[linux-audio-dev] sampler instrument definition standard needed

Christian Schoenebeck cuse at users.sourceforge.net
Wed Nov 22 13:17:34 UTC 2006

Am Mittwoch, 22. November 2006 10:27 schrieb Thorsten Wilms:
> > i'm looking for a sampler instrument file format similar to .nki, .sf2
> > or akai instruments. is there an open standard existing already, perhaps
> > even accompanied by some sort of library?
> http://resonance.org:8000/openinstruments/show/HomePage
> (Didn't take off)

We started discussion on that list a while ago, but not really with a 
consensus. It fell asleep majorly due to priorites.

Am Mittwoch, 22. November 2006 12:43 schrieb Leonard "paniq" Ritter:
> from what i see, sf2 seems to be quite popular, due to fluidsynth, so i
> will start off there. i suppose any open format should be based on sf2
> lingo, with perhaps an bin/xml-in-zip based structure. we recently
> created a new tracker module file format based on that, and it works out
> pretty well... i believe svgz works quite the same way (not quite tho).
> so i suppose the best way would be to reimplement sf2 as some kind of
> xsfz format, write a forth-back conversion library/utility and release
> the whole work under a bsd licence to make it easy for free and
> commercial developers to catch up...

Sound Font is a dead end. One of the few things that was agreed by the 
majority on that list, was to use an XML based format for the articulation 
informations, probably encapsulated into a common compression format. Which 
makes sense, considering where we all come from. You know.... command line 
fetishists, light-weight text editor freaks.


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