[LAU] Fwd: Free Yamaha grand piano soundfont

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Wed Aug 20 00:47:44 EDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 08:00:58PM +0200, Roberto Gordo Saez wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Roberto Gordo Saez <roberto.gordo at gmail.com>
> Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM
> Subject: Free Yamaha grand piano soundfont
> To: freepats at opensrc.org
> Another free soundfont for the free sotfware community, this time
> resembling a Yamaha Disklavier Pro piano. Creative Commons
> Attribution 3.0 license. Enjoy!
> 52 samples at 44100Hz, 16bit. Size 45.5MiB.
> Example music rendered through the soundfont:
>  - Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 13, "Pathétique", 1st movement
>   (Ludwig van Beethoven)
>   http://zenvoid.org/audio/beethoven_sonata_op13_pathetique_m1_20080808.ogg
>  - Für Elise (Ludwig van Beethoven):
>   http://zenvoid.org/audio/beethoven_fur_elise_20080808.ogg
> I've added a reverb to those music files in order to please to
> my friend Aaron ;-)
> The soundfont is here:
> http://zenvoid.org/i/audio.html
> There will be more releases, I will try to improve quality. I'm
> working in loops (currently there are no loops) and more layers.
> It is built from the Zenph Studios Yamaha Disklavier Pro Piano
> Multisamples for OLPC. The OLPC project recently released a
> collection of samples under CC-BY license; in particular, this
> multisampled piano is very good.
> According to Dr. Richard Boulanger, there will be a complete
> General MIDI soundfont released soon under CC-BY license! It
> will be probably a small soundfont, optimized for the OLPC
> project, and good for embeded or normal desktop usage (I think).
> I hope it could be used as the default General MIDI soundfont in
> most GNU/Linux distributions. Very good news. Of course, high
> quality samples will still be wanted for specialized
> distributions and professional audio composition.


Sounds very nice. It seems like it's in mono, though. Either that or there's not very much stereo separation.

I may use this font live when running in mono.

I prefer the Steinway stereo soundfont but it tends to sound more like a celesta when summed into mono due to phasing issues.


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