I love the GPO and am taking baby steps enjoying every second of it. I will buy the Big Band module the day it's released.
But have you guys checked out the Melodyne 2.5 demo. It put me on the floor. This thing is dangerous now, I can't imagine 4.0. The first external software to use Celemony's technology is Liquid Sax (due this month) and I'm drooling.
I understand Melodyne 1 was a mess, but if you haven't checked this out it's definitely worth a look even if orchestral sampling is all you're interested in.
The big hit at Musikmesse was Stylus RMX (drum sampler) with Spectrasonics' new SAGE technology which promises to do what Melodyne's already doing but with a "chaos" function that ad libs infinitum.
It doesn't come out until September, so we only have eye-witness accounts to go by. But from what I've read and what I've seen Melodyne do, the essence of sampling has radically changed already.
I bring this up here, because the GPO is the first sample collection I ever bought and it's fantastic. No doubt classical orchestral sampling will present many more challenges than drums or vocals for that matter.
But it's already made me "hit the brakes" about other orchestral packages I've been looking at. The worst thing that could happen is that Spectrasonics comes up with an orchestral package about the size of the GPO and it's $2500 (I love Spectrasonics, but they don't exactly throw their arms around you as you join the family - it's expensive and you get zero price breaks on their products).
My question is, for those of you that have either wrapped your head around this new technology, how feasible do you think it currently is in terms of classical instruments?
Currently Melodyne can only handle certain elements of polyphony well - it has to be percussive (I guess in an orchestral sense staccato/pizzicato), but it just seems to me the handwriting's on the wall.
Soon that limitation will change. The SAGE technology purportedly is more sophisticated, but you can bet it will remain proprietary moreso than any product attempting to challenge it.
This stuff is science-fiction to me. The algorithyms are way beyond my conception, but I can already see the day when MIDI is essentially dead. Those of us that play live will be essentially creating our own samples.
Sorry to start my first thread here (I think) about this, but Melodyne's definitely not vaporware and I don't believe Spectrasonics messes around at all - if anything they're way too deliberate.
I am curious to see what people think here. The GPO is revolutionary to me, and I fully intend to show loyalty and support for what Gary's already done for us.
But from a conceptual standpoint I think the future's already here. The prospect of loading a solo violin or sax that "reads" what's already there and ad libs in pitch and time is blood-curdling.
If this new technology makes composers nauseous, I do understand. Speaking as a rock'n'roll guy this could truly be heaven. And it's an idea machine of sorts - you just delete what you don't like.
I'm surprised at the lack of "buzz" on every forum, but I chose to post here because from what I've seen/read orchestral samples would be the ultimate test - if not the sax definitely would be. And this is happening now.