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VILabs.Ravenscroft.275.For.Falcon-PAP
https://www.vilabsaudio.com/Ravenscroft-By-VI-Labs

2021-11-26


A VIRTUAL PIANO LIKE NO OTHER
Concept and technology behind the Ravenscroft 275

At VI Labs we believe that some instruments truly can inspire and take your 
creativity to new levels. Ravenscroft 275 is one of these rare instruments. This 
one-of-a-kind concert grand has been recreated using nearly 17,000 samples and 4 
discrete microphones, controlled from an easy to use interface. Our goal was to 
emulate all aspects of the 275's detailed voice using the latest sampling technology 
and let this amazing piano speak with clarity. The result: a virtual piano like no 
other.

Reproducing the tone and playability of a concert grand like the 275 Titanium is no 
easy task. Precise playing velocities plus complex harmonic interactions and details 
are carefully sampled and then controlled by a powerful script and engine. Control 
is similar to a modeled virtual piano but entirely sample-based. Touch response is 
consistent no matter the controller used. All while keeping your resource usage 
minimal and offering fast load times.

It's one piano that works for all styles. And gorgeous detail is abundant. Rich 
clear hammer attacks, unique Muted Strikes, staccato Release Trails, real sampled 
Una Corda pedal, and sampled Resonance all lead to a level of realism previously 
unobtainable in a virtual piano. If the usual piano tones have worn out their 
welcome and it's time for something fresh, the Ravenscroft 275 is here. This is 
truly a pianist's virtual piano.

SERIAL 275004: RAVENSCROFT TITANIUM
A great virtual piano starts only with the best acoustic piano

Ravenscroft Pianos are designed and built by Michael Spreeman at his company in 
Scottsdale, Arizona. After working with renowned jazz pianist and composer Bob 
Ravenscroft on a custom performance piano built to satisfy Bob's highest demands and 
expressiveness, Mr. Spreeman formed Spreeman Piano Innovations to build the 
exclusive line of Ravenscroft Pianos, named after the composer. Each handmade 
Ravenscroft grand takes well over 1,000 hours to complete which is about four times 
that of a factory built piano, and each can be built specifically to a customer's 
requests or for a specific design or location.
Mr. Spreeman had been seeing trends in how a large part of the piano world was 
becoming digital, and realistic sampling along with ever faster computers enable 
acoustic piano sounds to become easier to emulate. It was imperative for Mr. 
Spreeman to have his signature Ravenscroft voice captured for the most accurate 
'simulator' possible. VI Labs worked with Ravenscroft Pianos at every step of the 
process to sample their 275 Titanium and do tests so we captured the perfect tone 
that satisfied the virtual and acoustic instrument makers both. A priority for 
Ravenscroft was finding the right team to sample their piano because of the expected 
level of accuracy and realism. With our detailed knowledge of acoustic pianos and 
recording methods plus complex scripting utilizing the UVI engine, we were able to 
create the officially licensed Ravenscroft 275 library that truly emulates the voice 
of the Ravenscroft 275 concert grand.

The Model 275 Titanium was built to be a concerto piano and have power to sing over 
a full orchestra but still handle the most delicate passages with ease and clarity. 
Sitka spruce from a 1,000 year old tree was used for the soundboard, the action is 
CAD optimized to be responsive and balanced to precise tolerances, and all string 
termination points are of solid titanium which contribute to its brilliance and long 
sustain. Front and rear tuned duplex scale further adds to the brilliance and 
sparkle. It responds with the agility of a fine sports car. And most important for 
the virtual instrument, tonal possibilities and depth of voicing with the Model 275 
Titanium seem limitless. The bass is deep with a pronounced fundamental, the tenor 
is pure and rich, and the treble retains clear overtones and can be as bright as you 
want just in how you play without ever sounding edgy or brittle. The sustaining 
sound evolves beautifully over time with several notable 'blooms'. Overall there is 
brightness and definition but it keeps a warm quality at all times even when it's 
played fortissimo in any register.

According to Mr. Spreeman, "Although our sound is very clean and pure, it's also 
multi-dimensional. I strive for multiple layers, or demensions, of complex harmonics 
that can be heard, sensed, and felt without sacrificing a strong emphasis on a bold 
fundamental tone."

A STUDIO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Four discretely sampled mic setups, at your control

When recording a great piano in the studio, you want options. Versatility in 
microphone setups is needed to cover any playing style or mix without being limited 
to one basic tone. Plus the microphone selection and placement in and around the 
piano affect the stereo image and what tonal aspects of the piano are being recorded.

