I rendered a piano sonata I'm working on with GPO2 over the summer. I was going to redo it with the Steinway in GPO4, but now I'm considering a move over to GAS Basic for this instead. I originally dismissed Basic because it's limited to the under-the-lid mic position. I figured "well, if it were a live performance, the audience wouldn't exactly be clustered around the piano." However, I came up with an idea that's making me rethink my attitude toward GAS Basic. Before I decide whether or not to take the plunge, I'd like to ask a a question, then I have a followup question:
1. I like to use reverb because I enjoy a resonant sound space with a sense of some distance between the listener and the stage. I'm currently using Ambience, but I'll be graduating to Altiverb soon. If I applied reverb to GAS Basic (judiciously of course!) would this produce the effect of sitting up in the balcony of a concert hall? If the answer is yes (and assuming that it wouldn't take too much reverb to pull it off), I think it would be a nice listening effect. I'd appreciate feedback from anyone who is using GAS Basic this way.
2. If I purchase GAS Basic, would there be an upgrade path to GAS2 whenever it comes out? Knowing the great way Mr. Garritan does business, I'd be surprised if the answer was no. And I figure that I probably don't even need to ask, but I wanted to find out if there'd be a definitive answer on that.