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Steinberg ships The Grand 2

Published: Wed July 20, 2005  News Feed
Steinberg is pleased to announce that the updated version of its virtual piano instrument is now shipping worldwide. The Grand 2 features an entirely new added grand piano, surround capabilities as well as a range of features designed to maximise computer resource efficiency.

“The Grand 2 is one of the leading virtual concert grands available on the market today,” comments Claus Menke, Steinberg’s Director of Product Management. “Two world class pianos have been painstakingly recorded using state of the art equipment, and the resulting libraries engineered to give not only a breathtakingly realistic sound, but also an unprecedented level of playability,” continues Menke.

The new virtual concert grand which has been added in this update has been sampled from a renowned model by a world-famous piano maker, with added key click, pedal and hammer sounds that offer yet more sonic realism. The unique new four-channel surround implementation allows The Grand 2 to be placed anywhere inside a virtual room, with the position adjustable from directly within the VSTi’s user interface.

Several new features are aimed at providing efficient use of the computer’s resources. The Grand 2 features RAMSave™, a technology first seen in Steinberg’s HALion virtual sampler, allowing for highly efficient use of the host computer’s RAM 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, ideal for older computers.

The Grand 2 supports all major plug-in formats such as VST, DXi, and AU. ReWire support offers easy integration into Pro Tools®, while the standalone version allows The Grand 2 to be used without a host application.
 
 
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