I'm thinking about purchasing GPO for my PC running with the 5.1 Logic sequencer.
I've read the pdf file on Logic 5.5 and GPO and got the impression that all PC versions of Logic and GPO don't work together that well. Can't you just edit the recorded midi data in logic and get around the bug with the mod wheel going back to "0"?
Which functions exactly would I have to miss out on using GPO with an earlier Logic version? I'm only doing simple pop productions and as long as the samples can be heard and all of the different expressions can be used I don't see a reason not to use GPO.
That's done, not so easy to find the update on the apple website. But what now? There must be some way of using this orchestra without having to buy a second sound card. I mean: what about those logic files provided on the support page? They seem to be a way out of the trouble...
Ok, I see, well, it is true that logic can not use a few of the multitimbral possibilities of GPO the way it should, but the methods described in the document are way to complicated for my taste.
My idea is just have peace with the ( few !) shortcomings and not try to make it all perfect, and in stead of sticking to use of just one instance of the plug in with the multichannel features , just use a separate plug in for each instrument ! (and if you don't do automation stuff even that is not necessary )
That way there is no problem whatsover and you don't need an extra soundcard .
And if your PC runs out of resources , you just bounce tracks to audio .
I'm on Logic 5.5.1 on the PC and use GPO successfully. To me, the bug is more of an annoyance than a hinderance. The work around is simple. I don't remember what the support pages say, but what I do is draw some mod wheel data on the track before the 'object' starts.
Edit: Oh yeah, forgot about the stuck note bug - a major PITA. Sometimes I put up with it until it clears itself up (when the sequence hits the same note as the stuck note) and sometimes while it is playing, I'll open the offending GPO instance and click on the offending note(s) on the keyboard display.
Another tool you may consider getting which I have found invaluable is Fx-Max's FX-Freeze. If you use this once your part is pretty much solid, it will eliminate the stuck note bug too!
“GPO cannot be used successfully as a plugin in Logic 5.5. There appear to be
no solutions for certain problems when using GPO as a plugin. Some of the
insurmountable problems are inherent in the way Logic handles VST plugins and
the problems are never going to be fixed by Apple/Emagic – like it or not, it’s a
You can't use it without some annoying problems. As mentioned before, I use it, and with success ('success' - meaning I create music). It's just that you'll need to work with the problems that exist and do your best to avoid triggering them.