I am very well aware. As I stated before though, this company is the worst offender (and of course this is all my personal opinion, though I know I’m not alone... I used to see everyone kind of give this company a bad rap and I never understood why, until I delved deeper into the products that they offer and ran into the same problems others commented about. Trust me, I give every company a fair chance). It’s the inconsistency that gets me. Century strings and brass are impeccably sampled and some of my favorite sounds I currently use (in the top 3), and then they also have cash-grab or “rehashed” products that make me truly wonder what they were thinking. For all the other companies I know of, the standards of quality are always met, even if the product may not be right up my alley, I still respect the company for not half assing anything. That’s why I state this company is the ultimate “hit or miss” company. Not just because I don’t see a need to use the sounds, but because they don’t consistently meet the standard of quality anyone should expect from a very large and well known sampling company.
This is typical of a 60's era Steinway which has 'seen some miles'. I've played a number of old Steinways manufactured in this era (including Model B's like the ArtVista) and they can really 'bite'!Art Vista Virtual Grand 3. It produces a metallic sound in the high and medium high ranges of the keyboard. Yet I was told he was great ! ?
This is not the side busted that annoys me, on the contrary, no, it is the strident side as if the sampling frequency (problem with my sound card? I do not believe it) was insufficient or that certain frequencies came into resonance, like a Larsen effect. This happens on the decay of the sound. If we filter a little treble, we risk losing the brilliant attack of a sound more rock. Too bad....
You can tame those metallic qualities by firstly selecting a different keyboard velocity profile from the built in drop down menu (makes a big difference) and also trying the various presets and rolling off the top end (treble attenuation). Personally, I love this sampled piano, and I prefer an organic sounding, bright, resonant & lively tone I can tame, rather than trying to EQ brightness into a dull/lifeless artificially smooth piano tone.
Embarrassed to admit I bought it, but Sampletank 3 and the lower end Miro 2. I had picked up a ton of ST2 / Miro 1 stuff dirt cheap years ago and had fun with it. Thought ST3 / M2 would be on par with say mid tier modern stuff. Boy was I wrong. Terrible sound, terrible interface.
But some have more hit or miss than others.
Suprised to see some of the libraries mentioned in this thread. Goes to show that you'll never make everyone happy if you're a developer as some people just never read the manual ha
Yeah, most libraries don't require a manual to know whether or not it's been over-hyped, or doesn't deliver. Most libraries are instantly playable and you know how it behaves and sounds. In rare cases is it due to a lack of manual reading.Exactly.
And some libraries just plain suck.