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I'd like to invest in a garratan product but I don't know how they work really, do they have any demos I can try? I've been using Finale Notepad for a few years, but the garritan sounds are much better, and Finale limits My staves ='(
Any help in this dept.?
Chris Rodier said:I'd like to invest in a garratan product but I don't know how they work really, do they have any demos I can try? I've been using Finale Notepad for a few years, but the garritan sounds are much better, and Finale limits My staves ='(
Any help in this dept.?
Well Chris, I don't know how to answer that fully. There is a lot of info that you're probably missing that would help you get the gist. The first thing I would do is check out the garritan home page. GPO works like a plugin and is VST and AU compatable, but there is a program manager that would allow Finale to control the Aria software, but I don't know if Finale Notepad would do the same things as the full version of Finale, since I haven't used those in a while.
Other than that, if you're looking for a basic and cheap way to get orchestral sounds out of your computer, GPO is great, but it is by no means a professional orchestral sampled or modeled program (not that any of the expensive and great sounding orchestral plugins and programs out there should be called professional or related to as such, but if you were to take a group of plugins that did the job well, you would call these professional) , if you wanted to check out actual professional programs, I would check out Logic/Cubase/Protools, vienna symphonic library (VSL), some east west plugins and check out what people generally use for software and the demos those companies would have.
The most professional thing you could do, is get a simple setup to check your scores, like GPO with Finale or Sibelius. Just remember that GPO doesn't have everything and your final output will be going to a recording studio and hiring orchestral musicians. If you want to do it all on your computer, you'll need to get into software DAWs like Logic, Cubase or protools and get the appropriate endless vast libraries to keep up with new and decent samples or modeled sounds.
I upgraded to GPO4. It does not have the Gofriller Cello or Stradivari Violin that you seek (I have these as well, and they are incomparably better than the solo samples included in GPO4). However, it has samples based on a Strad and Gofriller, just as GPO1-3 did. These are not of the same caliber as the solo instruments. For one, they're much smaller samples. For another, they're not nearly as well programed. The good news is that the GPO4 does represent a real advance over GPO1-3, mainly due to the successful design of the playback engine Aria. The samples sound better and different, surprisingly, although still based on the same original sample set.