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This section is for Garritan library users helping other Garritan library users. We ask that if you post music here that at it uses some of the sounds of our libraries. This makes sense since it is a Garritan Forum and we want to focus on our user's music. We also ask that if you critique other people's work you do so in a constructive and respectful manner.
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There is a current thread in the listening room that has a debate on what is allowed and what should not be allowed to be posted in the listening room. The following is my beliefs and I ask for yours as well.
Above is what Gary has written as a welcome and is the only guide I have seen that portrays Gary's wishes. To me it is obvious that a piece that does not use any GPO in it should not be posted in the Listening room. Some people think that a piece should use mostly GPO while others say as long as the piece says what instuments are used, then the piece is OK.
When I first joined here I had JABB and posted only pieces using that great library. Most of my works were done in full orchestration (thru Sib 4 without GPO) so I was unable to post them. I still have a number of pieces from that time that I have never redone thru GPO and wish I could post them, but I don't like to redo pieces if I can help it. I'd rather spend my time composing new works.
I upgraded to Sib 5 and purchased the Full GPO partly just to be allowed to post my music on this site. Up until this summer, most all of my posted works featured nothing but GPO and JABB and then I decided to purchase a few more libraries so as to spread my horizons.
In the works I post now (except for small ensembles) these other libraries are the backbone of the pieces. These other libraries are full of inherent reverb and I use GPO/JABB to tone those libraries down. Most every instrument in those libraries is doubled thru GPO or JABB and I love the results. Whenever one of my works uses a solo violin or Oboe, that lead is always a GPO instrument. I have more control of how I want the sound to be heard by using GPO.
From what I read of Gary's welcome note, I am allowed to post music like this. When Gary had the open Phone line last year I discussed this very topic with him and he basically said that we as composers should always be looking to expand our horizons and if I remember correctly, he said he saw no reason why I should not post my music as long as some of the instrumentation was one of his products.
It takes a certain skill to produce a strictly GPO piece and have it sound perfect and I marvel at those that possess that skill. With the right plug-ins and the right amount of dedication in a piece, some guys here can make GPO sound as good or as better than those $1000 dollar libraries.
I have found a way that works for me and love posting my music done the way I do it. I sometimes wonder though if some people here refuse to comment on some of my works just because they think I have crossed a line somewhere. I totally understand that position and sometimes I comtemplate the same question myself.
To me, Gary's welcome is straight forward and needs no deciphering of what he means, but apparently to some, what I do may not be right.
When I post a piece I say that the piece uses GPO, JABB and other libraries. I figure why give free advertising to other products. I do however name the libraries further down in the thread if asked what libraries I use. I am a member of many other sites as well and list GPO as one of the libraries I use in composing. I have even convinced others to purchase GPO and JABB. I firmly believe that there is no better product out there for the price.
I think that the discussion room is the place for this debate as compared to a thread in the Listening Room that many will not see.
I am very curious as to other's positions on this subject.
Sorry for the long post and hopefully some of you got thru to the end to read the final question.
BTW Even though I am a member of many other sites, this one is by far my favorite and is the site I call home.