I\'m a newbie to samplers and am looking for the straight scoop to a few questions (which will probably lead to more questions).
1) I\'m sold on the concept of Giga samples, but it sounds like lots of samplers load them - Kontact, Kompact, VSampler to name a few.
Do these competitive products sound identical to Gigastudio given an identical \"patch\"? Are there reasons to stick with Tascam? Are there reasons to go with the competition? (Kontact seems to get all the rave reviews...)
2) I\'m a bit worried about the real-world requirements for getting Gigastudio to work well on a WinXP machine. Just getting Sonar3 to work with decent latency and no dropouts seems like a chore. How picky is Gigastudio about the machine it runs on? How about the competitors?
3) Looking at the other posts I\'ve gleaned that Giga requires a \"special\" soundcard driver. I extrapolate that WDM drivers aren\'t an option. Why doesn\'t Giga adopt the seemingly more pervasive standard? Should I expect conflicts using Giga on the same machine with other apps that use WDM drivers? What soundcards should I be looking at?
4) How about running Giga and Sonar3 on the same machine? Is this a viable option?
5) Does anyone sell Giga samples as \"one offs\" or do I always have to buy libraries of sounds? (My first priority is covering a jazz trio - upright bass, piano, and drums...)
6) Does one simply \"load and go\" with the commercial libraries? Will that lead to good results? (I don\'t want to spend time mapping .wav files into key and velocity maps...)
Thanks for the responses!