This post follows on from something I wrote on another thread (the name of which should be obvious!). It is rather off-topic for the original thread so I decided to start a new one.
A few months ago I purchased licenses to all of Michiel Post’s pipe organ sound libraries (as part of the special “DVD collection” deal). There are four of these libraries: Post Organ Toolkit, Post Organs for GigaStudio, Post Positive, and Post Theatre Organ. In this post I will confine my comments to just the first two.
As I expected, the Toolkit has not proved to be of any real use to me. I know other users have posted positive comments (accidental puns are hard to avoid!) about it on this forum, but it is rather out-dated and there are much better pipe organ samples available now.
However, I was disappointed to find that Post Organs for GigaStudio is no more to my liking than the Toolkit. It is supposed to be a new improved and up-dated version of the Toolkit. It is certainly much larger in file-size terms than the Toolkit (about three times the size). As we agreed on the other thread, “what matters is not the file size but how it sounds”. But this cuts both ways. My suspicions were aroused about the PMI Bosendorfer because of its relatively small file size compared to the Steinway even though the demos sound excellent. In the case of Post Organs for GigaStudio, I was fooled into precisely the opposite fallacy. I thought it would sound much better than the Toolkit because it was much bigger. (The insufficiency of demos left me with little else to judge by.) I had especially high expectations of the much enlarged Concertgebouw and Krijtberg/Bavo patches with longer samples and new release trigger ambience. However, I cannot perceive any real improvement over the sounds in the Toolkit. So I find myself wanting to ask exactly the opposite question I asked about the Bosendorfer: How did you manage to make such a mediocre-sounding sound library so large? What happened to all those extra megabytes that should have made a difference?
I would be very interested to hear what other users have to say about Post Organs for GigaStudio. In what kind of projects or performances has it been used and how? I would be grateful for any advice on the application of this sound library which at the moment is just sitting forlornly unused (taking up a lot of valuable disc space!) on my hard drive.
Actually, in response to my own question about how Post Organs for GigaStudio can be so big, there are a few things I have concluded already. Firstly, the long release samples (average about 10 secs) consist mostly of what for all intents and purposes is dead silence. These could have been cut down to one half or a third their length without making any significant difference to the sound. Secondly, the main key-on samples, which had supposedly been made longer, actually consist mostly of short samples with repeated loop extensions built into the actual sample wave. The loop start and end points are set in such a way that a good portion of the samples are not used anyway. So what was the point of making them longer? They just take up hard drive space unnecessarily. I exported a random selection of the waves from the gig files so that I could examine them in a wave editor, and to my surprise this is what I have discovered.
I do not like writing negative posts, but I have been holding back on this one for a while, and now seems like the time finally to say it.