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With just less than a week now before the special expires, I am very much leaning to purchasing this VST soon.

The two negatives I've seen are, that the recording was done in a 25mx25m room which has baked in some natural room reverb, so going back to a dry sound is not really possible. I don't really know how much of an issue this might be in actual use. I might just not care.

The other issue is it is a very demanding VST on computer resources. Until I upgrade the computer used for VSTs I might be limited in the number of mic positions simultaneously loaded. I'm only intending to get the standard edition with its limited mic positions so perhaps even this won't be an issue.

Are there any other negatives I might be missing? because if this is it then I will making the order in the next few days.

I like the sounds from the demos but I know that isn't a reliable way of judging a VST. Currently I am enjoying Vienna Imperial very much, thank you johnstaf for the recommendation.

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I'm glad you're enjoying Vienna Imperial Kevin!

I mostly just use the close mic pair with the Synchron D, as it's my favourite setup. It doesn't sound too distant or reverberant to me. It's not as dry as Vienna Imperial of course, but it feels like practising the piano in a large hall as opposed to practising in another room. For a sound closer to a commercial classical recording, the mid pair is nice.

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Kevin, I am also considering purchasing before the deadline ends. The negatives I am concerned about are whether my laptop has sufficient power to run it without glitches and the lack of a velocity curve adjuster. What also holds me back is cost, with the alternatives of picking up a cheaper Steinway from Galaxy or Synthogy that are easier on the CPU and time tested.

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Originally Posted by 20/20 Vision
Kevin, I am also considering purchasing before the deadline ends. The negatives I am concerned about are whether my laptop has sufficient power to run it without glitches and the lack of a velocity curve adjuster. What also holds me back is cost, with the alternatives of picking up a cheaper Steinway from Galaxy or Synthogy that are easier on the CPU and time tested.

I have Synthogy ACD, I quite like it and prefer it to Garritan CFX for example as it has a more interesting sound. But there is also a harshness to the sound and i feel like there are large changes in timbre between velocity layers which makes controlling the sound you generate harder.

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Kevin, I am also considering purchasing before the deadline ends. The negatives I am concerned about are whether my laptop has sufficient power to run it without glitches and the lack of a velocity curve adjuster. What also holds me back is cost, with the alternatives of picking up a cheaper Steinway from Galaxy or Synthogy that are easier on the CPU and time tested.

I have Synthogy ACD, I quite like it and prefer it to Garritan CFX for example as it has a more interesting sound. But there is also a harshness to the sound and i feel like there are large changes in timbre between velocity layers which makes controlling the sound you generate harder.

Thanks, Kevin. I find your comment helpful. Yes, I’m deliberating on ACD and Vintage D for the comments I’ve read on here. The main concerns with VSL 274D are whether I can run it on my laptop and the inconvenience of using another program to adjust the velocity curve. Also, not too fond of having to purchase a dongle and separate SSD HD. Although, really eager to know how it actually sounds and responds.

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Kevin, I am also considering purchasing before the deadline ends. The negatives I am concerned about are whether my laptop has sufficient power to run it without glitches and the lack of a velocity curve adjuster. What also holds me back is cost, with the alternatives of picking up a cheaper Steinway from Galaxy or Synthogy that are easier on the CPU and time tested.

I have Synthogy ACD, I quite like it and prefer it to Garritan CFX for example as it has a more interesting sound. But there is also a harshness to the sound and i feel like there are large changes in timbre between velocity layers which makes controlling the sound you generate harder.

Thanks, Kevin. I find your comment helpful. Yes, I’m deliberating on ACD and Vintage D for the comments I’ve read on here. The main concerns with VSL 274D are whether I can run it on my laptop and the inconvenience of using another program to adjust the velocity curve. Also, not too fond of having to purchase a dongle and separate SSD HD. Although, really eager to know how it actually sounds and responds.
You can always get a refund for the VSL Concert D-274 if you purchase it directly from VSL. So, there is not a lot of risk in it.

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There is no doubt that VSL D274 is currently the best sampled VST with natural reverberation.
Although I now use Pianoteq Bechstein in my pursuit of drier, closer field sounds. But from the point of view of listening to the playback of monitors, arranging music and experiencing the effects of hall playback, it is definitely better.


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