Here\'s a thought..
We all know about all the big libraries coming our way, and there are many big libraries available already. I\'ve always been in favor of small but useful libraries as opposed to bloated less useful ones because I didn\'t have 20 giga pcs to load them up in. Now I realize that I owe people such as the ones involved in the Vienna project, and QLs newly announced Symph. Orch. library, a BIIIG thanks. I think these kind of projects are gonna help immensely in pushing technology one step further.
Never before have I witnessed an askewed kind of development boost like the one we\'re facing. I think it is truely remarkable that mere library developers are actually writing history and forcing the software programmers (of which we are 100% dependent on) into breaking new grounds. I tell you now, Tascam needs to come up with a whole new product, hardware requirements have to be met by the industry (harddrive architecture has to be completely re-thought and re-designed), and everything needs to be affordable.
Let us not forget how everything started. The great thing about Gigastudio was that you no longer needed a rack of 10 E4\'s to make orchestral music. You kept everything inside one or two PCs and that was it.
Soon the library developers were getting weird ideas in their heads. \"I wonder how a dedicated 1gb instrument would sound!\" - the technology was there, and thus it was done. (slightly overlooking pianos as I\'m sure you understand)
Lately we have seen an explosion in the market, filling our hds to the rim with more or less useful collections of samples, while the actual gigastudio technology has not improved a bit.
We\'re in desperate need of THREE serious improvements in Giga 3.0:
1) Polyphony needs to be at least tripled.
2) The amount of midi-ports needs to be AT LEAST doubled.
3) Support for uneven bits (like instruments compromising 3,5,7 etc. layers)
*1 - This will require a whole new harddisk technology, and preferably a cheap one as we\'d also need a humongous amount of space. CPU is not really an issue. We have
*2 - It\'s not that hard to implement an 8-port interface really. One that can run seamlessly over a normal 10/100 TCP/IP network and also function with traditional (although terribly outdated) midi interfaces.
*3 - This would be to effectively save polyphony and create instruments with less unecessary programming limitations.
So Tascam, get your a** in gear and get started on the next generation of samplers, pronto!