I'd appreciate some advice ... it may be that many of my questions have been covered before, but I've been out of it for a while and have missed a lot.
I'm a former Giga3 user who hasn't been doing much music for several years (raising a kid and other distractions). During recent months I've started thinking about getting back to it, so it was with some dismay that I learned of the death of GigaStudio. To make matters worse, I had to rebuild my XP system, and now GS3 won't even run (I get a Blue Screen of Death when I try it). Rather than waste any more time trying to get an obsolete product working, I'm trying to figure out my options.
I'm intrigued by Garritan's plans for Giga, but I'm afraid that's going to be too far out in the future for me. So I'm thinking that my best option now is to abandon Giga and move to Kontakt, about which I know nothing.
As for libraries, I'm mainly dependent on SampleTekk's White Grand and Black Grand Close. I also have an old version of the Kirk Hunter Symphony Orchestra. What I'm wondering is how difficult (or possible) it is to use these libraries in Kontakt, or convert them to Kontakt format. Failing that, does anybody know whether SampleTekk and/or Kirk Hunter offer any special deals for former Giga users looking to switch?
Any other advice? I know that many have been in this situation before me, so please feel free to point me to existing discussions I've missed if this ground has been well covered. Thanks!