I got thinking recently about this industry. Specifically how small it appears, although there are a vast amount of companies and individuals that fit in somewhere along the line, somewhere in the background so to speak.
Whilst it would be really impossible to give the nod to any one developer, there are only a handful that have provided us with the best of the best.
Naturaly one must consider the quality of the library, as well as usability and after sales service/support.
The leading ones that come to my mind are as follows-
Now, most are current. I included Miroslav and Peter Siedlaczek because their contributions require no explanation. There are others that have released excellent libraries but not all developers cover the complete orchestral pallette, such as Westagte studios who produce some of the best woodwinds and brass I've ever heard.
So, my vote for the number one developer goes to......... Gary Garritan.
Well, there isn't another developer out there that combines passion for the industry, gives their free time on sites such as this one, offers so much training and resources and offers the best after sales service bar none.
When you purchase a Garritan product like I have you get a sense of being part of a community and somehow belonging to something special. I have not gotten that from another developer but will say that Kirk Hunter is worth mentioning along these lines also.
Whilst GPO isn't the highest end library, GOS WAS groundbreaking and holds up today with the best of them.
GPO HAS however provided us with the tools to make realistic arrangements at an affordable price point and has such a huge following and rightly so.
Thank you Gary for your contributions........