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Tascam GigaStudio 3 Software Sampler
Orchestra Version

(formerly Nemesys GigaSampler / GigaStudio)

Tascam GigaStudio is a stand-alone Windows application that uses hard disk streaming to create the most realistic sampled instruments ever created. It offers access to the finest sound libraries ever assembled, from extensive orchestral collections, detailed piano samples, rich basses, rare keyboards and much more.

Tascam GigaStudio 3.0 is the much anticipated latest version of the best and most powerful sampler. Available in three versions, ORCHESTRA, ENSEMBLE, and SOLO, GigaStudio 3 offers up to unlimited polyphony, 96kHz/24-bit sample support, ReWire support, VST effects hosting, realtime convolution modeling and a new look and feel for improved usability and workflow.

Naturally, it retains the features that made GigaStudio the professional choice for sampling, such as disk streaming, the lowest latency of any sampler and the best sound libraries in the world.

Powerful multitrack mixing

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Features

GigaStudio 3.0 is a stand-alone Windows application that uses hard disk streaming to create the most realistic sampled instruments ever created. It offers access to the finest sound libraries ever assembled, from extensive orchestral collections, detailed piano samples, rich basses, rare keyboards and much more.

Powerful multitrack mixing

Streaming Samples

GigaStudio can load sample files up to 512 gigabytes in length. The first few milliseconds of each sample are loaded into RAM for instant playback, then the rest of the sample streams off of the hard drive. This gives you access to big, dynamic samples without needing tons of RAM in your computer.

But what does it mean to have gigabytes of samples?
How is this better than the Piano sound in my favourite synth?

Let's compare the 3 gigabyte GigaPiano II, included with the Orchestra and Ensemble editions of GigaStudio 3.0, with the 16 to 64 megabyte piano sample found in a typical synthesizer.

First, every key on the piano is sampled in GigaPiano II. On a typical synthesizer, the piano might only sampled twice every octave, so the middle C sample may need to stretch all the way up to middle F#.


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Since a piano sounds different depending on how hard you strike the key, GigaPiano II samples each key sixteen times at different velocities. A typical synth piano will only have one to three "cross switches" per key, so you can usually hear the transition from the soft sample to the loud sample. Some piano sounds on synths don't have any cross switches, filtering and attenuating one sample to cover the entire dynamic spectrum. More cross switches gives you a more accurate sound, and it's also a lot more satisfying to play.

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GigaPiano II has enough memory to record the entire decay of a piano note, even though the low bass notes may decay for 20 seconds or more. A synthesizer can't possibly do this with just a few megabytes, so they loop the sample after only a second or so. This artificially looped sound is then attenuated using a synth filter and DCA to approximate the natural decay of a piano key, which is something GigaStudio can handle by just playing the actual recording.

Powerful multitrack mixing

Many GigaStudio libraries include different mic techniques to choose from. For example, the VintAudio Yamaha C3 library has close mic, distant mic and player's perspective mic locations. You can load all of these samples at once and balance between them when mixing, or even output different mics to multiple outputs for a 5.1 surround mix. Obviously, this is something that's impossible to do in a synthesizer.

Finally, samples are sometimes converted to a lower sampling rate to save on ROM space on synthesizers. Since they only have 50-100 megabytes of total sound ROM for all of the instruments they want to include, they might cut corners by sample rate converting to save space. For example, they may decide that a bass guitar or kick drum doesn't have a lot of high end, so resampling it at 22kHz is acceptable. GigaStudio is going the complete opposite direction, with version 3 now offering up to 96kHz sampling.

Powerful multitrack mixing

Hardware samplers might be able to load a bigger sample than hardware synthesizer, maybe up to 128MB or more, but simply nothing compares to GigaStudio. We don't mean to pick on your favourite synth, but if you haven't played a 3GB piano library you just don't know what you're missing.

Sequencing with GigaStudio



GigaStudio 3.0 comes in three sizes, the Orchestra version offering unlimited polyphony for full arrangements. GigaStudio 3.0 Solo has 96-voice polyphony, and GigaStudio 3.0 Ensemble plays up to 160 voices. More voices gives you the ability to layer instruments, add parts to your arrangement and approximate huge symphonic orchestras. And the efficient kernel-level processing and RAM usage in GigaStudio results in more polyphony than any other software sampler. Up to 8 banks of 16 MIDI channels can be played back for 128-part multitimbral sequencing.

Included for the first time in version 3.0 is Rewire support for routing GigaStudio into your sequencing program. This allows GigaStudio instruments to appear in your workstation software, right beside plug-in instruments and audio tracks.

