Recommendation #1... get used to that...
Originally Posted by Joy
Heavily sustained piano will often lead to polyphony problems -- too many notes playing at once... each new note is playing over the tails of the previous notes, which have yet to fade out and stop. The "easy" problem is when this overruns your sound card's buffers... the "difficult" problem is when it overloads your CPU... The first problem, you can solve...
Clicks and pops are often caused by setting your sound card's buffer size too low.
What are your sample rate / buffer size / samples per buffer / etc. sound card numbers?
This web page is talking about different hardware, but the concepts are applicable here, too:
What does Override Internal Buffer Size do?---------------------
The "Override Internal Buffer Size" setting is found in Performer or Digital Performer's Configure Hardware Driver dialog box when the Audio System is set to use the built in jacks on the mac. MAS defaults to an internal buffer size setting of 1024 samples per buffer. This buffer size setting can be adjusted to another setting other than the default 1024 samples. Lowering the buffer size can reduce latency on faster processors. However, the payoff of lower latency will be slower response in Digital Performer. Realistic override settings are 512 or above. Alternately, if you encounter audible pops, clicks or distortion in your audio, you may want to increase the buffer size. You do not want to set a buffer larger than the default.
Does the sample rate that you've selected in Giga's Configuration Manager match the sample rate that you've selected in whatever app accompanies your sound card?
Are you overloading your CPU? Keep an eye on the CPU meter as you load/launch/play the piano...
If you are a "play my keyboard and record my MIDI live"-type person, you can lessen these problems by working on your pedal technique... use the pedal more sparingly, raise it as quickly as you can while getting the desired sound, and work out the best position within each note for depressing the pedal in the first place.
If you're a "draw everything by hand in my DAW/sequencer"-type person, you can break up the sustain by drawing in carefully-placed breaks with your mouse.
Either way, when you "sever the notes' tails," you free up buffer space and CPU cycles, which will get rid of some-if-not-most-if-not-all of your droputs/glitches...
Loading SampleTekk pianos is an exercise in patience... you are amply rewarded for your patience, but you should plan on avoiding your computer entirely for a few minutes as you load those beasts up. It's the perfect time to make a sandwich, go to the W.C., check your stock portfolio, make dinner plans for Thursday night, and so on...
Originally Posted by Joy
... as long as you can see the bar graphs professing to show that the loading process is actually moving ahead, then that should be fine...