Can anyone help? I've just purchased Garritan Authorised Steinway (Basic), in the hope that it would sound better on my system than Synthogy Ivory - but I'm facing the same problem: it sounds dull, as though the soft pedal is on all the time. It seems to have lost the HF sparkle and bite that appears to be there on the Quicktime 'taster' clips on the Garritan website. Is there something I've missed? (I don't think messing around with eq settings and Exciter plugins is the answer). I'm using a Technics P-30 digital piano, into an M-Audio FastTrack Pro soundcard (24-bit), into a Mac i-book G4, running Logic Pro 8 with audio preferences set at 24-bit.
I know Garritan specify G5 Intel Mac as minimum for Aria - but I'm only running the Steinway, not the full orchestra - presumably the processor speed issue would be about glitches, not the ability to capture & reproduce the full frequency range including harmonics/overtones etc that determine timbre. The closest I've got to an acceptable, non-muffled tone is the Ivory Bosendorfer Imperial, but that's a bit too Beethoven for my liking, for accompanying vocals. All suggestions welcome!