Some of us often forget what it was like to use General Midi sounds to create composition. I am one of those people. In a recent adventure, I experienced a sudden realization that I indeed should be more appreciative of what I have. As cheap and useful a program Garritan Personal Orchestra is, it really makes all the difference to the composers tool belt. In this audio example, I have taken a transcription I did of the Final Fantasy VIII Battle theme No. 2 and put it directly up against the General Midi. I hope all of you will feel the same amount of gratitude I did when I heard this side by side.
DISCLAIMER! I do not mean to generalize general midi. The intent is to show a card for card replication of general midi orchestral instruments and gpo instruments. I realize that the capabilities of GM all depend on the users preferences and different GM sound sets. I also do not think that Kontakt is a bad choice when searching for a sound library. They run much better on slower computers like mine as well.
So the way this works is, 15 seconds of general Midi, 15 seconds of GPO.
Side-By-Side with General Midi
This one is 15 seconds of Kontakt 15 Seconds of GPO
Side-By-Side with Kontakt Silver
This one is an uninterrupted GPO version for all you collectors.
Finished Copy (just GPO)