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5 Dec 2014Sound Magic releases "Serenade Workstation" - DSD/DXD/High-Resolution Music Production Workstation, and Lite/Live Performance Piano Set for Blue Grand0 comments 14 Nov 2014Sound Magic announces Serenade Workstation - DSD/DXD/High-Resolution Music Production Workstation0 comments 31 Oct 2014Sound Magic updates Supreme Drums (1.4), Bamboo Dreams Bawu (1.2) and Headphone Mix (3.2)0 comments 17 Oct 2014Sound Magic releases Live Performance Extension Pack for Neo Piano and updates Vocalist for Windows to v1.40 comments 19 Sep 2014Sound Magic updates Laurel Pipa to v2.5 and releases Recording1 Pack for Neo EQ0 comments 12 Sep 2014Sound Magic updates Hybrid Harpsichord for Mac to v1.4, Neo Plasma for Win to v1.5 and Neo Reverb for Win to v1.30 comments 1 Sep 2014Sound Magic releases "Fazioli Rose" Fazioli "Brunei" Grand Piano AU and VST Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X0 comments 18 Aug 2014Sound Magic updates GrandEpiano to v2.4 and releases Pop 1 Extension Pack for Neo MasterTool0 comments 1 Aug 2014Sound Magic releases "Neo Piano" - a collection of 4 grand pianos for Mac & Win VST & AU0 comments 25 Jul 2014Sound Magic updates Neo Dynamic for Windows to v1.5 and Supreme Drums to v1.3.20 comments 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

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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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