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Ivory II - American Concert D
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Ivory II - American Concert D

By Synthogy

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In the rarified world of great concert artists, there are precious few instruments that leave a lasting impression upon the masters who played them. Ivory II American Concert D is one of those instruments.

This vintage 1951 New York Steinway D (CD 121) was chosen by the Steinway & Sons® concert department for Steinway artist promotion. Throughout the years, the instrument has been lauded by some of the world’s greatest concert artists. Indeed, the plate of the piano is signed by Glenn Gould, Rudolf Serkin, and many others, as a testament to high praise by the world’s great masters.

Put your hands on it, and it’s not hard to see why. The instrument has an exceptionally clear and transparent sound, yet with a singing tone and mature beauty and resonance that can only be found on a concert instrument in this class. The recording took place in the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Le Domaine Forget in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, the same hall where Ivory's acclaimed German Steinway was recorded. Reunited were master concert technician Michel Pedneau, performer/producer Joe Ierardi, and recording engineer, Mark Donahue of Soundmirror to capture every detail of this amazing instrument.

With a 49GB library, Ivory II-American Concert D is the largest single piano in the Ivory family. This American Steinway possesses a naturally long sustain, which is captured in its entirety to the final decay, some of the notes ringing longer than two minutes. It also boasts more detail than any other piano from Synthogy, with up to 20 velocity levels, more soft pedal samples, and more release samples.

Ivory II American Concert D is powered by the award-winning Ivory II engine, and contains the full compliment of Ivory II’s features, foremost being our acclaimed Harmonic Resonance Modeling for the realization of true Sympathetic String Resonance. Custom designed by Synthogy DSP guru George Taylor this technology does not rely upon triggering additional samples or use ordinary sine waves. Rather, notes struck that are harmonically related excite the actual complex overtones of the notes that are being held, in the same manner that undamped strings resonate in a real acoustic piano. Together with the new American Concert D samples, the results are simply stunning, the culmination of Synthogy’s most powerful technology, with our most advanced sampling techniques.

Ivory II American Concert D is a free-standing virtual instrument. No previous version of Ivory is required. Of course existing Ivory II owners will find that it installs quite readily into their current library. But whether this is your first introduction to Ivory II, or you are a long time Ivory owner, Ivory II American Concert D is a remarkable, must-have, instrument.

Highlights of Ivory II American Concert D:

  • 1951 New York Steinway D selected by Steinway & Sons for artist promotion
  • Includes the Award-winning Ivory II piano engine
  • 49GB Core Library
  • Up to 20 Velocity Layers
  • Harmonic Resonance Modeling for True Sympathetic String Resonance
  • Custom Soundboard Emulation DSP
  • Half-pedaling
  • Pedal Noise Enhancements
  • Release samples triggered by velocity and duration
  • Una Corda (soft pedal) samples at multiple velocities
  • Native 64 Bit Support
  • Timbre-shifting, Parametric EQ and Synth Layer controls for powerful sound sculpting capabilities
  • Incorporates exclusive Sample Interpolation Technology used for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions
  • World class digital FX including Real Ambience, Chorus and EQ
  • Customizable User Controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective, Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, Lid Position and more
  • Tuning Tables
  • Dozens of new programs and effects presets
  • Ivory II’s "unified interface" feature enables you to use just a single instance, and one interface, to play and control all of Ivory's pianos, no matter how many pianos you install. So whether you own one, two, or all four products, Ivory's intelligent browsing feature allows you to load any piano from one convenient interface.


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Minimum Hardware

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  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 49 GB (46 GiB) free hard drive space †
  • Hard drive speed of at least 7200 RPM
  • Free USB port for installation (if not download)
  • iLok key optional (Now utilizes PACE machine-based authorization)

Recommended Hardware

  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 49 GB (46 GiB) free hard drive space†
  • Hard drive speed of at least 7200 RPM or SSD, connected via 1394c, SATA, or faster

Software Requirements

Macintosh Requirements:

  • Any AU, AAX, or VST 2.4 plug-in host, or the included Ivory Standalone application
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer

Windows Requirements:

  • Any AAX, or VST 2.4 plug-in host, or the included Ivory Cantabile application
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1

† 1 GiB =1,073,741,824 (230) bytes; 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 (109) bytes

Introducing Ivory II - American Concert D

Mike Garson (David Bowie), Morris Hayes (Prince), Nick Smith (Tonight Show Band) and Geoffry Gee play Ivory II - American Concert D and we capture the reactions of those gathered to listen.

Volker Rogall performs Frederic Chopin on Ivory II - American Concert D

Synthogy's Ivory II - American Concert D is played by Volker Rogall on this classical piece by Frederic Chopin.

ProTools Expert Review: Ivory II-American Concert D

Russ from ProTools Expert takes an in-depth look at the new Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D Piano in this Extended Video Review.

Richard Leiter, Keyboard Magazine
"Ivory II American Concert D is as close as it gets to the real thing. It captures the dramatic dynamic range of its unique source Steinway with its characteristically shimmering upper mids and thunderous bass. Though it samples a piano with a specific provenance and character, that character never gets in the way of versatility: Synthogy’s virtual version is equally at home in jazz, rock, and classical settings. It’s also its own instrument—you don’t need any other Ivory product to run it. If you have to pick only one software piano, American Concert D will inspire you to play better and is likely the best money you’ll spend all year. For the price of a nice dinner for two, it’s a no-brainer of a Key Buy winner."

Read the full review: HERE


Dave Stewart, Sound On Sound
"If you're thinking of buying a virtual piano, you should seriously consider American Concert D, because, frankly, they don't come any better than this."


Craig Anderton, Electronic Musician
"...without a doubt, the best sampled concert piano yet... At under $200, the American Concert D will probably cost less than hiring someone to move a piano into your studio... this one is Synthogy's best–and they'd already raised the bar pretty high."


Computer Music
"We might go so far as to say it's the best sampled piano we've ever heard, and at this price, any serious digital pianist needs to check it out at the earliest opportunity."


Music Tech
"Synthogy’s American Concert D faithfully captures the tone and clarity of a classic Steinway piano, and has a pleasingly flexible playback engine."


Pro Tools Expert
"It really is inspirational. It's outstanding value for the money, you get an enormous amount of piano variation, an enormous amount of tweakability, it's a massive thumbs up from me. You go and make your own mind up, I'm off to play this for a few more hours..."

Read the full review: HERE


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