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The Soundboard Transducer

Steingraeber Creates New Artistic Possibilities With Electronics.
There are a multitude of professional applications that electronics can offer music and Steingraeber & Söhne has demonstrated concerts with composer Robert HP Platz from the University of Musik Würzburg, and pianist Clara Murnig from the Beethoven Institute at the University of Music Vienna. This particular transducer technology was born out of a collaboration between Robert HP Platz and IRCAM Paris, and subsequently optimised in SWR’s (Südwestrundfunk) Experimental Studio. The startlingly-authentic piano sound is thanks to the physical modelling approach of Modartt/pianoteq.

Transducer + Physical Modelling = Possibilities
Play in all registers and all temperaments, as well as other instruments (Synthesizer, etc.)
Play on 2 levels, e.g. live performances of quarter-tone music, as the sound of the piano’s own strings is mixed flawlessly with that of the transducer, all within the same soundboard.
Mix the sounds of the real piano and any other instrument
Improvisation to a previous improvisation
The transducer increases the soundboard vibration (strings + piano transducers) and, thus, acts as a ‘volume booster‘ to the sound of a live piano, perfect for open-air concerts.

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Exhibitor: Steingraeber & Söhne KG


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