editor.
• App can keep running in the background, so you can play on your keyboard while e.g. using Safari or another app to display scores or surfing the Internet.
• Hermode Tuning: Makes the sound more brilliant by controlling the pitch of the notes in multivoiced music to better frequency ratios than with fixed tuning. This dynamic tuning imitates the tuning behavior of well educated musicians of i.e. orchestras and choirs.
• Provides Audio Unit plugin version of this app, which allows it to be used as virtual instrument directly within third-party multi-track DAW apps.
• Supports Apple's "Inter-App Audio" system.
• Audiobus support.
• Virtual on-screen piano keyboard with velocity support, scalable & scrollable.

MIDI Player / Recorder:
• Record, save and load your songs in standard MIDI file format.
• Unlimited amount of tracks.
• Unlimited recording and playback length.
• Open MIDI (.mid) files directly from other apps (i.e. from Safari, Mail).
• Download or upload MIDI files with iTunes.
• Load your favorite songs as MIDI files from the Internet, and watch at the virtual keyboard how to play it.
• Metronome.
• Use the "Tempo Zoom" dial knob to i.e. slow down playback at any time and learn your favorite songs more easily.

¹ For more informations about supported adapters and MIDI keyboards, please visit our product website.

² Some sounds might use several voices per note. Polyphony depends on the exact device model being used. You find a polyphony table on our product website.

³ Important: the dark brown „Colossus Grand” piano model requires a large amount of main memory, so we only recommend this piano model for device models mentioned as „recommended” above.

What's New in Version 1.1.1

• Adds Audio Unit v3 plugin feature which allows this app to be used as virtual instrument by third-party multi-track DAW apps.
• Severely reduces amount of RAM resources being used by this app, which especially fixes issues with older devices.
• Reduced sound loading time.
• Reduced default latency to 5ms (if not already selected differently by user).

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Customer Reviews

Solid

Solid samples, note by note, layer by layer, rich high quality tones. Takes an investment in high end gear with high end pianos to capture the tones, not just developer time for the coremidi and settings interface. Fun the output plays out to bluetooth Marshall speakers.

Hands-on, definitely the best piano on the App Store

Fantastic sound quality & dynamic control. Also love the pad / hammer / electronic modes. Can't wait to see what other models you add! And a huge thanks for the AudioUnit implementation!

Colossus Piano
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 145 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Colossus Concert Grand$49.99
  2. Upright Piano$19.99
  3. Baby Grand Piano$29.99