The last couple of weeks, every time I visit this forum, I get a friendly reminder at the top of the page that I haven't posted in a while, and would I please consider doing that. Well, here goes:
Having just recently installed Strad v. 2 on my Mac G5, I'm starting to get the hang of the realtime controllers. Some practice is going to be needed, but I can already tell it's going to pay off. This is going to be fun for an old keyboard basher...
There's something that sounds mighty strange to my untrained ears in the new 'lyrical' version 2.01. When I use my expression pedal (ctrl #11), I get strange pitch warblings, making the instrument sound (again, to my ears) like it was played by a beginner student with shaky hands.
OK, I discovered on p. 62 in the excellent manual that there is an intended pitch variation connected with the expression pedal, so it's probably something to do with that. But it does sound like it's gone haywire somehow, because even if I rock the pedal very slowly and very little, I get these abrupt pitch changes. And sometimes, the held note just switches off after some quiet back-and-forth rocking.
I checked my pedal output in MIDI Monitor (a Mac utility) and it goes quite smoothly from 1 to 126, jumping one discreet value here and there, like from 32 to 34, but generally seems OK.
If this is really the intended behaviour, I'm not quite hearing the benefit of it it as I perhaps ought to (there're no comparable artifacts in v.1.08) and would really appreciate some alternative keyswitches without this feature.
And on the subject of keyswitches, I noticed that while the instrument key range is marked in grey on the Kontakt player keyboard, the keyswitches are not indicated at all, at least not on the Mac version.
There, I've posted!