Vienna Symphonic Orchestra


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Bösendorfer Imperial - brilliant warmth

  • Range of 8 octaves - 97 keys with sub-bass

  • Warm, rich, orchestral sound

  • Powerful bass

  • Six pre-configured main presets: Concert, Intimate, Player, Pop, Ambience, Mighty

  • Vienna Synchron Pianos Player with adjustable string and body resonances, pedal and key noises and much more

  • Individually adjustable volume, EQ, dynamics and mood for each key

  • Advanced release sample technology

  • Recorded in Stage A of the Synchron Stage Vienna

The fundamental credo of the Vienna Symphonic Library of continuously developing and optimizing products and processes is a very special challenge, especially when it comes to pianos, as the team had already set the bar very high in the past. Nevertheless, we believe that with the Bösendorfer Imperial a new milestone has been created in the range of grand pianos at Synchron Stage Vienna.

The Bösendorfer Concert Grand 290 Imperial is the figurehead of piano manufacturing and the musical legacy of the traditional Austrian piano factory. Its nine sub-basses extend the instrument's range to eight octaves up to subcontra-C. Even if the additional bass strings are not played, they are indirectly vibrated when playing and, together with the enormous soundboard, project an orchestral sound whose warmth and richness is unparalleled.

The warm sound character of the Imperial unfolds particularly in the strengths of the attack from pianissimo to mezzoforte, which is why great importance was attached to capturing a particularly fine gradation of the volume with the specially developed robot system, especially in this dynamic range. In order to guarantee a constant sound character across all keys, volumes and tone lengths and to prevent even the smallest change in the sound behavior of the grand piano, the recording period was kept as short as possible. This led to a new shift in the Synchron Stage Vienna, which, despite the recording sessions of almost 24 hours a day, extended over several weeks in order to capture the instrument in all its playing styles and nuances.

The release sample technology of the synchronous piano player has again been improved, which automatically provides hundreds of finely graduated sound releases and assigns them to the played notes in real time. The result ensures one hundred percent sound fidelity and an incredibly realistic feel.

Like all other instruments in the Synchron Pianos series, the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial is always kept under constant and perfect climatic conditions. The exact same room climate also prevails in the 540 m2 “Stage A” hall of the Synchron Stage Vienna, which is characterized by its particularly warm, natural sound and with its unmistakable acoustics has already been used for countless international productions, from classic recordings to large orchestrated film scores has shaped.

The Vienna Synchron Pianos Player software offers a multitude of options for sound design and for changing the feel of the playing. In addition to a powerful playback engine, the software offers a musician-friendly user interface, which guarantees quick and easy access to all relevant parameters for sound adjustment. Shape your sound according to your personal preferences, e.g. B. by filtering certain keyboard areas or even individual keys, by subtle addition of body or string resonances and by the built-in algorithmic reverb, with which you refine the overall sound.

11 microphone positions

Over 4,000 samples per key and almost 20,000 samples per microphone position ensure breathtaking authenticity with our Bösendorfer Imperial. In order to record this beautiful instrument in one of the best acoustic environments in the world, we used various, sometimes very sophisticated microphone arrangements that offer a wealth of possibilities for individual sound shaping.

Scope of the library

  • Standard Library: Samples 108.025 | Download 38.6 GB | Installed 128.8 GB

  • Full Library: Samples 237,655 | Download 91.5 GB | Installed 295.3 GB

System requirements

  • PC Windows 8.1 / 10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10.05 or higher, Intel Core i3
  • SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3 / 3.1 UASP support) for the sample content
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • AU / VST / AAX Native Compatible Host Program (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)

Other system configurations can work, but are not actively supported.


  • PC Windows10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon
  • macOS 10.12.6 (or higher), Intel i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM or more, depending on your registered products
  • 88 key master keyboard

This product requires activation!

This can either be done on your computer (without additional hardware) or alternatively on an iLok USB dongle that can be purchased separately . The iLok USB dongle can be plugged into any computer in order to use the protected software on several computers. Your licenses can be managed as you like using the iLok License Manager and protected against loss or theft by additional insurance ( Zero Downtime with TLC ).

To activate the product you need an internet connection on any computer and a free user account on . Use the Vienna Assistant to download and install your software products and sample libraries authorized via iLok  .

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