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Supreme Piano 2 starts with this concept: "A single virtual instrument can not solve all of the problems in the entire music production process, or fit every musician's unique need. We need a whole solution for this, a flexible system which is easy to operate, that follows our changing needs."
Supreme Piano 2 is not a bundle of pianos but an entire system that focuses on solving problems. Supreme Piano 2 has the power to handle many different situations - enabling you to find a solution for your problem.
The heart of the Supreme Piano 2 System are the piano modules. Supreme Piano 2 will let you choose up to 4 piano modules from Sound Magic's database. There are currently 5 piano modules - with more on the way - including four of the world's finest grand pianos. Supreme Piano 2 recreates the unsurpassed authenticity and complexity that has long been a standard in concert halls around the world. From the famous dark, rich Bösendorfer tone to that fantastic and sexy Fazioli sound, Supreme Piano 2 gives you many pianos in one.
For every style of music that you play, Sound Magic says that Supreme Piano 2 will "bring you the right instrument, take care of the technology, and let the Magic of your Music shine through". A new feature is that Supreme Piano 2 enables you to hybrid the sound of different piano modules. You can create your own unique piano sound, adding great playability and unlimited sound creation to Supreme Piano 2.
Another critical system in Supreme Piano 2 is its powerful Add-on System. Add-on is like a Swiss army knife that will allow Supreme Piano 2 to fit into different situations and solve different problems. Each Add-on only focuses on solving one specific problem with the aim of a thorough - but lightning quick - solution. Every musician has his/her own needs, their own challenges and Add-on System is the ideal tool, providing answers with great precision and flexibility.
Today's musicians face many problems when creating music. From hardware to software, from composing to mastering, there are many intricate steps for each musician to master - and that can be a major challenge. Supreme Piano 2's Add-on System is designed to solve problems at each of these different steps. For example, the Instrumental Add-ons are designed to create sounds that can answer specific needs. Perhaps you need a hybrid sound with an electric piano - the Grand Epiano Add-on may be your answer.
Another module, Pre Add-ons, can help musicians by working with signals before they get to Supreme Piano 2, perhaps modifying MIDI signals to get the exact results needed. The Add-on System can even use artificial intelligence to suggest solutions to problems. It might recommend a tool such as the A.I. Post Effect Add-ons which features applications such as PianoQ, PianoComp, Headphone Mix, AIR, and BlueTube Compressor. You never need to leave Supreme Piano 2's environment to solve all of these problems and more.
When it comes to piano emulation, Sound Magic's NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine offers you the best from both the sampling and modeling worlds. The "Authentic Sound of Sampling" combined with the Playability of a Modeling Piano makes for a piano experience that Sound Magic suggests you have to try to believe. Scala Tuning system allows users access to different temperaments for their music. True Piano Dynamic vividly represents the dynamic expression of grand pianos. HD Velocity layers breaks the barrier of 127 traditional velocities and enables its users to utilize more expression on dynamics and really bring that "live" feeling to every performance.
Supreme Piano 2 Features:
- Gives the user control over every aspect of the piano including hammer actions, microphone positions, sympathetic resonances, dynamics and more.
- True Piano Dynamic System with flexible controls.
- Scala Tuning System enable Supreme Piano 2 users to use different temperaments for their music.
- HD Velocity Layer supports up to 65,536 Velocity Layers.
- Multi-microphone positions enable users to mix between different microphone positions and create new sounds that easily fit into a mix.
- Real Piano Legato can make the legato passages more realistic with sustaining tone.
- Dynamic Response controls enable users to adjust the dynamics of the piano and change the keyboard response.
- 264-string Sympathetic Resonance System adds harmonies to both pedal up and pedal down notes.
- Able to detect repeated notes and activate True Staccato Mode which reproduces staccato notes.
- Built-in Reverb Engine simulates resonances with environment and soundboard, adding extra realism to the sound.
- Actual modeling and soft pedal samples present the sound of the 4 pedals.
- Fast load times. Smaller hard drive footprint, less memory and less CPU usage.
Reviewed By MeldaProduction
June 18, 2009
First I like the sound. Unlinke Truepianos, which just seem so dull, or Pianoteq which IMHO has some weird phasing issues and the attack is just weird, this seems very good in all these matters.
This piano is one of the first, that felt good when I played it, and also it could easily fit the mix, which is in most cases a big problem (at least for me :) ).
So far the positives - now the negatives - first, for a piano made in Synthedit it is very expensive. The Synthedit problem follows - it has a very big unstable CPU and memory hit (unlike the description says). When I loaded it, it consumed all of the CPU for about 10 seconds, so the playback stopped. That doesn't matter so much, thought 10 seconds of loading is quite a lot IMHO. But then when I played a few notes, the CPU consumption raised by 20-30% with no exception. That's too much for a piano sampler/synthesizer. I have AMD 64 3000+.
And there's more - the CPU impact raises a lot with decreasing latency. I was almost unable to work with it in 44kHz and 256 samples latency, it was ok in 1024 samples, but let's be honest, 1/44 second isn't really sufficient for realtime playing/recording.
I didn't talk about GUI and such stuff, since this was a big stopper for me. Pitty, I hoped I found the one :).
Generally in my opinion this could be a great piano, but to make it really professional, they should stop using synthedit and make something real. They have done great recording job, but this needs some serious programming, which just isn't there. Well, I'm back with my ordinary piano from Cubase Halion One, which still sounds best, but not really ideal.
PS. There is no CPU consumption field in the ratings, so I put it into stability.Read more