What is a SoundFont
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SoundFonts are incredible! As I returned to playing music I was looking for software synthesizers and came across SoundFonts. This page will provide information about SoundFonts as well as access to SoundFonts and players.
What is a SoundFont? SoundFonts, carrying the extension sf2, are files that house a collection of sounds (wav files) that are grouped together to form instruments. They are then loaded into a sound card, or software that reads and plays the sf2 format, which can then be triggered by midi controllers or midi keyboards. You can loop the wav files, allocate layers, split points, key ranges, apply filters and lfos, add effects and so on, to form a SoundFont bank. You can then save this bank and use it in your computerís sound card or any software that reads and plays sf2 format. Since most SoundFonts are produced from sampled real instruments, their quality can be exceptional.
You can create SoundFonts by using any SoundFont editor, like Vienna SoundFont Studio. SoundFonts are a great way of creating large fonts of instruments. The fact that you are only limited by the ram in your computer makes this a very appealing format. The downside, SoundFont files can be huge--for this reason I have not placed any on this web site. I just don't have the space.
I employ SoundFonts through a VST plug-in for my ProTracks recording software. I trigger the notes using my midi-connected keyboards. Thanks to the vast libraries of SoundFonts available on the web, I have access to dozens of organs, pianos, strings, guitars, pads, and synthesizers. It is an incredible technology.
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As per your requests here are two simple Rhino recordings:
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