UVI Grand Piano
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Turn your mac into a wonderful Grand Piano !
Simply plug a MIDI keyboard in your computer and you're ready to play one of the best instrument ever made : a Steinway™ Model D Grand Piano.
UVI Instruments are well known and have been deeply used by professional musicians and producers for more than a decade thanks to some unique software like MOTU MachFive™, Ethno™ and BPM™, Spectrasonics Stylus™ and Atmosphere™, UVI Workstation™... to name a few.
UVI Grand Piano features the best of the UVI technology and the most efficient user interface to play the piano: launch it and play !
UVI Grand Piano features :
- Super easy to use and great sounding instrument
- Steinway™ Grand Piano Model D
- Recorded in a world class studio
- Deeply multi-sampled (sustain, release, pedal noise...)
- Expertly edited and scripted using the latest UVI Engine
- Low Memory usage thanks to lossless realtime decoding : only 400 MB instead 3 GB
- Custom velocity curves to fit your playing style
- Superb integrated convolution reverb
- CPU efficient
- Ultra low latency
- Compatible with built-in and all third party soundcards.
- Compatible with all USB/MIDI keyboards and controllers
What's New in Version 1.0.1
- Pedal and release volume control
- 3 Band Parametric EQ
- More flexible velocity customization
Quality is lacking
There are a number of issues that I expect from a software piano, but this is BARELY usable. The lack of dynamics is extremely disappointing. To me it sounds like they have only 2 different velocity layers… normal and loud. I experimented with the different velocity curves, but you really can't make it behave anything like a real piano. No matter what you play, or how you play it you always end up making a sacrifice somewhere. I suppose you can't expect too much from a sample library that is only 385 MB.
While I agree with many of the other reviewers that the sounds are better than garageband or logic, the lack of dynamics renders these sample useless. In the end I would prefer the slightly more digital tone in favor of the ability to accurately capture the velocity I'm playing at.
I was also dissapointed that this application only works as a standalone unit, and cannot be used within a host DAW (Although I diddn't take away any stars for this as I assumed this might be the case)
In the end, this would make a decent application for those of you with midi keyboards that just want to do some basic creating/ messing around. Avoid this app If your piano has any built in sounds, if you own logic X, or if you are using for anything pro or semi-pro as you will be in for a let down. I gave it 3 stars bc the price is low.
Absolutey stunning and jaw dropping virtual instrument...
Ever since I downloaded this app, I seriously have been playing my keyboard twice a day...I didn't even practice this much when I was taking lessons as a kid! It's just insane how much this sounds like a real Steinway.
The sample quality is incredible hands down, but what really makes it are the nuances such as the sound of the dampers when you press and release the sustain pedal, the sound of the hammers when you push a key and so on. I've got a modest M-Audio Pro Keys 88sx and even though it's only a semi-weighted keyboard, I can still get a good dynamic range out of my playing after dialing in the velocity settings between the app and my keyboard. All you need then are good speakers or headphones to truly appreciate the sonic quality. I'm using M-Audio AV-40s and it sounds fantastic.
Anyone complaining about lag or poor performance must have a slow computer or the wrong buffer settings because my 2.53Ghz MBP handles this app no problem. I haven't enjoying playing my keyboard this much in eons...thank you guys so much for this piece of software.
For Thirty Bucks? AMAZING
What it's not: the legendary Steinway software by G-----n, which is never quite available or delivers on its promise. It's also not Tr--Pian-s, which delivers on its promise at 6 times the price of this product and offers several great pianos.
What this product does deliver is a single piano voice with at least ten very important and impactful controls which offer an enormous range of choices from super bright to muffled, with EQs that can make the bass notes subtle or boomingly immense. At best, it's kind of an exaggeration of a great piano sound, because it's not subtle enough to be a great piano sound itself. But I also agree that, once set the way you want, and played through an appropriate system and decent speakers, it would be nearly impossible for an amateur or professional ear to distinguish the sound from a miked high-end grand piano.
For thirty bucks? It's a miracle--a major breakthrough--and I can't believe I haven't tried it till now. They need better PR.