Yes, sforzando is lacking in features. For years I preferred Kontakt-based pianos, largely for the features that Kontakt offers.
Mainly … I can script in Kontakt. This lets me load a bunch of keyboard instruments (six pianos and three harpsichords) … and I can then change from one instrument to another by either clicking a button in the Kontakt UI, or by pressing a key on the piano whilst holding the sostenuto pedal.
The scripting also lets me change the sensitivity of each key individually … which helps when I have a loud key whose rubber pad needs to be cleaned … until I get off my butt and clean it. (That maintenance has been much delayed this year, first because of laziness and then because of a long recovery from knee surgery).
And there's more … but too much to discuss here.
Summary: Kontakt is very convenient.
But I find that my playing has improved IMMENSELY with sforzando-based instruments. Something about the responsiveness in Kontakt is lacking, and it hinders my performance. That hideous, unknown hindrance is just not present in sforzando.
I didn't realize this until I recently tried these sfz pianos from Sofia_MZ. Now I know: it's not me … it's Kontakt.
What is the cause? I do not know. But the dearth of good sfz-based pianos made the issue moot all these years … until now. Because now there are a fine batch of pianos from Sofia_MZ … pianos that just knock the ball out of the park.
So, three things:
- Does anyone have a similar experience? Does anyone know whuzzup with Kontakt that hinders?
- Will Sofia_MZ step up and tell us how an (amateur?) piano/audio person can produce such fine instruments?
- And … will Sofia_MZ offer a mini-biography. I'd like to know about history, background, skills, interests … how you came to be such a fine producer of these products.