[linux-audio-user] how good are soundfonts and where do I find them?
tech at glastonburymusic.org.uk
Thu Jul 8 10:25:39 EDT 2004
All fair comment Rick,
Last Wednesday 07 July 2004 22:14, Rick Henry was like:
> I'm not sure if you've invested in sample sets prior to using Linux, but if
> you have and still have a Windows machine running,
I don't. Part of my frustration is the apparent need to delve into Windows to
get the best out of soundfonts.
> one app you can purchase
> fairly cheap (sub-$100) is translator pro from chickensys. It translates
> many, many formats from one to another. Over the years I've invested a
> sizeable chuck of cash on samples in various formats (AKAI, GIG, Halion),
> and with the pgm doing the translation, I can use everything I've purchased
> on various systems. There are differences is the various formats (notably,
> keyswitching not working in Soundfonts), but you can work around them.
> I'm still currently trying to get translator pro to run under Wine (damn
> hidden file on the CD).
Therefore I don't bother with wine either.
> That said, is there a reason you're looking for free soundfonts (as opposed
> to for sale)? I mentioned it in a previous post, but I'll mention it again
> - there are some commercial soundfonts (< $50) that will provide you with
> exactly what you need.
Yes, I have no money (i.e. my bag of brown rice ran out two days ago and I'm
currently blagging off my housemate). I'm also on a mission to find out how
far you can get in computer music on next to no money (e.g. welfare). I
intend to disseminate what I've discovered once I've achieved the objective,
which is to basically record an album using GNU tools on low cost / donated
hardware. I want to show that it can not only be done, but done well. To this
end the soundfonts I use should really be GPL'd or CC'd.
Buying soundfonts seems preferable to resorting to Windows, but I feel I'd
prove the point of the current exercise better by buckling down and getting
to know smurf or compiling swami (not in Debian archive) and doing the best I
can with the current free resources.
Thanks for the suggestions anyway,
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