[LAU] Decent Sampler

Tweed tweed at lollipopfactory.com
Mon Apr 5 03:11:39 CEST 2021

On Sat, 3 Apr 2021 09:51:53 -0600
Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:

> This is a public service announcement, since I suspect that many here
> will not be aware of this development.
> David Hilowitz (0) recently "ported" (1) his new sample library
> playback engine Decent Sampler to Linux. It is available as a Linux
> VST3 plugin and as a standalone application (2) David's work was
> substantially inspired by the work in the Pianobook community (3),
> where people build often-complex sample libraries originally to
> "save" real pianos but increasingly covering new territory (such as
> the Winter Voices project (4)).
> I am a little disappointed that David chose to define a new sampler
> library format rather than use SFZ, given the developments with sfizz
> over the last several months. However, both DecentSampler and SFZ are
> text formats, and there are gratis implementations for them both. In
> theory, DS -> SFZ conversion could be automated, though the other way
> around may be more problematic.
> Yesterday I downloaded 36 Decent Sampler libraries from the Pianobook
> website, and although they are not all quite as awesome as I had
> hoped for, some of them are amazing and all of them make a valuable
> addition to the sample library situation for Linux audio/music
> workflows. There are also some gratis and some non-gratis libraries
> for Decent Sampler on the Decent Sampler website.
> It would be lovely if Decent Sampler was libre as well as gratis, and
> I hope we see quality SFZ libraries either gratis or reasonably
> priced, because that format offers some features missing from Decent
> Sampler. But for now, I personally consider this a wonderful step
> forward for Linux-based musicians.
> (0) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCoAJ5JYKYTMubpTIsWi70w
> (1) I put ported in quotes because I believe that DS is implemented
> using JUCE, and so this mostly just involved changing the build
> flags :)
> (2) https://www.decentsamples.com/product/decent-sampler-plugin/
> (3) https://www.pianobook.co.uk/
> (4) https://www.pianobook.co.uk/library/winter-voices/

Thanks for the PSA Paul!
Loving Decent Sampler. And Pianobook is a great find.
Definitely a bump for linux audio!


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