Best Service Galaxy Vintage D

Grand Piano Virtual Instrument Based on a Legendary 1920s Steinway D from Bauer Studios
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AAX Native

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THE Vintage Steinway D of Legendary Recordings

Bauer Studios has been the home of a legendary 1920s Steinway D grand piano used on countless famous recordings by artists such as Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, and many others, and its sound is exquisitely captured in Galaxy Vintage D virtual instrument. What impresses the engineers at Sweetwater the most is the 10GB of 24-bit samples (losslessly compressed to 5GB), which span 13 velocity layers per each. Each sample was meticulously recorded using Neumann U47 and KM53 microphones, classic Siemens tube preamps, and the Neve console at Bauer Studios, and you can really hear the work that went into Vintage D with every note you play.

Galaxy Vintage D Grand Piano Virtual Instrument Features:
  • An impressively detailed grand piano virtual instrument
  • Features the sound of the 1920s Steinway D from Bauer Studios
  • Collection includes 2,000 24-bit samples, in 13 velocity layers
  • Supports half-damper playing for a more expressive dynamic range
  • Adjustable pedal, hammer, damper, and string noises for added nuance
  • Recorded with world-class gear at Bauer Studios
  • Runs on Native Instruments' free Kontakt Player
  • Convolution reverb adds many different types of ambience
Add a legendary 1920s Steinway D grand to your rig with Galaxy Vintage D!

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Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Piano
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Format Stand-Alone, VST, Audio Units, ASIO, CoreAudio, WASAPI, AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)
OS Requirements - Mac Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit)
Manufacturer Part Number 71598

Customer Reviews

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Galaxy Vintage D

I am a big fan of all of the Galaxy Pianos. Don't let the previous review of this piano fool you. This is a great virtual piano! Sure, you can spend more and get a much better piano sound. Check out the Hans Zimmer Piano for that matter. But for the buck, this piano is great! I have played many virtual pianos and compared them to the pianos of the some of the great hardware synths as well. I would say that the Vintage D holds it's own. I've also done a lot of research and found that a lot of well known composers and producers have this piano on their tool belt. Native Instrument's Komplete 11 has the Definitive Piano Collection as well as The Giant which are also made up of Galaxy pianos. When selecting a virtual piano, you have to understand that you have to choose one that will sit well in your mix. There will always be some adjusting. Also, the type of monitoring speakers you have will make all the difference in the world. I've found that even the room you play the VP in will make a difference. When I play live, I have a number of VPs to choose from depending on the venue. Sometimes a baby grand works better, sometimes an upright, sometimes a two story piano, other time a Steinway D. This piano a very good piano to add to anyone's collection of virtual instruments. I kind of liken virtual pianos to different grits of sandpaper. You need to choose the grit that will be the most effective in your project. Sometimes you need 180 grit, sometimes you need 2000 grit. The Vintage D represents one type of virtual piano.
Music background: Music Major @ Western Washington University focus on Music Theory, Composition, and Vocal Performance. Various bands, ensembles throughout the years. Worship musician for the past 30 years. 20 years worship leading. Main instrument focuses are vocals,

Not OK

It doesn't come close to producing the quality of tone I get from Pianoteq Model B. In fact, it doesn't sound good at all. Perhaps there are parameter "tweaks" that would make it sound better. If so, that doesn't change my opinion. I don't want to have to make changes in order to get a tolerable sound. What a waste of time and money!
Music background: Always had a Steinway in the home. Some lessons. Mostly an acoustic guitar player.
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