Not specifically. I just listened and my ears told me that what I was listening to was not real! It didn't occur to me to link your previous posts with the fact that you were using (in this instance) Garritan. Hmmmm..... maybe the Garritan Steinway isn't completely and utterly real sounding. Of course, I use it and I like it!
OK—now I understand your comment. And I'm not surprised. It certainly doesn't sound real to me!
But then, sometimes I think, hey—it's just a different instrument. And the most important question to be asked, I think, is: can it serve as a vehicle for expression? Can I enjoy playing it and creating with it, and can others enjoy listening to it?
If "real" were the only criterion, no new instruments would ever be invented and adopted, and we keyboardists would still be playing harpsichords, or whatever came before.
Of course, someone might argue it's not a good analogy because the piano is clearly an improvement
over the harpsichord, whereas a sampled piano is not an improvement over an acoustic. And they'd be right.
But that's where economics enters the picture. And I guess I'm not the only one dealing with that
set of issues. As in: Ahh—if I only had unlimited funds, space, and technical savvy, I could get rid of this *&&*## keyboard and record on a real Steinway.