I have a few questions about running GPO on with SONAR. I sent an email to Gary but I figured it would be good to post it here as well.
I first had GPO configured to be on its own machine running as Personal Orchestra Studio. Then, after chatting last week on these forums I put Sonar on the same box as Personal Orchestra Studio and ran Sonar with GPO as a VST pluggin. It took hours to set it up and with the wet samples it ended up draining the CPU. So I did it over with dry samples and though it was better it is still draining the CPU. I have a 3 gig P4 with 2 Gigs of ram and a 250 Gig hard drive.
I think Iíd rather have it running on a separate machine but I need some help in making it sound more dynamic. Below is an example of the stuff Iím working on and done on two different machines. Studio on one and Sonar on the other:
This uses about 30 instruments. As you can hear by the piece the dynamics leave a bit to be desired for my tastes. Iím completely confused about how the controllers interact with GPO. Iím used to using just the velocity of the notes plus the volume (using envelopes) to also give dynamics. Iím finding that the velocity isnít as robust as those on my hardware synths. What I mean by that is that if I have 20 notes that start at a velocity of 10 and go to a velocity of 127 on the hardware synths the difference is huge. Itís not the same with Personal Orchestra Studio. Playing around with it today I found that the velocity (running Sonar on a separate machine than GPO) does effect the attack and not the total loudness of the note (is this correct?). I also was playing around with it and found that by either drawing the volume controller in the note pane or creating a track envelope will give me the articulation and expression I think Iím looking for. Is this right as well? I should also add that in Kontakt on the GPS machine I have the General Options set for 1. use std. CC#7 / CC#10 Volume and Pan. Also I have the entry that says sustain / sustenuto pedan mode set at pedal+midi SW.
As I said above, what Iíve done is also to have the sustain pedal active in Kontakt so I can have good legatos. However I find that in certain cases I have to have a pedal on and pedal off with each note that is played during those passages. Is this also right?
Sorry for the long post but when Iím in a learning curve I try to ask all questions in front. Again, I love this product but I need to find out how to better use it.