David, can you tell me if you enjoy Ivory ACD more than VSL D274 and, if so, why?
So I have 5 piano VST's now, and all have their strong and weak points. But I think so far with ACD, the tone and playability is what I like about it. Especially the tone, as I feel it's the one piano I don't get hearing fatigue with, or get bored playing. It's not my favourite due to the fact that the releases are not handled very well, but it's good in its own right.
Is ACD still on sale? Is there a demo? Does it require a dongle, license, special player, etc.)?
ACD is not on sale, but if you google American Concert D you may find a slightly cheaper price on one of the dealers. I bought it from them, that is, Sweetwater.
It can be used standalone, they have the Cantabile2 that's custom made for them, called Ivory Cantabile. You can also use this in your VST daw of choice. Unlike VSL, ACD uses iLock, so with the latest Ivory 2.5 engine, we can have machine authorization. It doesn't have a demo, but I made a custom demo for Harpuia with musical excerpts and as I talked through them, I told him what I felt its strong and weak points were.