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7 May 2015Sound Magic releases Exciter and Enhancer Extension Pack for Neo EQ and updates Neo Reverb for Windows to v1.4 23 Apr 2015Sound Magic Releases AAX Version of Fazioli Rose and updates Vocalist for Windows to v1.5 27 Mar 2015Sound Magic releases Producer Bundle v2.0 and updates Serenade Workstation to v1.1 14 Mar 2015Sound Magic releases Live/PA Bundle for Windows 27 Feb 2015Sound Magic updates Neo MasterTool for Windows and Mac to v1.1 13 Feb 2015#KVRDeal Expired Sound Magic February Sale: Pianos Buy 1 Get 1 Free 12 Jan 2015Sound Magic release Serenade Headquarter - Virtual Preamp and Headphone Effect Units 19 Dec 2014Sound Magic releases Platinum Presets Collection for Neo EQ and Premium Volume 1 extension pack for Imperial Grand 5 Dec 2014Sound Magic releases "Serenade Workstation" - DSD/DXD/High-Resolution Music Production Workstation, and Lite/Live Performance Piano Set for Blue Grand 14 Nov 2014Sound Magic announces Serenade Workstation - DSD/DXD/High-Resolution Music Production Workstation 31 Oct 2014Sound Magic updates Supreme Drums (1.4), Bamboo Dreams Bawu (1.2) and Headphone Mix (3.2) 17 Oct 2014Sound Magic releases Live Performance Extension Pack for Neo Piano and updates Vocalist for Windows to v1.4 19 Sep 2014Sound Magic updates Laurel Pipa to v2.5 and releases Recording1 Pack for Neo EQ 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 v1.3 1 Sep 2014Sound Magic releases "Fazioli Rose" Fazioli "Brunei" Grand Piano AU and VST Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X 18 Aug 2014Sound Magic updates GrandEpiano to v2.4 and releases Pop 1 Extension Pack for Neo MasterTool 1 Aug 2014Sound Magic releases "Neo Piano" - a collection of 4 grand pianos for Mac & Win VST & AU 25 Jul 2014Sound Magic updates Neo Dynamic for Windows to v1.5 and Supreme Drums to v1.3.2 18 Jul 2014Sound Magic updates Imperial Grand to v3.01 and Neo EQ to v2.1 11 Jul 2014Sound Magic releases "Reverb Bundle" for Mac & Win VST & AU and "Pop Extension Pack" for China Story Erhu

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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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