Mixing in GigaStudio



GigaStudio 3.0 has a capable digital mixer built-in, with 128 channels and 32 fader groups. This allows you to submix instruments within GigaStudio so you don't need to deal with hundreds of faders during mixdown. It includes four-band parametric EQ and compression on every channel, with a graphic display to check your settings at a glance. Each channel has 8 aux sends, which can be linked for stereo operation. GigaStudio 3 can accept up to 32 input channels, useful for processing DAW tracks through GigaPulse Pro, and can output up to 64 simultaneous output channels.

GigaStudio 3.0 now includes VST plug-in support, so you can use your favourite effects plug-ins to process sounds within the DSP Station window. Insert your favourite vintage compressor plug-in on a snare drum, a filter plug-in on a string line, tube amp distortion on a bass track - wherever your imagination takes you.

Integration with your Studio

GigaStudio is a Windows application that takes advantage of the power of Pentium-compatible processors. As a free-standing application, it can take advantage of Kernel-level processing power. This means that it gets to dig underneath the Windows layer and get down to the nuts-and-bolts of your computer's CPU for more processing power. This results in more polyphony and lower latency (delay between MIDI input and sound coming out) than plug-in-based software samplers. In fact, GigaStudio has the lowest latency of any sampler, anywhere, ever.

You may be wondering how to take advantage of GigaStudio in a Mac-based studio. Most composers use a dedicated computer to run GigaStudio, dedicating all of the power of one system to running their sampling workstation. With the constantly-falling prices of PCs, you can put together a screaming system for less than the price of many rack-mount synth modules. If you look at price vs. performance, your GigaStudio computer workstation will give you much more realistic sounds than any synth module, not to mention more multitimbral parts, higher polyphony and better effects.

GigaPulse SP - The Next Generation of Convolution Effects

GigaPulse is an exciting new component of GigaStudio 3. GigaPulse employs convolution to create incredibly realistic reverb, mic modeling and instrument resonance simulation. Convolution uses an actual recording as the basis for signal processing, essentially sampling the sound of a room. For example, the sound of a concert hall is recorded with a set of unique tones. This "impulse" recording can then be imported into GigaPulse Pro (the encoding processor included with GS3 Orchestra) where our concert hall impulse can be included/encoded into a sampled instrument or .gig file. When this instrument is loaded into GS3, now embedded with convolution, GigaPulse SP (the convolution player included with all version of GS3) reveals itself. Your instrument loads with the GigaPulse SP effect automatically inserted. The result sounds like you're playing in that hall.

GigaPulse Pro can also be used as a stand-alone NFX plug-in on your own sample libraries. Use the new piano resonance model included with GigaPiano II on your favourite piano library, or use GigaPulse's surround reverb on your GigaStudio instruments.

TASCAM's new GigaPulse technology takes real-time convolution to the next level. With realtime surround Acoustic Space Modeling, our proprietary technology goes far beyond any other convolution-based plug-in. The location of the performer in an acoustic space can be specifically located in the room, and the perspective of the mic can be changed for close-micing simulation. Mic modeling is also included, with included impulses of the finest microphones ever made. GigaPulse has unlimited microphone locations, compared to the two channels most other convolution effects processors, which is ideal for simulating Decca-Tree mic techniques and mixing in 7.1 surround. All of these features are included in the GigaPulse SP engine in every version of GigaStudio, so that libraries encoded with GigaPulse impulses will play back in every version of GigaStudio 3.

MIDI Processing

GigaStudio 3.0 now includes a new kernel-level MIDI processing system, which means that latency is even lower than in previous versions. And since the previous version of GigaStudio had less latency than any other sampler on the market, you can imagine that sample playback in GigaStudio is just about instantaneous.

More than just changing MIDI features under the hood, GigaStudio 3.0 now offers Intelligent MIDI Processing modes. For example, the Alternation mode is great for recording string parts, where you can have notes alternate between up-bow and down-bow samples for more realism. A Legato mode triggers different samples depending how a part is played. For example, the initial attack of a flute note could have a "chiff", but legato notes played after it wouldn't have this sharp attack. And the Random mode is perfect for livening up sampled performances. Instead of triggering the same samples for repeated 16th notes, GigaStudio can select from a bank of alternate samples so the performance doesn't feel so synthetic.

Many GigaStudio libraries also include articulation files, which allow you to switch to a different instrument articulation by pressing a key. For example, pressing one key may switch to a legato viola, another key switches to an arco viola, and another to a whole-note trill. By using the key switches when playing a melody line, you can create very realistic lines that use three or more articulations.

