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Sampler (software, standalone)

February 1, 2001

NemeSys GigaStudio 160 2.0 (Win)When GigaSampler made its debut a couple of years ago, it raised more than a few eyebrows. The original hard-disk-based software turned a garden-variety PC into a monster sampler. Never satisfied, NemeSys continued to tinker with its techno-wonder, and this past year it introduced its next big evolutionary step: GigaStudio 160. And what a step it is!

GigaStudio 160 supports 24-bit, 96 kHz audio, and if you have a multiport MIDI interface, you can pump 64 MIDI channels through the program's four independent ports. GigaStudio provides a whopping 160-note polyphony, with a high-end system. That's pretty impressive, but it's just the start. When we reviewed GigaSampler in 1999, two sound cards supported the GSIF driver. By the time we reviewed GigaStudio, that number ballooned to 44, and it's still growing.

Aside from improvements under the hood, GigaStudio has a new graphical user interface, which includes a powerful, interactive QuickSound section for organizing, locating, and previewing samples and WAV files. GigaStudio's other enhancements include a new 32-bit, 32-channel mixer and a DSP section that offers a collection of built-in, high-quality, zerolatency effects such as reverb, chorus, delay, and auto pan. With its unrivaled set of capabilities, GigaStudio will change the way many people think about sampling.

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