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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Gombessa] #2640465
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Originally Posted by Gombessa
Originally Posted by CyberGene
You don't need a sound card. Macs just work, they don't even need asio drivers.


*Looks at wallet.*

*Looks at PW.*

Not the answer I was looking for, Gene. Sigh.


I feel the same way, but I think I am going to have to pull the trigger on the full version. *sigh*

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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: lolatu] #2640468
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Originally Posted by lolatu
I'm surprised Garritan even admit to such a huge fail with their software.


* Not sure this daily restart comment is fair. I run some complex statictical and math programs, the full MS Office suite, and plenty of small trivial programs. Most clearly run better with a restart every morning. Windoze 10 also runs better with a daily restart.

EDIT - BTW I don't dare run any work computer without restarting every morning.

Originally Posted by lolatu
And after waking my PC from sleep this morning, playing notes on CFX standalone resulted in weird screeching noises, until I restarted the application. So it's true, the problems occur mainly when coming back to the instrument after leaving it for a while.


* Agreed Garritan CFX does not always work well after the computer wakes from sleep. YMMV and I have other Windoze 10 issues from sleeping.

Originally Posted by lolatu
So I'm pretty sure Windows Defender, the Internet, random updaters etc are not guilty for most of the glitches.

I think the Aria programmers need to take a serious look at this and get to the root of the problem. It doesn't affect other VSTs, and there's a manual workaround, which is to clear then re-load the preset, so it's fixable.


* Maybe (maybe not) two different issues. For me, Windows Defender, the Internet, random updaters are key to getting low latency and removing glitches out of the box. Then there are performance declines as the day rolls on.

Originally Posted by lolatu
It seems that it loads the entire samples each time, then presumably discards all but the first part of the loaded data. Why not just cache these first segments on disk as a simple optimization? My Max Engine RAM is at 256 MB, and it should take only 1 s to read that from disk. That would make the re-loading workaround less onerous.


* Garritan CFX loads pretty slowly; just took 36 seconds on my laptop (Samsung 850 EVO SATA drive). For information, full classic piano takes about 40GB on the SSD. After launching Garritan CFX, RAM usage rises about 6GB.

==> Overall, Garritan CFX sounds and plays great. It required some initial system tweaking on my Windoze 10 laptop (see link above). And needs to be shut down every day.

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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2640473
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These problems users are having, getting this VSTi to work on their computers, has put me off from getting the Garritan CFX. It has strengthened me in my position, not to get a 100+/- GB piano library, and stick to the smaller ones, 3-25 GB.

It amazes me, that just to use a piano VST, one needs to almost cripple the host computer, not even allowing Wifi and antivirus programs. Maybe I should look forward to the time, my 6-year-old i7 desktop starts to break down? I can then wipe it clean, install Linux, disconnect Wifi, and run Pianoteq on it, nothing else, LOL!


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2640520
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My laptop is hidden in a shelf, always on and Garritan CFX Lite has been running without restart for at least three months and I play every day. It works great as always. Nor sure what Garritan have admitted but this deterioration is definitely not true.


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2640522
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Garritan itself may not have a leak, but it is resource intensive enough where a leak in another app may quickly impact its performance. A reboot in that case could definitely help out when if Garritan is fine.


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You should tell us how much memory you have.

I think one reason for a degradation is that Windows can steal memory pages from different applications when it need some and degrade Garritan CFX. Since this one use nearly 1GB of memory, if you have the minimal requirements or load other applications in parallel, you may be more likely to have some trouble.

Some other virtual pianos can use less memory.


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: TheodorN] #2640527
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Originally Posted by TheodorN
These problems users are having, getting this VSTi to work on their computers, has put me off from getting the Garritan CFX.


Don't be overly influenced by internet comments. Generally for technology products:

- most users are happy and don't post comments.

- A few vocal users will post problems or are trying to push the limits (e.g. my ultrabook is not designed for demanding audio software).

