Hi Guys. I have been reading the forum since the gpo4 launch and want to share with you and developers some thoughts about ARIA, that, imho, can help.
I have made a review of the ARIA engine itself from the viewpoint of the sfz enthusiast that you can read here: http://www.kvraudio.com/user_review/2632.html
This is how i see ARIA for the GPO users, please let me know what do you think:
1-For regular users: For most of the users, ARIA is a very nice step forward. You have the same that with Kontakt player 2 (or 3.5 now). Same instruments (plus the SAM ones) and similar way of work. And ARIA is very light the use of your system resources. The only thing you are missing here is the included effects of KP (i miss the convolution reverb, it is very nice) but you can replace it with external plugins. Ambience reverb included with ARIA is very nice too. Additionaly, you can load any external content in sfz format. KP dont allow you to do that.
2-For advanced users: I include in this group of people the users that owns GPO bug also Kontakt FULL edition, not player. In this case, i see that maybe they are feeling that ARIA is a step backwards, because the sample&mapping edition of Kontakt, based in a visual interface.
(Not considering the price differences, since you cant choose "ARIA full" at least by now)You have that power in ARIA (and really, the potential here is so big) but to exploit it, you need to know how to edit sfz files, and take time to learn it programming. This task can be daunting for ones, and too much work for others.
So, imho, what is missing ARIA - for this kind of users- is:
1-A well documented and updated SFZ help.
2-Some visual GUI for, at least, the basic things, like extend the range of an instrument, or change one layer range.
ARIA is a capable sampler with lot of potential, and i have succesfully converted other big libraryes and they play so nice with ARIA.
I would like to see developers making libraryes for it (the availables in SFZ format already are!).
But even a developer can be costumed to deal with text editing, more than a user, i believe that they will welcome some kind of editor/converter that help their task, something like a SFZed improvement.
I have hear about that you have much more power editing the text files... is possible. But this brings my mind the popularity of Visual programming languages like Visual Basic. Of course you can make more powerfull things writing in machine code, but is not for all, the Visuals always help.
Well, all this are my opinions. Im not saying Gary must give us this features for free, he already is giving a lot with ARIA, more than most of us figure, but, IMHO, this things would help to the future of ARIA.
Said that, im more than happy with ARIA as is. Thanks very much about it.