Garritan is shipping a new software instrument called the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano, Professional Edition (Mac/Win; $399). The software instrument, which was developed in part with Steinway & Sons, is said to be a virtual concert grand piano with the same vibrancy and tone of a real Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano.
The Professional Edition includes many features from the Authorized Steinway Virtual Piano series and offers five different listening perspectives: a player perspective from the bench; a classical recording perspective; an under-the-lid perspective; a stage perspective; and a close audience perspective. The Standard version, on the other hand, offers only two perspectives.
Furthermore, the instrument features complete resonance modeling, virtuosic pedaling, soft pedal samples, multistage natural-sounding releases, adjustable-Velocity actions, adjustable mechanical noises, historical tunings and Scala file import, MIDI playback and record in while in standalone, ambience reverb, 3-band EQ, proportional sustain pedaling, and more.
It's powered by the ARIA Player and runs as a standalone instrument or as a plug-in (in VST, AU, and RTAS formats). For audio demos and more information, visit garritan.com/steinway.html.