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1 Version 1.0.0 (2015-07-17)
3 With this release we added support for new GigaStudio 4 features, for
4 example there are now dialogs for editing some of the new so called
5 "iMIDI rules". These can be used i.e. to trigger notes by MIDI CC and to
6 define a set of legato samples. You may have heard that the GigaStudio
7 software has seen its last version with GigaStudio 4. Tascam officially
8 discontinued this product, its intellectual property has been sold several
9 times among companies and there is currently no way to buy a new copy of
10 GigaStudio anymore. However the GigaStudio format is still under active
11 development with gigedit and LinuxSampler. For the first time ever we added
12 our own extensions to the Giga format: one of it is major new feature
13 called "real-time instrument scripts", which allows to bundle small programs
14 with your .gig sounds, which extend the sampler with custom behavior for
15 specific sounds. You may know such kind of instrument scripts from
16 commercial software samplers. Find out more about this new feature on
17 http://doc.linuxsampler.org/Instrument_Scripts/. Another rather minor
18 extension to the Giga format is support for various other MIDI CCs which
19 were never supported by GigaStudio before. So you can now use any MIDI CC
20 for EG1 controller, EG2 controller and attenuation controller. Obviously all
21 those extensions will not work with any GigaStudio version, they only work
22 with a recent version of Gigedit and LinuxSampler. Gigedit will inform you
23 whenever you are using such kind of custom Giga format extension, so that you
24 are always aware in case your changes are not cross/backward compatible with
25 the GigaStudio software. A load of enhancements have been added to Gigedit
26 in the last six years: Until now you were only able to edit either exactly
27 one dimension region or all dimension regions simultaneously. With this
28 release you may now hold the Ctrl button and select a specific set of
29 dimension region zones in the dimension region selector area (on the very
30 bottom of the Gigedit window) with your mouse. All synthesis parameters you
31 then change, will all be applied to that precise set of dimension region
32 zones. Also managing dimensions have been improved: previously to change the
33 amount of zones of a dimension you had to delete and recreate the dimension.
34 Which was not just inconvenient, but you also had to redefine your synthesis
35 parameters from scratch. Now you can just open the dimension manager dialog
36 and increase or decrease the amount of zones of a dimension with few clicks.
37 Same applies to the dimension type: you may now simply open the dimension
38 manager dialog and alter the type of a dimension with few clicks.
39 When working on complex Giga sounds you certainly noticed that one could
40 easily get confused about which samples are exactly used by which instrument
41 or even whether a sample is actually used at all by any instrument or just
42 left orphaned and wasting disk space. This was also due to the fact that the
43 Giga format does not require unique names for samples. We have worked on
44 resolving this usability issue. In the sample list view you can now read the
45 amount of times a sample is referenced by instruments of your .gig file. If a
46 sample is not used at all, then it will be shown in striking red color in
47 the sample list view. You may also right click on a sample and select
48 "Show references...", a new window appears on your screen which will show you
49 where exactly that particular sample is used by, that is which by which
50 instruments and by which regions of those instruments. Also the other way
51 around has been addressed: when you now edit the synthesis parameters of a
52 particular dimension region, you may now click on the new "<- Select Sample"
53 button and Gigedit automatically selects and displays the respective sample
54 in the samples list view, which you may then might rename to some more
55 appropriate sample name, or you might check by which other instrument(s) that
56 sample is used by, etc. You may now also remove the current sample reference
57 from individual dimension regions (assigning a so called "NULL" sample) by
58 clicking on the new "X" button next the sample reference field on the
59 "Sample" tab of a dimension region; this allows you to define "silent cases",
60 that is a case where no sample should be played at all, for example this is
61 often used for very low velocity ranges of i.e. between 0 and 6. If you are
62 working on .gig files with a large amount of Instruments, then you might also
63 be glad to know that you can finally also re-order the instruments of a file
64 by simply dragging the instruments around in the instruments list view.
65 Another handy new feature for sound designers is the new "Combine" tool,
66 which you can reach from the main menu. It allows you to select two ore more
67 instruments (by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting with mouse click)
68 from your currently open Giga file and combine those selected instruments to
69 a new instrument. This way you may for example create stunning layered
70 sounds, or you may create velocity splits, crossfade sounds by MIDI
71 controller and much more, all with just a few clicks. This may sound like a
72 trivial task, but if you have worked on this before, you certainly noticed
73 that this was often a very time consuming and error prone task before,
74 especially with complex individual sounds which had custom region ranges,
75 custom velocity splits and much more exotic stuff to take care of. The
76 combine tool handles all such cases for you automatically.
77 Last but not least, the interaction of Gigedit with LinuxSampler (in so
78 called "live mode") had been improved: When you click on the "Edit" button of
79 a channel strip in QSampler or Fantasia, Gigedit will be launched with the
80 respective instrument automatically being selected. Vice versa you may now
81 also just select another instrument with Gigedit's instrument list view and
82 LinuxSampler will automatically load and play that instrument on the
83 respective sampler part for you. So no more need to switch between the
84 Gigedit window and QSampler/Fantasia window all the time while working on
85 your sounds.
87 Version 0.2.0 (2009-07-31)
89 When gigedit is running as a plugin in LinuxSampler the gigedit
90 keyboard may now be used to trigger notes. The settings in the file
91 properties window are now editable. A new function for replacing all
92 samples is added. Otherwise this is mostly a bug fix release, and
93 upgrading gigedit and libgig is strongly recommended, as previous
94 versions had bugs that may cause edited gig files to be corrupted.
96 Version 0.1.1 (2007-12-06)
98 Parameter edits can now be applied to multiple regions and dimension
99 regions simultaneously - three checkboxes were added that select if
100 changes apply to all regions and/or all dimension regions.
102 Version 0.1.0 (2007-10-15)
104 Many fixes have been made to make sure that the gig files created by
105 gigedit are working properly in LinuxSampler and GigaStudio. Gigedit
106 can now be run as a LinuxSampler plugin, allowing live editing of
107 loaded instruments. Sample loop parameters and instrument global
108 properties can now be edited. 24 bit samples can be imported. A
109 quick-start document has been added. Lots of other minor fixes and
110 improvements have been done.
112 Version 0.0.3 (2007-03-24)
114 First version of gigedit. The program is renamed from gigview to
115 gigedit as it is now an editor, not just a viewer. Basic support for
116 both editing existing gig files and creating new ones from scratch
117 is provided.
119 Version 0.0.2 (2006-11-05)
121 Quick fix for a thread initialization problem.
123 Version 0.0.1 (2006-11-05)
125 First version of gigview.

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