Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand (boxed)

28GB Italian Grand Piano Sample Collection/Virtual Instrument with up to 18 Layers per Piano - Mac/PC AAX, RTAS, AU, VST
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Add a 10' Italian Grand to Your Collection!

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Imagine getting your hands on one of the most coveted 10' Italian concert grand pianos in one of the finest concert halls in the world. Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand delivers this experience straight to your computer, in a single instrument that encompasses a world of fantastic piano sound. The key is in Ivory II Italian Grand's details. From the most subtle sympathetic string vibration and resonance to the unmistakable character of a half-depressed sustain pedal, Ivory II Italian Grand captures the realism of this amazing piano perfectly. A full 18 discrete velocity layers give you the most dynamic playing experience ever, and a massive 28GB sample library ensures that every note rings true. Powerful extras such as advanced timbre shifting and synthesizer overlays also give you the flexibility to sculpt unique pianos sounds of your own!

Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand Acoustic Piano Virtual Instrument Features at a Glance:
  • Over 28GB of world-class samples featuring a premium 10', Italian-made concert grand piano in a world-class concert hall
  • All 88 keys have been individually sampled with up to 18 dynamic levels
  • 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 resonance possible
  • Half-pedaling adds vital realism
  • 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 effects 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
  • Exclusive Sample Interpolation Technology provides ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions
  • Real release samples, soft pedal samples, and pedal noise enhancements
  • Optional synth pad layer for modern/pop combinations
  • Dozens of user-adjustable presets
  • Unified interface incorporates all three Ivory products into one user interface
  • AAX, RTAS, AU, and VST format plug-ins
  • Mac and PC compltible
Experience the sound of a legendary piano, with Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand!

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Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Italian Grand Piano
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format AAX, AU, VST, RTAS, Standalone
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum, 7200 RPM/SSD drive or faster, 28GB hard disk space
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or higher, 2GB RAM minimum, 7200 RPM/SSD drive or faster, 28GB hard disk space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number ILIVIG2

Customer Reviews

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An improvement over what I had thought was the best piano

IMO, the only opinion I've got, this is a clear step up from Akoustik Piano which I've used and was happy with for some time. Listen to the demos on the Synthogy site...they show off the product well.
Music background: Have played piano for about 58 years....I'm 64 so....

At Last, a Great Virtual Piano!

I thought I was way too fussy, and would never find a virtual piano to meet my needs. Most didn't sound right, some didn't play right, and a few (like Ivory's leading competitor) I found so riddled with flaws it was unusable. Everyone else seemed to like these pianos, so I figured it was just me. Determined to give it one last try I ordered the Ivory II Italian Grand, and so far I've found it amazing. The tone is wonderful and rich, it plays beautifully, and it's not a resource hog. I love the interface too. It's intuitive and very flexible. One thing I wasn't expecting is the range of tone the factory presets bring out in this piano. I don't know how they did it, sampling just one piano, but in addition to the warm, complex sound I was expecting, the jazz and rock presets are fully capable of changing the piano into a bright "C7" facsimile that should be perfect for cutting through the mix on pop and rock tunes. What more could you want from a piano? How about a synth pad built right into the interface? This is a brilliant idea, and an unexpected bonus from Ivory. It sounds wonderful, and makes it easy to create lush sounds in a mix where piano alone isn't quite enough. All-in-all, this is a great product and a wonderful piece of engineering. Highly recommended!
Music background: musician; recording engineer


Okay. So I was the one who wrote a semi-negative review on Italian Grand 1.7. I thought there were some funky overtones, and that the piano was a bit too dull in the midrange. Not anymore. Wow!... I can't stop saying that. I am very impressed with the new version. The midrange sounds better this time around. The playability is fantastic! The resonance is fantastic. This is the first time I really enjoy the blend of the notes in the chords. When you pound some chords together, you get a richness of overtones that is huge and beautiful. Playing Ivory is way more fun than playing on my real piano (just a basic upright though). But seriously. I turned on the pad behind the piano and I could just play for hours. A definite worthwhile upgrade if you own 1.7. An excellent price if you are buying it for the first time. I was thinking I should buy all of Ivory II's Grand Pianos, but I could see myself being happy with just this one for a very long time. Great work Synthogy!!!!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Music Producer

Happy Customer

This thing sounds great. I was using Native Instruments Akoustik Piano before buying this. The Italian Grand sounds far better than any of the pianos on Akoustik. I am really impressed with the fullness of the low keys. The samples are very clean and rich sounding. I was somewhat hesitant about buying this because I don't like the idea of needing the iLok, but it is a small price to pay considering the quality of the piano samples. I believe you will need a relatively decent computer to run this. I will most likely buy the other Ivory pianos at some point. I would score this product a 5 if you didn't need the iLok.
Music background: Hobbyist

Sounds pretty good

Sounds great. If I had just recently ventured into Piano Sample Collections, I would probably be more blown away. But I've been checking out various virtual pianos. There are some great virtual pianos out there, Ivory probably being the most popular or marketed. Definetly sounds better than some of what I've heard...especially the brand that claims they can produce a superior piano sound by "modeling" without means of sampling. (I won't mention any names...I do hear what they are attempting to accomplish within their sound that perhaps Ivory doesn't have...but this particular brand I am alluding to fell short of that attempt in my opinion. Yet I do admit I could hear what the attempt was. Kinda hard to explain. I guess I'll let the cat out of the bag concerning which virtual piano I am talking about. Pianoteq.) Anyway, that being said....back to Ivory. Great clean piano sound. Very playable. It does sound better than what's onboard my keyboard for piano sounds....and I do love my keyboard. While I do love the Italian Ivory library and what it has to offer, it wouldn't be an exclusive solution for me. Hence my need for an assortment of virtual pianos...including this one.
Music background: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro
See also: Piano Software, Synthogy, Synthogy Virtual Instruments: Synths, Keyboards, & Organs