Editing and Recording your own sounds

GigaStudio 3.0 has a new Quick Edit window that gives you instant access to the most commonly-accessed parameters. You can still use the full editor when creating your own samples, but Quick Edit is perfect for moving a part down an octave, changing the filter setting on a bass sound, shortening the release time of a synth sound, or other common tweaks you might do when putting together an arrangement. Just close the QuickEdit window when you're finished, no need to save and reload the sound. Changes are saved with your GigaStudio performance, so the original instrument on your hard drive stays the same.

GigaStudio 3.0 now also has the ability to record samples directly into the program. Just hook your DAT machine, CD player or mic preamp to a GSIF 2-compatible sound card and start recording. GigaSampler 3.0 supports samples at 96kHz/24-bit, so you can capture instruments and effects with extreme detail. GS3 can record up to 32 simultaneous channels, so you can sample in surround or route DAW track to GigaStudio 3 for processing through GigaPulse. You can still import WAV files to put together samples from sound files on your hard disk, but now the premier sample player is now a sampler as well.

The Best Sound Libraries in the World

It's no secret that GigaStudio has the best collection of sound libraries ever assembled. The best composers and arrangers in the music world rely on GigaStudio for accurate, musical sounds for their productions and film scores. GigaStudio's exclusive Quicksearch technology makes finding the right sound quick and easy. And with the new features in GigaStudio 3.0, those sound libraries will become even more realistic and musical.

For example, GigaPiano II is the follow up to the piano that started it all. This bright, 7'4" Kawai piano was sampled with 24-bit resolution. Each key was recorded for its full decay at seven velocity layers with the pedal up, and another seven with the pedal down.

The true breakthrough for this library is the soundboard resonance using GigaPulse SP. The piano's soundboard was recorded and imported into GigaPulse Pro with the pedal up and down. This results in the most convincing piano sample yet released, where the performance actually interacts with the soundboard like a real grand piano. GigaPiano II is included with GS3 Orchestra and GS3 Ensemble, and a limited edition is included with GS3 Solo.

One of the most ambitious libraries of the past decade has to be Vienna Symphonic Library. The latest version of VSL, the Professional Edition, takes up 230 gigabytes for an astonishing 360,000 samples. Unique instruments and articulations include solo contrabass trombone, solo Wagner tuba, string ensembles con sordino in all articulations (staccato, détaché, pizzicato, tremolo, sforzato, legato, repetitions, more), col legno, sul ponticello, flautando, Bartók (snap) pizzicatos, finger tremolos, flutter tongues for all woodwinds, a second solo flute (making up a flute quartet together with the first flute, the piccolo and the alto flute), drum ensembles and many more. And it keeps getting bigger: the new Symphonic Cube, coming soon, comes with both 24-bit and 16-bit samples.

For a complete list of all of the libraries available for Giga, visit the Libraries section of the GigaStudio website.

Vienna Giga Symphony Samples

The Vienna Giga Symphony is an exclusive new library included with all copies of GigaStudio 3 Orchestra. This new library includes over 4GB of orchestral samples from every instrument family of the orchestra – strings, winds, brass and percussion—including up and down-bow alternations powered by GS3's new iMIDI rules. The 24-bit Vienna Giga Symphony is just the first library to take advantage of the new features in GigaStudio 3. It includes the following instrument samples:

  • Violin ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Viola ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Cello ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Double bass ensemble: Staccato (Up and Down bow), sustains, tremolo, pizzicato
  • Harp: normal plugs
  • Piccolo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Flute: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Oboe: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Clarinet: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Bassoon: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Horn solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Horn ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trumpet solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trumpet ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trombone solo: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Trombone ensemble: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Basstuba: staccato (2 variations); sustain
  • Timpani: single hits (left/right hand), rolls
  • Xylophone: single hits
  • Glockenspiel: single hits
  • Bass drum: single hits (left/right hand),
  • Snare drum: single hits (left/right hand), rolls
  • Tamburin: single hits (2 variations), rolls
  • Cymbal (pair): single hits
  • Cymbal (suspended): single hits, rolls
  • Tamtam: single hits
  • Triangle: single hits (2 variations)
  • Church bells: single hits

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"You can literally do just about everything with one GigaStudio... it's become the central nervous system of my studio."
- Trevor Rabin (Enemy of the State, Torque)

"GigaStudio has changed everything... there is no limit now to what can be sampled."
- Christopher Young (Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Runaway Jury)

"There's no more dedicated sampling - that to me is a very old idea now."
- Jeff Rona (White Squall, Exit Wounds)

"I abuse GigaStudio on a daily basis - it's my main sampler."
- Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, The Last Samurai)

The world's best composers and musicians rely on GigaStudio every day for the most realistic instrument sounds available. Listen to the pros who use it all day, every day on big-budget films and music productions.

