A week ago I made the review of CMP Grand Piano.
Now it’s time to review Colossus Piano.
I am very lucky because the developer sent me a redeem code to unlock all the in app purchases.
Unfortunately, my iPad has not enough free space to download all of them.
For example the Master peace of this App is Colossius Concert Grand 14tGb!
All the in app purchases need around 30Gb of Free space to be downloaded, so I will post a review for each of the packs.
In this App there an Electric Piano pack also… when I saw it I was a little bit intrigued. What’s about the the Fender Rhodes or the Wurlitzer Tremolo effect?
No problem, 2 more knobs come with the Electric Piano pack: Tremolo frequency & Tremolo depth.
More, 1 other knob, The Pad volume.... in fact, for each loaded instrument you can choose to add a Pad "sound" layer. (Violins). I like that even if the purists will find this function a little superfluous.
Also, an Electronic Music mode. The 2 Tremolo knobs are replaced by one. A Tremolo speed.
The Pianos installed from this set : 1 Electric Grand & Electric Mix. 2 FM Electric Grand & 1 FM Electric Mix. 3 Clarinets & 1 Reed Piano. 5 Fender Rhodes. 4 Wurlitzers.
1.6 Gb of stereo samples. (24 bit / 96 KHz)
In use: I had a little problem with AUM App, perhaps due to my iPad (Air 1) and the memory uses by Colossius Piano. No problem with Audiobus and the Audio Unit version. Switching from an instrument to another as well as adding the Pad layer or using the Electronic mode takes a little time. With the Audio Unit version, it’s not a big “problem”. It is a little bit more annoying with the IAA version because of the lack of a presets library. (You have to swipe to select an instrument, and each time you swipe Colossius Piano load an instrument.) The Audio Unit version is very simple. Only the Presets library. No other features.
The other features: (Stand Alone and IAA version)
The built in keyboard can be enlarge. Note that I had a little problem when I tried to use it with Audiobus. (I had to hit the keyboard keys so hard, that I decided to use 2 Midi controller's Apps.)
Another great feature is the Hermode Tuning: Makes the sound more brilliant by controlling the pitch of the notes in multivoiced music to better frequency ratios than with fixed tuning.
Note that the polyphony can be set to up 140 voices.
The MIDI velocity response curve can be set via the editor to fine tune your MIDI keyboard, you can save them as presets.
Also, a Reverb: 18 presets. A great quality of processing…
In the second page is dedicated to the Midi file player and recorder.
Unlimited MIDI tracks. (You can import MIDI files via iTunes files sharing)
I had a little bug here, when I was playing a Midi track and tried to switch from a Piano to another. Problem was resolved when I stopped the Midi file before to swipe to another Piano.
To conclude, the Electric Piano Pack is really great I love the sound. I am really happy to have a Clavinet too! Take your time with this App and everything should be OK.
A Killer sound set! A Must Have!
Review by Ed