[linux-audio-user] how good are soundfonts and where do I find them?

Sampo Savolainen v2 at iki.fi
Wed Jul 7 05:08:31 EDT 2004

The sfark program works fine under wine. Use that to decompress the soundfonts.

I have tried quite a few free piano soundfonts, they are quite nice, but I
have a problem with fluidsynth. The polyphony works a bit wrong. If I press
one key down hard and then whack a chord (the same chord, all the time)
about 10-20 times, the first not will stop playing. 

It seems that fluidsynth does not realize, that at least with the piano
sound, the same 'sound slot' should be used over and over for the chord.

Does anyone know a fix for this, is fluidsynth just configured wrong, or is
the problem with the soundfonts I've used?


Quoting Atte André Jensen <atte at ballbreaker.dk>:

> Hi
> Being new to soundfonts I baically needed a decent piano soundfont for
> arranging stuff for my students, but after shopping around, I thought it
> maybe could be taken a step further. So my question is: Are soundfonts
> good enough for "real" music production? And where can I find nice ones
> to download? I guess I'm looking for imitations of real instruments,
> mostly piano, accoustic drums and bass, but expressive strings and other
> orchestral sounds would also be nice.
> So far I found the "FluidR3 GM.SF2" (142M), how does that compare to
> what's outthere? I also found alot of .sfArk sounds but it seems they
> are in som kind of windows-only compressed format. I downloaded the
> sfarkxtc_lx86.tar.gz but it complains "This file was created with sfArk
> V1, and this program only handles sfArk V2+ files.  Use sfArk instead."
> on all the .sfArk-files I downloaded. Is there a linux utility that will
> uncompress those files?
> I run debian/unstable and plan on using fluidsynth and rosegarden if it
> matters...
> -- 
> peace, love & harmony
> Atte
> http://www.atte.dk

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