I've just retired from my computer programming job and decided to take up hobby composing again after a hiatus of about 5 or 6 years. So I got my old Korg N5 hardware synth out of storage and discovered it's a bit worse for the wear. The reverb likes to cut in and out at random and the right stereo channel fades in and out. I did a couple MP3's and the sound quality is really ugly! I'm still using my old shareware Noteworthy Composer for score editing, and I like it just fine. But I know virtually nothing about software samplers. So...
Can I use GPO standalone with MIDI files as input, instead of attached to a modern score editor? (I'm trying to keep costs down, so I'd rather not buy a new score editor unless absolutely necessary.)
Considering that GPO won't run on my ancient Win/98 computer, I'd also have to get a new computer. Is it really worth it?
I've listened to many of the demos on the Garritan site and I'm very impressed, but what's the learning curve? Is it plug-and-play, or will I spend six months figuring it out? (I'm software savy, but synth stupid.)
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.