This is my first post here - my name is David.
Whilst I am not [yet] a G/S user, one of my writing colleagues does use it and despite its habit of crashing & not \"initializing\" for reasons unknown, it is a *very* impressive pice of software - he knows his way around it very well.
But ....... I am certain that I remember reading that G/S is slated to go DXi [incl. possibly also VSTi] in the next few months, if not sooner - so I am holding off until it does before jumping onboard ....
Does anyone know how far off the DXi version of G/S is ?
In the meantime though, I did buy Kontakt to tie-me-over until G/S goes DXi ..............
Well, in all fairness, I must say that Kontakt [with Sonar] is a mighty amazing s/synth/sampler too.
Its only real disadvantge that I can see is that it does not yet disk-stream its samples - this however is due in the next update due [supposedly] in a matter of weeks ..... once Kontakt has D/S its load-speed should increase and more importantly, [hopefully] its overhead should drop even further.
For example, with the current non-D/S Kontakt version and Sonar, I daily run 24 tracks of 16/44 mono audio + (1) instance of Kontakt which is being triggered by 32 different midi tracks with all 32 midi tracks each triggering various Kontakt soft synth sounds - all this on a P4 2.53 gig and the cpu meter comfortably sits around the %50 mark and I get no pops or clicks or dropouts - I expect the D/S version of Kontakt to only imporve these figures.
So .... whats my point & why am I *still* waiting for G/S DXi ?
Well, two reasons:-
(a) listening and watching my friend use his G/S setup, it is clear to me that his G/S is still more repsonsive than my Kontakt setup - as well, it seems to use less-cpu cycles - from his explanation, he assured me that this was due to some G/S specific proprietary low-level kernel driver that G/S employs
(b) G/S DXi is *THE* way forward for G/S - just look at Steinberg\'s Halion, Logic EXS24 and Sonars Project 5 - due for release any day now - soft-synth / samplers is where the future is - and integration is the key - I do not belive a stand-alone G/S can survive when the \"big 3\" are all moving in the same & opposite direction to G/S.
Oh ...... and dont get me started on the price of G/S 160 [ which is the only sensible version to buy ] ..... approx $550 for a \"shell\" program doesnt make their job any easier .... you would think that by now audio application companies would have learnt by now that it is *much* better to sell 10,000 copies of a program at $99 instead of selling the 2000 copies at $550 ...
Still.......so........ when will I be able to buy G/S DXi ?