If giga itself cannot use DX/VST plug-ins due to programming issues, why not create a program to work in conjunction w/ giga that allows users to route midi channels out of giga into a parallel channel on the new program which would house any of the DX/VST plug-ins wanted, and then back into giga to be mixed ect. Is this possible?
audio is concrete where as midi is still at a stage where notes, dynamics, ect can be changed. If I could run the midi channels through a \"virtual rack\" I could see what I am dealing w/ and change things (orchestration, dynamics, ect...) accordingly until I get the desired result. The only way to do that with the method you are talkiing about is mult audio captures (after every edit). This might be alright for editing a pop song but for any composition that has thousands of editing moments it is not so good.
I run my Giga PC through Lighpipe into my Mac with Logic and Digidesign Protools Hardware to 4 stereo aux inputs. There I can apply any realtime FX to them. I usually run drums through verb/comp/eq, orch through a different verb, melody inst through all kinds of stuff. It works great. I don\'t think you can get workable latency with Digi stuff - altough you can pick up a d24 card for really cheap these days and it will run this setup fine.
Aqua, yes if you have soundcard that lets you route the output signal to the input signal internally you can apply VST or DirectX effects in real time. I use a Delta 1010 which lets you mix all of the output channels internally in the monitor mixer. Then you can choose the monitor mixer as an audio input in any audio recording program or sequencer. As long as the program you\'re using lets you apply effects to the incoming audio signal in real time then you\'ve got real time effects on your Giga sound.