I've really appreciated the helpful responses I've gotten here at the Forum.
Most recently, I posted that GPO is freezing up and crashing--I can never get it to load new sounds without getting the dreaded "program not responding" error message, and often I have to crash dive the whole computer to start over again, everything gets so locked up.
Well, I also said on that post that I figure it's probably the limitations of my computer that are causing the problems.
My Dell computer has a Pentium 4 processor, and mega mega gigs of storage--BUT the RAM is "only" 512, not the "recommended" 1 gig. Therein lies most and maybe all my problems with GPO, yes?
When I bought the program, what I was hoping was that I'd at least be able to load a couple sounds at a time and work with them, since the GPO literature says something to the effect of "to use all the instruments, 1 gig of ram is recommended."
But it seems that the more precise truth is that you need that gig of ram to make the program function properly at all, regardless of how few instruments you have loaded.
At this point I've spent 2 laborious weeks trying simply to hear ONE song of mine played with the gorgeous GPO instruments. I've tried every trick I can find reference to, increasing buffer sizes to the max on Everything--GPO, my sequencer (Cakewalk)--I've taken to using the X File versions of the instruments so I can use the DFD feature, with THose buffers turned up to the max.
But problems persist. I've been trying to record instruments in small groups, sometimes singly, and have been able to record no more than a couple seconds at a time before getting the dreaded pops and clicks. SO I go over and over to get these tiny wav files--and then trying to balance all these wav files so they sound cohesive, that's another huge job in itself.
I'm working "backwards"---I have a full dramatic musical composed, and the finely tuned MIDI files already exist. I've been doing everything I can to adapt those tracks into ones useable on GPO--ie: changing cc#7 data to cc#1 data etc. Cloning tracks to fill out my orchestra, shifting those clones to avoid robotic starts etc.
It's a full orchestra set up I'm attempting to use, along with the piano, to be synched with my synth modules providing a rock trio accompaniment of trap set, bass and sometimes guitar.
So it's a huge thing I'm trying to adapt into GPO---and obviously, to do what I want, I'll need to upgrade my brand new computer.
Frankly, I hadn't even HEard of 1 gig RAMs before. I certainly don't think systems with that much RAM can be described as "typical" "modest" or "reasonable"--to use the word in the GPO literature. I don't know anybody with systems like that.
I had to borrow money to buy GPO--there's no way I can upgrade yet. SO, I'll probably keep plugging away with what I've been doing--but omg, I've already spent 2 years developing those MIDI tracks--adapting it all to GPO under my present circumstances would take approx one month for each of the 35 songs in the show--obviously, not a doable proposition.
No questions here really--Just wanted to underscore two points:
1)--GPO is a fantastic program with great instruments and a very clever user interface, with an expressive new approach to MIDI.
2)--GPO's literature and site are to be taken VERY seriously when the suggested system requirements are listed. To try to really work with it than anything less than dooms one to very tiring failure and discouragement.
I'll get up to speed one of these days/months/years!