This is, of course, a key question, and you are correct that no one seems to be addressing. No one official, that is. I assume that if all tracks are MIDI, you should be able to use the reverb on a decent number of tracks. As soon as you have audio tracks, however, you will be in big trouble. You really need a separate computer for GigaSampler / GigaStudio, and then treat it like any other sound module or sampler.
I plan to get a second system, and use the switch box technology that Dave Govett has discussed, so that one monitor/keyboard/mouse will be used with both systems.
If I\'m lucky, my wife won\'t even realize that I have a second computer!
The bottom line is that the CPU required, will also depend on the typical number of tracks you require, and your FX usage etc.
I can also say that my contact mentioned that the reverb was \"very efficient\" with a relatively low demand on the CPU. Of course, who knows what this means in terms of simultaneous number of tracks.
[This message has been edited by Lougheed (edited 03-12-2000).]
I\'ve been following this thread, but disagree with you guys about the need for a second computer. I run Cakewalk and Gigasampler just fine from one PIII 500. When I look the performance meters in Cakewalk to see how much I\'m bogging down my system, they are hardly moving. What I do have is a dedicated GS hard drive and a full gig of RAM. Gigastudio may use a bit more horsepower with the extra voices and effects, but I\'m not worried. Gigastudio is supposed to be Windows 2000 complient which means that I should be able to add a second CPU to my two CPU motherboard. At the store where I bought my copy of Gigasampler, they were running Gigasampler and Cubase on a Pentium II 300 with an IDE system drive and two SCSI drives. This configuration also ran smoothly. I\'ll bet that there are lots of us who are running audio sequencers and Gigasampler just fine on one computer setups.
\"Running smoothly\" really doesn\'t mean much, unless you refer to number of audio tracks, number and type of native processing FX plugins etc. IMHO there is no way that you can run Cubase and GigaSampler effectively on the same machine, if you are using audio tracks in Cubase, not to mention some FX plugins. Stutter City!
Also, I\'m not sure what the performance meters in the sequencer has to with the fact that the sounds streaming from GigaSampler will start to crap out.
A full GIG of RAM? Wow! I thought that there was a limit to how much RAM Windows addresses? I\'m not sure about this. Doing a cost comparison between a second system, and that much RAM would be interesting!
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Hold that thought. Latest word is that GigaStudio will not support Windows 2000 - but an update later this summmer *may* provide this support. I sincerely hope Nemesys is looking at the work Ron Kuper is doing over at Cakewalk: http://www.cakewalk.com/DevXchange/audio_i.htm
[This message has been edited by David Abraham Fenton (edited 03-14-2000).]