I\'ve been away (both from the forum and my beloved music-computers) for a long while because I had to write a PhD thesis. Now I\'m back, looking at what has happened during the past 6 months and my impression is that, besides the development of new libraries, not much progress has been made.
Please understand that I\'m not posting this for the sole purpose of being provocative. I just wonder how brite Gigastudio\'s future is. Granted, my expectation of finding a new, improved version of the Gigastudio software was overly optimistic. But what puzzles me is that I can\'t even find the slightest hint that there\'s something new coming our way anytime soon.
Gigastudio is a great program, and I was amazed by what can be done with a PC when I first saw it. But just like the early versions of the software, the current version looks kind of ... organic ... to me (both visually, see the Capture to wav thingy and conceptually, see the Editor). A quick port was made to Win XP, but no improved performance or anything. Does this mean the absolute performance limit of the hardware has been reached? At most 160 voices, regardless of the machine specs? How can that be? People seem to be forced to use several machines to fill their needs.
Again, please don\'t take this post as being negative and counterproductive. I\'m just trying to find out which way this is going. - For instance, producing a big library for Giga is a major commitment. In the case of the Vienna project the commitment is gigantic. Those guys are even saying they count on certain performance limitations being eliminated.
On the other hand, buying such a library is an enormous commitment, as well. I\'m sure that soon 160 voices will be considered absolutely unacceptable - Gary\'s library consumes a great portion of this polyphony right now. Right now .gig still seems to be the canonical format for new, great libraries. But how long will this be the case with all the other software samplers coming out (which actually allow the use of 3rd party plugins!!)? I think it would be a shame if I was forced to switch to a different platform some day, having to hope that smooth, reliable conversion of all my libraries is possible.
Maybe someone who has more insight into all this than myself could comment, or give some kind of prediction on what giga\'s future is. I ask this because we all know that in corporations such as TASCAM decisions are made at the conference table, without much regard to the implications for this community (see Emagic Logic). The lack of visible progress in Giga\'s version history makes me wonder.
I\'m sure there are people here who would know if the software development at TASCAM is doing well. Please tell me that it is!!