Santa Claus has already been good to me--he got me in on the group buy for JABB .
I've been using GPO for a year and love working with it and the results I get.
My work often involves a combination of full orchestra augmented with lead bass, piano, drums, guitars, sax and the occassional synth sound and/or texture.
For those additions to the traditional orchestra, of course GPO covers my piano needs nicely with the Steinway. For the rest of the sounds, I mostly use my Korg X5dr hardware synth--an excellent old module.
But I've been wanting to use Garritan JABB for some time now instead of the Korg. Jazz drums will be perfect for my needs, and the JABB demos show me that the rest of my extra instruments will also be covered. To have my projects closer to 100% Garritan greatly appeals to me.
I've been scouring the Forums for tips on integrating the two programs, GPO and JABB, while I wait for the group buy shipment to go out. I've gotten a preview of possible issues I'll encounter, and know where to go for info when and if the need arises.
I haven't found a straight forward tute or thread about this specific situation though. Maybe some folks here can give me some ideas of what I should plan on doing when I go about setting everything up.
I don't like to use the Studio version of Kontact, but instead call up individual instances of Kontact in my Sonar Home Studio program, and load the instruments needed. I have a template with the full orchestra ready for me when I start a project.
Right now my understanding is that I could use the newer version of Studio which has a Kontact player which sounds from both libraries can load into, but I'd rather avoid that if possible. As indicated above, I always had problems when I tried to use the Studio--it seemed more cumbersome to me.
So am I correct that I'll be keeping the two libraries separate--calling up a GPO instance of Kontact, and then a JABB instance, when I need sounds from both in a project?
Any experiences people have had which could be helpful, I'd appreciate hearing about.