I am a new GPO user and have had a lot of trouble with the GPO. I posted a question last week and have had no answers. I was able to fix the problems that I talked about in my previous post by unistalling and reinstalling (and registering) GPO in my computer. I also installed and registered the GPO at my work computer since that computer has more RAM (2.79 GHZ, 760 MB of RAM) and a faster processor (Pentium 4, 2.80 GHZ). Today I tried playing a Finale score through the GPO Studio and was unsuccessful ( the piece consisted of 14 different instruments; I assigned separate channels for each instrument and used the "wet" audition in the GPO studio). I followed all of the instructions on MIDI set up and got a very distorted playback, and several "low memory" messages. I already downloaded the ASIO4ALL driver, since the work computer only has the following:
[MME] MS Sound Mapper - (out)
[MME] Sound Max Digital Audio (out)
[Direct Sound] Primary Sound Driver (out)
[Direct Sound] Sound Max Digital Audio
Like I mentioned before, I am totally new with GPO and need help with playing back my Finale scores through the GPO studio. So far, I have only been successful in playing small piano solo pieces that I wrote into Finale, and they sound great, I just want to do the same for my ensemble pieces.
I am also looking into purchasing a new processor and memory for my computer, but after today's results with the work computer (which has more than the required RAM and processor speed, I don't know if it is worth spending all the extra money to get the same unsucessful results.
1. Only use dry patches, since the wet ones are very CPU hungry.
2. Deselect "Use std. CC#7 / CC#10 volume and pan" (the button should be dark green) in Player options, since it's my experience that it creates a lot of distortion when selected. Instead use CC#1 for volume (remember to check Studio Settings | Mode | Default.
3. Deselect "Lock memory (no swap)" (=dark green) in Player options. This will make it less RAM hungry.
4. Select GPO optimization in Finale's Human Playback (assuming you use Finale 2005).
5. "Sustain / sostenuto pedal mode" = "MIDI switch" or "Pedal + MIDI switch" (the latter when you also want to use Piano pedalling).
I hope these tips will help you to enjoy GPO just as much as I do.
Oh, by the way, one more thing:
6. Drop the Sound Max drivers. They dont work well with Finale.
Try setting the Audio Driver to MME Sound Max Digital Audio out instead of ASIO4all. On my system it reads SoundBlaster; I don't know Sound Max.
Also go to Studio > Ambience and set Quality CPU to zero.
I had a hell of a time with GPO on large Sibelius scores till today (see the "Cray for GPO" thread), when billp (thanks again) suggested that I not use ASIO4all but rather MME. It made a huge difference in drain on the CPU. Monitor your attempts with Windows Task Manager > Performance so that you can see how much cpu usage and memory are consumed at which setting.