As an old Finale and then Sibelius user too familiar with all the original frustrations, high cost of systems etc, when GPO arrived on the scene it truly seemed a huge turning point and a revolution was about to happen in music, as the amateur composer would finally have a shot at producing audio of scores that in past would be out of reach for most.
Now returning from a long forced hiatus from music, I'm anxious to get someone with technical knowledge to help set up a system so I can jump back into composing. Given all the system software generations that have passed I understand I have to start fresh.
My first thought was that by now most of the frustrations of all of this music software evolution(compatibility of various notation softwares, DAW, sample libraries &tc) would have been long ago ironed out and history by now, and that there would be some simple choices to make about software fit, aesthetics, etc. As an example, I have used both Finale and Sibelius from their early days, and would want to make an informed choice between one or the other for notation with reasonable playback.
Instead it looks like the music software universe and the vision it inspired is coming unhinged, at least from what I've read here.
In a sense I hope I'm reading too much drama into what I've read in posts here re the futures of Sibelius, Finale etc which would be a sad enough thing by itself.
Is the future of GPO and other Garritan libraries uncertain? What a senseless and tragic thing if they were to disappear from music's horizons.
I suppose if I had to end this with a question it would be something like this:
Should I wait until all of this shakes out before investing in these softwares, or put together some kind of system post-haste while they still exist?