I am please to announce that the Garritan Forum has reached over 100,000 posts and that Lukpcn from Poland is our 100,000th poster (and will receive some nice prizes ).
We, the Garritan forum, have become one of the most popular and fastest growing sample forums on the net. The viewer ship on the forum is astronomical (Northern Sounds receives over 150,000 views a day - that's many millions of views per month). Traffic has grown nearly 50% in the past year alone and membership has grown accordingly.
The GPO revolution has caught hold and continues to spread. In the past few months we added Jazz and Big Band and the Stradivari violin and soon we will be expanding our product-line with new libraries.
I am very pleased to be at Northern Sounds and being here has done wonders for us all.
Many of you have shared the adventures from NS. You were there viewing the live GPO Competition concert when it happened. You were there vicariously with us in New York, Boston, Prague, Vienna, Anaheim, Minneapolis, Indy, Texas and other places as you viewed our journeys from the forum. There was the U2 Behind the Scenes tour, the Tom Jones concert, Wendy Carlo's studio, the Village Vanguard and the Harvard Chapel and other adventures. And you were with us at NAMM shows, AES shows, the Jazz Conference, Musikmesse, education conferences and other shows. You were with us at Berklee, Yale, and other institutions of music education. We've met many of our members along the way and put faces to the names. You were all with us every step of this journey.
I strongly believe that the Garritan forum should contribute to the growth of the musician and to build up rather than tear down. Our discussions on a variety of topics are informative, we've learned from dozens of tutorials made by other members, shared our music, received critique (thanks etLux!), have collaborated on projects (like the GPO Holiday CD-thanks DPDan), we have contests, milestone posts, we chat regularly, we laugh (thanks Styxx), participate in the Composer Channel radio station (thanks Chris!), and most important - we help each other and have a good time together. We have all shared your successes and shared in some of your sorrows. There have been friendships formed and we have grown into a strong community.
There is such a diversity of talent here: from 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, newcomers, and musicians from all walks of life and from many countries. We do our best to encourage and support all musicians no matter what skill level.
It is my hope that people come away from the forum with more than they came - whether it be learning something, or the satisfaction of helping someone, or hearing some great music.
Many thanks to our administrators PapChalk and Desound who have done a truly outstanding job in making this one of the best managed, most productive and exemplary forum on the net. Thanks to our moderators for volunteering their time to help so many.
What makes this community so extraordinary and so unique is the people. Thanks to all of you for making this the best, most encouraging, fun-living and most informative sample forum!
If I have any success it is not the products, it is this community which comprises all of you.
Excuse me if I've been a little long winded but 100,000 posts is a great milestone and just wanted to thank you. I am looking forward to the next 100,000 posts.