[LAU] Decent Sampler

Jostein Chr. Andersen jostein at vivaldi.net
Sat Apr 24 12:42:54 CEST 2021

I just tested it and it seems to be a very good sampler which I probably 
will use. However, I'm not sure that it handles all the dimensions a 
Hi-Hat needs. For the Hi-Hat, a good sample library has several velocity 
layers in every openness degree (not only open and closed HH) which 
needs to be handled.

This is also one thing that's missing in the SFZ format. For natural HH 
sound, the sampler needs to be able to handle both velocity and at the 
same time (or HH trigger or trigger drum pad) with ac CC control (such 
as a modulation knob or HH controller for the openness).

So for now, I'm still using Linux sampler and the GIG format for this. 
Thankfully, the Linux sampler folks are actively maintaining their 
GIG-related libs and programs. I think I will have to upgrade myself on 
this topic again. Thanks for making me aware of
Decent Sampler!


On 2021-04-03 17:51, Paul Davis 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/
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