RE: Ripon Cathedral - Harrison & Harrison 4 Manual
Congratulations on bringing a wonderful new sampleset to the scene! The screenshots posted on your website are incredibly impressive, and the "robosampler" technology is a wonderful innovation. Alas, at the moment I am primarily on the Mac platform, but given Apple's change away from intel, I may be switching platform in the future at some point and would enjoy trying out Great Organ. I look forward to hearing audio demos / videos in the hopefully not too distant future! Best wishes for success!
Thank you for your kind words. The news the Apple are moving away from Intel isn't good for us either. We were seriously looking at rolling out an apple version in the not to distant future, but given this announcement, the return on such an investment makes it commercially unviable. Shame really.
The good news is, powerful PC hardware is cheap, and this doesn't need a monster PC. A desktop i5 with 16GB of the fastest ram the board will take (and also same of SSD), is the only major requirement. We argue, you are running a VPO, not sending emails and doing powerpoints, so why does the O/S matter at all? Use your favourite bit of kit for doing that, and leave a dedicated inexpensive PC to do the VPO work!
Whilst we don't officially support mac and bootcamp, it does work I am told. The caveat is not all macs are equal. If it is powerful computationally, it will run just fine, but the majority won't. They are designed for a different purpose and priority and do those jobs fantastically well, better than windows, however for what we do, which does involve a frightening quantity of realtime maths and FFTs, fast processor, bus speed and ram are important, and this is where the variability between macs comes into play.
We want everyone to have a similar experience, and some people wouldn't. People rightly expect it to work the same regardless of type of mac, and that is not realistic. So a tricky issue indeed. The move away from Intel has only sealed the fate on any mac version. Whilst we can already support other processor types, this would be a bridge too far. It is a good move for apple, but not really for anybody who has to write software for them, particularly in a cross platform way.
You are welcome to trial any piece of our software in the future for free. We think having the ability to spend time getting to know the software and adjusting it for personal tastes is important before even thinking about purchasing. We urge people to do just this. Spend some time, if you don't like something, chances are you can adjust it to your taste.
The recordings are being made at the moment I am told and will be available in due course.
Thanks again for your kind words. We won't please everyone, but we are at least trying to make this as inclusive as possible, and when people tell us they don't like something, we fix it! An alternative choice is good for everyone, even if they don't want to use it, it does prevent complacency and monopolistic market abuse. Not a bad thing which ever way you view our work!