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!