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    Question question: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi?

    Hi,

    I use GigaStudio 3 with a GSIF-1 compatible audiocard.
    As the audiocard is not GSIF-2 compitable, according to the manual I cannot use the intelligent midi (iMidi) features of GigaStudio.

    It is however unclear to me what happens when GigaStudio is connected through Rewire with a recent version of Sonar or Cubase.

    Can I make use of iMidi when controlling GigaStudio from a sequencer (like Cubase or Sonar) when they are connected with Rewire, even while the sequencer use Asio as audiocard driver?

    Sadly, I cannot test it myself, as I still use an old version of Logic.
    If iMidi works through Rewire, I am going to buy either Sonar or Cubase.

    Rob.

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    Does anybody know the answer to my question?

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    As far as I know, iMidi works with GSIF-1.

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    I think so too -- imidi works with gsif1. Gsif2 adds the capability for audio in to gigastudio, but nothing to do with midi (i think). Rewire in sonar, anyway, is unsatisfying in some ways: limited number of ports/channels, and note identification disappears in sonar3 (you have to deal with midi note numbers, not pitches). Don't know about cubase.

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    Hi Bill and Gugliel,

    Maybe I am confusing two things:

    The support site of Tascam/Gigastudio mentions the need for a combined GSIF2 audio/midi card. Only then will you get GSIF2 "Kernel-Level MIDI" support. But hopefully this has nothing to do with iMidi.

    So all those months since I have GigaStudio 3 Orchestral, I have not used the much desired iMidi functionality, althought I could have used it all that time.

    Quote Originally Posted by gugliel
    Rewire in sonar, anyway, is unsatisfying in some ways: limited number of ports/channels, and note identification disappears in sonar3 (you have to deal with midi note numbers, not pitches). Don't know about cubase.
    As Sonar is a pure Windows product, I currently have a slight preference to Sonar 4 as future replacement of my current Logic 5.5.

    What do you mean with "note identification dissapears"?

    Greetings,

    Rob.

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    in the 'event window' in sonar, anyway, the midi note names disappear with rewire -- this may not matter to you, and it's hard to describe any more fully -- but for me it was a big deal, because I spend much of my editing time tweaking individual notes and passages at the midi event level.

    Anyone out there who actually uses rewire with gigastudio? With sonar?

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    Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    "Kernel-Level MIDI"

    This give you lower latancy. Nothing to do with iMDI. A common confusion though...

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    Arrow Re: does rewire bypass the need for a GSIF2 audiocard for using iMidi

    I am using Creamware Scope Professional w/ GSIF I . I notice no difference in latency, I only lose audio into GS3, which I have no desire to do anyway. The only advantage I get from GS3 is the addition of Resonant Body Impulses, with mic placement. This is great for acoustic instruments. All other FX are routed to external Lexicon ( SP/DIF ), and Alesis ( ADAT ). So far GSIF I is all that I need, although I wish CWA would make GSIF II available, they are too busy with other projects that are doing quite well. If you are recording into GS3 for use with Gigapulse, I would see the need for kernel level optimsations.

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