Our Garritan forum community here at Northern Sounds has reached 50,000 posts. Richard N. was the 50,000th poster. Currently there are well over 100 new posts a day on the GPO forum, with many tens of thousands of views a day, and the pace is accelerating. The Garritan forum one of the most trafficked and fastest growing sample forums on the net.
I strongly believe that a forum should contribute to the growth of the musician and to build up rather than tear down. We have informative discussions on a variety of topics, learn from dozens of user tutorials, we share our music, collaborations happen (like Elektro and the GPO Holiday CD), we have contests (like the GPO Orchestration Competition and the Worst Demo Ever Contest), we do informative excercises (like the 20 renditions of Air on a G String), we chat regularly on the NS chat, and most important - we help each other and have a good time together.
The GPO forum has more professionals than any sample forum I know - award winning composers, university and conservatory educators, musical theatre directors, executives from music technology companies, performers, church musicians, programmers, game music composers, orchestrators, conductors, students, music veterans, as well as newcomers from all walks of life and from many countries. We do our best to encourage and support all musicians no matter what their skill level is. I want each person to come away from the forum with more than he or she came - whether it be more knowledge, or the satisfaction of helping someone, or hearing great music, or a smile.
Many thanks to our administrators PapChalk and Desound who have done a remarkable job in making this one of the best managed, most productive and expemplary forum on the net. Thanks to our moderators Joseph Burrell, Styxx, and DPDan for volunteering their time. And thanks to all the members for making this the best, most encouraging, fun-living and most informative sample forum!
50,000 posts is a great milestone but is only the beginning. We have had only two products (GPO & GOS) and this year we will be expanding our product-line considerably. I am looking forward to the next 50,000 posts with my friends in our forum community.