Just wanted to send this message to any Cubase SX users who may be lurking around the Forum, trying to decide whether or not to get GPO (as I was for the last two weeks).
I\'m a pro Sound Designer/Musician, and my GPO arrived today. I opened it, read the installation instructions, installed it, and authorized it. I\'m running it on a 1GHz G4 15\" Titanium Powerbook with 1GHz of RAM, running OSX 10.3.2 (and using an external Edirol UA-5 USB audio interface).
I first tried GPO as a stand-alone application. Without even reading the rest of the manual (which I still plan to do), I was able to load instruments, play them on the on-screen keyboard, and play them with my MIDI keyboard, no problem at all.
Next I tried it in Cubase SX 1.0.6, as a VST intstrument. It loaded no problem. Once I configured/routed the signals correctly, GPO played just fine being controlled by Cubase SX. I experimented with MOD wheel information editing, multiple MIDI tracks, MIDI with audio tracks... and GPO seems to be working just fine, right out of the box.
GPO/Kontakt (as a VST plug-in) does fight a bit with my Cubase graphic user interface. It slows my Cubase display down significantly during playback, but that\'s no doubt due to the limits of my video RAM (not the GPO), and is easily fixed by closing the Kontakt display during playback (who needs to see dancing piano keys during playback anyways?!?). Oh, and even though it slowed the Cubase display tracking, it did not effect the sound in any way, even if I left the Kontakt display on during playback.
Now I\'ll admit that I haven\'t tried anything too intensive with GPO yet (as it\'s now 5AM, and I\'ve already stayed awake far too long over the excitement of experimenting with it!), but it seems to be working fine. I know a bug or two MAY arise as I put GPO through some major work over the upcoming weeks, but so far it\'s working exactly as it should... first day, first try. Even IF some problems pop up later on, the sounds I\'m hearing already (with no knowledge of key switching, or other advanced techniques-- YET) would definitely be worth it!!!
P.S. Gary, please don\'t give up on the Mac community. I know it\'s a pain to make things Mac compatible, but we Mac users are a very loyal bunch (to those companies who make great products for the Mac)! So far I\'m extremely pleased with GPO! Thank you!!