In 2016, I got the thinnest laptop in the world to run Garritan CFX at very low latency. My 2007 MacBook Pro with 4GB of ram and a slow SATA 1 bus (!) was almost powerful enough; latency was just a bit high but not much. Those two datapoints indicate that decent, relatively modern computers should run Garritan CFX fine. Some tweaking will be required with any VI and YMMV.

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Originally Posted by newer player

If you still have issues, feel free to post your full config here, in my laptop recommendations thread, or just start a new thread. There are plenty of very helpful people here.

==> Edit - what are you using for an audio interface? ASIO drivers?


Yes of course with an Asio Driver. It is a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. I also tried Asio4all but that's not the problem. All these drivers work well until windows goes crazy.

The pc is based on a Z270 motherboard, core-i5 7600K, 16Gb of DDR4 RAM and 2 SSD (one for the system an one for the samples).

I was so tired to spend my time to tweak windows that I installed Ubuntu Studio, and I run now Pianoteq with the generic linux audio driver (ALSA) at 96000 Hz and 64 samples without a glitch.
As you understand, I am now limited to Pianoteq, but at least I sleep good.

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I ended up getting the Lite version. It does take a while to load initially. The normal version with all samples shows about 740 mb and the compact sus-only about 252 mb on the internal counter. The library is 22 gb, but I was able to take away the soft and sustenuto samples which saves about 7 gb on my SSD. I do get an error on loading, but it plays fine. I may try to move everything off to my hard drive. This is a big library for what it is.

The bad is on some of the samples the hammer noise is evident, not as bad though as the TruKeys Italian Grand. There is a slight amount of hiss on all the samples probably from the analog equipment used to record. The piano is quite bright and needs some eq to tame it. The internal eq is very limited. An outboard parametric eq would be better. The timber knob is weird. It does adjust the tone, but does so by using higher or lower samples, and then repitching. The compact version is pretty good, but lose the natural non damped sustain on the upper octaves. The extra presets are most weird and useless.

The samples are very clean except for the very slight hiss when you don't mess with the timber knob. Half pedaling works very well and there are a lot of options to adjust the sound. I still like the TruKeys American Grand and NI Grandeur from my other libraries, and this one is probably on par although brighter. Would be rated well above these if the hammer noise was less evident and there was less hiss on the samples. I use headphones mostly, so am very sensitive to all these nuances. I have played a Yamaha C3 and a bunch of Kawais for reference.

I listened to demos of the full version, and am glad I only got the Lite as the close mic is the main one. The other positions don't do anything for me. I paid $51 for the Lite and feel at this price it's worth it, but wouldn't pay any more or go for the full version. This is all just my opinion, so take it for what it is.

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Originally Posted by stamkorg
Yes of course with an Asio Driver. It is a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6. I also tried Asio4all but that's not the problem. All these drivers work well until windows goes crazy.

The pc is based on a Z270 motherboard, core-i5 7600K, 16Gb of DDR4 RAM and 2 SSD (one for the system an one for the samples).

I was so tired to spend my time to tweak windows that I installed Ubuntu Studio, and I run now Pianoteq with the generic linux audio driver (ALSA) at 96000 Hz and 64 samples without a glitch.
As you understand, I am now limited to Pianoteq, but at least I sleep good.


You have a powerful system - you should be able to run virtual instruments on Windows at very low latencies without issues.

Why don't you drop by the following computer-audio board and detail your system and issues? There are a lot of skilled people there, including a few professional audio computer builders. Incredibly helpful.

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/

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This piano is so resonant! I'm having trouble keeping it from getting out of control, even with reverb completely off and room noise down. It really changes the way I play, similar to Pianoteq.

I'd like to try and get it to sound like a typical C7, a little more dry and woody. I wonder if this is possible. So many knobs that can really change the color, especially the EQ. I find if I bring the midrange down it helps a bit, but the bass is still punchy, looking for a more rounder sound.