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What's New in GigaStudio 3.0

GigaStudio adds dozens of new features and enhancements to GigaStudio 2.5. Here's a quick list of some of the most significant new features.

  • Unlimited Polyphony:
    Instead of a maximum 160 voices, polyphony limits for GigaStudio 3.0 Orchestra are limited only by the number of drives, drive speed, and processor speed your system has.

  • ReWire:
    GigaStudio 3.0 supports ReWire routing into sequencing/recording applications such as Steinbergs Cubase and Nuendo, Cakewalk SONAR, FL Studio and Pro Tools. MIDI from the DAW is routed to GigaStudio. ReWire allows audio generated from GigaStudio to be sent into the DAW application where it automatically shows up on faders within the DAW's mixer section.

  • New DSP Station:
    The GigaStudio 3.0 mixer section has expanded to 128 channels, 32 group faders and features an expanded processing section including a 4-band EQ and compressor on each channel.

  • Quick Edit control:
    Parameters such as tuning, envelopes, filters, attenuation, and sample offset are at your fingertips in real-time without having to go into the instrument editor.

  • VST (effects) plug-in hosting
    Use your favourite effects in GigaStudio

  • Real Time Surround Convolution

  • Intelligent MIDI:
    New controller rules including Expanded Legato, Alternation, Round Robin, and Random sample playback make instruments sound even more realistic.

  • 24-Bit/96kHz instrument support:
    GS3 allows creation and implementation of 24-bit/96kHz sample libraries with 192K hardware support.

  • Enhanced Capture To Wave (multi channel):
    Now simultaneously record 64 audio streams.

  • Unlimited Instrument Stacking:
    Load as many instruments as you wish on a single MIDI channel. Control each of the stacked instruments parameters and even route each stacked instrument to its own audio channel.

  • Up to 256 Dimensions available for creating expressive key switches and crossfades

  • GSIF 2.0 with Kernel Level MIDI and support for 32 channels of audio input and 64 channels of output. Any of the DSP Station's 128 channels can be made active to support input from an outside source; our revolutionary kernel-level audio engine is now available for incoming MIDI streams.

  • GigaPulse SP and GigaPulse Pro:
    Use the breakthrough GigaPulse Pro NFX plug-in to add surround convolution reverb, instrument resonance and microphone modeling to your favourite libraries. Up to seven channels of convolution is supported for surround applications. Resonant body modeling, added to mic modeling and reverb convolution takes sampled instruments to new heights of realism and represents the next major step in sampled instruments like GigaPiano II. Sample developers now have the ability to encode their instruments using GigaPulse Pro, included with GigaStudio 3 Orchestra. These encoded instruments can be played back in any level of GigaStudio using GigaPulse SP.

  • Up to 512GB - 1/2 a terabyte - of samples are now supported.

Note: Pre release information - subject to change without notice

 
 
Basic Feature Comparison
Feature
GigaStudio 3.0
Orchestra
GigaStudio 3.0
Ensemble
GigaStudio 3.0
Solo
Polyphony1
Unlimited
(limited by hardware)
160 streaming voices
(limited by hardware)
96 streaming voices
(limited by hardware)
MIDI channels1
128
64
32
Virtual MIDI Ports1
8
4
2
Audio Channels2
TBC
TBC
TBC
Audio Bit/Sample Rate Supported
up to 24-bit/96kHz
up to 24-bit/96kHz
up to 24-bit/96kHz
VST Effects Host
Yes
Yes
Yes
ReWire
Yes
Yes
Yes
GigaPiano II

Full Version

Full Version
"Lite" Version
GigaPulse SP3
Yes
Yes
Yes
GigaPulse Pro3
Yes
-
-
GigaEditor
Yes
Yes
-
Sample Translator
Yes
Option
Option
Vienna Giga Symphony
Samples
Yes (~4GB)
 

Notes

  1. Actual numbers are system dependant
  2. GSIF or GSIF 2 compatible sound card required (best results with GSIF 2)
  3. GigaPulse SP allows you to play back libraries (.gig files) that have embedded GigaPulse impulses, like the piano body resonance in GigaPiano 2. GigaPulse SP will allow you to adjust the basic settings (Input Level, Mic Level, Perspective, Wet/Dry Mix, Pre-Delay as well as enable and disable any of the 7 mics) and choose any library-specific presets. GigaPulse Pro adds the ability to add GigaPulse convolution to your own instruments to use it as a reverb plug-in with the reverb convolution impulses included with GigaStudio. In addition GigaPulse Pro allows you to record your own impulses or embed an impulse into a GigaStudio instrument.

