(POSTED TTHIS ON THE VSL FORUM, BUT THOUGHT I'D POST HERE TOO, TO SEE WHAT OPINIONS OTHER PEOPLE HAD ABOUT GIGAPULSE ... WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT.)
I bought Orchestra and so enjoy GigaPulse now, and it sounds great.
But I do question my decision to pay the extra for GigaPulse.
- it comes with a limited number of impulses IMO (compared to Waves IR1 or Space Designer). It has been argued that each impulse contains upto 18 impulse placements and 7 microphone positions giving a vast number of combinations ... yes this is true ... but they are still the same space.
- there is little word of anyone else developing impulses for it.
- I don't suspect they will be free when they are released. Indeed I expect them to be prohibitivley expensive.
- WAVES have released a light version of IR1, that ships with the same impulses as the full version.
- Purchase also entitles access to a web site where more impulses canbe downloaded as when then are recorded by Waves.
- IR1 and IRL are VST ... they can be hosted in either your DAW or GS3 (negating the need for a GSIF2 soundcard).
- EVERY version of GS comes with GigaPulse SP ... the playback version ... so if developers do bring out instruments making use of GigaPulse you will still be able to access the special features and access to GigaPulse for these instruments.
Given what I know now ... I would have opted for the Ensemble version and spent $400 (or less) on the Waves IRL (the lite version)
Then again it might be worth spending an additional $400 for the Waves impulses which can be imported into GigaPulse ... though with some difficulty it has to be said , until TASCAM produce a wizard that will simplify the process.