Crudebyte’s have a number of sample-based iOS music apps now available including their flagship iSymphonic Orchestra and Oriental Strings, both of which have been updated over recent weeks to include support for the AUv3 plugin format.
As I reported a few weeks ago, their latest app is Colossus Piano. As the name might suggest, Colossus Piano is big… and by that, I mean big is terms of the sample library (and, therefore, storage space required). The base app is, itself, free and comes in at a modest 133MB but, if you actually want any sound, then you have to purchase one or more of the three IAP piano instruments; Concert Grand, Baby Grand or Upright Piano… and, if you want to hear what they sound like, then check out Crudebyte’s demo videos that I’ve embedded below.
The various IAPs scale from 14GB to 3-4GB of sample data with prices of a suitably similar weighty amount… but this is serious sampling with lots of velocity layers for maximum expression levels.
Anyway, the app was updated over the week-end to v.1.1.1. This brings a number of efficiency gains that mean, shorter loading times and reduced RAM demands making for better performance on older iOS hardware. However, perhaps the highlight change is the addition of AU support; if you want a mega sampled piano running in your AU host, then now you can…. although it will be interesting to see just how many instances of the Concert Grand patch you can run simultaneously if you are brave enough to try :-)
I have not yet had a chance to try any of these for myself… but the level of sampling and the price suggests Crudebyte are very clearly pitching these at serious piano players looking for a mobile sound source for studio or live performance. And, if the sounds in the three demo videos are anything to go by, then all three certainly sound very good indeed.
Of course, at Colossus Piano is not in the casual purchase category for the occasional use. However, if piano is absolutely your thing, then the detailed sampling offered here might be a very tempting proposition. Check out the video demos; the sound and performance dynamics are very impressive….