What the UVI Ravenscroft 275 Piano means for iOS

The Ravenscroft Grand is one of the finest desktop plug-in pianos available. UVI has now brought it to iOS. But, at a cost. The app was released with a $35.99 price. For those of you accustomed to desktop prices, that must sound like a bargain. Though, we live in a world where beautiful sounding apps are released for $4.99. The iOS communities online were aghast with the $35 price tag.

What does this high-quality instrument at a high-quality price mean? It means that both companies and musician are finally starting to take iOS seriously as a music-making tool. We’re going to see more and more pro-level gear for iOS. This also means the prices are going to rise. Making high-quality instruments requires hiring expensive sound engineers and studio editing. However, this $35 price tag is still a fraction of the $200 price tag of the desktop version. We still recommend it!

Here’s the description from UVI:

Experience the splendor of a Ravenscroft Grand with the most realistic sounding piano ever created for iOS. Launch the app and access the gorgeous tone of this one-of-a-kind concert grand from your iPhone or iPad.

The origins of this virtual instrument lie in the masterfully crafted Ravenscroft 275 Titanium Grand Piano – made of 1,000 year old sitka spruce wood with solid titanium string termination points and precise, responsive CAD optimized action. The same quest for the highest fidelity sounds has spurred the deep sampling and meticulous capturing of this piano for the app. The final result delivers crystal clear hammer attacks, staccato release trails, and much more. Every detail has been painstakingly crafted to bring you the most authentic piano experience ever on iOS.

– High-resolution audio recording via premium microphones and pristine converters
– 100% sample-based sounds with hybrid modeling
– Real sympathetic resonance
– Accurate sustain pedal modeling including re-pedaling support
– Over 1,000 release samples for true staccato

– UVI Sparkverb reverb integrated
– 3 Band EQ and timbre shift
– Customizable MIDI and Dynamics response
– Fully resizable and customizable 1 or 2-tier keyboard
– Save/Load presets
– Lossless FLAC format provides the highest quality with smallest disk footprint and fast loading times
– Very efficient use of RAM and CPU resources

– Inter-App Audio / Audiobus support
– Audio Unit v3 Plugin
– External keyboard and MIDI-over-LAN support via CoreMIDI
– Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard Compatible

The app is available now.

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