My first warning (I should have learned):
I tried the trial version of The Grand SE. Then, every time it told me the trial would expire soon, it crashed Cubase.
I should’ve got suspicious here.
So, I fell for a Velentine’s Day ‘Special Offer’ to extend the activation. The whole process failed.
Mmmm…still didn’t learn.
So, like a mug, I spent over £200 on The Grand 3, naively assuming a Steinberg product should be fairly easy to install on another Steinberg product, yes? (Cubase 6.5 on a new and powerful PC designed for music use).
And, of course, the inevitable happened: every time I tried to use it in Cubase, ‘Serious Problem’ message, computer freezes etc.
Oh, dear, dear, dear. One credit card bill - no piano.
Since then Steinberg’s service has been truly dreadful. I am currently attempting to get a refund. Emails ignored, passed from person to person, Steinberg pass me to Asknet who pass me to Yamaha then the whole charade begins again.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. AND IF YOU DO, DON’T SAY YOU WEREN’T WARNED.
Having the exact same problem. I’m using the Grand SE 3 trial in a few projects, and those projects now won’t open. I get a message from the e-licenser saying “The license for the Grand SE 3 will expire soon. In 2 hours 21 minutes.” Then Cubase freezes and won’t open. I’ve performed the maintenance on the USB licenser, and validated usage periods. Still Cubase won’t open. I’m using a Macbook Pro 2.3 GHz intel core i7, with Mountain Lion.
Actually they are now opening again without Cubase crashing. I don’t know what happened. I just left it for a couple of hours, came back to it and can open my projects again. Whew. Now removing all Grand SE 3 from the tracks.
I have had the Grand 3 since it was released. I have not had any problems using it in C 5,6 or 7. Based on the few post here I would not let that discourage you from getting it. The few problems posted here don’t appear to be operating system specific either…
I’ve had The Grand 3 for about 3 weeks now…and works as expected.
I have to re-phrase this after listening and using high quality Genelec Monitors.
In the “close” setting using the Bösendorfer piano: There is way too much of a “wooden box” type of sound in the samples.
The very noticeable “box thump” makes it unusable for my piano practice.
Sure, the microphones had to be close…but perhaps not a good selection or placement of them.
In the Player mode this is much less of a problem, and I use this for practicing piano pieces.
I had a trial and when it expired I was confused by the way my computer behaved when projects were trying to load. I had to be patient until the processor finished, then all was normal. I now have the full version and 3 months of trouble free. I use TG3 for inspiration as the sounds are good enough to take my head away and I can play/practice longer before ear fatigue . I don’t build projects with it though, it is too pure, not gritty enough for my songs. Recently got Symphony & expecting TG3 to mate very nicely.