In 1894 Esquire Ivar Berg ordered a brand new grand piano. He was arranging for his wedding, and wanted this to be a wedding gift to his bride. As the owner of the Rodjenes estate outside Eksjo, Sweden, he was a wealthy man. It was natural for him to place this order with the leading piano manufacturer in Scandinavia at the time: J.G. Malmsjo. This is the Piano wich were sampled… Oh well this model and a few others hehehe… The Malmsjo Acoustic Grand includes three instruments: The original “Malmsjo Acoustic Grand”, “Malmsjo Acoustic Grand X”, and “Malmsjo Rock Grand”. The original MAG contains only the originally recorded velocity layers: pp, p, mf, and f . The “MAG X” version has an additional ff-layer between C3-C6. This layer has been conceived by EQ’ing the f-layer so that it would appear to be played “harder”.
The “Malmsjo Rock Grand” has had the samples between C3-C6 in the f-layer replaced with the EQ’d ff-samples. “Malmsjo Acoustic Grand” has been developed to accurately reproduce the keyboard response, and every subtle dynamic nuance of the original instrument. To take advantage of this, it is important to set up your keyboard as outlined in “Optimizing Your Keyboard Setup for MAG”. Every key is sampled individually, and every tone is allowed to ring until the end of its natural decay. The piano has been sampled with the damper pedal down only. There are several advantages to this approach:
1. The number of samples is drastically reduced, allowing for orchestral instruments to share RAM with the piano.
2. Normal sustain pedal technique works just like on a real piano (i.e. the pedal is pressed down after the key). 3. Full length samples may be used on each key without exceeding GigaSampler instrument size limits.
Also worth knowing:
1. The original piano has a true stretched tuning -no retuning of individual samples has been done. This tuning is slightly wider than a perfectly well-tempered tuning. This tuning gives a better support to the harmonics of the piano, improving the sonority of complex harmony as well as simple chords.
2. The keyboard of the original instrument only extends to A7. The last notes up to C8 are transposed.