The sound quality is expressive and rich, but so are the editing options. This shows just one page of four pages with editable parameters.
Style: Four different upright
Product type: Virtual
Format: VST/AU/RTAS plugins,
Stats: 84GB of multisampled
notes for four pianos
Having set the standard with their
virtual grand pianos, Synthogy has
now done the same for uprights,
with a Yamaha U5 (pretty much
the modern upright piano), vintage
Hume, honky-tonk piano, and tack
piano with, yes, real tacks. If you
choose to install all four, expect to
spend some quality installation time
with the 12 DVD-ROMs.
There are up to 16 velocity
layers (you can select the
number of voices, from 4 to 160),
but part of Synthogy’s “secret
sauce” is resonance modeling for
sympathetic string vibrations.
I’d always felt sampled pianos
were to acoustic pianos as White
Castle burgers are to Kobe beef,
but the Ivory II engine changed
my opinion. It’s not just about
sound; pianos are also about feel,
and the Ivory II pianos feel right,
with exceptional dynamics.
They’re also surprisingly
editable, with pedal noise, stereo
imaging, sustain resonance,
tuning table support, and more.
There’s even a synth layer,
as well as EQ, chorusing, and
As a reality check, I compared
the Ivory uprights to some other
sampled pianos—which only
made the Synthogy ones stand
out more. Of course, nothing
playing through speakers sounds
exactly like a real acoustic piano;
but Ivory II’s pianos nail the
sound of real recorded acoustic
pianos. More importantly, the
experience of playing them is
truly satisfying—and that’s the
toughest emulation of all.
Wonderful piano feel,
and dynamics. Quite
includes four pianos.
Requires 84GB of drive
space to install all four
pianos. Requires iLok.
dist. by ilio.com
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