OK, I am new to this forum. I am here for the same reason that most people probably are. These guys bought Giga, and, now, 2 and some odd years later, haven't done a f---ing thing with it! This sampler DOMINATED the music production scene for almost a decade. I simply do not believe that there is no use for it anymore. Especially since EVERY studio I have been in over the past couple of years still has stacks of old PC's, just in case someone finds a way to revive this platform. So far, no one has come close. The best recommended alternative that I came across was G Player, and while I have a tremendous amount of respect for the gentleman working on the plug in, it sounds like crap, it's glitchy, and it is extremely limited. So, as of now, there is simply no adequate substitute. I decided to offer the folks at Garritan a solution, because it seems they have run out of ideas.
First, I will come out and say it for everyone here. Garritan samples are nothing short of WORTHLESS! A buddy of mine got a copy for FREE, and after hearing one note of a solo string instrument, he deleted it. It wasn't even worth the hard drive space it occupied! They still make reason refills, for crying out loud. WHO DOES THAT!?!?
Now that I got that out of the way, some praise is due. They did a really smart thing. They bought Giga. I don't know how they got it, but they somehow managed to add something HUGE to their otherwise worthless product line. And we all know the rest of the story because there is no "rest of the story". They have done absolutely nothing with it. Every month that passes, every new KONTAKT, PLAY, and Vienna format library that gets released, their potential to capitalize on the Giga consumer base grows smaller and smaller.
My proposal is VERY simple (and has probably been discussed on this forum already...several times). Take Giga, update the interface a bit, update the code for current processing/bit archetecture, etc. Then, redesign the Audio/MIDI protocol to be network based like Vienna Ensemble Pro, so that it receives MIDI, Beat Clock, Word Clock, and sends audio via Ethernet. You add AU, VST, and RTAS to a program like that, and you are making those Krauts at VSL sweat bullets. You know why? Because there is still an ENORMOUS market for GIGA sampler. Giga is a sleeping giant. If Garritan would get their sh-t together and develop something, people would buy it! Hell, if they just released a v5 updated for new OS and 64 bit support, and a higher RAM usage it would sell. Let alone the features I mentioned above.
So, there you go. My rant finally lands somewhere. I am absolutely puzzled as to why they are still dicking around with their casio, tinny sounding samples, when they real cash cow is sitting around untouched! They should be developing/improving Giga and use that extra income to improve their atrocious sample library, not just sitting around wondering how they can sell more copies of said atrocious sample library based off of Giga's popularity. If they are too stupid to do something with it, they should sell it to Native or something, so that people can use their samples again. I mean, honestly... or get off the pot!
I am including the link to support at Garritan. Email your thoughts and ideas to these poor bastards. They must really be struggling if they can't figure out a profitable use for something that was considered industry standard RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY THEY BOUGHT IT!