Steinberg is shipping the Grand 2 (Mac/Win; $299.99; upgrade $99.99) virtual concert grand piano, which adds an entirely new grand piano to its library, as well as computer-enhancement features and support for surround sound.
The newly added concert grand has been sampled from a renowned (but undisclosed) model by a world-famous piano maker. Key click, pedal, and hammer sounds are included to increase sonic realism. The new 4-channel surround implementation allows the Grand 2 to be placed anywhere inside a virtual room, with the position adjustable from within the plug-in's user interface.
The new features include RAMSave that uses the host computer's RAM more efficiently by unloading unneeded samples from memory. While the general disk streaming performance has also been enhanced in the new version, the selectable ECO mode also reduces demands on the computer's resources, which is ideal for older computers, according to Steinberg. The Grand 2 supports VST, DXi, and Audio Units. ReWire lets you use the Grand 2 with Digidesign Pro Tools. A standalone version is also included. For more information, visit Steinberg online.