I'm very new to this board and to using software instruments, so would appreciate some basic advice...
I've just bought Colossus to use as a plug-in in Logic Express. My first problem is that some of the sounds (in particular the 2 GB piano) have some crackles and pops, and generally sound very uneven. I've installed DFD, but the problem is still there. I've tried changing the 'expert settings' in Colossus, but to little effect - I'm not really sure what I'm doing; is there a trick to doing that? Are there any other settings I could try to make the sound better?
My second problem is perhaps related to the first - ignoring the crackles & pops, the piano sounds in Colossus (again, especially the 2 GB piano, but also the rest of them to some extent) are AWFUL - the tones are unreliable, very fake sounding, and the Fazioli sounds extremely dull and muffled. I have very little experience of what sort of quality to expect from this software, but I can't imagine anyone being happy with what I'm hearing (espcially as I have read many excellent reviews). I intend to use the piano sounds mostly for pop styles, and was hoping for a clear and crisp sound. If there is no problem with my settings (and this is actually how the piano sounds are supposed to play - hopefully this is not the case...), can anyone recommend any adjustments I can make to the sound (either using the Kompakt sound adjusters, or using one of the equaliser plug-ins in Logic Express)? I'm a bit lost as to what I should be adjusting and to what extent.
Finally, would Akoustik or Synthogy Ivory (or any other software) get me a better (and clearer) piano sound than Colossus?
Any opinions/advice you could offer would be very much appreciated!
iMac G5, 1.5GB Ram, 1.9GHz