Sound Magic has released their next-generation Mega Steinway Special Edition, a collection of modeled virtual instruments based on eight pianos in the history of the Steinway piano company, well known for making high-quality pianos and also for inventions in piano development.
The included pianos are:
- Steinway No. 483 - The first piano made and sold by Steinway & Sons in the US. Founder Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry R. Steinway) had built the first 482 pianos in Germany before emigrating to the US — The piano is now displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
- Anton Rubinstein's Steinway - Modeled on the piano played by revered Russian pianist, composer, and conductor Anton Rubinstein during his US tour during the 1872-73 season at the behest of Steinway & Sons, showcasing the 19th Century Steinway sound (which was already well on its way to becoming world famous by that time).
- 1927 Vintage Steinway D - Modeled on a flagship concert grand piano built in 1927, representing the early 20th Century Steinway sound;
- Horowitz Steinway - Modeled on the CD 443 — the grand piano much loved by Russian-born American classical pianist and composer Vladimir Horowitz, representing the late 20th Century Steinway sound;
- Lang Lang's Modern Steinway - Modeled on the Steinway grand piano used in recent years by Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, representing the latest Steinway sound in the early 21st Century;
- Steinway B - Modeled on a piano, widely used as a practice piano by many young musicians;
- Boston Home Upright - Modeled on Steinway's mid-level market budget brand;
- Duke Ellington Edition Upright - Modeled on the upright piano once played by big-band jazz originator Duke Ellington.