Tech, Autos, & Gear in Layman's Terms Since 2006

215

November 6, 2012 • Music Diary

IK Multimedia Brings iGrand Piano to iPhone!


I’ve already written about the release of iGrand Piano for iPad, and I’ll have my review coming soon … but now you can get the same excellent sounds for the iPhone and iPod Touch! IK Multimedia has just released iGrand Piano for iPhone in the app store for $19.99!

Here is what IK has to say:

IK Multimedia – the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – is proud to announce the release of iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPod touch, a concert quality, highly playable, and extremely expressive app, offering 17 gorgeous sounding stereo pianos that rival the best virtual pianos for Mac and PC.

The app’s stunning graphics are native to iPhone 4, iPhone 5,and the new iPod touch, meaning that its display utilizes the full screen size of the new devices, but is also optimized for previous models.

iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPod touch provides the same features, sound quality and piano lineup as the recently released iGrand Piano for iPad. Users get a virtual gallery of pianos including grands, baby grands, uprights, and even specialty pianos. The app includes a collection of 8 pianos, which can be expanded up to 17 via in-app purchase.

The pianos get their incredibly accurate sound from high-definition stereo samples, recorded across multiple velocities. The ultra-low latency sound engine provides a natural feel that allows for expressive and nuanced playing. Additionally iGrand Piano offers very high polyphony (up to 64 notes can be played simultaneously on the latest devices) allowing for the most demanding performances to be played flawlessly.

Each of iGrand Piano’s instruments can be adjusted with any of seven performance parameters. These include Volume, Ambience, Lid (positioning), Brightness, Transpose, Tuning and Release. All of the parameters can be easily assigned to a MIDI controller number for external control. In addition, iGrand Piano supports MIDI program change and Virtual MIDI.

Besides its stunning piano sounds, the app has a built-in recorder, which offers overdubbing; quantizing; and audio file export using file sharing, e-mail and the copy function. Also included is a large audio/visual metronome with a tap tempo function.

The app provides two different views for onscreen playing, but the best playing experience is obtained when using iGrand Piano for iPhone with an external keyboard. IK offers two excellent options in this regard: iRig MIDI lets you connect any MIDI keyboard to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and control Core MIDI apps; and the new iRig KEYS, an ultra-portable, 37 mini-key controller loaded with performance features, is compatible with Apple’s mobile devices as well as Mac/PC; and is bus powered on both platforms.

As noted, iGrand Piano costs $19.99 on the app store for 8 great sounding pianos (7 plus one you unlock by registering), and you can get the other 9 pianos with a $9.99 in-app purchase. There is a free version with a single grand piano that you can check out as well.

There is more info at the official iGrand Piano page at IK Multimedia.

Head to the iTunes App Store and check out iGrand Piano for iPad

Here is a cool video from IK Multimedia:

And there is a great audio demo at SoundCloud!

Leave a Reply