The four discrete phase-aligned mic setups of the Ravenscroft 275 accurately capture 
its unique voice in exquisite detail and can be used individually or mixed in any 
way. World-class mics and preamps were used throughout. Tones from close and 
intimate, diffuse and distant, warm or brilliant, all can be acheived with one or 
more of these mics. Load the samples you want and activate or deactivate mics 
without having to unload and reload the samples. This is the Ravenscroft 275 virtual 
piano studio.

REAL SYMPATHETIC RESONANCES
Entirely sample-based with realistic response

Pianists are well accustomed to the aspect known as sympathetic resonance that 
occurs in acoustic pianos and its importance to the sustain and how chords resolve. 
It binds all notes together as one instrument. Sympathetic resonance is heard among 
harmonically related keys held and others played, while pedal down resonance occurs 
as all strings vibrate together when the damper pedal is pressed adding to the 
overall sustain.

Both pedal down and harmonic key pedal up resonances are sample-based and not 
synthesized in any way. We believe this important component of the piano's tone is 
best emulated only with real samples. The Ravenscroft's multi-dimensional resonances 
have been precisely sampled and scripted for both types of advanced resonance 
simulations responding naturally like the real grand, all fully adjustable.

COMPLETE PEDAL CONTROL
Real grand piano-style pedaling and adjustability

The pedals of a grand piano must be responsive and give precise control of the 
dampers by using the Sustain and Sostenuto pedals plus allow you to sweeten the 
tonal colors with the Una Corda or soft pedal. Ravenscroft 275 works with a single 
on/off pedal for basic sustain, or you can use all three pedals including 
piano-style continuous damper pedals for smooth Half-pedal control plus Sostenuto 
and Una Corda functions.

The Sostenuto works just like a grand piano and is perfect for triggering 
Sympathetic Resonance samples on notes held by this pedal. Repedal is fully 
supported and a crucial function to blur phrases and blend the sustained tone if the 
pedal is lifted and depressed quickly. Other options like half-pedal range settings 
and custom CC assignments for any function offer a level of control discerning 
pianists will appreciate.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Control and customize every aspect of the sound

COMPLETE SOUND CONTROL
Customize your microphone mix further with powerful sound controls like Timbre Shift 
along with high quality convolution reverbs.

MUTED STRIKES
Load these unique samples with the strings muted gives a very short percussive 
attack. Switch from Mutes to normal in real time.

RELEASE TRAILS
Thousands of detailed Release Trail samples including true staccato samples are 
fully controllable and add great demension.

UNA CORDA SAMPLES
An amazingly lush Una Corda soft pedal sound, deeply sampled including over a 
thousand discrete Una Corda release samples.

MIDI RESPONSE AND TUNING
Intuitive controls for MIDI and volume response deliver a great feel with any 
controller. Choose and create custom tunings from the Tuning Panel.

ADVANCED FEATURES
Control every component of the sound including sampled Key and Pedal noises, Silent 
Strikes as well as control of the dynamics along with pedal assignments and 
polyphony.

KEY FEATURES
Nearly 17,000 samples of the one-of-a-kind Model 275 Titanium concert grand, 
accurately simulated in this virtual instrument.
 Officially approved and authorized by the makers of Ravenscroft Pianos
 100% sample-based, no modeling or synthesis used
 Very efficient use of RAM and CPU resources
 4 discrete Microphone Perspectives available
 Fully sampled Una Corda pedal
 Sympathetic and Pedal Resonance
 Adjustable Sympathetic Resonance polyphony
 Repedal and True Pedal Action for realistic sustain pedal control
 Half-pedal mode is sample-based and fully adjustable
 Muted Strikes which offer a unique tone
 Customizable MIDI and Dynamics response
 22 pristine Convolution Reverbs included
 Thousands of Release samples, including true Stacatto Releases
 19 total velocity layers including Silent Strike samples
 Powerful Stereo Width and Timbre Shift controls
 Custom tuning with presets and micro-tuning supported
 Lossless FLAC format allows highest quality with smallest drive space requirements 
and fast loading times.
 Computer-based activation. Use on up to 3 machines, no dongle required!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
For complete step-by-step instructions and video on how to download and install the 
Ravenscroft 275 library and UVI Workstation, please visit our website at 
vilabsaudio.com/support. This is to ensure you get the most accurate and latest 
install instructions as we and UVI release product updates or any other changes 
occur.
 6 GB free disk space (5.32 GB actual size needed)
 Mac OSX 10.9 or greater or Windows 8 or higher and 64bits only
 UVI Workstation 2.5.8 or greater (free download) or Falcon
 Minimum CPU requirements: Intel Core 2 Duo System (intel core i preferred for best 
performance)
 7200rpm hard drive (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred for best performance)
 4GB of RAM
 VST, AAX and AU Plug-ins and standalone mode supported

Requires: UVI.Falcon.v2.5.3.Incl.Emulator-R2R