[linux-audio-user] looking for a sampler

Cesare Marilungo cesare at poeticstudios.com
Mon Mar 13 05:17:14 EST 2006

Frank Barknecht wrote:

>Hector Centeno-Garcia hat gesagt: // Hector Centeno-Garcia wrote:
>>I was wondering what are you people using as a sampler in Linux. It is a 
>>little bit sad that two of the very promising projects are stopped: 
>>Specimen and Chionic ( http://www.reduz.com.ar/chionic/ ). LinuxSampler 
>>is an excellent project but it seems that, for now,  you are limited to 
>>using giga sampler format and what I'm looking for is a sampler were you 
>>can create your own patches from audio files and map them to a keyboard. 
>>AFAIK there are no ways in Linux for making giga sampler banks. I was 
>>checking LMMS and the sampler seems to be very limited as it doesn't 
>>allow you to map samples to keyboard regions... Is there any solution 
>>(beside Csound and PD) for creating your own sample patches with 
>>amplitude envelopes and keyboard mapping?
>Fluidsynth with Swami may be what you're looking for. It is used to
>create sample-based instruments in SF2/Soundfont-format, which you
>then can use either on a Soundblaster hardware synth or in one of the
>many libfluidsynth-based software synths like fluidsynth itself,
>fluid~ in Pd, the fluidsynth opcodes in Csound etc. Swami is an editor
>for creating the Soundfonts.
>It's a very widespread and well documented format and can be made to
>sound really great. Check for example the NSKit soundfonts, I used
>the ns_piano in this track: http://footils.org/cms/show/49
The development version of swami (http://swami.sourceforge.net) has some 
basic gigasampler creating and editing capabilities.


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