What are SoundFonts? Free SoundFonts

Discussion in 'Presets, Patches' started by BEAT16, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. BEAT16

    BEAT16 Audiosexual

    Joined:
    May 24, 2012
    Messages:
    6,931
    Likes Received:
    5,006
    What are SoundFonts?

    Basically, SoundFonts are files that contain recorded audio samples of various musical instruments. A "real" synthesizer does not use recorded sound. It generates sound electronically and imitates instruments using various parameters.

    However, such imitation is very far from natural sound.

    Sampling synthesizers work in a different way. They take a recorded sample and use it at different heights and dynamic levels. Quality of sound here depends most on the number of recorded samples per instrument (the larger a SoundFont file is, the more samples it contains).

    MIDI Converter Studio can play the role of a sampling synthesizer. It takes a MIDI file and converts it to WAV (or any other format) using SoundFonts. Different SoundFonts allow you to get different sound for the same MIDI file. Professional sound artists can use special SoundFonts: for piano, trumpet, guitar, etc. Also complete GM (General MIDI) sets exist, you will need them if you want to play all instruments in a complex MIDI file.

    There are a lot of SoundFonts on the Internet. If you want to try free SoundFonts, we recommend visiting the following sites:
    Game / Chiptune Sounds
    The Best Soundfont Player - Sforzando Soundfont Player


    In this video I show you how to use Sforzando Soundfont Player to simulate virtually any sound - FOR FREE! Sforzando is an amazingly powerful plugin that, when used right, can create really cool music.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
    • Interesting Interesting x 1
    • Love it! Love it! x 1
    • List
  2.  
  3. Baxter

    Baxter Audiosexual

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    3,466
    Likes Received:
    2,295
    Location:
    Sweden
    Oh, getting bad flashbacks from 2002 or so. Never going back. :rofl:

    Edit: Fittingly, almost all links you posted are dead.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022
    • Funny Funny x 3
    • Like Like x 2
    • List
  4. ArticStorm

    ArticStorm Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2011
    Messages:
    6,064
    Likes Received:
    2,674
    Location:
    AudioSexPro
    Hmm Sforzando Soundfont Player seems to be only good working SFZ player. (Ableton simpler/sampler import of Sfz files does no longer work, probably dropped with Live 11)

    Some good memories too with the FL Soundfont player back in 2003.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Useful Useful x 1
    • List
  5. Olaf

    Olaf Platinum Record

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    469
    Likes Received:
    176
  6. BEAT16

    BEAT16 Audiosexual

    Joined:
    May 24, 2012
    Messages:
    6,931
    Likes Received:
    5,006
    Thanks for the tip, I've corrected it.
     
  7. Donut Nyamer

    Donut Nyamer Audiosexual

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    2,249
    Likes Received:
    860
    Location:
    Threadlockington
    Soundfonts are great and use as much memory as a floppy disk. I used to make my own back in the day before my pc shitted itself. Made some nice vocals ones when this girl came over, still think about those sfz.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Interesting Interesting x 1
    • List
  8. odod

    odod Platinum Record

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    657
    Likes Received:
    284
    i remember my Creative Audigy and soundblaster series soundcard (my first soundcard).. vienna editor etc .. oh man. what a memories
     
    • Love it! Love it! x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • Interesting Interesting x 1
    • List
  9. SansUT117

    SansUT117 Guest

    SGM is the best soundfont.
     
    • Interesting Interesting x 1
    • List
  10. Donut Nyamer

    Donut Nyamer Audiosexual

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    2,249
    Likes Received:
    860
    Location:
    Threadlockington
  11. SansUT117

    SansUT117 Guest

    That's a unofficial version, the actual one is "SGM V2.01", this one has basses and pianos from a different soundfont.

    I was joking because there's this youtube video that claims it's the best, alongside being a bit meme-y because of it's recent usage on Videogames.

    Literally it's just sounds from various Roland CDs and other stuff like EWQL and Hypersonic.
     
  12. phumb-reh

    phumb-reh Audiosexual

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2019
    Messages:
    1,423
    Likes Received:
    1,089
    Location:
    Neverwhere
    I still keep Kontakt 5 around on the off-chance I need to import some Soundfonts (K6 doesn't have the import anymore).

    The only actual sf2 I keep around is an old General MIDI one, for emulating old DOS games.
     
  13. naitguy

    naitguy Platinum Record

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2017
    Messages:
    417
    Likes Received:
    284
    Location:
    Canada
    Yeah I had an Adlib as my first sound card, if I recall correctly.. then went through a variety of Sound Blaster iterations (including Audigy)!

    I do recall playing with soundfonts, mainly within a very early version of Cakewalk. Good times! Not ever going back to them, however. haha
     
  14. pizzafresser

    pizzafresser Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2017
    Messages:
    296
    Likes Received:
    124
    I don't think soundfonts are the best option for music production but they're great for enhancing the music on old DOS games using Coolsoft VirtualMidiSynth for example. That's the main thing I use soundfonts for. Some of them have usable sounds, though. If you wanna make music using free tools only and no piracy, I guess using them is an option. But the format itself is kind of outdated and limited in what it can do.
     
  15. Sirocco

    Sirocco Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2015
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    12
    I still use Soundfonts with the use of Samplelord (JBridge), many of them i made myself.
    I hope that Extreme Sample Converter (new version) will released.
     
  16. DoubleTake

    DoubleTake Audiosexual

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2017
    Messages:
    1,589
    Likes Received:
    834
    For those wanting a player for GM, FL Studio loads midi files and fill the tracks well using Flex instruments.
    If you feel Fl Studio is no good as a DAW, it is worth using for Gm at least!
     
  17. Triphammer

    Triphammer Kapellmeister

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2015
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    49
    Ah .sf2's and SBLive/Soundblaster cards.....ooh and how I miss Vienna .sf2 editor.
    And my $2000 Win98 pc.....that was dumber than my current phone.

    Those were the days........NOT!!
     
  18. genophyte

    genophyte Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2015
    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    91
    papelmedia still has the best vocal and choir fonts if you can track them down.

    drums motown kit sf2 is still an all time favorite.
    theres an archive..org of that one but it has projectsam sf2's in it so im not sure i can post the link.

    H.G. Fortune synths iirc have sf2 functions and generally go much farther than normal font players.

    fl studio directwave can handle sf2 but its note as amazing as the font player of old.

    there was an akai iso converter that let you make ginormous sf2 file sizes or pick and choose... or turn into kontakt iirc.
    i did the entire vocal planet from spectrasonics into sf2.

    i made this a while back entirely of soundfonts from papelmedia , fl studio sf2 , and one called boogie/y synth sf2.


    also the the vast majority of faketune ive done is from these https://musical-artifacts.com/

    found these also today https://archive.org/details/Sf2-one-shots1sAndMoreForHgFortuneEngines/Scw-BonVoyage.mp3


    EDIT--i remembered it https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/soundlib-cdxtract-4
    along with http://www.vst4you.com/pages/vst instruments/highlife.html

    and https://samplerobot.com/products/samplerobot-pro that was skylife i think.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2022
Loading...
Similar Threads - SoundFonts Free SoundFonts Forum Date
Free Soundfonts Samplers, Synthesizers Jan 11, 2015
Soundfonts Samplers, Synthesizers Jul 21, 2019
Convert to soundfonts or something else Working with Sound Oct 1, 2016
Help: Good Soundfonts .sf2 GM library Working with Sound Aug 8, 2016
Soundfonts Working with Sound Aug 28, 2014
Loading...