Glad you are liking it! We created a video that offers a few tips for optimizing your controller to our piano:Well, that was money very well spent! Just purchased, installed, and noodled with this for a bit and am absolutely delighted! Wonderful playability, flexibility out of the box, with a mix of spaces that will shine in solo'ing and ensembles! Love the adjustable brightness and such with just a quick dropdown 'n' click .
My only nitpick is one that's been raised by others: some of the spaces seem to be set with the mics too close or whatever that causes clipping (apologies if that's not the right description), and I find that overall the velocity curve is too sharp across all the spaces (or maybe I just pound too hard ). But this is really easily, quickly correctable.
I definitely see this as a nice complement to some of the NI pianos, particularly the Noire, which offers cinematic touches (particles and such) that can be fun to play with and aren't doable with the more traditional SSSS VST.
(for what it's worth, my MIDI controller is a NI S88)
Hi Alex, thanks for your feedback. We are always thinking of ways to improve our pedal resonance. As a reference, I have attached a quick comparison we made between a raw "live" recording made during the sampling session and our final midi piano. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on the differences between the two, in regards to pedal resonance. Also, please make sure that the resonance control isn't turned up too high in settings, as it will start to sound quite artificial.
I loved the sound of the demos for this library, I really wanted to love it, but if I’m honest, I don’t like playing it. So, it probably won’t get used. No matter what I do with the velocity settings, I feel disconnected from the sound when I play this library.
I’ll give that a shot. I will often play VIs with compression and:or limiting on them. This doesn’t feel like that. But, I’ll definitely give that a shot.Have you tried bypassing the limiter in the editor? Bypass it and then try to fool around with the vel. settings again.
I’ll give that a shot. I will often play VIs with compression and:or limiting on them. This doesn’t feel like that. But, I’ll definitely give that a shot.
Just replying to this old post to say how glad I was to find it; I couldn't for the life of me get the files to work. Winzip/Winrar didn't want anything to do with the files I downloaded, but 7-zip did the trick and the rest was smooth sailing.Thank you, it's all working fine now! I also got your mail, really appreciate the help
After spending a few more months with this piano, that A I was talking about I think is actually a velocity issue. It seems to me that there is just something not right with piano's dynamics in relation to the velocities I play. That particular A sticks out like a sore thumb, almost like when I try to play mf or mp it's just the f dynamic but quieter. But the surrounding notes don't seem to have this issue. Unfortunately adjusting my velocity curve settings on both my Kawai VPC1 software and in the Signature Grand settings doesn't improve this issue at all.For $50 this is a definite steal. One of the best piano libraries I have ever used within Kontakt. This is the first time I have played on a virtual Steinway piano that actually has that characteristic 'bell-like tone' in the upper register. I love how there is sympathetic resonances included, but often the one thing that gets overlooked by so many libraries is the release samples, especially for staccato playing. SimpleSam Samples has NAILED IT.
The only complaint I have is the A above C4 (middle C) sticks out a bit too much. I suppose this is the one downside to only having 10 velocity layers. I'm using a Kawai VPC1 as my controller, but I don't have any reason to believe it is my controller. Seems like it's a volume issue though rather than a dynamics issue, but I could be wrong. I'm using the latest patch too.
SSS has more vibe in the ambience but it can be a bit bumpy owing to only 8 velocity layers. Hammersmith has 22 layers: the standard (or light) is no longer available but the Pro is extremely good value at the current sale price, and the free version is free!Can anyone offer a comparison with the SC Hammersmith? Torn between this and the HS standard.
Standard is available at best service....might snap that up!SSS has more vibe in the ambience but it can be a bit bumpy owing to only 8 velocity layers. Hammersmith has 22 layers: the standard (or light) is no longer available but the Pro is extremely good value at the current sale price, and the free version is free!