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Ruby GrandbySound Magic
 Ruby Grand by Sound Magic is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Ruby Grand
Product Ruby Grand
Developer Sound Magic
Price (MSRP)
€149
Type / Tags Piano / Keys
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5.1
 
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5.1
 
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Ruby Grand is a dynamic combination of four distinguished Yamaha Grand Pianos combined into one amazing and affordable price. This gives musicians of all skill levels more freedom to create beautiful music and unmatched artistry all their own.

Discover more about Ruby Grand below:

Magnificent CFX: Handcrafted by Yamaha, the new CFX concert grand has the power to sing over a full symphony orchestra while maintaining relaxed ease when playing solo passages. It also boosts dynamic performance for better tonal balance.

Ruby Grand: Boasting the famous Yamaha C7 sound, Ruby Grand has graced some of the most famous concert stages, international competitions and prestigious music events throughout the world. Its mellow sustains, beautiful tones, and unique timbre are perfect for pop, jazz or rock.

Ivory C: A Yamaha C7 recording in concert hall, it offers a rich, life performance sound that can be enjoyed alone or paired well with larger instrumentals or layered melodies.

Mini Ruby: Smaller than a traditional C7, the Yamaha C3 features the same rich sound, but gives you a unique and inspiring feeling than a concert grand to help set it apart from its line.

Ruby Grand is powered by Hybrid Modeling technology and HD Velocity Layer technology providing a natural boost to expressive power that can be felt with every strike of the keys. Along with the new Neo Piano engine, which achieves 400 times more variations than a traditional sample engine, every note played is unique, creates vivid sound representation, and strikes a rich, accurate tone even with small movement. In essence, it's an instrument with a musical soul instead of a machine feel.

Expressive State-of-the-Art Sound and Dynamic Performance

Ruby Grand is powered by Hybrid Modeling technology and an HD Velocity Layer technology providing a natural boost to expressive power that can be felt with every strike of the keys. Along with the new Neo Piano engine, which achieves 400 times more variations than a traditional sample engine, every note played is unique, creates vivid sound representation, and strikes a rich, accurate tone even with small movement. In essence, it's an instrument with a musical soul instead of a machine feel.

Expanded Sound and Adjustable Playability

Gain unmitigated control over 40 customizable piano aspects, including the ability to lift the lid, tweak tone and harmonics, alter dampers, change dynamic range, and adjust velocity response. You can even apply a 'style' or resonance to your sound or adjust up mix by changing different microphone perspectives.

Product Features:

  • Offering authentic sample sounds with the playability of a modeled piano, hybrid modeling technology embodies over 2,300 GB samples.
  • Style Designer helps set the piano's musical style with a simple knob, be it pop, jazz, rock, classical or soft, and change internal parametric.
  • Provides up to 12 microphone perspectives.
  • HD Velocity Layers can express up to 65,536 velocity layers and with 1000 layers providing an audible difference.
  • DFD/RAM system enables users to relocate resources and ensure the best performance under every individual project.
  • Scala Tuning System allows users to experiment with different tunings and choose from more than 10,000 tunings.
  • The Multi-Dimensional Resonance engine perfect represent different resonance inside a piano.
  • Adjustable sympathetic resonances.
  • Artificial Intelligence Tools will check the response of your keyboard and pedals automatically to find your ideal velocity response curve in seconds.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By audington
November 30, 2010

User Interface:
The user interface is as good looking as it needs to be. It's pretty enough, but it doesn't have the cosmetic shine of some other plugins (not that it matters). It is very easy to navigate, however. The controls are well spaced and well labelled, organised into sensible groups. Everything has descriptive tooltips, so if you're unsure of what something does, simply point your mouse and hover and all will be revealed. When I first used the plugin, I didn't bother with looking at the documentation, and within minutes I felt at home and never once struggled to do what I needed to do.

Sound:
I can't really fault how this plugin sounds. It's definitely the best sounding piano plugin I own, and sounds as nice as the nicest piano sample libraries, but with infinitely more flexibility.

Features:
You would think 'a piano is a piano - what more can it do?' but that is not the case with Ruby Piano3D. Almost everything about the sound is customisable. You can tweak the positioning of the microphones, choose how open the lid of the piano is, and so much more. You can even change the effect of the hammer on the strings to get away from a standard piano sound into something more violin-like. Another thing that I just love about Ruby Piano3D is its size. It's three hundred megabytes - not a ridiculous size by today's plugin standards, and yet its a fraction of the size of some piano libraries (with the added bonus of being way more customizable and flexible than purely sample-based efforts).

Documentation:
There is a good amount of information on the website about the features of the plugin, and there is an extremely comprehensive PDF manual available (I was sent it by email) which breaks down every feature and offers some great information about mic types, the 3D sound, etc. Plenty of screenshots too. As I mentioned before you really don't need any instructions - you can dive in with no trouble. It is just about as straight-forward as you could hope a plugin to be.

Presets:
To be honest, it's not the sort of plugin that could make great use of presets as it is so easy to just dive in and create your own by experiementation. However, a small handful of presets are supplied.

Customer Support:
They have a contact form and email address on the website, both are easy to find. I have spoken to customer service via email a couple of times, both asking questions before and after getting the plugin. Each time I heard back within 2 days. They have a concise FAQ on the site explaining things like license transfers, and the amount of machines you can install on.

Value For Money:
At $129 it sits directly between budget piano and the high-end pianos that are available. It still offers fantastic sound quality and flexibility for the money, and at a slightly cheaper price point it would be a killer deal, an absolute no-brainer for anyone looking for a very comprehensive piano at an affordable price. I have spent money on a couple of piano plugins/libraries that have disappointed me and let me down, and I know I would have been better to have saved that money and put it towards Ruby Piano3D.

Stability:
I tested Ruby Piano3D in standalone mode, and the VST version in Renoise and Reaper. I had no problems with any of them, apart from in Reaper when I used Reaper's MIDI humanization plugin which caused occasional crackling (but I could only get this behaviour when feeding the piano with Reaper's humanization plugin, so I don't think I can blame this on Ruby Piano3D). I am running a dual-core Vista laptop with 4GB ram.Read more
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