[LAU] trying to get pitch bend to work

Jonathan E. Brickman jeb at ponderworthy.com
Tue Sep 12 11:19:24 UTC 2017

The Artiprog (I think we're talking about this: https://artiphon.com/) 
is one amazing controller.  Six stacked octaves [for a keyboardist] with 
velocity and aftertouch for $400? Dear God, what hath thou wrought :-)  
I do hope they do an eight-octave version, I would miss the extreme 
octaves, but still, wow.
> Response to pitch bend is partially a function of the soundfont loaded 
> into fluid. There are several (lots?) that don't respond, and many 
> that do.
> I very very much doubt that Fluid responds to the pitch bend range 
> RPN, but hey, I've been wrong before.
It does appear that Fluidsynth knows about pitch bend:


but given that you're not hearing it happen, there may indeed be 
different question-beasts involved, both soundfonts' responses and/or 
fluidsynth options.  I have done a bit of editing and study of  some 
soundfonts ( http://polyphone-soundfonts.com ) and did not see pitch 
bend response in the GUIs, though I will be unsurprised to be told better.

It appears that Yoshimi and ZynAddSubFX, live synthesizers, both do 
pitch bend:


and live synth should (theoretically) be more of a slam-dunk for pitch 
bending, because pitch control is not an option for the live synth, it's 
an absolute base-core item...whereas soundfonts themselves contain 
discrete note-chunks that would have to be morphed by the soundfont 
handler to make it happen well.

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