Some time ago I asked for a PCI soundcard which can deal with
*.sf(2) soundfonts and works on Linux. I was told "soundblaster live 512"
is a good choice. But this soundcard is unknown to all resellers.
(They know "soundblaster live 5.1", but I'm afraid it has no
hardware MIDI synthesizer.)
To my knowledge _all_ sb-live cards are built on the emu10k chip. Hence all
live cards support soundfonts in hardware.
Now a reseller recommended "Audigy 6.1 platinum". Is there
anybody who has experiences with this type of soundcard?
Escpecially: Does the hardware MIDI synthesizer work on Linux?
Can I change the orchestra using "sfxload" ?
Audigy is not a bad card if you want hardware soundfont support
(I'm unsure how good it is supported under linux though, last time I tried
,I've got one, it didn't work that well...)
Having said this, I should add that I own several sb-live cards in various
configurations. These days though I almost never use the built in support for
soundfonts. Most of the time I find it better to use Fluidsynth. The only
concern here is that Fluidsynth will consume CPU resources which the hardware