I just thought this might be useful for beginners just to know what they MIGHT be up against. There is no denying that some people get a computer, Gigastudio and samples and everything works great. I was not one of these people. When I started I had very little experience with computers or software. I was a musician, plain and simple.
I became interested in Gigastudio because I found Bolder Sounds’ fortepiano. I could not find a fortepiano for a traditional sound module. I purchased this disc and Gigastudio 96 v. 2.2 (I think?) and soon after Michiel Post\'s fortepiano as well.
When I received the software I loaded it on my new Dell computer. It would not do anything. I called Tascam and they informed me that the version I had wouldn\'t work with XP which is what my new Dell ran on. They told me that there was an update. They were patient and helpful. I downloaded the update, uninstalled the old version and installed this new version. It did not work because my soundcard was not GSIF compatible (again, a novice mistake).
So I got on this board and looked for a good all in one soundcard in my price range. I ended up buying the audiophile 2496. I installed it and ran Gigastudio. Nothing but clicks and pops and enormous latency problems. I contacted Gigastudio support again. It turned out I made another novice mistake. I only had one hard drive. So I bought another hard drive and installed that. I ran Gigastudio again and got lots of clicks and pops.
I contacted Giga Support again and they directed me to download the most recent drivers for my soundcard. I did so. Still no improvement. I gave up for a little while and returned to the project a few months later. There was a new driver for the audiocard. It did not do the trick.
Then I read somewhere that some people were having trouble using the midi and sound reproduction of their audiophile simultaneously on their setups so I went to get a cheap midi usb device for my setup. I tried that and it also did not work. Now a lot of people have been very pleased with this card and I\'m sure it works great for them, but for me and my system it simply DID NOT WORK.
So I ordered the Echo Mia Midi. I uninstalled the audiophile 2496 and erased all traces of its existence from my life. I installed the Echo Mia Midi card and it worked flawlessly (A lot of people have been having trouble with this card, but for me it was a God send.)
I now have a system that works the way it should, a little under two years and a great deal of money and experimentation later. I am absolutely thrilled with the finished product but it was far from an easy road - especially for a computer novice such as myself.
In other words I don\'t know what makes some systems work and others not. I don’t know what components (hardware/software) were not working and playing well with each other and other than experimenting over and over and doing a ridiculous amount of research I’m not sure there is a good way to uncover this information.
Gigastudio has been a monumental pain in the for me, BUT now that I have figured it out I wouldn\'t trade it for anything. At any rate I am planning on getting Gigastudio 3.0 as soon as it comes out. I am a glutton for punishment. The technology is amazing and well worth the headaches it can bring. At any rate, I thought this little soliloquy might be useful in illustrating what can happen in trying to set up Gigastudio on a typical Dell computer with a typical understanding of computers.