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notion 6: mixed quality on default piano sample rendering in simple tests

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asked Nov 27, 2016 in Notion by jerichopepper (250 points)

Attached are a simple pdf and mp3 of a grand staff piano score.  (This sounds virtually identical on wav, but wav exceeds the upload size here.)

The first three measures are mf, and sound fine.  The second three measures are mp, and sound like they are underwater.  Not just softer, but notably mushier.  Measures 7-8 are mp, and the A and B sound plingy, like hammers striking strings with worn out felt pads.  Measures 9-10 are mf, and sound fine.  

This is concerning, as a shift from mf to mp is like a move to a much different and worse instrument.  Not what you would expect of a $100k grand piano sampled in a studio.

Notion 6, Mac Sierra, 4 year old Mac Book Pro.

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answered Jan 10, 2017 by TechSupport77 (195,950 points)
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If you are entering the notes using a MIDI keyboard, then please press the "tab" key on your computer keyboard to show your velocities.  You can then highlight your notation and go to Tools>Clear Velocities.  You may also want to go to Tools>Quantize to Notation.  I might also recommend using a pedal down marking at the end of a phrase to end the sustain.  The sustain may be affecting the attack of some of your notes.  

When you export your audio out of Notion, do so in "Realtime" rather than "Offline" for the best quality.  

I will log your issue internally with our development team for further analysis.  This is the first time that we have heard of this issue with the piano in Notion.