Well, I'm finally making the leap and making my first post ever, in any forum. There's something special about this forum, a quality in the participants and the developers, and the incredible music that get posted.
My own background includes harpsichord, piano, harp (esp. celtic, renaissance, Paraguayan). Studied Gagaku (1600-year-old Japanese orchestral music) with the Imperial Palace musicians in Japan 5 yrs; also play sho, koto, and cheng. Years of performing & a few recordings, both eastern and western. Most of all, I love creating, and improvise endlessly, mainly on keyboard now.
I'm new to Midi and thrilled to finally have a way to express the music heard inside for so many years. But there's a big learning curve ahead. Just the move from Garageband to Logic Express can be huge for the digitally-challenged. (Many of you already seem pretty advanced in that area!)
Looking forward to trying more of these amazing sound libraries as they become available, and as finances permit (not an easy one). The music done by Tari in Celtic Wind is profounding moving, as are all the demos of Bela D. And as for Mr. Garritan, he could only be a superhuman. Nothing else explains it! I've just got total respect and admiration for all he's doing & am watching closely as new things develop. It's exciting and inspiring.