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Garritan CFX dynamic range!

prodigalson

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So, I've had the Garritan CFX for quite a while and have used it fair amount and really liked it. I thought it was a really nice piano but struggled to get some additional power out of it that I felt was lacking.

...then, I discovered that the dynamic range function is set to 50% by DEFAULT!!!

I opened it up to 100% and it's like a whole different piano that can pack a punch.

I can't fathom why they'd limit the instrument to 50% of it's dynamic range by default.
 
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prodigalson

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Because 50% is the natural dynamic range of the piano when they sampled it.
You access all dynamic layers at 50% dynamic range? How do u know?

It seems strange to refer to the full natural range of the samples as “50%” dynamic range. It seems more accurate to refer to that as 100% and allow an increase above to e.g. 150%.

To my ears, the samples I hear on playing fff are different samples than I was hearing before which led me to think increasing the dynamic range to 100% was allowing me to access dynamics layers I wasn’t hearing before
 
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prodigalson

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I see, that makes sense though I think it would have been clearer to call the full natural dynamic range as recorded as 100%.

Interestingly, I do feel that increasing the knob to 75% or even 100% gives me similar control via my VPC-1 to playing an actual grand piano.
 
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keepitsimple

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Do what you have to do, that's why the option is there. I know some players who like to raise the dynamic range above 50% on that piano. Start with 65% and see how that goes.
 
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newman

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At PianoWorld, you will see several Garritan CFX users boost the "dynamic range" dial to 70%-90% range. That group is probably biased towards classical pianists but is useful information.

I find Garritan is more playable at say 80% but that probably varies by controller, player, use case. . .
 
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I like music

Senior Member
Not that I need a piano library at the moment, but there are few libraries out there for which I hear such overwhelming praise as the Garritan CFX. Is it that good? Seems like everyone has it, and everyone loves it.
 

newman

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Garritan CFX is pretty good. It plays well and is consistent. The samples are a bit noisy and certainly not dry. There are some memory optimization issues but they are what they are. The CFX Full offers combination of the close & ambient mics which sounds far nicer than the CFX Lite, which is only close mics IMHO.

There is a lot posted here and at PianoWorld that can give you more information.
 

constaneum

Senior Member
i'm loving Garritan CFX a lot. samples a bit noisy? I still find it alright. If you want drier sound, increase the close mic more. a pretty good piano library in overall. I really love the Solo Piano 2 and 3 presets.
 

CGR

Pianist, Composer & Arranger
The "noisy samples" people speak about don't concern me at all. I read that the developers at Garritan made a conscious decision to not de-noise the samples too heavily so as to preserve the tone more accurately, and it was a good call IMO.

You get a better sense of the natural acoustic space the piano was sampled in, and it doesn't have the 'airbrushed' sterile tone of many other sampled Grand pianos. I've never had a problem with noise build up on the Garritan CFX, and have used it on a number of production music tracks. Playing at very low velocities and cranking up the volume will reveal noise, but that's only natural really.
 
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