Acoustica has released Pianissimo, a Virtual Grand Piano, delivering the rich, warm sound and expressivenes of a classic grand piano in an affordable software package. It operates as a VSTi plug-in, or runs as a stand-alone application, for Windows PCs.
Pianissimo uses a combination of sample playbackand advanced physical modeling to create a stunning acoustic grand piano sound. Starting with over 250 Mof high quality samples of a Steinway™ Model D grandpiano, Pianissimo uses complex signal processing and programming to recreate the warmth, response, and playability of a real grand piano. This warm, natural sound is then paired with a professional studio-quality reverb algorithm to add the depth and ambiance ofa real acoustic space. Add in modeled sympathetic resonance, incidental mechanical hammer sounds, remarkable control over tone and velocity response, 256 voices of polyphony, and incredibly low CPU usage, and Pianissimo might just be the best sounding, most playable virtual piano ever.
The VSTi will operate in any DAW with support for virtual instruments in the VSTi format, including Mixcraft. The Stand-Alone version supports any MIDI device, and any Wave, ASIO, or WaveRT device. It allows for two track recording, loading and saving of standard MIDI Type 1 files, and supports mixing down to WAV, MP3, WMA, and OGG Vorbis files.
According to Dan Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Development for Acoustica, "Competing virtual grand pianos cost anywhere from $200 to $400 and beyond, and are often large, bulky, and CPU intensive. They hog memory and are simply not practical to work with. Pianissimo changes all that.
Combining the best of sampling with acoustic modeling technology and detailed sound programming, we've created a virtual piano that is lightweight, highly detailed, extremely responsive, and sounds great. And, priced at just $79, Pianissimo shatters all expectations of what a high quality sampled grand piano should cost."
Paul, a semi-retired piano tuner and technician, writes, "The tone quality and dynamic expression are very impressive, and incredibly, the sound has the character of a real Steinway™ Model D 9' concert grand (like the one I used to tune and spend many hours with 2-3 times per year!)"
Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, or Vista
1GB RAM (2 GB RAM recommended).
(2 Ghz Dual Core recommended).
Sound card or sound device.
USB or MIDI controller keyboard recommended.
Display resolution @ 1024 x 768 or above.
Free Seven Day Trial: Pianissimo is available for download at: http://acoustica.com/pianissimo/download.htm
Pianissimo includes lifetime support.