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Did anyone check out "Ivory" at NAMM?


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Blast it, I've seen that fellow above. Not the Martian, I've met plenty of those. The fellow in the yellow turban. He's in a rather rambunctious video I stumbled across. Who IS he and... well, I'll move on from there.
This keyboard solo has obviously been tampered with!
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Originally posted by zeronyne:

Press Release

 

Apparently, it's a piano plugin made by Joe Ierardi and George Taylor of Kurzweil fame.

 

Anyone hear it? This may be the one to get.

I heard it and I was "knocked" out. There were at least 3 different pianos...Yamaha, Steinway, and Bosendorfer. They were all 7-9 gigs each, every note sampled...5-8 velocity layers, sympathetic vibrations, lots of pedal on and off effects. I thought they were outstanding. I can't wait to hear them in a better environment. I heard they would first be available for the Macintosh and then later Windows..I think March/April timeframe. They were simply amazing!!! I heard them once and I thought they were so good, I went back 2 more times to hear them and to show other people. Clearly, one of the hits of the show for me.

 

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Chuck Surack

 

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Originally posted by zeronyne:

Press Release

 

Apparently, it's a piano plugin made by Joe Ierardi and George Taylor of Kurzweil fame.

 

Anyone hear it? This may be the one to get.

I've known Joe Ierardi for years. He's one of the most talented sound designers I've ever met. I didn't get a chance to hear it, but if Joe is behind it, I'm sure it must be outstanding. :thu:

 

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I heard it and agree, it sounded gorgeous. All of the pianos were beautifully balanced and seemed very expressive. The idea is similar to Steinberg's The Grand but is much better executed. Soft pedal down samples, which I believe are a first for any piano library. You can change the stereo persective to be audience or performer. Tons of control. This absolutely could be the one to own...for now at least.

 

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Price: $349. (From the pdf datasheet on the synthogy website.)

 

Also states "Windows support 2004". I assume that's the year, not the price ...

 

I've been thinking about going GigaStudio just to get a good piano. I'll definitely wait to hear from the early Ivory users.

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When is someone going to come out with a Baldwin sample, like an SD-10 grand? Baldwins get no respect. When I grew up it was Steinway, Steinway, Steinway and lately Bosendorfers are all the rage. Percussiveness and clarity are not the only things in the world - how about something brooding? So far, my favorite for pure tone quality is the Fazioli in the Roland SRX-02 sample...not that it is similar to a Baldwin but at least it isn't a Bosendorfer - it's a little more subtle.

 

Chaso

A fan of Brubeck and Bernstein, both of whom owned Baldwins.

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I played it at the booth for some time, and talked to Joe a bit about it. It's a very ambitious project. As far as I could tell on the noisy NAMM show floor, it was pretty amazing. Since the show, I've been putting my druthers list together of things to review for Keyboard and this is definitely on it. We'll see what happens...

Stephen Fortner

Principal, Fortner Media

Senior Editor, Music Player Network

Former Editor in Chief, Keyboard Magazine

Digital Piano Consultant, Piano Buyer Magazine

 

Industry affiliations: Antares, Arturia, Giles Communications, MS Media, Polyverse

 

 

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Ivory sounded really good from what I could tell (headphone demo in a very noisy setting). No multisamples, no looping, great sympathetic resonance, etc. It just sounded great. A bunch of pianos to choose from, too, if I'm not mistaken.

 

The listening area for GigaStudio 3 wasn't quite as good, but there were similar features as far as mic selection, positioning, and listening placement. I'd like to hear it in a better setting, I bet it sounds great too.

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I don't own the SRX-02 card yet but convinced some guys at Guitar Center to put one in the RD-700. (A new store opened up in my area and they are actually extremely helpful...normally I am treated like feces at music instrument stores.) I started out my search looking at used Alesis QS-8s - I always wanted one back when they came out - but now I think I am going to pick up a new RD-700 with the SRX-02 and SRX-07 cards (for starters!). I just love the action so much on the RD.

