GigaStudio 2.5 on Windows 2000 - Digital Audio Sampling PC Workstation
From GigaLand: "GigaStudio - A software-based sampling workstation for Windows computers."
We hope this play by play documentation will be somewhat helpful and possibly useful to those Musicians contemplating a DIYS (Do It Your Self) GigaStudio DAW on Windows 2000.
After much thought, listening to samples and conversing with Sean @ NemeSys Music, we decided to take the plunge and upgrade from GigaSampler to then GigaStudio 2.2 on WinMe. Needless to say, Windows Me proved to be a work unto its self. Not so much the O/S, but the applications requiring tweaks to run successfully on WinMe. From McAfee Anti-Virus being turned off to NOT auto run to a version of Zone Alarm. Both of these apps would occasionally hang WinMe. Now how many times can you hard reset a PC running WinMe before WinMe refuses to boot @ all? Not many. P3 DAW Station Specs.
Then word of NemeSys (@ a Trade Show) having discussions with Tascam. Great, we thought more licensing. No, they bought it! Now we're hosed for sure! Low and behold, Tascam, seeing the importance of GigaStudio, let the developers do what they do best - Create and update a fantastic audio program, GigaStudio under a new banner - TASCAM! And now we have GigaStudio 160 version 2.5 fully Windows 2000 & Windows XP compliant.
Now by this time, we've created a whole new PC System for GigaStudio 2.5. (Athlon XP 1700 PC DAW Specs HTML Page Here Later.) Time to update everything for GigaStudio version 2.5. We sent email as requested by Tascam with our customer information for upgrading, registration and download procedures.
The Tascam reply 1: "...Based on the information provided... [here's what you need based on what you have]. *Note * Do not install any version less than 2.5 onto a Win2K or XP computer. The V2.5 program you will download and your current GigaPiano disc are the only items necessary." OK! All is well, or so we thought.
Specificity is always important... Using Windows 2000 + SP2 with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.50.4807.2300 & 128 bit Cipher Strength, we tried (5) times to download the GigaStudio 2.5 update as told. Nothing! The NemeSys Registration Server claimed our info was incorrect. Trying for the Sixth time... Using Netscape Communicator 4.78, bingo! Done deal! Download worked!
Tascam reply 2: "On M/S IE to "Clear cache". That was not necessary with Netscape Communicator 4.78." I know what worked. Yes, results may vary. If you encounter this problem, you'll have some remedial insight based on our experience.
After installing the GigaStudio 160 (10 Meg) D/L, we read the accompanying GigaStudio readme as offered upon completion of the installation which went smoothly. Here's the Kicker - Due to the WDM driver issue with Win2000 & WinXP, Direct Sound Audio Cards will not work, therefore a GSIF Hardware IS required! RFM... Read That Fantastic Manual! Bummer! So, anyone contemplating a Creative Labs Audigy, yes, it works on an Athlon XP 1700 running Win2000 + SP2 with Giga-Byte M/B GA-7VTX H+ using Via KT266a chipset but NOT with GigaStudio!
The Fine Print: From the ReadMe.txt File -
Next we called up the application, GigaStudio Workstation. Upon initialization, no GSIF Hardware found. Would you like to run in Diagnostic Mode? Sure. And among everything we learned, most importantly, GigaStudio Info: There are 0 GSIF compatible cards. Well, isn't that special.
Importing Audio - How to Install GigaPiano:
Have you ever notice people who write documentation assume you know what they know? Wonder why that is? Specifically, the GSEdit Help File (GigaStudio ) proved to be the most helpful in understanding the nomenclature of GigaStudio ideology. Simply put, How To Install GigaPiano.
From the Start Menu, Programs, NemeSys, click on GigaStudio Editor. Since there are (2) GigaStudio applications and the other is GigaStudio Workstation. GigaStudio has 4 help files. The GSEdit Help File is NOT listed on the NemeSys applications menu folder. Get to it from either the GigaStudio Editor or the Windows Explorer. We went the Windows way through Windows Explorer since we did not know what we were looking for but knew so far we weren't finding it. That point could use some clarification from our point of view in the readme help file.
When we tried to convert Giga Libraries from within GigaStudio Workstation into version 2 Libraries, GigaStudio Workstation would crash. Appears for now, better to load them from GigaStudio Editor and convert then load into GigaStudio Workstation.
Our changes below are highlighted in read for clarification:
To install the Full 1GB piano:
1.) Confirm that the GigaStudio software is
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