I've been using Steinway Standard on my laptop (still can't run it on my desktop though, I'm mailing with Plogue about this) for a month now. I have observed two issues.
One is connected with repedalling. I'm using a digital piano that sends full range 0-127 MIDI values for sustain pedal, because it supports half-pedalling. When playing Steinway with release samples turned on (default Classic preset in my case), and "pumping" on the sustain pedal, the result is crazy. I mean, when I play a chord with sustain pedal on, and then I raise my foot from the pedal, the sound goes silent. But when I quickly depress the pedal again, I hear a very strange sound wobbling. It goes loud immediately, and then quiets again.
Here are MIDI file I used and a rendering from Steinway offline render as a proof:
Second issue I have is with sustain pedal in general. When I strike a fast chord, and then depress the sustain pedal with very little delay between these two actions, notes are not sustained. I must be extremely cautious with Garritan to wait a while after playing a chord, to actually sustain it. I never had this problem with my digital, nor with any acoustic piano. Here is an excerpt from the very begining of Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto. At exactly 0:03 there are two big chords - one with left hand, and one with right hand. The one with left hand drops immediately after being played, even though the sustain pedal was depressed after the chord.
Again, MIDI file and mp3 rendering (now with No Rel version of samples)
I would be very happy if anyone could comment on these issues and/or check them with attached MIDI files on their own Steinway copies. I wonder whether it's something with me, or the pedal programming could be improved.
Thanks and best wishes to all,