my name is Uli and I am the producer of the Galaxy II Grand Piano Collection.
We are soon starting to work on the next update, and I'd like to ask for some feedback on one possible change of Galaxy IIs structure:
The instrumentes of Galaxy II are now available also as a Download Edition. Those instruments load the resonance samples completely into RAM, they don't use DFD (like the regular Galaxy II instruments), so the disk load, when using the sustain pedal, is significantly reduced.
To get these samples into RAM within a reasonable size, the resonance samples of the Download Edition are reduced to 16 Bit, their length is reduced to a max of 30 seconds and they are mapped in thirds. To my ears, this does not really affect the soundquality of the piano.
We are thinking about a similar way for the next update of the regular Galaxy II Edition. Like I said, the main advantage is a significant reduction of disk load. In exchange, the resonance samples would be reduced smilar to the Download Edition.
This update would have a size of about 500MB, I guess as a download.
I would prefer to go this way, because it really would enhance playability, but I'd love to get some feedback from users on this.
Any other suggestions for an upcoming Galaxy II update are welcome as well, of course!
Thanks in advance