 

With regards to the SRX-02 card...I am a piano player (20+ years experience) and thought I would be quite picky but compared to the other people on the internet I guess I am not: I've read the mixed reviews on the SRX-02 card and can't fathom the complaints. I found it phenomenal. I had no problems with the so-called abrupt velocity switching and not only that but could not find the three clunker notes - perhaps they have fixed the cards? I found the tone quality and expressiveness wonderful. In my opinion, at least with regard to the card I played, you have to be either trying very hard to find fault or you have to be a supervirtuoso with incredibly more subtle talents than my own!

 

Anyway, I hope to pick this up soon and will test it more thoroughly and report back.

 

I am not hooked up to a PC so software pianos are not an option for me.

 

Chaso

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Thanks Chaso,

I have an RD-700 and love it, well, except when I'm carting it. So I may try to budget for the SRX-02 card. My wife got me the SRX-07 card for Christmas and I have to say that for the RD-700 it hasn't really added to my sounds. The piano, rhodes, and wurlie sounds are similar to the RD's. Now in 6 months I might have a different story....

 

But I'm really excited about "Ivory." If they get it right, it will be my studio piano.

David
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This from kvr-vst.......

 

Synthogy have announced the Ivory Grand Pianos instrument plugin, which includes 3 Glorious Grands in one multi-platform sample-based virtual instrument. They describe it as "The largest, most skillfully designed Grand Piano virtual instrument ever! Over 3,500 samples are combined with a sample-playback engine built from the ground up to bring out the resonance, response and character of the worlds finest Concert Grands."

 

Ivory's piano samples were brought to life using no-compromise technology in the finest studios and concert halls. The sessions were produced by Joe Ierardi, an accomplished pianist and award winning sound designer and producer of piano modules for Kurzweil Music Systems. Ierardi's unique expertise covers every aspect of piano design, from tuning and regulation, to recording, editing, programming and engine design.

 

- Screenshot

 

Ivory Features:

 

More than 20 Gigabytes of stunning, all NEW, Acoustic Grand Piano sampled instruments (Each piano can be installed separately):

German Steinway D 9' Concert Grand.

Bösendorfer 290 Imperial Grand.

Yamaha C7 Grand.

Synthogy's exclusive, powerful 32 bit Sample Playback and DSP engine, engineered specifically for recreating the acoustic piano.

Sympathetic String Resonance DSP for realistic Damper Pedal response.

World class digital FX including Real Ambience, Chorus and EQ.

Customizable with User controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective, Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, Tuning and more.

Expertly tuned and regulated pianos in world-class studios and concert halls.

Phase-perfect stereo samples stored in 32 bits.

All 88 keys individually sampled in up to 8 dynamic levels (plus Bösendorfer extended low octave).

Incorporates sample interpolation technology used for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions.

Real Release and Soft Pedal samples.

Full length sustain samples, no loops.

Optional synth pad layer for modern/pop combinations.

Dozens of user-adjustable presets.

Produced and programmed by pre-eminent piano sound designer, Joe Ierardi.

Ivory is scheduled to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2004 and will be available for Windows and Mac OS 9/X in VST, AU & RTAS formats at an MSRP of $349.

Tom F.

"It is what it is."

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Ooh! Ivory!

That sounds pretty incredible. I can't wait for the downloadable demos. Someone please post when they are up.

 

Gas what I have?

 

Day

"It is a danger to create something and risk rejection. It is a greater danger to create nothing and allow mediocrity to rule."

"You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at." W.H. Auden

 

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If Ivory gets great reviews around here after its released, I'm probably going to want to build a dedicated PC like some do with GigaStudio.

 

What's a good, cheap way to run a VST plug-in like Ivory as a real-time sample player?

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Thanks guys. This was exactly what I was looking for.

 

I can start experimenting with some of the free VST synths before Ivory gets released.

 

Edit: Just noted that a review described Chainer as "Viagra for VST". Hope this doesn't mean that it's hard to use ... :eek:

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