I\'m new to sampling and a little fascinated by the thing.
Being a piano player I\'ve only experimented piano samples till now.
I must say that a sampled piano won\'t ever give me the listening sensation that my simple upright piano can
give me (especially when freshly tuned). But as for recording I won\'t ever reach the quality that can
be achieved with a sampled piano. All the job (micing etc.) already done.
After practising and experimenting with akai splendid grand piano (256 mb free download at
ftp://ftp.akaipro.co.jp/downloads/sound_libraries/S5000-S6000/ ) I\'ve decided to buy
a serious library.
I like Michiel Post technique and read some of his enlightening messages in the forum but
I wasn\'t convinced by his demos (Michiel you should produce better mp3) and decided to go for
Eastwest Steinway B. (I\'ve ordered Malmsjo gp too)
First impressions are very good (resonance and ambience) but apart from the ringing high notes
(already discussed in the forum) I was very disappointed to find some clicking samples in the low range
I found clearly clicking the following samples (they are all in the middle velocity range - pedal up)
Clicks are due to the fact that the wave doesn\'t start at zero level and the very first ms are a little
irregular in shape
What gets on my nerve is that removing the clicks could be very easy for eastwest, but there must
be someone caring enough there to listen thoroughly to all the samples. Apparently that\'s not the case.
To make this simple wave restoration I had to:
- Import the library in avawe (compressed samples can\'t be edited directly)
- export the library in gig (uncompressed)
- Linten to all the samples
- find out the clicking ones
- export the samples
- restore the attacks of the waves (just the first 3 ms - wavelab did the job quite easily)
- load the restored waves in awave and convert them in compressed gig format (extension .wa!)
- replace the samples
A half afternoon for doing a job that should have been done by EastWest (since I paid for it)
p.s. If anyone\'s interested I could send the 6 restored samples (.wa! format)