Steinway’s high-tech piano can play back exactly what you just played!
It’s like your ghost is playing on the piano!
It’s hard to say which primo brand in this matchup elevates the other more, but a new collaboration between Apple and Steinway is taking a page from the EDM and DJ’ing world to give pianists the same recording and mixing power their pop music counterparts have long enjoyed.
On Tuesday, Steinway & Sons launched its high-tech piano, Spirio | r, which lets you record, play back and edit your own tunes via the Spirio app on iPad. The piano can also play on its own like a speaker but with real acoustic sounds.
Jon Batiste, the pianist from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performed at Steinway’s launch event on Tuesday night at the Steinway Hall in New York, demonstrating what Spirio | r can accomplish. Batiste first played and recorded a Sam Cooke piece to see if the piano can “capture the soulfulness.” The piano played it back just how Batiste performed it, while he played a melodica along with the piano.
Steinway Spirio pianos came out in 2015, allowing users to choose a song from the Spirio app and let the piano play it on its own. The new Spirio | r not only plays songs, but it also offers the recording, playback and editing capabilities.
Steinway’s launch of a high-tech piano means people who practice at home can play back their music and improve their craft. Music lovers can also use the Spirio | r to reenact a maestro’s performance while maintaining its dynamics, volume and sound quality.