[linux-audio-user] Recommendatio wanted

Robert Jonsson robert.jonsson at dataductus.se
Wed Nov 26 04:12:17 EST 2003

To summarize,

with the exemptions you did there are no alternatives left.

PCI based cards that support SF2 are basically all Creative cards, starting 
with the SB-Live.
Though, In linux I think they all use the same driver so unless it's fixed 
there's not much you can do.

To my knowledge there are two SF2 capable softsynts, Fluidsynth and Timidity. 
I don't use Timidity so I can't say anything about it.
As for Fluidsynth, it works very well for me, there are probably bugs, though 
it works. 
Unfortunately the mailinglist(and project) is pretty much in hybernation at 
the moment so I understand perfectly that your propositions have not been 
If you have a good idea of what the problem is, it would be great if you tried 
and poked around in the Fluidsynth code yourself (probably not what you 
wanted to hear ;)


Wednesday 26 November 2003 10.02 skrev Joerg Anders:
> Hi all!
> I used to play MIDI with AWE-64 with 24 MB RAM extention.
> So I could use the SF2 soundfonts.
> Unfortunately, the AWE-64 requires an EISA slot.
> Could please enybody recommend a PCI successor of the
> AWE64 which allows loading of SF2 soundfonts.
> Please do not recommend Audigy! This is a lie! The
> Audigy ALSA driver accidentally  drops some
> tones.  This is a known bug, but
> apparently nobody is willing to fix this
> See.
> http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/doc-php/template.php?company=Creative+
> Furthermore it ignores reverbation and
> chorus instructions.
> Please do not recommend FluidSynth. To avoid
> misundersandings: Actually FluidSynth is a good
> software. But it produces wrog envelopes for
> strings and clarinets. The envelops are
> like xylophone (or so ...)
> I alreay mentioned this problem on this list.
> But without success.

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