Could GigaStudio go open source?

GigaStudio's users want to keep developing and supporting it.
GigaStudio's users want to keep developing and supporting it.

If you're a GigaStudio user, you'll likely be pretty annoyed at the fact that Tascam is to stop developing and supporting it, but perhaps you're not going to be left as high and dry as you might have feared.

A petition site, Open GigaStudio, has now been set up, and its proprietors hope that if enough people post on it, Tascam will be persuaded to make the code for the software open source.

This sounds like a fine idea to us: GigaStudio has an army of loyal users, and it'd be great to see them given the chance to develop and support it. Many of them have invested considerable amounts of time and money in the software and won't want to see this go to waste.

Of course, Tascam may be waiting to see if they can find a buyer for the code before they give it away, but if there aren't any takers, MusicRadar can't see any reason for them to hold it hostage.


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Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.