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

Mark Knecht mknecht at controlnet.com
Wed Jul 7 17:33:48 EDT 2004

Them wrote:
> tim hall wrote:
>> Over half of the soundfonts I've downloaded either don't work, sound 
>> plain awful or consist of just one halfway decent sound, the palette 
>> I'm looking for is quite limited, basically a decent fake orchestra 
>> that will run comfortably in 192M RAM, with possibly some classic 
>> keyboards (hammond, farfisa, vox, rhodes, wurly, mellotron type 
>> stuff). i.e. the stuff that's hard to synthesise.
> If you find some decent Mellotron sounds, I'd be interested in hearing 
> about it.  I've got a VST plugin with samples from a real Mellotron, but 
> I've yet to get it working using libfst or vstserver.  I may just end up 
> making my own samples of the samples (which are, after all, early analog 
> samples of real instruments) and using them as soundfonts or something 
> along those lines.  Of course, I can't redistribute them, since the 
> samples from GMedia are copyrighted.

If you're up for trying something new (I'm not a sound Font fan) you can 
get a free Mellotron gig file at


(Look under 'Oldies'.)

and run it under QSampler, the GUI for LinuxSampler.


(Build everything on Rui's LS page if you're interested in trying any of 
this out.)

LS is all very much development software, and there are a lot of changes 
going on right now so it may be broken, but maybe you'll get lucky. LS 
is a Jack application and gerneally runs very well for me on most gig 
files. There are still a few it really dies on but I cannot get the 
developers to pay attention to those yet.

I use a different, for money, Mellotron gig file under QSampler and GSt, 
but this free one is certain OK when buried in the right mix.

Good luck!

- Mark

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