Jon Batiste performs at Steinway & Sons in NYC
On Tuesday, March 5th, Steinway & Sons unveiled the newest evolution of their 166-year-old piano — SPIRIO | r .
The new technology was unveiled during an intimate event at Steinway Hall in Manhattan with a special performance by Steinway Artist, Jon Batiste, of The Late Show with Steven Colbert.
Batiste showcased the new SPIRIO | r features: record, playback, and editing in high-resolution. During a soulfully rousing performance of “Bring it Home to Me” by Sam Cooke where Jon recorded himself on a concert grand Model D, and then listened to the recording and played along on his melodica.
In 2015, Steinway launched SPIRIO, a high-resolution player piano and masterpiece of engineering that, via an iPad, permits listeners to access a vast library of music, virtually indistinguishable from live performance, including music and video captures of Steinway Artists, as well as Steinway Immortals including Duke Ellington, Glenn Gould, Arthur Rubinstein, and Art Tatum. Each month, the content library available on the SPIRIO app expands, automatically updated from the Cloud.
Now Steinway unveils the latest evolution of the SPIRIO innovation, the SPIRIO | r. In addition to providing access to the ever-expanding SPIRIO library, pianists can now record, playback, edit, save, and search their performances in Steinway’s proprietary high-resolution format –. Steinway SPIRIO | r records and delivers the most accurate reproduction of a live performance ever achieved on a Steinway.
The artisans at Steinway seamlessly install SPIRIO | r technology at the time of manufacture, ensuring no alteration in the musical performance nor compromise in the instrument’s beauty. SPIRIO | r integrates into multiple musical environments through various forms of connectivity, and the flexibility of remote firmware updates enables users to easily add future features as they are released.