I was wondering which way to go: buy the GPO with its Kontakt player engine and ease of use or go for the GS3 / GOS Lite combination which is a little bit more expensive but "includes GS3" and the simple version of the Gigapulse.
Would the playablity be equal or are there definite pro's and con's to each of them?
I would only be doing smaller ensembles and (almost) no complete orchestral work.
Comes with everything you need to get started
Easy to use
Compact size and structure
Instrument programming similarly applied to all instruments
Works well on most computers
Equally capable of huge orchestrations
Excellent customer support
Upgrade coming soon
Some limitations due to RAM (Upgrade will take care of this)
Kontakt Player will only play GPO samples (can upgrade to full Kontakt at upgrade price)
Gigapulse (limited though)
Good streaming engine
Decent quality samples included
No RAM limitations due to streaming
Not very stable (my experience)
CPU heavy at times
Limited sample instruments (no small ensembles or solos)
Crappy tech support
Programming across instruments not uniform
Expensive for what you're getting
Mucho hard drive space needed for samples
Nothing against GOS, since it is an excellent library, but Giga 3 is just not an attractive option to me.
I bought GS3 Orchestra recently as GS is an industry standard in samplers. I hadn't planned on making any further purchases in that regard for the time. However, I got to looking at GPO and thought $250 was such a low price for what they offered it was worth a shot, since I was already covered with a sampler for any libraries I wanted to buy in the future via GS3.
GPO is absolutely fabulous to work with, is stable and sounds great. Additionally, there's an excellent community of supportive people here on their forums. Support comes rapidly either from the folks on the forum or Gary himself. It all feels very personal.
A lot of the question comes down to your needs. If you're planning on adding sample library after sample library, GS is an extremely popular format. Although it's fair to say that GS3 has a significant number of technical problems, there are workarounds for most (once again, from a great forum community here). As software samplers go, it's one of the monsters in the industry and if you're looking to continually expand, it's a good bet.
However, if having a good quality orchestra at your fingertips is all you need for your current work, GPO is an extremly good bang for pretty much any buck. If I had to choose one for my current needs, I'd probably go with GPO. However, if you're looking to build a large sample library, GS3 will serve you well.
Just listen to some of the demos posted by GPO users on this forum.
Technical support for GPO is superior. No complaining in these threads either.
Product authorization is better also.
It's $250 well spent.