The new Vienna Instruments Collection Vienna Imperial, which is now available, features a sampled Bösendorfer 290 Imperial outfitted with CEUS technology, offering 1,200 samples per key paired with a proprietary piano engine and an easy-to-use interface.
Due to the CEUS technology, the velocity range of the grand could be exploited to an unprecedented degree. Up to 100 velocities were recorded per key and playing technique; i.e., with and without pressing the sustain pedal, and alternatively with the soft pedal down. There are no audible steps between the singular velocity layers, and each single key has its own authentic velocity curve.
The Basic view of the user interface offers a choice between three recording positions: close, player and audience. The Advanced view gives the user quick and easy access to more control options such as convolution reverb, EQ, pedal noises, stereo width, MIDI sensitivity and more. Under the hood of the user interface is a new proprietary piano engine that has been designed to drive the massive amount of sample data and processing power. The new engine also supports sympathetic string resonances in two variants: sympathetic resonances of individual strings (pedal-up) and of all non-damped strings (pedal-down).
Vienna Imperial is a sample-based virtual instrument that ships in the formats VST (OS X, Win XP/Vista/7), RTAS (OS X) and Audio Units (OS X), and also works stand-alone. The software requires Intel processors on the Mac and doesn''t run on older-generation PPC Macs.
Users of Vienna''s Bösendorfer Imperial collection can use a $200 discount when purchasing the new Vienna Imperial collection through July 31, 2009.