I\'m thinking about ordering the GM500 General MIDI collection. If anyone has tried it, I would appreciate your impressions of it. Looks like it\'s $119. I have two rack mount synths (proteus fx and korg 05r/w) that I currently use.
I don\'t disagree with jeffrey\'s assessment, but at that price, it\'s not a bad bargain for an extra set of standard GM patch options. It\'s not the stunning realism and playability that is supposedly synonymous with Gigasampler, just a respectable but unspectacular collection of some very familiar sounds. I bought it simply because I couldn\'t afford the premiere GS libraries, and, to this day, owning the gigasampler for me is liking being all dressed up with nowehere to go.
I found the string ensembles a big disappointment. I\'ve heard much better sounds on regular GM synths. The vibes, piano, and rhodes are okay, everything else is pretty much unusable unless you just want some average type sounds to fill in places.
For a dollar a sound, it\'s not a bad deal but if you\'ve already got GM sounds I would save your money and get something else.
[This message has been edited by Damon (edited 12-20-2000).]