I've put Sibelius 5 and GPO on my shiny new PC and marvelled at how it handles it with such ease. (Old PC had single core 3 GHz processor and only 1 Gig of Ram - tut, tut, tut...)
However, I still have the issue that I only seem to be able to apply samples to sixteen instruments. I'm pretty sure why. When I open up Kontact 2, it has all sixteen channels in midi port A in use, and midi ports B to D are 'not available'. I would rather like to make them available, but am unsure as to how.
The first question will be, "What exactly are midi ports?" I can make an educated guess, but I'm a little unsure none the less.
The second is, "Are they to do with the soundcard?", meaning that if I bought an external soundcard and plugged it in, would I have more ports available to me?
I think (if I've understood the search results correctly) you can use Midi-Yoke and its 'virtual midi ports', so the third, fourth and fifth questions will be, "Will using Midi-Yoke solve the problem?", "Would it be any less efficient that an external soundcard?", and, "Which option would be most worthwhile?"
The fact that you have to pay for external sound cards, and that you can download Midi-Yoke for free, suggests two things; that there is some sort of catch, or that I've totally misunderstood the whole concept.
Thank you for your time. Bonus points to whoever can answer all five questions in the same post.