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

Robert Jonsson rj at spamatica.se
Wed Jul 7 10:23:30 EDT 2004


onsdagen den 7 juli 2004 11.08 skrev Sampo Savolainen:
> 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?

I don't know about this specific issue, but fluidsynth has some known problems 
with certain patches. There was a lot of talk about them here a while ago.

I think it works very good anyway. Some patches sound strange, but they are 
far between.


>  Sampo
> 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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