CyberGene That’s the top 1 suggested tweak, many people recommend it. I’ve been testing that slider with every single release. Doesn’t work for me though.
I know exactly what you mean, or so I think. I say "so I think" because even if we both see a painting in red and blue and even if you weren't partially colorblind, how could we know that what my brain sees as "red" is not seen by yours and vice-versa? You would describe the "red" as being similar to blood or sunset and blue to the sky of a clear day... but if the perceptual experiences were switched, there's no way to know!
But anyway, philosophies aside, I can hear what you describe in some circumstances (shrillness, nasalness, someness and something more) just that it does not bother me as much as it does you. For example, I could hear different, but equally annoying characteristics on other pianos, most notably the NU1 sounds which is the digital instrument I owned and played for longer. Speaking of the "something more", PTQ for long annoyed me with a very "weak" bass and by weak I don't mean low in volume (I had it correctly EQ'ed the volume in all registers), but weak in tone, almost like it was a flute with a sharp attack. By accident I tried PTQ with a good-but-inexpensive subwoofer, and that problem seems to have disappeared. The why does make only very little sense to me (since the other speakers-without-sub did not show the same problem with other instruments, such as the Chateaux Grand or the NU1 samples, and further EQ'ing could not solve the problem)... One day I might investigate more but I suspect that PTQ sound has something that makes it more sensitive than other digital instruments to the digital and analog chain.
Also, I hear nasalness in many digital recording of pianos, often even of acoustic pianos, and often more annoying than in PTQ. In the woodwinds it's said that nasalness comes from the balance between the odd and even harmonics and they adjust the design of the instrument accordingly. This does not make any sense for a piano, unless the nasalness were for just some notes whose frequencies would align well for the odd/even harmonics to have problems in the digital or analog chain -- but then it can't align equally well for other notes, an octave above or below. As far as I noticed the nasalness in PTQ, it does not change within (let's say) a 2-octave stretch, so this explanation could not work for that (but you experiment on your own and make your own conlcusions).
CyberGene I can try the N1X speakers but I don’t think they are good for regular audio stuff and virtual pianos. I tested them once briefly with Garritan CFX and they didn’t sound good.
If you have spare time a test can't hurt, but when I tried PTQ with my NU1 speakers I did not like the results. A good-but-inexpensive headphone straight from the MacBook sounded better (FWIW, now I don't have anymore neitther the NU1 nor the MacBook).
More to come, both on other tests wrt PTQ which I have done and have to fish out and about
vagfilm recent YT video by Merriam Music showcasing an old but totally reworked Mason & Hamlin grand