PMI Releases Piano Sample Pack, Adding Five Reproductions of Concert Grand Pianos to GarageBand 2, Logic Express, and Logic 7

March 1, 2005

The Emperor is reproduction of a unique Bosendorfer 290 SE Imperial Grand Piano, and The Old Lady is reproduction of a Model 1923 Steinway D Concert Grand Piano. Both recorded pianos were equipped with an advanced computer operated playback mechanism that was designed by mathematician, scientist and inventor Wayne Stahnke. The mechanism actually operates the piano keys and pedals with over 1,000 steps of accuracy for inverse hammer velocity. The Stahnke computer system enabled Amsterdam based sample library producer Michiel Post to capture each velocity layer for these libraries with absolute velocity levels.

The Imperial Concert Grand Bosendorfer 290 has one of the largest sound boards of any concert instrument, being some 30% larger than most typical recital pianos. This helps to produce the immense dynamic range for which the piano is famous.

The Steinway D is the grand piano for most concert pianists. This particular instrument that was recorded for the Grandioso Steinway D was in premium condition, a Steinway model D3 with serial number 393210, which was built in 1965. It was fully refurbished by Steinway Hamburg in 1999. This piano served the Rotterdam 'Doelen' concert hall for several decades, where hundreds of famous musicians, from Claudio Arrau to the Rolling Stones, performed for live audiences and broadcast concerts.

The Yamaha C7 is appearing on famous concert stages, international competitions and prestigious music events throughout the concert world. The Yamaha C Series grand piano is versatile enough for pop, jazz and rock recording, yet is arguably expressive enough for successful traditional and classical recordings. The 7-foot, 4-inch model is the favorite pop piano, with a bright tone, strong overtones and a moderately strong bass.

The programming of the sampled pianos in PMI iPIANOS '05 is designed to take full advantage of the possibilities of software instruments in GarageBand 2 software. The pianos use the sophisticated EXS24 sampler engine that is found in Logic Pro 7. Each piano is approximately 500 MB of sample data. The installation process gives users the option to choose which pianos to install; if disk space is limited, a limited number of pianos can be installed.

The iPIANOS '05 are fully compatible with Apple GarageBand 2, Logic Express and Logic 7. For more information, please visit their web site at

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