Ok, so here's the situation :
I have a celeron PC with an EMU 0404 card and Energy-XT as my DAW.
I can get Gigastudio 3 Ensemble for 50 bux, or i can get VSampler 3 for 70 bucks. I tried the VS3 demo and i liked it. Here's the dilemma
1). VSampler cant do time stretch or pitchstretch. HUGE bummer. Gigastudio CAN.
2). Gigastudio cant rewire in EXT (my main app), so i'll have to use sonar or reaper for that. HUGE bummer.
3). VSampler can accept program changes, so i can load 50 patches in 50 slots and scroll through them without even touching the computer (by using Program change messages). I DONT think gigastudio can do that. I know Kontakt can. Its a HUGE thing for me.
4). VSampler doesnt include any libraries. Gigastudio does.
5). VSampler can import AND export soundfonts, also giga libraries, and also MANY other formats such as AKai 1000/3000/5000/6000. I tried that with my akai CDs, and it works BEAUTIFULLY. Gigastudio can ONLY import .gig (and i dont have ANY CDs in that format) and akai 1000/3000.
So, my friends, as you see, i'm really torn between deciding which sampler to get for this summer! Kontakt 2 has been my dream sampler, but I cant afford it. If i could, i wouldnt even bother looking up GS3. So please help me decide which one to go for. ANY advice at all would be greatly appreciated!