When will your General MIDI synth, GEM, be released?
I have one suggestion for it.
Most software synthesizers these days are released in VSTI and DXI versions, but not in a system version.
I think, however, that for a general MIDI synth, it would be really nice to have a system version, besides the DXI and VSTI plugin versions.
What do I mean by a system version? A version that installs in the OS as a MIDI device, that can be one's default MIDI playback synth (replacing the "Microsoft Synthesizer" that comes as default with Windows), shows up in Control Panel, Device Manager, etc.
I currently have the Yamaha SYXG50 (also a softsynth) set up as my system synth. It is much better than the Microsoft Synthesizer. Yet, it is years old, Yamaha has dropped support for it (so, there will be no Vista support) (I still use XP), and I'm sure that Garritan's GEM will be much better. (Roland-Edirol's VSC3 is also installable as a system synth, also better than the (also made by Roland) Microsoft synth, but IMO not as good as the SYXG50, and also several years old.)
It is convenient sometimes, especially when first working on a project, just to have the sounds routed automatically to the GM system synth, and not have to isnsert plugin synths, add audio tracks for them, route the MIDI tracks to those audio tracks, etc.
Therefore, I think it would be really useful if GEM is released so it can be installed as a system synth (hopefully for XP, Vista, and Mac), as well as a in the VST, DXI, RTAS forms, etc. That would really fill a void, as I don't know of any other system GM softsynth released in recent years.