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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: lolatu] #2641450
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thanks for the reply lolatu - much appreciated

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"How can I get Windows Defender to not scan these files every time I load CFX?"

excluding it in Windows Defender.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials...der-exclusions-windows-10-a.html#option1

Hey thanks - that worked a treat for speeding up the loading time. I tried both 1) excluding the folder containing the sample files, and 2) excluding the "CFX Lite.exe" process. Both worked, but the former reduced the time to 19 s while the latter reduced the time to 12 s, so it seems excluding the process is the best way.

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Lolatu, I have a light laptop that had the same pops.

Thanks a lot. I'll look into those if it remains a problem. It seems to be working pretty well now that I've reduced the RAM allocation. It does seem to be worse if I leave it for a bit and come back later, which supports my memory-compression theory. I'll continue to monitor the situation...

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can you buy software from sweetwater internationally (from here in UK say ?)

Yes, I just did so, and paid via PayPal (though credit card would surely have worked too). Not what the VAT situation is supposed to be, but it doesn't seem like I paid any. Anyway, worked out to about £45-50 so much cheaper than buying locally. Doesn't seem quite right, but then again, I wouldn't have bought it at the higher price (that's what economists call a "deadweight loss").

So thanks for all the help guys. I'm still wondering exactly what the difference is between the Full and Compact presets - apart from the fact that the latter load more quickly.

Also I'm wondering why the presets are all such a pile of rubbish. There's not a single usable one! They're all "hey look a weird sound", without even any attempt at something absolutely basic like "concert recording". With the "full" version, at least it looks like the presets have been composed with some thought (link). So I chose a couple of random presets and made some recordings, just for you guys!

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OK, I pulled the trigger on CFX Grand (full version). I'm so impressed by this tone but I despise the hassle of dealing with a software piano. Fingers crossed.


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In the full CFX, when users are having problems, snap, crackle, and pop city, does it help to switch to the compact presets? Think I saw in one video, that there are compact presets, supposedly to help with performance issues.


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Compact presets use less sample layers per key. I would NEVER do that. That's me.


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Can you explain what you mean by sample layers per key? According to Garritan's website, the Lite has the same number of sample layers of detail, as they call it, as the full CFX, 20, but only one microphone pair, instead of six. I thought that was the only difference.

https://www.garritan.com/products/cfx-concert-grand-virtual-piano-lite/cfx-lite-features-benefits/

Edit I'm equating the compact presets from within Garritan CFX full, with the CFX Lite. Maybe that's not the same thing?

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Originally Posted by TheodorN
Can you explain what you mean by sample layers per key? According to Garritan's website, the Lite has the same number of sample layers of detail, as they call it, as the full CFX, 20, but only one microphone pair, instead of six. I thought that was the only difference.

https://www.garritan.com/products/cfx-concert-grand-virtual-piano-lite/cfx-lite-features-benefits/

Edit I'm equating the compact presets from within Garritan CFX full, with the CFX Lite. Maybe that's not the same thing?

The Lite version is not not the same as compact. It uses the close mic samples from the classic perspective, and has both the full and compact versions of those samples:

Lite vs Full


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Then the compact version of the full CFX, must use all the mic perspectives/pairs, or as many as the user chooses, but fewer layers of each perspective. That's probably what CyberGene was talking about.

Reading from the table, which is the same one I linked to, it seems that the Lite version also has a compact version. So there is a Lite version of the Lite version! It must be very lite, or compact.


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Originally Posted by TheodorN
... Reading from the table, which is the same one I linked to,

whome whoops. Coffee installed this time.

Originally Posted by TheodorN
it seems that the Lite version also has a compact version. So there is a Lite version of the Lite version! It must be very lite, or compact.

