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18 Jul 2014Sound Magic updates Imperial Grand to v3.01 and Neo EQ to v2.10 comments 11 Jul 2014Sound Magic releases "Reverb Bundle" for Mac & Win VST & AU and "Pop Extension Pack" for China Story Erhu0 comments 27 Jun 2014Sound Magic updates Neo Reverb for Windows to v1.2 and Hybrid Harpsichord to v1.3.50 comments 20 Jun 2014Sound Magic releases Imperial Grand v3.0 for Windows and Mac OS X - Customizable Hybrid Modelling Piano with Neo Piano Engine0 comments 13 Jun 2014Sound Magic relaunches Neo Loudness for Windows and updates Bamboo Dreams Bawu to v1.10 comments 5 Jun 2014Sound Magic releases "Rock Extension Pack" for Supreme Drums and updates Headphone Mix to v3.10 comments 30 May 2014Sound Magic announces Neo Piano "Formula 1" and releases "Vocal Pop Volume 1" extension pack for Vocalist0 comments 22 May 2014Sound Magic updates GrandEpiano for Win and Mac to v2.30 comments 16 May 2014Sound Magic releases Dynamic Bundle - 5 Dynamic Processing plug-ins in one bundle0 comments 8 May 2014Sound Magic updates Laurel Pipa to v2.40 comments 2 May 2014Sound Magic updates Neo Loudness and Neo Transient to v1.3 and Neo Plasma to v1.40 comments 22 Apr 2014Sound Magic updates China Story Erhu to v1.3 and releases Nautilus All Purposed Extension Pack V2 for Neo DynaMaster0 comments #KVRDeal Expired 17 Apr 2014Sound Magic Easter Special Offer0 comments 11 Apr 2014Sound Magic updates Producer Bundle and BlueStone Piano to v2.70 comments 4 Apr 2014Sound Magic updates Pianist for Windows to v2.2 and Laurel Pipa to v2.3.20 comments 28 Mar 2014Sound Magic updates Supreme Drums and Neo Dynamic for Windows to v1.30 comments 20 Mar 2014Sound Magic updates Piano Thor to v2.9 and Imperial Grand to v2.95 and releases Mastering Extension Pack for Neo EQ0 comments 14 Mar 2014Sound Magic updates Neo Preamp to v1.3 for Windows0 comments 6 Mar 2014Sound Magic updates GrandEpiano for Mac & Win to v2.2 and Neo Imager for Windows to v1.20 comments 28 Feb 2014Sound Magic updates Piano One for Mac to v1.5 and Hybrid Harpsichord to v1.30 comments

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31 December 2012 at 10:18amGuy Richardson

Sorry if this sounds stupid - where do I get SPRUNTIME.pkg?

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29 March 2013 at 4:04pmGuy Richardson

Oh well, they won't be making any money out of me now. I bought the Moddart Pianoteq and it's superb.

30 March 2013 at 3:04amfizzicist

I deleted my earlier post. The language I used was unnecessarily harsh. I'm sure the SoundMagic dudes are doing the best they can. I just wish their "best" was a little better. Truth be told, I'm still irritated that they don't make a demo version of their China Story Erhu for Mac. I've bought too many instruments that turned out to be dogs to spend the bux on yet another one without at least being able to try it.

By the way, your question doesn't sound stupid. The instructions explicitly say to run the SPRUNTIME.pkg. As it turns out, apparently that was necessary on the Mac for older versions, but it's not required for the current version. If you just drag the plug in into your /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins and then Components folder (for AU) or VST folder it should work OK.

Nevertheless, the new (v1.2) Orchestral Strings instrument is not one I'll be using. After I installed it, I found that it's not polyphonic. That's a major FAIL. Fortunately, I kept the ZIP file for the previous version, so I've reverted to that. It's not the most natural sounding strings instrument, the it works in certain applications.

Oh...and you can't tell which version you've got by inspecting the plug-in in the Finder, because the two most recent versions both give the version number as 2.2.1. You have go by the "Date Created". The previous (polyphonic) version was created on 2012, November 30. The current (monophonic) version was created on 2013, January 18.

As far as their pianos go, the only one I've tried is the free Piano One. I guess it was OK, but I wasn't blown away by it. But then, I'm fussy about pianos. I've lost count of all the piano instruments I've tried (including some very expensive, humongous, deep-sampled libraries). They all have their virtues, and even the most expensive ones---which sound fabulous when you play them solo---can suck dead hog's eggs in a mix.

And there's no consistency, either. Whether any given piano sounds good in a mix is totally dependent on the sonic character of the mix itself. A piano that sounds great in one mix will sound like dog crap in a different mix. In my experience, there's no single piano instrument that is absolutely going to work everywhere. So far, the only strategy that works (for me) is to have several different piano instruments and choose whichever one works best for any given mix.

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