As another Mac user about to take the PC/Giga plunge, I am hoping to clear some of the webs of confusion enveloping me at the moment. I humbly beg the group's indulgence.
I spent more than an hour on the phone with a Sweetwater rep, trying to put together a workable system. I needed aspirins afterward.
First issue: the computer. Obviously I want a real good computer for the job. Sweetwater recommended one called Music XPC which was "specifically designed" for music use. The price was $2,700. Without going into the specs, is that, just on its face, a ridiculous amount to pay? I know some of the forum members build their own. Not gonna happen here.
Next issue: I run Digital Performer on my Macintosh. I will be using the PC with Gigastudio 3 and a sound card to be determined (perhaps M-Audio Firewire 410). I will use Giga for, among other things, Garritan Orch Strings, and, as appears necessary, Kontact for Garritan Personal Orchestra. The PC would be used as an external sampler. It would be used just like any other external sound module, controlled from, and recorded back into, DP. Are there any special issues I should be aware of in this regard?
I've been told that Giga Studio and Kontact, though different platforms, can be compatible on the same PC with the same sound card. But since Giga and Kontact are separate applications, how do I use them efficiently on a project that requires both GOS and GPO? Will the soundcard allow this? Would I need to be constantly switching between Giga and Kontact? Would this be more trouble than it's worth?
Regarding the sound card: I'm looking for one with great audio quality, GSIF 2 compatibility, and, apparently, multi-client ability(?), hopefully in the $400 price range. Any suggestions?
Neither I nor the Sweetwater rep were entirely clear on how the various aspects of all this can be made to work together harmoniously. Any help, insight, or direction would be very much appreciated. Thanks.