From earlier in the thread:
Originally Posted by Tyruke
Well, the sound library of the lite version on my hard-drive takes up 19.2 gigabytes of space. According to the website the full version contains 6 mic perspectives and has a minimum system requirement of 133 gigabytes for a full installation.

The minimum system requirements for the lite version is listed on the website as 22 gigabytes. 22x6=132. They may be giving us some head room on the numbers.

So based on that I believe the lite version is indeed getting the full uncompressed samples of one mic perspective.


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The difference (between 19.2 GB and 22) can possibly be explained by one source showing the numbers in binary, and the other in decimal. I agree with your conclusions.


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Why bother with a compact when you can enjoy all the layers even in lite and you got to install all the layers anyway ( as I understand it, I don't own it, but as said it has all the velocity layers but just for one mic perspective).

I agree, as Slobajudge put it in another tread, give the piano all its love in full smile For mixes where piano is not that important it may have its merits and saving some resources to cut down layers, but for solo piano as long as you can run it okay, why bother cutting down to fewer velocity layers, you'd be missing out.

Ivory American has something similar where you can load keysets with as little as 4 layers, 8 layers etc up to 20, with or without soft samples.

For fun I tried it for the first time the other day to see how obvious it would be, it is indeed obvious when playing when you go down to 4 layers with ACD. The piano still sounds nice, however I noticed immediately when changing dynamics the colour/timbre does not follow in the same circumstances playing the same passages with the full 20 layers, it then sounds the same much more often across the dynamic range. It still feels smooth enough to play I thought, but the tonal variation is just reduced quite noticeably.


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Originally Posted by TheodorN
In the full CFX, when users are having problems, snap, crackle, and pop city, does it help to switch to the compact presets? Think I saw in one video, that there are compact presets, supposedly to help with performance issues.

Yes the crackles appear even if you use Compact presets. It's not due to the size of the samples; it's just a bug in the Windows 10 version if you don't have lots of RAM to spare. I'll post findings in more detail later, but in brief it's what I said before: whatever Kontakt is doing to protect its memory, Aria needs to do it too. You can work around it by restarting the whole thing, and I think it shouldn't be a problem if you keep the application active and don't use any others while you still have Aria open.


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Well, CFX Lite is going the shelf. Just picked up the Waves Grand Rhapsody which was just released for $19 after taking their online survey which gives you a $10 coupon. This is how the CFX should have been recorded by Garritan with no extraneous hammer noise. The downside is it takes longer than CFX Lite to load with a 14 GB library. 8 different mic setups included, 3 allowed at one time, plus a better equalizer, no hokey presets. Doesn't seem to have half pedaling though, but I can live without this considering how good this sounds. Check it out if interested. Glad I didn't waste money on the full CFX version.

Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2642078
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Is this a sampling of the same piano as the Wavesfactory Mercury?


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I think there was a thread on this a couple of months back. It's the same piano, sampled nearly at the same time by two different companies with unfortunately similar names. People were assuming there was a name change or acquisition and the two products are the same thing, but apparently that isn't the case.


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: bsntn99] #2642721
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Originally Posted by bsntn99
Just picked up the Waves Grand Rhapsody which was just released for $19 after taking their online survey which gives you a $10 coupon....Glad I didn't waste money on the full CFX version.

Did too. I had a €10 coupon from when I got the Galaxy German Baby Grand, and for meager €19, there was little doubt.

First impressions

Bright and cutting, presets pretty good, but the dynamic range was diminished quite a lot in some of them. That may be fixed by playing with the settings, it seems possible to morph the sound of this instrument to suit many genres of music, thought I'll probably prefer it's basic character, a bright piano, and use my other libraries for a muddy or warm sound.

I wouldn't say I'd been wasting my money by getting the Garritan CFX, but if I want a Yamaha Grand, I think I prefer the AcousticSamples C7, even more than any of the Sampletekks. Just hoping there'll be a sale on it, this summer. cool


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: newer player] #2643406
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Originally Posted by newer player
* Not sure this daily restart comment is fair. I run some complex statictical and math programs, the full MS Office suite, and plenty of small trivial programs. Most clearly run better with a restart every morning. Windoze 10 also runs better with a daily restart.

