Anybody tried this? (I can\'t, still running Win98)
Forte is a sample player optimized for ultra high-quality emulation of grand pianos! Armed with this, a Midi keyboard and a file of piano samples (available from many sources) you can play what sounds just like a grand piano, with all the nuances of dynamics, expression, pedal operation, and a whopping 160 voices of polyphony. Of course it plays other instruments as well (in fact, any instrument you have a compatible sample file of) but piano emulation is where it really shines.
Some of the unique features of Forte are:
160 voices of polyphony (possibly limited by the capabilities of your PC)
Plays \"gig\" (giga format) files - the most common format for very high quality samples
Handles up to 32 layers, including pedal-up and pedal-down layers, and release-triggered samples
Handles sustain pedal, including “half-damper” position
High-quality reverb with settings for room size, reverb amount and reverb damping
Implements a “head model” of the human head, in order to produce a much more realistic sound when you are listening with headphones
Optional limiter for higher effective volume with minimal clipping
I have got it working. It turns out you need to set the Asio buffer setting to 512.
Very easy, rather limited interface. It loaded my LE version of the PMI Bosendorfer 290 without a problem.
This is a very cheap way to be able to play Gig files.
Thanks to all for the comments. We\'ve updated Forte already (1.0a) to better deal with:
- the buffer size restriction in the M-Audio cards
- selection of any instrument in the sample file
- using the correct velocity scaling as specified in the sample file
I\'m still on Win 98, so I wasn\'t able to use the download. Still, I\'m curious:
Does it support release samples?
Are there any plans to make this connect this to a sequencer, as a VSTI or some other way? A small program that plays Giga files is a real breakthrough. The problem NI and VSampler have with playing Gigs is that they must decompress the samples, so you end up with both the .gig file and the wave files on your hard disk. If there were a way to connect Forte to sequencers, (and to control parameters like ADSR and filters) this would be a very serious tool.
Looks as though I may be upgrading to Win2000 soon, regardless...