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Galaxy II Steinway

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Galaxy II Steinway
Galaxy II Steinway by Best Service / Galaxy Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Kontakt Player, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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Product
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1.0
System Requirements
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM
Product
Version
1.0
System Requirements
macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15 (latest update), i5, 4 GB RAM
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Soundware
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Steinway Piano from the Galaxy II Piano Collection

Galaxy II reveals the sound of a Steinway D concert grand, which is probably the most popular concert grand of all. It was recorded in the Galaxy Studios, Belgium, one of the most sophisticated studios in Europe with a huge recording hall. The instrument was hand-chosen by studio owner Wilfried van Baelen out of dozens of instruments at Steinway/Hamburg, delivering an amazing sound with an exceptional dynamic range.
Galaxy Steinway was recorded in 5.1 surround and stereo with a tremendous microphone setup to capture its size and dynamic range with 6 channels.

The Steinway Piano is alternatively available with two other pianos (Baby Grand and Vienna Grand) as GALAXY II Grand Piano Collection.

Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, piano maker of the Steinweg brand, emigrated from Germany to America in 1850. In 1853, Steinweg founded Steinway & Sons, by the year 2000, Steinway had made its 550,000th piano. The Steinway Model D 270 is probably the most popular concert grand of all. For Galaxy II, a Model D was recorded in Galaxy Studios, Belgium; one of the most sophisticated high-end studios in Europe, which also boasts a huge recording hall. The instrument was chosen by studio owner Wilfried van Baaren out of dozens of instruments at Steinway/Hamburg. It was recorded in 5.1 surround and stereo with a tremendous microphone setup to capture its size and dynamic range with 6 channels:

  • Galaxy Steinway 5.1 (Steinway D in 5.1 surround and stereo).
  • More than 2,000 samples in 24-bit.
  • 10 modeled velocity zones for a wide and smooth dynamic range.
  • Additional resonance, release and noise samples.
  • Chromatic and multiple velocity resonance and release samples.
  • Multi velocity pedal, damper, hammer and string noises.
  • Real overtones powered by the Kontakt Player engine.
  • Kontakt Player license included.
  • Compatible with Kontakt (Player) 4.2 or newer.
  • New direct access user interface.
  • Lossless sample compression for better disk streaming.
  • True half pedaling when using a continuous sustain pedal.
  • True repedaling and sostenuto.
  • Noises dynamically playable with a continuous sustain pedal.
  • One-knob control of tone colour and dynamics.
  • Intelligent EQ for warmth, punch and brilliance.
  • Sympathetic string resonance with real overtones.
  • Flexible and easy-to-use velocity editor.
  • Convolution reverb with many different types of rooms, concert halls and ambience.
  • Adjustable stereo width and position.
  • Specially designed compressor for pop piano sounds.
  • Pad Machine.
  • Warp Engine for sound design beyond regular piano sounds.

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