I'm at NAB this week, as is Tascam. There is interesting news afoot...
GS3.1 development is in its final stages. And guess what? We will get some new features!
* There are some new iMIDI rules. This is killer. Rather than us writing convoluted scripts, Tascam is coming up with new ideas and getting new ideas from library developers. A few of the better ideas will make it into GS3.1.
* At least a couple of developers will soon release libs that use the new features in 3.1. (Don't ask. I'm not going to steal their thunder.) Both will be significant.
* Stacking instruments is cool in GS3, and downright bitchen in GS3.1. I'm not 100% solid on exactly what we will be able to do, but here are some highlights:
- We will be able to keyswitch between instruments in a stack, so if you don't care for the keyswitch options from the developer, we will be able to easily map our own keyswitches, and save it as a GSI. We can then load multiple GSIs and save the result as GSPs. We're talking templates within templates.
- We can also do splits on stacked instruments, and remap keys. This is killer for live. I've done four channel splits on my keyboard for live. Now I can do splits on a single channel in Giga.
- We will also be able to map different instruments in a stack to different velocities. One example is to use a dark piano for quiet sounds, and a bright or electric piano for loud sounds. This is another cool thing for live situations. Play quietly with one sound and hammer for another. It gives different instruments without taking your hands from the keys.
* One soon-to-be-released lib will do a bit of what Bruce has been talking about with separating the raw sound from the body resonance. The body will be generated with GigaPulse, and multiple body impulses will be included in the package. The coolest part is that vibrato with the LFO sounds real (or at least way more real than the usual LFO thing). Portamento should also sound great, though I didn't get to hear it.
* At least one of the new iMIDI rules was related to monophonic/legato. I'm not sure about the details, but it seems that there are more ways to skin the legato cat than the VSL way. I know lots of people here want more legato options, so this has the potential to be very cool.
The developers are taking their time to do this release right, so they didn't give a delivery date for 3.1. They've got a new bug tracking system that has been working well for them, so I expect 3.1 to be solid. The Giga people I spoke with are visibly excited about the new prospects.
We spoke about other stuff, but this is all I'm gonna post, except to clarify the above. I didn't sign an NDA or anything, but, hey, I've got my honor to consider!
Oh yeah, there are some bug fixes in there too. Given that 3.04 is so solid, these are minor refinements.
That's the news from NAB!