The world’s most popular virtual grand piano collection just got better with the
creation of Ivory II Grand Pianos. Featuring a greatly expanded sound set with
nearly double the velocity layers, and the powerful, new Ivory II piano DSP
engine with Harmonic Resonance Modeling for true Sympathetic String
Vibration, Ivory II Grand Pianos soars at the highest possible levels of sampling
and synthesis technology.
The playing experience is simply extraordinary with an emotional range
extending from the heartiest fortissimo to the most delicate and nuanced
pianissimo. Ivory II Grand Pianos will breathe under your fingers, inspiring your
best performance from a truly organic instrument.
A host of new piano-centric features have been added to the Ivory II engine.
Principal among them is Sympathetic String Resonance, a long sought after
but elusive characteristic of real pianos that Synthogy approaches in a
completely new and unique way, realizing the true complexities and subtleties of
sympathetic string excitation. Harmonic Resonance Modeling is a brand new
technology that does not rely upon triggering additional samples, ordinary sine
waves, or recordings in any way. Rather, notes struck that are harmonically
related excite the actual complex overtones of the notes that are being held, in
the same manner that undamped strings ring in a real acoustic piano. The result
is an unprecedented new level of realism.
Ivory II also delivers some of Synthogy’s most frequent customer requests, with
features such as Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables
to provide even greater detail and control. Additionally, features like Timbre
Shifting, Parametric EQ, and new Synth Layer controls offer powerful new
sound sculpting capabilities for custom piano programming and sound design.
At the heart of Ivory II are Ivory´s legendary pianos. Each Ivory piano has been
further refined and developed, including expanded velocity levels (up to 18 per
piano), additional soft pedal samples, and more release samples. Synthogy´s
decades of expertise in piano development, along with proprietary "timbre
interpolation" technology combine to deliver greater fidelity, unrivaled playability,
and a musical experience that is unsurpassed.
Ivory II represents the most significant design enhancement to Ivory´s custom
piano technology since its introduction. Years in the making, every effort has
been taken to assure that Ivory II is a true and worthy successor to the legacy
established by our original Ivory products.
Ivory II Grand Pianos Features:
• Over 77 Gigabytes of stunning, Acoustic Grand Piano sampled
• Bösendorfer 290 Imperial Grand
• German Steinway D 9’ Concert Grand
• Yamaha C7 Grand
(Each piano can be installed separately)
• Up to 18 discrete velocity layers with Sample Interpolation
Technology for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions
• Harmonic Resonance Modeling for the most realistic Sympathetic String
• Synthogy’s exclusive, powerful 32 bit Sample Playback and DSP engine,
engineered specifically for recreating the acoustic piano
• Sustain Resonance DSP for realistic Damper Pedal response
• World class digital FX including Real Ambience, Chorus and EQ
• Customizable User controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective,
Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, Lid Position, Tuning
Tables, and more
• Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ and new Synth Layer controls for
powerful sound sculpting capabilities
• Expertly tuned and regulated pianos in world-class studios and concert
• All 88 keys individually sampled in up to 18 dynamic levels (plus
Bösendorfer extended low octave)
• Incorporates exclusive Sample Interpolation Technology used for ultrasmooth
velocity and note transitions
• Real Release samples, Soft Pedal samples, and Pedal Noise
• Optional synth pad layer for modern/pop combinations
• Dozens of user-adjustable presets
* Upgrade for registered users of version 1.X
Please note that version 2 requires an iLok key!
"Ivory II... sounds godlike." —STEPHEN FORTNER, KEYBOARD MAGAZINE
"Authentic-sounding sympathetic resonance has been the holy grail of digitalpiano
designers, and the folks at Synthogy have finally hit the mark..." —GEARY
YELTON, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN
"Mix Certified Hit" —Ivory II selected by the editors of MIX MAGAZINE as one of
the Top-20 hits of NAMM 2010.
2010 M.I.P.A. International Press Award Winner —Best Software Instrument
March 2 2011: Ivory II Grand Pianos Wins Key Buy Award from Keyboard Magazine!
March 28 2011: Recording Magazine Calls Ivory II "A Must-Buy"!
This Instrument requires an iLok Key!
This USB protection device is not included in the box of this collection, it is a separate item you have to buy additionally. So you’ll have to order at least one iLok Key with your first purchase. It will be put inside the shopping basket automatically but can be deleted if not required. If you already own another iLok protection device you can use it for this instrument, too. Each iLok dongle can store up to 100 product licenses, the new iLok2 even up to 500 licenses.
Additionally an internet connection on any computer and a free user-accout at www.ilok.com is required to authorize the product.
Recording Magazine Calls Ivory II "A Must-Buy"!
In the April edition of Recording Magazine, writer/composer/keyboardist Gary Eskow enthusiastically reviews Ivory II Grand Pianos. Gary lends his critical ear to our new Sympathetic Resonance feature and comes away totally convinced, calling the product a "must-buy". Here´s some of what he had to say:
"The killer feature, the one that makes this a must-have plug-in for all serious piano players who work on a computer, is the other modeled element, which Synthogy calls “Sympathetic Resonance.”
"...hearing the sound of a harmony being affected by the addition of later notes on a computer-generated piano is truly an amazing experience, and it adds a level of realism that puts these pianos in a league of their own."
"If you’re a player who needs the most authentic sounding pianos on the market, you have to check out Ivory II. The new features and added modeling tweaks put this piano collection in a class by itself."
"These three pianos sound fabulous, and the new features for the piano sounds themselves... make Ivory II a must-buy."
Ivory II Grand Pianos Wins Key Buy Award from Keyboard Magazine!
In the March 2011 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Ivory II Grand Pianos receives a stellar review and wins the coveted Key Buy Award.
Here is a glimpse of what Executive Editor Stephen Fortner had to say:
"Superb. Stellar. Excellent. Outstanding. Best in class. Pick a superlative, and it won´t adequately convey how real Ivory II sounds, nor how immersed in the music you´ll feel when playing it"
" ...if you want one software piano that can cover any musical genre, is equally facile onstage or in the studio, and makes zero sonic compromises, Ivory II is the platinum standard. Long live the king!"
"If I had to narrow it down to two products that changed the world with regard to digital instruments sounding like a grand piano, I´d pick the Kurzweil K250 and Synthogy Ivory."
On Ivory II´s Sympathetic Resonance... "the result is the most realistic, and musical emulation we´ve ever heard of the complex acoustical world beneath the piano lid."
"Pros: Software grand pianos don´t get any better. Resonance modeling is incredibly realistic. Surprisingly CPU- and disk-efficient."