The Viennese Concert Grand for the 21st Century
- Recorded at Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna
- True all-rounder, versatile and profound
- Very distinct, clear, colorful sound
- Huge dynamic range
- Multiple Microphone Positions – for a multitude of timbral variations
- Advanced release sample technology
- Six pre-configured main presets
- 21 additional FX presets
Heralded as the next-generation concert grand, the 280VC has already proven to be a true all-rounder. Compared to the Bösendorfer Imperial with its additional bass strings, wider soundboard and more orchestral sonic character, the sound of the 280VC is very distinct and clear. You can easily differentiate between the bass, tenor, and treble sections. Beyond that, its huge dynamic range makes this concert grand very versatile. It has the necessary sensitivity to offer supportive accompaniment to singers and solo instrumentalists in chamber music settings, while at the same time it holds its own against the power of a large orchestra in a huge concert hall. In addition, the 280VC boasts the qualities of all Bösendorfer concert grands, such as its diversity of sonic colors and that certain warmth inherent to fine Viennese instruments.
The Bösendorfer 280VC was recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna’s Stage B, a 69 m² (739 sq ft.) live room offering a beautifully controlled acoustic environment with less ambience than the large main hall. Hence the sound of the 280VC is more intimate and direct than the Stage A recordings of the Bösendorfer Imperial, with ample body and fullness, making it a very genre-versatile piano that’s easy to control and fun to play.
During the many years of development at Bösendorfer, renowned pianists were involved in perfecting the acoustic articulation of the 280VC. Legendary concert pianist Paul Badura-Skoda says, “I am truly astonished that in modern piano crafting there – still – is potential for further improvements. Without abandoning the legendary virtues of Bösendorfer, this instrument captivates with its extremely rich resonance and dynamic spectrum – absolutely brilliant.”
To capture the Bösendorfer 280VC with all its subtleties, our engineers further refined our 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.
7 Microphone Positions
In order to capture this marvelous instrument in Stage B of Synchron Stage Vienna, our recording engineers used multiple high-end microphone arrays, affording an abundance of options for creating your individual sound.
|Standard Library||Full Library|
|1. Close 1 – Condenser (Sennheiser MKH8090 ORTF)||•||•|
|2. Close 2 – Tube (Neumann M-149)||•|
|3. Mid 1 (Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF)||•||•|
|4. Mid 2 (AKG 414)||•|
|5. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (Sennheiser MKH 800)||•||•|
|6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Sennheiser MKH 800)||•||•|
|7. Main Surround – Stereo (Sennheiser MKH 800)||•|
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 and surround microphones’ signals to your stereo mix.
In addition to the multitude of options from mixing various microphone signals, the Bösendorfer 280VC 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. You may also adjust the volume of body resonances, sympathetic strings and pedal noises right in the main Play window. In the Edit window you can even tweak EQ, volume, tuning, dynamic range, etc. for each individual key!
|Standard Library||Full Library|
|Download File Size||26.5 GB||47.4 GB|
|Installed File Size||93.1 GB||174.4 GB|