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    Question Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Hello,
    I'm going to pickup an impulse reverb. I have tried the demo for Wizooverb and like it alot. Comparing it to the IR in Kontakt 2 I felt it had a warmer sound. It was a little more CPU intensive but not overly so. Also it operated without a glitch and has a couple very nice settings for grand piano one IR and the other Algo.
    Apparently there is no demo for Gigapulse can anyone give me a comparison of these two reverbs before I pull the trigger?
    There are great deals on both these currently $94 for Wizooverb and $69 for Gigapulse at scitscat.com + shipping.
    Regards,
    Kev Sipe

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Wizooverb makes a great reverb. I own both the W2 and the W5. Both convolution and algorithmic reverbs sound great and being able to mix and match creates a superb level of editing available to the user. Unfortunately the rumor is that M-Audio/Digi (recently bought Wizoo) is not going to continue support for Wizooverb. This may not be an issue if you aren't planning an upgrade in the next year or two. You will definitely get your $94 worth out of it.

    IMO the W2 is about as good sounding as Altiverb. It also does "true stereo" so you can place your sounds in the sound field authentically. It is very stable, too.

    I have never used Gigapulse. Sorry - Mac based studio

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Thanks DV,
    I'm going to buy the Wizooverb it does sound excellent. Thanks for your input!

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Unfortunately the rumor is that M-Audio/Digi (recently bought Wizoo) is not going to continue support for Wizooverb.
    Where did you hear of this rumor?

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    There is a thread on the Unicornation forum discussing reverbs. After Wizooverb was given several positive user reviews someone wrote about recently talking to an M-Audio rep. The rep said the product will no longer be supported. Again, this is forum rumor, but with Digi's track record for continued product support this should be taken with some consideration. It is suspicious that Wizooverb is being offered at close-out pricing.


    I do hope this is only rumor as Wizooverb is an excellent reverb. Just consider that if you are thinking of making a computer upgrade soon - especially to MacIntel - you may want to wait a little to see what plays out.

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Quote Originally Posted by dvincent
    There is a thread on the Unicornation forum discussing reverbs. After Wizooverb was given several positive user reviews someone wrote about recently talking to an M-Audio rep. The rep said the product will no longer be supported. Again, this is forum rumor, but with Digi's track record for continued product support this should be taken with some consideration. It is suspicious that Wizooverb is being offered at close-out pricing.


    I do hope this is only rumor as Wizooverb is an excellent reverb. Just consider that if you are thinking of making a computer upgrade soon - especially to MacIntel - you may want to wait a little to see what plays out.
    I just emailed M-Audio in Germany. Unfortunately there are NO plans to provide a universal binary version of WizooVerb W2 (and W5). They say that the demand is too low.
    A phantastic product buried by the marketing department. What a shame.
    Regards
    Raindog

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    [quote=dvincent] Wizooverb makes a great reverb. I own both the W2 and the W5. Both convolution and algorithmic reverbs sound great and being able to mix and match creates a superb level of editing available to the user.

    I'd appreciate some advice. I just bought Wizooverb W2 and W5 bundle for $99 (yes -- both for $99!). I originally only considered W2 but now I have W5 as well. I don't work in 5.1 -- only stereo, being a very amateur hobbyist musician. So my questions are: Will W5 do stereo as well as 5.1? Is there more to W5 than 5.1 to justify using it over W2? Or, should I only install W2 for now and figure out what to do with W5 later?

    Scott

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    W5 is for 5.1. If you are doing stereo only you should use W2. W5 can do a stereo fold down, but you will be using more processing power to achieve similar results.

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Thanks dVincent. I have both coming and thought that I would install the more powerful of the two --- i.e. W5 -- assuming it would offer more advantages than 'just' 5.1. But if W5 uses significantly more CPU than W2 for stereo, and does not offer much more horsepower, then that may be the clincher for me. I'll probably install W2 and decide what to do with W5 later. Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: Wizooverb or Gigapulse?

    Can or do convolution plugins really sound different?

    I can hardly believe this.

    The core of the convolution process consists of CPU-intensive floating point calculations, multiplying each consecutive sample in the input with samples from the IR. This process can hardly create any vendor-specific coloration.

    Maybe they apply subtle EQ-ing to the output?

    That would be risky business IMO, when the plugin should be transparent and meant for a multitude of applications, not just orchestral, real-acoustic, etc.

    Maybe time for some A/B comparisons under "laboratory conditions"?

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