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    What's a good GVI host for us Mac-DAW types?

    Just got GVI and am playing around with it in standalone mode.

    Being a Mac/Logic guy, I assume I'll need some sort of Windows-side VST host so that I can use multiple instances of GVI at once. Can anyone recommend one? Something in the free-or-cheap ballmark would be ideal.

    Note that I literally only need a plugin host, rather than anything with any sequencer or DAW functionality.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by MikeShapiro; 10-10-2006 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    This is what I use:

    http://www.brainspawn.com/

    Works great with multiple instances of GVI with very low latency. In this program, GIV works with multi-processing enabled. I have a Pentium D machine connected to my G5 running Logic Pro via MidiOverLan CP.

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    Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    Quote Originally Posted by JFB
    This is what I use:

    http://www.brainspawn.com/

    Works great with multiple instances of GVI with very low latency. In this program, GIV works with multi-processing enabled. I have a Pentium D machine connected to my G5 running Logic Pro via MidiOverLan CP.
    Thanks! I'll check it out.

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    Re: What's a good GVI host for us Mac-DAW types?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeShapiro
    Just got GVI and am playing around with it in standalone mode.

    Being a Mac/Logic guy, I assume I'll need some sort of Windows-side VST host so that I can use multiple instances of GVI at once. Can anyone recommend one? Something in the free-or-cheap ballmark would be ideal.

    Note that I literally only need a plugin host, rather than anything with any sequencer or DAW functionality.

    Thanks in advance!
    Here is a scheap one($60 US) , it's called chainer. I didn't use it much but it is really cool. It's very low on CPU(like it's not there), i hear it can take just about anything... In theory you can load it unlimited cause you can load chainer within chainer...For some reason i could not rout my midi in there but I'm sure that ''i'' was the problem in this case.
    http://www.xlutop.com/html/chainer.html

    An other one here is V-Stack from steinberg. It was a CPU hug when i tried it,
    it would use 20% cpu just for one instance of K2 with no instrument loded. I'm not sure what the problem was. And it's a little more expensive.(50 EU)
    http://www.steinberg.net/29_1.html

    Here is a couple of free ones. but ersonnaly i would rather pay $60 and get support/fell safe but you asked for it. At your own risk i gues...I never tryed it so i don't know...and make sure it VST 2.0 compatible if you dare try it. http://www.hermannseib.com/english/savihost.htm

    here is a free/donation one that i would feel safer to use, but never tried it.
    http://www.tobybear.de/p_minihost.html

    Not that I'm sure there are other free VTS host out there, maybe you should ask/scearch here http://www.kvraudio.com/

    Actualy i think i found a bunch of free/cheap VSti host here http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=q&s=11

    Good luck!

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    Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    Quote Originally Posted by JFB
    This is what I use:

    http://www.brainspawn.com/

    Works great with multiple instances of GVI with very low latency. In this program, GIV works with multi-processing enabled. I have a Pentium D machine connected to my G5 running Logic Pro via MidiOverLan CP.
    Brainspawn look really good, how is it cpu wise? How much cpu does it take for one GVI with no instrument loaded.

    Thanks!

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    Wink Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    Quote Originally Posted by geronimo001
    Brainspawn look really good, how is it cpu wise? How much cpu does it take for one GVI with no instrument loaded.

    Thanks!
    It goes back and forth between 1-3% cpu with one instance. With 4 instances it stays at 8% (on a Pentium D 2.8ghz w/3 gig of ram). FYI - Forte supports the /3 GB switch boot.ini into Windows XP for more ram access.

    The only adjustment I had to make after adding GVI to my system was to increase the ASIO buffers on my soundcard from 64 to 128 samples because GVI was getting stuck notes. All my other softsynths/samplers (HALion 3.2) work fine at 64 sample buffers. The sound card is a Frontier Design Dakota light-piped into my MOTU 2408MKIII.

    GVI uses a lot less CPU than I would have imagined, given you can't limit the polyphony on a .gig instrument ("self-mask" is not real limiting...). All said, I'm very happy with it's performance thus far. I haven't torture tested yet, but that will have more to do with Forte's performance than GVI.

    More info than you asked, but I thought it might be relevant.

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    Smile Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    Quote Originally Posted by JFB
    It goes back and forth between 1-3% cpu with one instance. With 4 instances it stays at 8% (on a Pentium D 2.8ghz w/3 gig of ram). FYI - Forte supports the /3 GB switch boot.ini into Windows XP for more ram access.

    The only adjustment I had to make after adding GVI to my system was to increase the ASIO buffers on my soundcard from 64 to 128 samples because GVI was getting stuck notes. All my other softsynths/samplers (HALion 3.2) work fine at 64 sample buffers. The sound card is a Frontier Design Dakota light-piped into my MOTU 2408MKIII.

    GVI uses a lot less CPU than I would have imagined, given you can't limit the polyphony on a .gig instrument ("self-mask" is not real limiting...). All said, I'm very happy with it's performance thus far. I haven't torture tested yet, but that will have more to do with Forte's performance than GVI.

    More info than you asked, but I thought it might be relevant.
    You bet it is relevant , this is just what i needed to hear and I'll be ordering soon .

    And braispawm is looking even better now.

    Thanks a lot for the info!

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    Re: What's a good GVI gost for us Mac-DAW types?

    plogue bidule is quite nice and powerful

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