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FREE Soft Imperial - Can you believe it?
Last post Sun, Apr 24 2022 by Paul, 11 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 10:49
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 13478

Hi everybody!

We have just released an incredible free piano, the SOFT IMPERIAL!

Check it out and spread the word!

More videos and examples coming up on our YouTube Channel 

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 16:20
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 597

Oh my word! I just love being spoilt by VSL - there's no comparison! Thank you all at VSL for this magnificent and stunningly beautiful free gift.

Not being a pianist by any stretch of the imagination, for many, many years I've got by with various "cooking" piano sample libraries. I cannot do justice to a decent, proper, top quality sample library of a concert grand, so I've never bought one. Also, I make do with a Yamaha P-45 88 note MIDI keyboard.

But now I'm very proud and deeply satisfied to have at my disposal a - let's say - "very accessible" library derived from VSL's majestic Bösendorfer Imperial pro library. When listening to demos of VSL's various concert grand libraries I've always tended to gravitate to the richly interesting and very satisfying timbres of the Imperial. Now I have much of that beauty and finesse at my fingertips - for free! And what's more, it seems the Soft Imperial can sustain notes (in a dry mix) for about a week! lol - especially when encouraged by a decent compressor (I've been trying it out with P.A.'s digital model of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor).

Fabulous job, VSL! Thanks again.

P.S. Also happy with the new 1-click 'purchase' for freebies.

"Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words."
~ Franz Liszt
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 19:17
by Vagfilm
Joined on Sat, Nov 21 2020, Portugal, Posts 11
Paul... Thanks for the freebie...
One doubt: I want to maintain my elicenser, and so I have installed the ilok cloud manager in a second laptop.
May I install the Soft Imperial in this second laptop and maintain the elicenser in the first laptop (no ilok in this computer for the moment)?
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 19:21
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 13478

Hi, 

Thanks for the kind words, Macker, happy to see you thrilled 

@Vagfilm: Yes, you can do that, your existing eLicenser licenses will keep on working. 

You simply get converted iLok Licenses additionally, and it's not possible to mix the player platforms for iLok and eLicenser. 

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 19:28
by Vagfilm
Joined on Sat, Nov 21 2020, Portugal, Posts 11
Thanks for the clarification... Will do that. Now I have a BI to go along with the D-274...
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 20:36
by MTowson
Joined on Mon, Dec 28 2020, Los Angeles, Posts 2

Is this only for Big Bang Orchestra? I was trying to load it earlier with the Synchron Piano Player and wasn't having much luck.

Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 22:30
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 13478

Hi, 

Yes, we're trying to keep it simple with the free instruments, so this one is "Synchron Player Only". 

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 22:34
by MTowson
Joined on Mon, Dec 28 2020, Los Angeles, Posts 2

Thanks, Paul! I'll just need to download that and add to my DAW. I appreciate the clarification. Still very excited about this instrument :) 

Posted on Fri, Apr 22 2022 14:49
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1341

Thank you very much for this great example of creative sound design! It's probably the best cinematic soft piano around!

The only thing I don't understand: you said "no key", and now – a piano with more keys than any other!

Paolo

Posted on Sun, Apr 24 2022 08:43
by Kai
Joined on Sun, Dec 29 2002, Graz, Austria, Posts 184

Dear VSL team, thank you so much for this beautiful sample set! This is so much more than just a demo for the full Imperial library. I am not a pianist, but have the (old) Vienna Imperial and (even though it is probably in there somewhere 😉) I never managed to get such a soft, rich sound out of it. What a source of inspiration 😊!

Posted on Sun, Apr 24 2022 10:21
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 13478

Thanks for the kind feedback, everybody!

Happy to hear that you like the sound 

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
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