EDIT - BTW I don't dare run any work computer without restarting every morning.

My experience is different. I only ever restart Windows when I'm forced to by an update, about once a month. I don't notice any slow-downs, or speed-ups after restarting. Windows 10 is pretty good, excellent in fact when it comes to memory management. I have no trouble doing anything I want with just 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I've deliberately tried overloading it by opening all the most memory-intensive applications I have (Sony Movie Studio, Cubase, Kontakt, Firefox etc), and all that happens is that the Memory Compression process works quietly in the background, and presumably pages it off to the SSD. When I switch back to those apps, 500 MB is read back off the disk in a second (less if you have an newer m.2 or PCIe one), and it's seemless; I don't even notice it. The ONLY app that stuffs up for me is Garritan Aria.

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* Agreed Garritan CFX does not always work well after the computer wakes from sleep.

On this subject, I've made a video to show the issue. This happens every time:


I don't believe the fault can be pinned on Windows. I don't have problems with any other Windows applications when waking from sleep. It just proves that there's something very wrong with Garritan's Aria software!

I did some experiments about a week ago using Task Manager and the Resource Monitor.

a) I had the Engine Max RAM Allocation in CFX Lite set to 256 MB. Total reported being used by Aria was 485 MB. However when I shut the app down, total memory use drops from 2631 MB to 1543 MB, a drop of 1088 MB. Why? I don't know. Suggests a memory leak. I tried it with Vintage D, which takes 430 MB, and on closing, the total memory use drops by exactly 430 MB, no more.

b) Opening lots of other apps after loading CFX Lite, private memory use for Aria drops from 485 MB to 34 MB, showing its memory has been compressed. Then I try playing it and it's all crackles. Vintage D seemed to stay at 430 MB for a long time, eventually going down to 367 MB, but continued to play properly.

So it seems like there are two problems: a) A memory leak (maybe why Garritan say that more RAM is always better, and suggest regular restarts). You can stave off this by having more RAM, but it will get you eventually. And b) It doesn't prevent its memory being compressed, and doesn't uncompress it, which causes glitches. This might be related to why sleep causes the player to become unusable as shown in the video.

If anyone from Garritan is reading, perhaps you could fix this urgently?


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2643450
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Hey folks,

I pulled the trigger on CFX full after reading this thread. Prior to installation, one thing wasn't really clear to me and I was hoping someone knew:

Can I install CFX Grand on multiple computers? I assume once I create that pass card .png file, I can use that on multiple installations? I have a laptop from work and a home system I'd like to use it on, and need to know ahead of time if I'm only going to be stuck with one working copy at a time (or permanently).


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Re: Garritan CFX Lite $59.95 [Re: Fscotte] #2643454
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I looked at that Gombessa, the license specifies 2 computers, cannot use both at same time. But I did check, because if I get it, I would want it on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro

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Originally Posted by Zilthy
I looked at that Gombessa, the license specifies 2 computers, cannot use both at same time. But I did check, because if I get it, I would want it on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro


Thanks Zilthy. I think I'm fine with that, so long as I can transfer the copies between multiple (>2 if needed) computers with proper registration/de-registration (e.g., I'm upgrading my work laptop later this month, and if I'm going to be hassled about multiple installations, I'd rather not install it at all on the current one and wait until I get the new machine).

Their support page does talk about being able to use it on a system without internet access, as long as you get the key card file, so I suspect you can run it on as many systems as you want if they're offline. It'd be nice to know if there's some kind of online system registration or session check for connected computers, since I'm not going to the trouble of disabling/enabling internet every time I use it.

In other words, I'm hoping the license restrictions are just contractual terms, rather than a description of actual technical controls.

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