I'm about to become a new GPO owner thanks to the group buy! So I don't as yet have any real experience with it. However I'm wonering if I should have my dad also purchase a copy. He's a retired musician and has started doing charts on his PC, and been complaining about the chessy onboard sounds. GPO would certainly solve that, but I've a couple of areas of concern.
First his system is a tad under the recomended spec (AMD 1.67GHz, 608Mb RAM). Will this work at all? He won't really be pushing the system for extream realism, just something better than the onboard sounds. Typically he is writing 8-17 parts and wants them to sound sort-of OK.
Second I'm not sure if it is possible to integrate with his notation program. He is totally interested in notation, I can barely get him to acknowledge piano roll. But he is using a cheap program called Printmusic 2004 - which I understand is a less than bare bones (i.e. dirt-cheap) sibling of Finale. As far as I can tell this only plays back via a built in soundfont player (but I'm not certain about this). So I'm wondering what would be the best way to interact with GPO from this or another notation progam (freeware?). Of course if he got the full version there would be Overture. The thing is he's real price sensitive because in some ways it is not important to him, and yet he does spend a lot of time working on arrangments - so who knows?
Any advice, even if it's not part of my questions would be appreciated.