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VSL Synchron Steinway D is coming...

al_net77

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December 6th, 2018
Synchron Pianos 1.1.1103
• Added: Support for Steinway D
• Improved: Performance when releasing sustain pedal
• Improved: Rare crashes when closing sessions


Yes... :) :)
 

Olfirf

Member
Wow! A good VSL-comeback, I would say! :)
@Guy: Did you play in the 2 pieces by Nicholas Decrescent from the demos? I found nothing but death metal by googling that name! ;) I was going to look for CDs and maybe sheet music ...
 

Olfirf

Member
But the Ritual fire dance must have been your playing. I love that transcription. Great playing there, too! I just whish, you could have done the first part as well. These long trills are always a challenge for a sampled piano and I would have loved to see how the new VSL Steinway would have coped with them.
 

Guy Bacos

Senior Member
But the Ritual fire dance must have been your playing. I love that transcription. Great playing there, too! I just whish, you could have done the first part as well. These long trills are always a challenge for a sampled piano and I would have loved to see how the new VSL Steinway would have coped with them.
I imagine someone from VSL will eventually chime in about the mysterious artist, I have no idea. Yes, the Ritual Fire Dance is me, the live videos are me, sorry about the carpet...
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
I imagine someone from VSL will eventually chime in about the mysterious artist, I have no idea. Yes, the Ritual Fire Dance is me, the live videos are me, sorry about the carpet...
Really enjoyed hearing & seeing your live playing video demos Guy. Looks like the touch response to dynamics & repetitions is highly expressive and realistic. What controller did you use? BTW . . . I forgive you for the carpet ;)
 

Lee Blaske

Senior Member
Demos of the new D sound really good. A nice contrast to the CFX (which I also really like and use a LOT).
 
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jamwerks

Senior Member
Steinway sounds great. Quite a bit different than the CFX, very tempting!
 
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Interesting video here, showing classical pianist Stefan Mendl's first experience playing it (4th video - LIVE: Stefan Mendl First Contact with a sampled Steinway):

https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Steinway_D#!Videos

Check out that surround sound speaker system though!
Watch his reaction after the passage he plays starting @ 5:25
Yes, his reaction to this orchestra reverb sound is obviously fantastic, but what worries me is his almost cold reaction when he was playing slow piece from the start where I expect to hear some close resonance and less reverb but no. Eh, time will tell.
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
Yes, his reaction to this orchestra reverb sound is obviously fantastic, but what worries me is his almost cold reaction when he was playing slow piece from the start where I expect to hear some close resonance and less reverb but no. Eh, time will tell.
I thought the same, but given he has very little experience with sampled pianos, that disconnect when the sound is coming from speakers around you (and not feeling the sound vibrations in your fingers & body) can be confusing, and off putting. It's often such a different experience being a player compared to being a listener of your own performances. Quite often I'll play & record with a virtual piano and feel like it's not working, then listen back later and be pleasantly surprised.

As a recorded sound, those first passages he played sounded fantastic to me on my studio monitors. For me, it would be difficult to pick it as not a real acoustic piano performance.
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
To be fair to VSL, I appreciate them releasing video of what appears to be Stefan's honest reactions, unlike so many over-hyped marketing/promo/teaser videos I've watched of average to poor quality virtual instruments from other developers.
 
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