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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 6:04 am    Post subject: What are soundfonts ? How to use them? Reply with quote

Well , I've ran through lots of 'soundfonts' samples , never knew what they're for and how could they be useful to me ...
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you use a beat sequencer that supports them (aka: has a sound font player), such as FL Studio, all you have to do is load them into the soundfont player and voila!
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, some sound cards use sound fonts for their general midi sounds, mostly Creative branded products like Audigy and SoundBlaster.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are basically big patches of an instrtument. Some are really really amazing sounding. Some are just striaght terrible. ha.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i still didnt understand what they're for , i mean are they like VSTi's ? can we apply them to midi ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's like samples that you load in a sampler, sounds that you load in a sound module. no, it's not a vsti, but a vsti that has sf2 capabilities can play soundfont. to me, it's just another form of packaged sampled instruments or sounds period...
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're samples in Creative's proprietary format. Their hardware loads them and plays them back with zero latency. SB and Audigy cards come with a default set of soundfonts (actually several to choose from), but the real beauty is that there are tons of good free ones out there.

There's a Yahoo mail group at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soundfont
you can join that hooks you up with other soundfont users. I belong but haven't been there in years - had to shut down my SB card cos it didn't play nice with my Delta 66.

Good luck,

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i use the vsampler (vsti sampling playback software) and you can load sf2 files in it and play them regardless of the type of soundcard i have.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Free soundfont player - http://www.kvraudio.com/get/769.html

Load the SFPLayer as a VSTi. From soundfont player load the soundfont you want to use.

point MIDI file to VSTi soundfont player.

The SF player that comes with FLStudio isn't free.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A soundfont is a collection of samples and rules on how those samples will be played back. The real benefit is that an instrument can be captured over many notes and many velocities.

For instance, a piano soundfont could be created by sampling every single note on the piano itself. In addition, multiple velocities would be sampled - when you strike a piano key lightly, it sounds very different tonally than when you really smack the key. If you only had one velocity represented, then a soft hit would sound exactly like a hard hit, just with the volume turned down.....not very realistic at all. But with a good soundfont, when you play softly on your keyboard, you're triggering softer samples than when you play loudly, and vice versa. The result is a much more realistic sound.

This doesn't mean that all soundfonts are good. The most basic soundfont could just be one sample, and of course would sound lame. Most of the free soundfonts out there are pretty terrible, because a good soundfont is very hard to create....but there are a few that are very nice.

Yes, there are VSTi soundfont players (like the one dennisrester linked to above).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! , im downloading the soundfont player you just linked me to , any idea where i could find a Violin soundfont?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cromag wrote:
Great! , im downloading the soundfont player you just linked me to , any idea where i could find a Violin soundfont?


http://www.hammersound.net

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok i have a question i got an audigy and i've seen the sound font stuff...my question is...you play the piece using the sound fonts similar to midi simulation yes? if so can a piece be recorded through my standard computer keyboard assigning notes to specific keys? and using the soundfont to say play a sax solo or something? anyways what else besides cakewalk guitar studio would i need to set this kinda thing up?
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