The Lyrical Grand
Refurbished 193 cm (6-foot-4) grand piano with patented Aliquot stringing
Glorious example of Blüthner’s legendary “golden tone”
Recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna
Advanced Release Sample Technology
Multiple Microphone Positions – for a multitude of timbral variations
Pre-configured Main Presets: "Concert", "Intimate", "Player", "Pop", "Ambience", "Vintage"
FX Presets for enhanced, warped or mysterious piano sounds
Soft (una corda), sostenuto, sustain pedals
Half-pedalling and re-pedalling
This exceptional grand piano was built in 1895 by the famous Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik of Leipzig. It was acquired by Synchron Stage Vienna after having been lovingly restored by master piano builder Bernhard Balas from Vienna.
The 193 cm professional scale instrument is equipped with Blüthner’s specially developed and patented Aliquot system that uses additional dampened strings positioned above the conventional strings of the treble register, which are not struck by the hammers but resonate sympathetically. This fourth set of strings enhances the overtones, providing a velvety, organic shimmer and giving the instrument a particularly lyrical “singing” quality. In addition, the strings are unusually long and thin, stretched to an enormous string tension of 20 tons, which helps define the instrument’s specific sound. In combination with its soft hammers the Blüthner grand produces a clear, yet warm and soft timbre that is superior to many modern instruments in its variety of tonal colors.
Composers such as Debussy, Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Liszt, Tchaikowsky, Shostakowitch and Rachmaninov created their works on a Blüthner grand. Famously, Paul McCartney played a Blüthner concert grand when recording “Let It Be” for the film of the same title in 1969.
Capturing the Golden Tone
Vienna Symphonic Library’s Blüthner 1895 grand piano was recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna. This beautiful 69 m² (739 sq ft.) live room with a 3.5 to 4.5 m (11.5 – 14.75 ft) height features a controlled acoustic environment with less ambience than the large main hall (Stage A).
While beautifully restored, this Blüthner 1895 was recorded “as is”, with all the charm and peculiarities that give a seasoned instrument its character. Its virtual recreation is extremely versatile and well suited for soloists looking for a slightly different, personal piano sound. The Blüthner lends itself extremely well to song accompaniments and chamber music settings, as well as to pop songs and ballads where other concert grands sound too large and obtrusive. Presets like “Intimate” or “Vintage” bring out this special quality even more.
To capture the Blüthner 1895 with all its subtleties, our engineers developed a highly precise motion-control system based on a solenoid that controls a noise-free “robot finger”. The micro-controller moves the finger with super-human precision, providing flexible curvatures for down-strokes and release movements, the latter corresponding with the preceding note length and various release speeds.
8 Microphone Positions
In order to capture this beauty, our recording engineers used multiple high-end microphone arrays, affording an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.
1. Condenser - Close 1 (Sennheiser MKH 8040)
2. Ribbon - Close 2 (Coles 4038)
3. Sphere - Close 3 (Schoeps KFM 6 Sphere)
4. Mid 1 (Sennheiser MKH 800)
5. Mid 2 (Sennheiser MKH 40)
6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
7. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
8. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
Even if you're not using a surround setup, you get more ambience variations and spatial depth out of the Full Library by adding the room microphones' signals to your stereo mix.
Customize Your Personal Sound
In addition to the multitude of options from mixing various microphone signals, the Blüthner 1895 comes with the free Vienna Synchron Pianos Software that offers multiple options for shaping your sound and your playing experience. Hosting a high-performance playback engine, the software provides a full-blown mixer with a broad range of effects such as EQ, compressor, saturator, algorithmic reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, rotary, and many more. Change the volume of body resonances, sympathetic strings and pedal noises right in the main Play window. In the Edit window you may even adjust EQ, volume, tuning, dynamic range, etc. for each individual key!
The Synchron Blüthner supports Native Instruments’ NKS format and is compatible with Komplete Kontrol keyboards and Maschine. Use the Light Guide to quickly identify key switches and play ranges of your instruments, browse and preview sounds, and quickly adapt them using pre-configured control knobs.
Windows 8.1/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i5 or AMDAthlon Pro
OSX 10.10.5, Intel Core i5
SSD (M2, SATA 6 or USB3/3.1, UASP Support - HFS+, APFS orNTFS formatted) for the sample content
16 GB RAM
VIENNA KEY or other USB-eLicenser (e.g. a Cubase- orNuendo-Key Soft-eLicensers and iLoks are NOT supported)
Free storage space for the Standard Library: 45.9 GB
Free storage space for the Full Library: 98.6 GB
Windows 10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i7/i9/Xeon
macOS 10.12.6 (or higher), Intel Core i7/i9/Xeon
32 GB RAM
AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host
88 key master keyboard