Garritan Personal Orchestra, as well as others, literally pulled many out of the muck and mire of boring four/five piece bands. Taken so many that would have probably never been heard and given their wonderful talents a place to shine. A place where so many other would hear and share alike. There have been so many people who have come and gone and come back again either to visit, post a reply, say hello, and listen to what new music has materialized since last heard.
I know Francesco. He's a wonderful composer and human being. I would have never had the pleasure of knowing who he is yet alone his music if it weren't for the advent of virtual instruments, this forum, and others. Ten years ago I used to dream of what it might be like to hear a full orchestra play one of my compositions. Who would have thought? We know one who "thought" and put all his life into a library that many of us use day in and day out to pleasure our musical pallet with finally hearing our compositions and what they might sound like with a real full orchestra!
Some of us are more talented than others but we're learning. The second great gift Garritan put together was the educational forum where any one can take a free course in orchestration that would have cost hundreds of dollars if to take in a college. What a wonderful idea! What a wonderful and priceless gift!
I know Roberto (Beach) who to me has one of the greatest gifts of harmony, melody all wrapped up in one beautiful heart! Say, I never knew the man till this forum! How cool is that?
I know Dan DPDAN. A person who is so freaking intelligent with his craft it enlightens all of us! I met him once and found a warm, understanding, funny and down to earth person. I was pleased and fortunate to have met him and shake his hand.
These are only a few I cherish in my life's book and carry down the road with me. I pride myself in knowing so many awesome talents of this forum each day.
We have a lot to be thankful for. We have many we know now we've never known before all of this materialized. So many developers competing for the upper hand yet do not realize (at least it seems that way) what they all do for every musician around the world who comes in contact with their libraries.
I listen when ever I can to the demos and sometimes your music can pull a tear, sometimes it can make me laugh, but often your music leaves me in awe and quite happy.
I don't know if this has made much sense or that my words get off track. But, it's just that I realize how much this has taken everyone. Let me ask you this. If for some strange odd reason someone saw fit to take all of the virtual libraries off the market, would you seriously go back to where you were before? Sound modules? Yeesch!
Hemingway, just though I would blurt a bit.
My compliments to the greatest musical community of new composers! You are truly fortunate to be living in such an inspiring musical time. Keep rolling the notes and believing in yourself.
Pat yourself on the back and give thanks to ALL of the developers who make it possible to hear your music alive today!