Christopher Laird Simmons

Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Temecula, CA, USA.


  1. Avatar photo Allan Metts
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 3:29 PM PDT

    I’ve been increasingly worried that something like this would happen. Gigastudio 3 seemed to have a few too many problems on my system, and I was hoping to migrate to GVI 4 so I could play my hoard of Giga-format samples alongside SONAR and other programs.

    Is there a still-supported program that can play or convert my Gigastudio library? What’s our best option going forward.

    As info, the linuxsampler project based their efforts on the Giga format, but setting up a Linux machine won’t be the best option for many of us.

  2. Avatar photo admin
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 3:39 PM PDT

    Answer to above comment, by the author of article:

    Allan, I’ve been using E-MU’s Emulator X2 on another box, and it works quite well and has a huge (ancient) library as well as contemporary (read = new) samples, and it has a nice “synth swipe” program to auto-capture other keyboards and samplers. The new X3 version is coming “real soon now” and looks, to me, to be the best contender for transitioning from Giga. I’m so sad, it’s really unfortunate.

    The reason I think it would be good transition vs. other apps like Kontakt, et al, is that it does 64bit already, has good driver and hardware support (X3 won’t need E-MU hardware), has its own streaming tech, and is backed by a big company which wants to keep the E-MU brand alive, vs. Tascam which never really seemed to care about Giga other than a free add-on for its MIDI/controller systems.

    Yellow Tools is another nice system, with some really excellent sample sets. I’d be interested to hear from folks who have decided on a system to “escape” to from Giga, if any.

    Of course – don’t forget, there’s really nothing wrong with Giga 3 if you’re running it on a dedicated PC and already have a large library all organized, or modified to custom sets.

    On the other hand, the Emulator filters and so forth are really nice and are based on their past (and current) experience in hardware design. So, a 64bit box with 8GB of RAM and Emulator X3 will be a nice bit of kit, as they say.

    Christopher Simmons – 8.23.08

    Update 9.25.08

    Note that the opensource “LinuxSampler” project “might” be a good choice once it moves out of its early stages (right now it won’t be any better than simply using your existing GS3x or 4x setup).

    Also, I’ve had great success importing files and converting them in KONTAKT3; so once N.I. gets on the 64-bit bandwagon, that will be a great option. It’s also a great sideways option if they come out with a “cross-grade” option (I think they have one) to allow you to buy it at a discount due to death of Giga. If you don’t care about 64bit Windows (benefit = 8GB RAM support “right now”), and are trying to decide to buy GS4 or move to another platform…. take a look at KONTAKT, and perhaps wait to see how E-MU’s EmulatorX3 is reviewed (it should have been out by now… but still waiting….) -CS

  3. Avatar photo Aaron Walz
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 6:21 PM PDT

    Bummer. I love Gigastudio… Even though GS3 always caused massive problems and instability, I still loved the sound I could get out of it. At least now GS4 will be really cheap.

  4. Avatar photo Greg Riddick
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 1:09 AM PDT

    Check out the latest linuxsampler binaries. They’re now offering Windows and Mac versions.