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System Requirements

Windows

What are the recommended system requirements to run GigaStudio 3 Orchestra?

This system should get you 200+ voices of polyphony and several instances of GigaPulse (your mileage may vary due to several factors):

  • Windows XP SP1
  • Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor or AMD 3200 XP processor
    (SSE-compatible processors required for GigaPulse™)
  • 1GB RAM
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
  • 1GB application hard drive space
  • Dedicated sample drive with many free gigabytes or sample storage space;
    7200 RPM with 8MB cache, 8.9ms seek time
  • MIDI interface
  • GSIF-compatible sound card or ReWire-compatible host application

What are the minimum system requirements to run GigaStudio 3 Orchestra?

The performance of this system depends largely on how full your startup drive is. The best way to increase the polyphony of this system would be an additional hard drive just for your samples:

  • Windows XP SP1
  • Pentium 4 1.7GHz processor or AMD 2100 XP processor
    (SSE-compatible processors required for GigaPulse™)
  • 512MB RAM
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
  • 100MB application hard drive space
  • MIDI interface
  • GSIF-compatible sound card or ReWire-compatible host applications

How about the ultimate GS3 system? What if I want to get crazy polyphony and multiple GigaPulse instances?

The limiting factor for polyphony is hard drive speed, so you'll get the best performance with a RAID array for your drives. The below system was tested with over 600 voices of polyphony (using 16-bit samples), of course your mileage may vary.

  • Windows XP SP1
  • P4 3GHz or faster
  • 2GB RAM
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution
  • Two-drive RAID using 10,000 RPM SATA drives
  • MIDI interface
  • GSIF 2-compatible sound card or ReWire-compatible host application

Will a computer with a Pentium 3 processor be able to run GigaStudio 3?

It will open, but you probably won't be able to run GigaPulse and polyphony performance will be limited. Also, you might not be able to open some of the larger sound libraries included with GigaStudio.

What about Athlon processors, which ones can I use with GigaStudio 3?

GS3 will work fine with AMD processors so long as they support SSE processing. The Athlon XP line does support SSE processing. If you are using a processor of a different class, please check the AMD website to see if your AMD processor supports SSE processing.

Any more tips to get more performance with GigaStudio 3?

You'll see higher polyphony counts when you use 16-bit samples than with 24-bit samples. Higher sampling rates (96kHz) will also make your system run with less polyphony. Longer reverb convolution impulses will be less efficient than short ones; so you might be able to use five room impulses but four hall impulses.

Can I run GigaStudio 3 with Windows 2000?

It may open and run, but this operating system is not supported by TASCAM.

What is GSIF 2?

This is TASCAM's new hardware compatibility specification, or driver, for sound cards. GSIF 2 is an update of GSIF that adds both kernel level midi and audio input into GigaStudio. GSIF 2 allows you to route audio from your sound cards inputs into GigaStudio for either real time processing or recording. The kernel level midi input means that from midi trigger to audio output will be even faster than before. When purchasing a sound card for the computer that will run GigaStudio, make sure it's GSIF compatible.

I already have a GSIF card. Do I need to buy a new GSIF 2 sound card to use GigaStudio 3?

No, GigaStudio 3 runs great with GSIF 1 cards, you just won't be able to take advantage of the kernel level midi or audio input. However, most manufacturers who make GSIF 1 cards are updating them to GSIF 2. Check the Hardware Compatibility page on www.tascamgiga.com to see if your GSIF card is GSIF 2 compatible yet.

What is the difference between GigaPulse SP, included with GS3 Solo Ensemble and Orchestra, and GigaPulse Pro which is only included with GS3 Orchestra?

GigaPulse SP allows you to play back libraries (.gig files) that have embedded GigaPulse impulses, like the piano body resonance in GigaPiano 2. GigaPulse SP will allow you to adjust the basic settings (Input Level, Mic Level, Perspective, Wet/Dry Mix, Pre-Delay as well as enable and disable any of the 7 mics) and choose any library-specific presets. GigaPulse Pro adds the ability to add GigaPulse convolution to your own instruments to use it as a reverb plug-in with the reverb convolution impulses included with GigaStudio. In addition GigaPulse Pro allows you to record your own impulses or embed an impulse into a GigaStudio instrument.

 
 
 
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