Over the last 90 years it has achieved a deep and intimate character and a beautiful singing tone. Richie Beirach called it ‘the best piano in the world’. Galaxy Instruments has now released this legendary piano as a virtual instrument.
Best Service – Galaxy: Vintage D 1.2 (KONTAKT, NKI, NKC, NKX)
Competition among piano soft-synth manufacturers has become pretty stiff lately, even among multiple virtual pianos from the same company! We previously reviewed Galaxy II Pianos 2. While piano sounds are largely a matter of personal taste, Galaxy II K4 is a solid contender with great sound. Highlights include: Galaxy Steinway 5. EQ for warmth, punch, and brilliance Sympathetic string resonance with real overtones Flexible velocity editor Convolution reverb with different types of rooms, concert halls, and ambience Adjustable stereo width and position Specially designed compressor for pop piano sounds Pad Machine Warp Engine for sound design beyond traditional piano sounds As mentioned in our previous review, despite this being a sampled piano virtual instrument, the pad feature allows you to layer a number of different kinds of pads with the piano including some modern, swirling, atmospheric sounds.
The warp feature takes this one step further, with the end product not so piano-like if desired. Usability Installation is possible via one of two methods. Finally, once Kontakt 4 is running, you simply load the Galaxy II library, and off you go!
A quick word of caution: Make sure K4 is looking in the right place for your samples! We had to manually select the new folder containing Galaxy II K4 piano samples. But this was a quick fix once we noticed it. Also keep in mind the three pianos are comprised of a lot of samples. Best Service gives a free link to RarX, a program that quickly puts it all together.
The new Kontakt 4 Player was a pleasure to use. The libraries available on our computer showed up on the left, and then, once selected, the corresponding graphical interface appeared on the right. There are a number of pre-made setups that are quite useful even without any tweaking. Of course everything is editable. While certainly not a first for computer based instruments, it is a well-implemented function.
We did like that despite this being a piano product there were elements to the sound engine that were almost synth-like in the user control and experience. Using a dual quad-core 2. Galaxy II K4 can work as a plug-in as well as standalone. It initially worked great in both environments, but once we updated K4 from version 4.
The Digi did not even show up as a choice for audio interfaces! The kind folks at Best Service informed us that this glitch could be fixed by switching Kontakt 4 to 32 bit mode. Then, run the program. It worked fine! Our Digi interface was now recognized in standalone mode without any problems. It was convenient to have the standalone mode, as we could quickly get things up and running to play without needing to load our DAW environment. To that end, this would be a great plug-in to run on, for example, a Muse Receptor, and we hope to see that option become available at some point in time.
Sound The sound quality is excellent. Each piano breathes and has its own character, which is as about as close to the real thing as you can ask for. Rich bass, clear but not thin highs… that sonic goodness you want from your piano is all in there. And, with the new Kontakt 4 engine and interface, changing overtones, string noises, and even drawing velocity curves has become very quick and accessible. Further, the presets are well done. There are also some nice pads included, which can be added or subtracted to any sound.
Finding any of these textures in an acoustic piano product truly was a pleasant surprise. The warp function is fun, though purists may never even use this function. The warp machine includes the pad selector, degrader roughness, sharpness, hacker, detuning , spiritualizer madness, filter morph, resonance, cutoff , alterizer mutator, which adds various swirling effects , and time traveler feedback, send, pan, time selectors.
The bottom line is that this selection allows synth-like parameters to be altered over your piano sound. Again, not critical to a piano plug-in, but very pleasantly welcomed! Of course, all the expected parameters i. You have three lid choices shown graphically: With a good foot pedal, it really can feel and sound like the real thing i.
You can also adjust the volume of this effect to suit your liking. Overtones, hammer noises, and string noises all are controlled in a similar fashion: A nice touch is the velocity editor, which includes not only presets but a graphical editor to draw your own velocity curve.
There are seventeen! There is also a voice management selector, which may help those with lesser CPUs to conserve processing power. Of course selecting voices enables you to play complex chord shapes with ease.
As mentioned earlier, popping or voice stealing was never experienced. Documentation and Product Support The boxed version includes a Quick Start document that covers installation as well as an overview of each function within the product.
The downloaded samples come with. We did have fun just turning knobs and seeing what happens, though. Upon further discussion with NI, we were informed that they purposely chose to feature more help instructions on their website via video tutorials.
We checked some of them out, and they were useful for learning more about some of the functions that may be unclear to you in the manual. Perhaps future editions of the manual should have a note directing users to the website for additional information.
The combination of not one, but three acclaimed pianos in a highly editable, easy to use environment makes this a great product. There are downloadable mp3s from the website to listen to the sound of these pianos. And while not truly downloadable, it is possible to try out the piano virtually via the website. Contact Information.
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Galaxy Vintage D liefert den Klang des berühmten historischen Steinway D in überzeugender Qualität. Der Grundcharakter des. Virtual Grand Piano (Download) Includes sounds of the Steinway D in Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg from , Was recorded with vintage microphones and. Virtual Piano Includes sounds of the Steinway D in Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg from , Was recorded with vintage microphones and pre-amplifiers, Powerful, .
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Competition among piano soft-synth manufacturers has become pretty stiff lately, even among multiple virtual pianos from the same company! We previously reviewed Galaxy II Pianos 2. While piano sounds are largely a matter of personal taste, Galaxy II K4 is a solid contender with great sound. Highlights include: Galaxy Steinway 5.
By Dave Stewart Galaxy’s new star expands the sampled piano universe. The model sampled here was built 90 years ago in Steinway’s Hamburg factory and has allegedly been kept in perfect condition by Bauer Studios’ owners. Various mics including Neumann U47 and KM53 valve microphones and vintage Neve and Telefunken preamps were used for the recording, after which the samples were created by blending the mic signals with no EQ or compression, paying particular attention to phase coherence.
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Galaxy Instruments’ Vintage D virtual grand piano is based on samples of a vintage Steinway D, a true legend of its class. This Steinway D was. We previously reviewed Galaxy II Pianos a few years ago, and more recently, in , we reviewed the incredible-sounding Galaxy Vintage D Piano. Now. steinway? To me, and maybe its just my setup, the vintage D sounds a little canned or like a recording even though its memory footprint in.