In view of Mike's announcement - what will you guys try out? For me it 'll be Gig Performer I guess - anybody got experience from the migration?
Yeah, I was looking at that too, and Cantabile. Don't know which I'll try first, or which is closest to forte. Cantabile is offering a crossgrade discount for forte users. I signed up for the discount, but haven't bought the software yet.
do any of them have the sceneview feature? i use it for lyrics and my finale charts, and don't know that any other host has that.
Not sure David, but I think both may have demos available. I know Gig Performer does for sure.
I know Cantabile does not have a scene view because I asked about this a year or so ago. Also, at the time of Mike's announcement of Forte's development closure, I asked on the Catabile forum about importing Forte files into Cantabile. The developer was going to look at the possibility within the week but was making no promises.
I'm still having crashes with Forte almost every time I use it, mostly the "Forte has stopped working" crash. I've tried all the 4.5 versions and have now gone back to the last 4.2 version, but it too is crashing. So it might be timely for me to switch programs, although it will be a massive task to re-program nearly 300 scenes featuring 15 instruments. I do wish there was an easier way:)
I've looked at Cantabile but it seems quite complicated compared to Forte and doesn't seem to have Forte's simplicity. Is Gig Performer as easy to use as Forte?
I spent more time with Gig Performer today. I put together the default rack space in a couple of hours. The trick that made it easier on the Surface pro was to lower the screen resolution so things fitted on the screen more easily. I've attached a SS of the plugin setup. I am rather impressed so far. Being used to 3 - 4 seconds scene changes with Forte, song changes with GP are instant. I did have the odd lock up and a crash, but the program was stable for a couple of hours or so. I have been offered a $50.00 discount which brings the price down to $100. There is a problem with the mixer plugin, in that it isn't remembering mutes. I'll get an email off to the programmer mentioning this. I also managed to get program change working as well
I did hear back from the Cantabile developer and he would be interested in working on Forte scene import if enough people expressed interest. Not sure how likely this will turn out to be. GP does not feature a scene view as per Forte, but does have its own front end which can be loaded with widgets ie knobs, sliders, switches etc for real time control.
At this stage, if the mixer mute non saving can be fixed, I'm quite likely to buy Gig Performer.
Thanks for keeping us updated on your transition experience Alan!
Has anyone had any experience with BloXpander? I haven't heard anything about it recently, but is another option. My initial opinion of Gig performer's GUI is klunky, but i probably just need to spend more time with it. I may even go back to hardware synths as i am dreading rebuilding my 500+ scenes.
I hear you David. I only have about 250 or so scenes, but about 42 Modules plus plugins... so, not looking forward to it. But, I would think I can save the Fxbs for each instrument, and use them in a different host, and that's the most time consuming thing... getting the sounds. So it won't be nearly as many hours as developing the original rack.
@ Alan Minnear. Can i ask you the specs of your Surface pro? I'm deciding between hardware and software, and my laptop is getting old. a lot of comparison needs to be done. I went to gtr center and looked at the kronos and montage today, and i just like my software rig better.