Synthogy has released Ivory (Mac; $349), a virtual instrument built around samples of three concert grand pianos and produced by sound designer Joe Ierardi. The pianos sampled are a German Steinway D 9'' Concert Grand, a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial Grand, and a Yamaha C7.
Ivory features over 3,500 samples and is powered by Synthogy''s proprietary 32-bit sample-playback and DSP engine. The plug-in holds nearly 30 GB of new samples, and all 88 keys of each piano were individually sampled in up to eight dynamic levels, including the extended low octave on the Bösendorfer.
Synthogy''s Sympathetic String Resonance DSP provides realistic damper-pedal response, and the software includes actual release and soft pedal samples. Ivory includes digital effects, such as Ambience, Chorus, and EQ, along with customizable user controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective, Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, and Tuning. Each 32-bit sample features full sustain without looping, and Synthogy''s sample interpolation technology allows for smooth Velocity and note transitions. Each of the three pianos can be installed independently to save space on crowded hard drives.
Ivory is available in AU, VST, and RTAS formats, on Mac OS 9 and OS X. A Windows version will follow soon. Ivory is distributed worldwide by Ilio Entertainments. For more information visit www.synthogy.com.